7 best hostels in Athens
Greece is a popular destination for people chasing summer around the globe, and Athens is a popular first stop for travelers wanting to visit the Greek islands. The cradle of democracy and home to many philosophers, Athens is the perfect destination for art and history lovers.
Once the heart of Ancient Greece, today, Athens draws millions of tourists yearly, all looking to witness the Parthenon, the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. But Athens is more than a walk through history. It's modern, energetic, and urban and offers a lot to visitors looking to have a blast. And if you're backpacking Athens, the best budget accommodation options for you are Athens hostels.
Hostels in Athens offer everything you need for an enjoyable stay without having to break the bank or sacrifice comfort. Below are some of the best alternatives for budget travelers, whether traveling solo, with friends, your significant other, or your family. And if you need a place to store your luggage safely in Athens, remember that Bounce partners with some hostels for their luggage storage services. If we don't partner with the hostel you pick, you can still choose from our other Bounce luggage lockers conveniently located across Athens.
Selina Theatrou Athens
Selina Athens Theatrou is one of the best hostels in Athens for backpackers wanting to socialize and meet other people. Located near the National Theatre of Greece and Monastiraki Square, close to the charming neighborhood of Psyri, this Athens hostel is surrounded by many restaurants, bars, cafes and shops and it's a great stop for your travels in Athens.
The hostel offers free wifi, free linen, a restaurant, a cinema room and a shared lounge where you can meet other travelers. There is a bar and a rooftop terrace with magnificent views of the city. Guests who want to use the co-working space and the business center need to pay extra. To keep guests entertained, Selina Theatrou organizes fun events and activities, yoga classes included.
Moreover, the hostel offers private and shared 4, 6 and 8-bed dorm rooms, bike rental, 24-hour reception, and luggage service. As a Bounce partner, the Selina Theatrou can store your luggage safely while you're having the time of your life.
What makes Selina Theatrou Athens unique
This hostel is highly rated for its friendly staff, rooftop terrace, fantastic cleanliness and convenient location. See the sights within walking distance and have a terrific rest at night as well.
Selina Theatrou Athens pricing
Pricing at the Selina Theatrou starts at $45.00 a night for a basic 6-bed dorm room, or $105.00 for a private twin room with an ensuite bathroom up to $220.00 for a superior double room ensuite with ocean views.
Athens Quinta Hostel
Set in a 20th-century manor, the Athens Quinta hostel is the best hostel for couples looking to explore Athens on a budget while making fun memories to last. Boasting charm and character, the newly restored neoclassical townhouse with vintage furniture is like no other hostel in Athens.
Situated in a hip neighborhood with a bustling atmosphere, the hostel has a charming outdoor yard and common areas to chill out when you're not sightseeing. The place offers mixed dorm rooms with 4 and 6 bunk beds, equipped with individual lockers and spacious double bedrooms with wardrobes for couples looking for some privacy.
All rooms are air-conditioned, and there is a free wifi connection across the entire hostel. Some of the amenities the guests get to enjoy include free coffee, tea and snacks and movie nights. The staff is happy to help you with advice and information on where to go and how to make the most of your stay in Athens, including free city maps.
What makes the Athens Quinta Hostel unique
Athens Quinta isn't like most hostels in Athens. Its grunge decor makes it stand out from the rest of them. Guests love the helpful staff and the spacious private rooms ideal for couples retreats.
Athens Quintas Hostel pricing
Considering Athens Quintas? Pricing at the Athens Quinta Hostel starts at $26.00 for a 6-bed mixed dorm, while a deluxe double room with a shared bathroom will cost you around $66.00.
Athens Hawks Hostel
Located in central Athens, the Athens Hawks Hostel is the best hostel for solo travelers who want to mingle and meet people from all across the globe. Boasting a lively and youthful vibe, the recently renovated hostel welcomes its guests with a free shot in their cozy bar. More than just a bed in the heart of Athens, this funky hostel has one of the friendliest staff in the city and some of the most fun activities for party people, like beer pong, pub crawls and other games for maximum entertainment.
Offering newly renovated rooms with en suite bathrooms, this is the perfect hostel for travelers looking for more than a bed. Some of the rooms have a stunning view of Athens city center. The dorm rooms are spacious and clean, and you can pick from a female-only or a mixed dormitory that sleeps between 4 to 10 people.
What makes Athens Hawks Hostel unique
Athens Hawks Hostel has some rave reviews for being the most social and party hostel in Athens and the rooftop bar is like none other.
Athens Hawks Hostel pricing
Pricing at the Athens Hawks starts at $20.00 for a standard 10-bed mixed room, while a 3-bed private room costs $83.00 per night.
Athens Hub Hostel
If you're looking for cheap accommodation in the real heart of Athens, this boutique hostel is the right place. Athens Hub Hostel is located half a mile from the iconic Acropolis, the Parthenon and the Ancient Agora of Athens and the Monastiraki Metro Station is just 2 minutes away.
Guests love the rooftop terrace, the funky bar and the lively atmosphere packed with evening events. The hostel was fully renovated in 2019, so expect to find modern amenities and facilities like pod dorm rooms and bean bags for extra comfort. Each bed comes with a privacy curtain, fresh linens, a plug socket, and a personal locker, and the bathrooms feature a modern design. Free wifi is available across the hostel, making it ideal for digital nomads looking to spend more time in Athens. This hostel offers a continental or vegetarian breakfast.
You can take your pick from mixed dormitory rooms that sleep between 4, 6 and 8 people. The hostel also offers female-only dorms and private rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
What makes Athens Hub Hostel unique
Out of all the qualities the hostel has, the lively atmosphere and evening events make it stand out from the rest of the hostels in Athens.
Athens Hub Hostel pricing
Pricing at the Athens Hub Hostel starts at $35.00 for a bed in an 8-bed mixed dorm room, while a 3-bed private room starts at $91.00.
This spot is a fully renovated hostel in a fantastic central location with unbeatable views of the Acropolis. If you're looking for a new, clean, modern, social hostel to maximize your budget in Athens, this is the perfect place.
Featuring a roof bar, a lobby bar, a co-working space and a meze eatery, Athens Backpackers is one of the coolest hostels in Athens, ideal for digital nomads, solo travelers, and everyone backpacking Athens. The hostel's amenities include free wifi across all facilities, new patented private capsule beds with reading lights, USB ports and power plugs. Other than that, guests get free 24-hour luggage service, free breakfast and walking tours. Digital nomads who want to spend more time in Athens will appreciate the smart technology throughout the entire hostel.
The sleeping options in this Athens hostel are mixed dorms with patented private capsule beds, studios and apartments.
What makes Athens Backpackers unique
Besides the excellent location, Athens Backpackers is unique for its meze-style restaurant, where you get free breakfast and can munch on local goodies all day long. The hostel has excellent bars to socialize and chill over a drink. Contactless check-in/out is also much appreciated among guests because of its convenience.
Athens Backpackers pricing
The average price per night at the Athens Backpackers is $33.00 for a private deluxe capsule pod in a 6-bed mixed dorm room. Couples looking for more privacy can book a superior 4-bed apartment for around $140.00 a night, depending on the selected date. Family rooms are also available, starting at $158.00 a night.
City Circus Athens Hostel
Most Athens hostels have a rooftop with magnificent views of the city and the Acropolis, and City Circus is no different. The newly renovated hostel has 19 rooms (all air-conditioned), including standard doubles or twins with ensuite bathrooms and spacious dorm rooms (including female-only), that sleep between 4 and 6 people. The beds and mattresses have been custom-made, so expect a good night's sleep after a long day of sightseeing.
There is free wifi across the entire place, rooms can be entered with key access cards, and safety cameras monitor all common areas 24 hours a day. City Circus is a highly recommended hostel for solo travelers, couples and everyone looking to have an unforgettable time in Athens. Guests get free maps, information on festivals and activities and everything they need to know to make the most of their stay in Athens.
What makes City Circus Athens Hostel unique
Some of the qualities that set City Circus apart from the rest hostels in Athens are its spacious dormitories and custom-made beds and mattresses. Safety is the hostel's priority, and with security cameras and key access cards, you'll feel safe and relaxed during the entire stay.
City Circus Hostel Athens Hostel prices
Pricing at the City Circus hostel starts at $32.00 a night, for a standard 6-bed female dorm, or $37.00 for a deluxe 4-bed mixed dorm with an ensuite bathroom.
Centrally located, the Bedbox Hostel is the perfect choice for Athens backpackers looking to explore the city's top attractions on foot. In just a short walking distance, you'll find Athens landmarks such as the Acropolis, the Roman Agora, National Garden, and the Old Olympic Stadium.
This modern Athens hostel has all the necessary amenities and facilities to make your stay enjoyable, from a terrace, a large common room and a fully-equipped kitchen to an in-house bar & cafe, free wifi, free storage lockers, and 24-hour reception. Laundry facilities are available at a small fee.
Clean, modern and stylish, the conveniently located hostel offers a variety of rooms, including mixed and male-only. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with comfy beds with privacy curtains, power plugs and a reading light.
What makes Bedbox Hostel unique
Bedbox Hostel has great qualities, including its modern and stylish design. The great location makes this place one of the best hostels for backpackers who want to make the most of their stay in the Greek capital.
Bedbox Hostel pricing
The average nightly price at the Bedbox hostel is $19.00 for a 6-bed male dorm or $23.00 for a 6-bed mixed dorm with a private terrace.
The best cheap hostels in Athens for budget travelers
The Greek capital has many hostels to suit every traveler and every budget. When choosing the right hostel for you, you should consider the hostel's location, quiet hours, kitchen facilities and private rooms. Make sure to book your bed in advance, cause despite the large number of hostels in Athens, they book up quickly.
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