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I have a friend who is staying in Athens just a few nights then going off on a cruise leaving Piraeus. This is in the late summer sometime. I told her I would ask advice - I am at a loss because I usually spend longer in Greece and get an Air BnB - at least that is what I have been doing lately.

Anyway, where should she stay? Any advice on areas of Athens or even names of hotels?


If still available, The Plaka Hotel ( 7 Kapnikareas & Mitropoleos, Athens) has an ideal location for touring the antiquities within the pedestrian area. It’s also convenient to Syntagma Square, Monastiraki, Agia Irini and Psirri. It’s not a luxury hotel with swimming pool etc., but it’s clean, very reasonably priced, and your friends probably aren’t going to be spending a lot of time in their room anyway. They can request an Acropolis view suite; stunning especially when the Acropolis is illuminated at night. If not available, the hotel has a roof deck with bar (and I understand a new restaurant) so everyone can have that Acropolis view. Many people stay here before cruises, but I think its location will help to maximize the short time that they have in Athens.

Tip: Particularly if they’re carrying a lot of luggage for the cruise, tell them to be careful if using the Metro. After a flight, the set rate €38 taxi might be a more comfortable option.

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I am not sure I have enough time to plan this for 2023, but I might if I start taking action. I am contemplating spending Greek Easter in Athens or the surrounding area. I have heard stories of people doing so, and I am curious about it. I want to go either this year or next. What do Greeks do typically for Easter? Is it possible to go to a monastery, or something? I know Easter is just in a few weeks... What do you guys think?
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