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Where to stay in Athens

Looking for a hotel in Athens? Look no further; here are three super sweet hotels in Athens for varying budgets. By Juliet Kinsmann

New Hotel

Yes! Hotels group owner Dakis Joannou flaunts his cred as a world-class art collector at this TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice 2014 Winner.

The air is scented with a sultry spicy fragrance, the eccentric lobby walls are clad in recycled wooden furniture, and each bedroom is tricked out in hi-tech everything and write-home-about-it mattresses.

Meanwhile the stylish bakery-cum-restaurant New Taste is as popular with style-seeking business travellers as local movers and shakers after a watermelon martini in the evening.

Rooms from $218 a night.

16 Filellinon; yeshotels.gr

Hotel Grande Bretagne

Built in 1874, this neoclassical stunner opposite parliament has offered calm and class to celebrities and shipping magnates alike, whatever the political climate.

As glam now as when it emerged from its multi-million dollar facelift over a decade ago, gleaming marble, flamboyant floral arrangements and valuable antiques promise a setting as grand as luxury five-star hotels can provide.

The panoramic views from its rooftop restaurant and pool are as dazzling as the entries in its guestbook.

Soul uplifted, have a whirl in the subterranean spa, with its vast pool and gamut of therapy and steam rooms, and mind and body will soon be soothed too.

Rooms from $334 a night.

Syntagma Square; grandebretagne.gr

Alice Inn

Those with Bohemian tastes more along the lines of Airbnb will appreciate this new Plaka townhouse converted by Greek-Scot (and architect) John Consolas and named after his grandmother.

As a host, he couldn’t be more helpful, whether lending you a book to read or helping with planning a tour of this edifyingly history-steeped neighbourhood.

A true home from home, guests are invited to make use of the kitchen, dining and reading rooms too. He has big plans for the courtyard garden.

Rooms from $30 a night.

9 Tsatsou; aliceinnathens.com

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