The BEST Hostels in Athens from $10 - LOCAL GUIDE (July 2019)

Hostels for backpackers, party-goers, couples, families, and groups


As both the capital city of modern Greece and the heart of classical antiquity, Athens is a city of layers-the new build upon the old in a blend of changing history and culture. Ancient sites like the Acropolis and Agora shine through as prime examples of the past, while the bustling Plaka and other modern neighborhoods serve as hubs of present-day culture. From tavernas and eateries overflowing with customers to shops filled with tapestries, knick knacks, jewelry, and more, Athens is a center of activity. How can you keep your budget low while still enjoying everything the city has to offer? One way is to check out one of Athens' hostels.

There are plenty of hostels in Athens, tucked between every charming alley and bustling street. So, how do you know which one is right for you? Are you a partygoer looking to socialize? Or are you looking for a quiet and safe retreat with your significant other? Solo traveler? Couple? Family? We've got the inside scoop on hostels that will help you choose the very best accommodation for your taste and budget.

City Circus Hostel, Athens, Greece
Contents:
- Typical Hostel Costs
- Overall Best Hostels
- Best Party Hostels
- Hostels with the Best Location
- Cheap Hostels
- Hostels for Solo Travelers
- Hostels for Couples
- Hostels for Families
- Hostels for Groups
- Quiet Hostels for Sleeping

How much do hostels in Athens cost?

The average price for a dorm bed in a hostel is about $17. Dorms can be found at cheaper prices as low as around $8 or $9, but keep in mind that you might be sacraficing quality and location for a lower price. Many of the better dorms will cost more than the average. Also, prices are higher in the warmer spring, summer, and autumn seasons due to the higher number of visitors.

The average price for a private room in a hostel in Athens is $37. As with dorms, the overall price can be variable depending on the age of the building, the popularity of the hostel, the location within Athens, and the type of amenities that are offered. Always check reviews before booking!

The Overall Best Hostels in Athens

Athens Backpackers

Dorm Bed 18.00
Private Room 20.75

Who should stay here: Party-goers, backpackers, solo travelers, groups
Location: Heart of classical Athens, between Acropolis and Temple of Olympian Zeus
Amenities: rooftop bar, Wi-Fi service, free breakfast, laundry facilities, and a communal kitchen
Personality: Active, social, fun
Heads up: A busy hostel with some noise, some rooms are in a nearby building

Centrally located between the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis, Athens Backpackers has become one of the most popular hostels in the city. Because of its social atmosphere, it attracts a wide range of young travelers looking to have a good time and maybe make some friends along the way. Activities such as karaoke nights, soup nights, happy hours, daily walking tours, and more are offered to make sure guests have a fun experience during their stay in Athens.

The hostel is Australian-owned and run, and professionally-managed with clean beds, hot showers, private bathrooms, and amenities such as a rooftop bar, Wi-Fi service, free breakfast, laundry facilities, and a communal kitchen. Free tea and coffee are also offered throughout the day.

It couldn't be easier to travel from the airport to your place of stay, as the hostel is just steps away from a direct metro line. Athens Backpackers' location in central Athens is also within walking distance to some of the city's most sought-after sights. You'll be less than five minutes from the Acropolis, the Plaka, the National Gardens, Hadrian's Arch, and the Temple of Zeus.

Overall, a great central location and social atmosphere with plenty of options for activities on a budget.
Read the reviews.

City Circus Athens

Dorm Bed $20.23
Private Room $24.99

Who should stay here: solo travelers, backpackers, couples, groups
Location: Psiri neighborhood
Amenities: Common rooms, air conditioning, restaurant, free breakfast, and security system
Personality: Cozy and comfortable
Heads up: only 19 rooms available, further from the Acropolis than other hostels

City Circus offers an inviting setting in a Neoclassical building with wooden floors, antiques, retro furniture, and art that is created by local artists. A total of 19 rooms are available to suit a variety of accommodation preferences from twins and doubles with private bathrooms to larger dorms that sleep four to six people. All rooms are air conditioned with amenities such as a free breakfast, security locks with key access cards, and common areas monitored by safety cameras.



There is even an affiliated restaurant called Zampano that serves traditional Greek cuisine, though there is certainly no shortage of dining options in its location. It is just one of many restaurants and entertainment options that are sure to please in the Psiri neighborhood.

Its central location in Athens is just a short five-minute walk to the bustling activity of Monastiraki square and just 20 minutes from the famous Acropolis. The staff is also very knowledgeable about the events that are happening around town.
Read the reviews.

Party Hostels

Athens has become a party destination for budget travelers, as it is warm for most of the year, a hub for getting out to the islands, and a hotbed of international activity. Oh, and it's also cheap. Check out the party hostels suggested below, or read our Party Hostels in Athens and the rest of Greece article for more ideas.

Athens Backpackers

Dorm Bed 18.00
Private Room 20.75

We reviewed this hostel above under the Best Overall section, but it's worth a mention here because it has earned its reputation as one of the best party hostels in Athens. Check it out!

Small Funny World Athens

Dorm Bed $14.28
Private Room $14.87

Who should stay here: Budget travelers, party-goers, backpackers
Location: near Monastiraki metro station
Amenities: common areas, kitchen, air conditioning, free breakfast, Wi-Fi service
Personality: Active, social, fun
Heads up: No heating in the winter, not for those who prefer a quiet stay

For all of the party-goers out there, Small Funny World Athens may be the perfect home base during a stay in Athens. Not only is it a short walk to the Monastiraki metro station with a direct line to and from the airport and the port of Piraeus, but it is also steps away from some of the hottest nightlife in town, with the nearest bars just a few meters away.

Stepping into its nautical-themed lobby is just the beginning. Each floor of the hostel is internationally-inspired, complete with a Latin floor, the Far East floor, the Oriental, and the African floor. Stay on whichever floor suits your tastes. Amenities include a fun rooftop, secret views of the Acropolis, a free breakfast, and self-catering facilities, as well as towels and linens.

During the day, Small Funny World's location is within walking distance to some of the most sought-after sights in the city. Don't forget to utilize the hostel's free WiFi, 24-hour desk, and free maps and tourist information to plan out your daytime explorations.
Read guest reviews.

Athens Hostels in the Best Locations

Athens Studios

Dorm Bed $25.09
Private Room $24.79

Who should stay here: Budget travelers, families, backpackers, and couples
Location: near the Acropolis Museum
Amenities: parking, free breakfast, bar, laundry
Personality: clean rooms and helpful staff with plenty of nearby activities
Heads up: Two buildings a few minutes' walk from each other

Athens Studios offers more private accommodations ideal for families and couples, while also having the option for individual beds, which are often the choice for backpackers and budget travelers. Decide from a choice of beds, rooms, studios, and apartments - all self-contained with in-suite bathrooms and balconies.

The best part - besides the budget price! - is of course the convenience of having everything you need just steps away. Athens Studios boasts an award winning Cafe/Restaurant, two bars, a laundry facility, luggage storage, and a 24-hour Desk. The bars are even family-friendly hosting fun activities like quiz night on Mondays, karaoke on Thursdays, and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.

As far as location goes, it is just around the corner from the Acropolis Museum and a 5 minute-walk away from the sites of the Acropolis, the temple of Olympian Zeus, and the Plaka. Rooms are clean, tidy, and air-conditioned.
Read the reviews.

Athenstyle

Dorm Bed $21.90
Private Room $27.37

Who should stay here: Couples, families, backpackers, solo travelers, groups
Location: Psiri Neighborhood
Amenities: laundry, kitchen, rooftop bar, basement lounge, Wi-Fi, luggage lockers
Personality: relaxed and friendly, social
Heads up: spread across three adjacent buildings, some of the amenities cost extra

Located in the midst of the Psiri neighborhood, the location of Athenstyle couldn't be better. Everything is easily within walking distance - from the lively markets, shops, and restaurants of Athens' most popular neighborhoods to sightseeing options like the Acropolis, museums, and art galleries.

Spread across three adjacent buildings, the hostel also offers access to breakfast, Wi-Fi, computers, a rooftop bar & cafe, 24-hour reception, common kitchen, lobby, and a basement lounge. It's the perfect setting to hangout and relax after a long day of sightseeing. You might even make some friends.

Shared rooms are available for backpackers and solo travelers, as are one-room studios perfect for families and private rooms great for couples. The rooftop bar and cafe is also open for breakfast and offers 360-degree views of the city, including the Acropolis.

Overall, Athenstyle offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere with a variety of room options and amenities in a convenient location.
Read reviews.

Pella-Inn

Dorm Bed 12.50
Private Room 25.00

Who should stay here: Budget travelers, party-goers, backpackers, solo travelers, couples
Location: Steps away from Monastiraki Square
Amenities: maps, walking tour, internet in the common area, sheets and towels, 24-hour reception
Personality: Active, social, fun
Heads up: Great location also means extra street noise

Pella Inn is another hostel with a great location just steps from the central hub of Monastiraki Square. Due to the location, things will be busier and noisier, making the hostel better suited to a younger crowd of budget travelers, party-goers, backpackers, solo travelers, and couples who accept the noise as a part of a budget stay.

A range of dorms are available to suit these categories of travelers, including shared dorms as well as private apartments ideal for couples who prefer the extra space and privacy. A rooftop bar with views of the Acropolis offers a great location for hanging out at the end of the day and meeting fellow travelers.

Its central location is just steps away from some of the best nightlife, and offers easy access to sightseeing during the day. All of the best sights, restaurants, cafes, bars - you name it - are within walking distance to Pella Inn.
Read guest reviews.

The Best Cheap Budget Hostels in Athens

Chameleon Youth Hostel

Dorm Bed $1.19
Private Room $24.05

Who should stay here: Budget travelers, backpackers, solo travelers
Location: old city Athens (short walk to Thissio Metro station)
Amenities: Rooftop terrace, common areas, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, luggage storage, 24-hour reception
Personality: Relaxed & affordable, good location
Heads up: A bit run down; budget price means budget stay

Chameleon Youth Hostel meets all of the basic needs of any budget traveler in a great central location, making it super easy to stay and play in Athens without breaking the bank! It is located in an old-fashioned mansion house, just a 5-minute walk from the Thissio Metro station. The immediate neighborhood has many great cafes and bars, and there is plenty to see and do nearby.

Standard amenities in this hostel include a fully equipped kitchen, several common rooms, laundry facilities, rooftop terrace, playroom, luggage storage, and a 24-hour reception area. Options for accommodations include private twin rooms as well as six bed dorms.

Overall, Chameleon Youth Hostel is a great place to mingle with other travelers in a relaxed setting near all of the best city attractions.
See the reviews.

The Best Hostels for Solo Travelers in Athens

Students & Travelers Inn

Dorm Bed $15.53
Private Room $17.33

Who should stay here: Solo travelers, Budget travelers, party-goers, backpackers
Location: Kydathineon Street, Plaka Neighborhood
Amenities: Laundry facilities, computers, Wi-Fi, travel information, vending machines, a book exchange, games, common area courtyard with TV
Personality: Active, social, fun
Heads up: Spotty Wi-Fi

Established in 1977, Students & Travelers Inn was one of the first hostels in the city, and it has stood the test of time! The hostel's popularity continues to bring in diverse groups of travelers with accommodations that range from private rooms to four and eight bed dorms.

Its location at the heart of Plaka also makes this hostel ideal for guests who prefer to be at the center of everything. Shops and restaurants can be found right at the doorstep, while the most popular tourist attractions are less than ten minutes away on foot.

Location and price are the selling points for this hostel, making it ideal for solo travelers just looking for a place to crash. The 24-hour services and facilities make it easy to accommodate your needs any time of day. Other amenities include showers, laundry facility, vending machines, free maps and tourist information, Wi-Fi, and a selection of games to challenge your fellow guests.
Read reviews.

The Best Hostels for Couples in Athens

Fivos

Dorm Bed $21.51
Private Room $17.92

Who should stay here: Budget travelers, couples, groups
Location: Psiri Neighborhood
Amenities: Breakfast, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, internet cafe
Personality: Clean and quiet
Heads up: Some street noise; not for solo travelers

Located in old city Athens, just steps away from Monastriraki Square, Fivos is another favorite place to stay. From private rooms to shared dorms, this hostel has a wide variety of accommodations suitable to anyone from couples to larger groups. Due to its quiet personality, however, this hostel is especially ideal for couples. Its private rooms give the feel of a hotel more than a hostel.

Fivos' central location is another factor that places it the map. It is just steps away from the heart of Athens, easy walking distance to all of the main attractions, and just a metro ride to the airport. Be sure to take advantage of the in house travel agency services, offering some of the lowest rates on all-inclusive packages to the Greek Islands and mainland Greece.
Read the reviews.

Other recommended hostels for couples:
- Athens Quinta (see the review below under Quiet hostels)
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- San Remo Hostel

The Best Hostels For Families in Athens

Zorbas Hotel

Dorm Bed $9.27
Private Room $10.42

The Zorbas Hotel is sort of a hybrid between a hotel and a hostel. They offer dorms as well as private rooms, and the common areas are social yet quiet. For families, their variety in room types is very convenient. They offer rooms where the kids can sleep in bunks while the adults sleep in a larger bed.

Additionally, the location is terrific, as it is right near all of the museums and public transportation. The prices are terrific for what you get here, and the atmosphere of the older building adds to the ambiance of your stay in old Athens.
Read reviews and see more information here.

Other recommended hostels for families in Athens:
- San Remo Hostel: a small and quiet hostel with a variety of rooms in a great location
- Athens House Hostel: your home away from home in a great location in the city

The Best Hostels For Large Groups in Athens

Dioskouros

Dorm Bed $13.74
Private Room $13.74

Who should stay here: Budget travelers, backpackers, groups
Location: Plaka Neighborhood
Amenities: Breakfast, Wi-Fi, 24-hour reception, kitchen, vending machine
Personality: Quiet and peaceful
Heads up: Breakfast is included, but basic; reviews say cleanliness is not always up to par

Dioskouros is centrally located in the Plaka neighborhood right at the base of the Acropolis. This location makes it easy for travelers to see the city and its tourist attractions on foot, as well as have easy access to the airport and other Greek destinations via the nearby metro station.

While the hostel can accommodate groups of up 50, it remains generally peaceful and quiet, making it an ideal location for student and study groups. The hostel maintains a policy of no noise after 11 PM, and also requires guests to conduct themselves in a reasonable and responsible manner within the hostel, so as not to disturb other guests.

Amenities include linens and one towel per guest free of charge, free Wi-Fi, paid lockers for luggage storage, 24-hour reception, kitchen, vending machine, travel and tours desk discounted rates for hotel guests, and paid parking in the neighborhood.
Read reviews.

The Best Quiet Hostels for Sleeping in Athens

Athens Quinta

Dorm Bed $23.90
Private Room $26.89

Who should stay here: Backpackers, couples, small groups, solo travelers, budget travelers
Location: Methonis Street
Amenities: Wi-Fi, common area, kitchen, air conditioning, snacks, coffee, tea, maps
Personality: Relaxing and laid back
Heads up: a bit further from main attractions (30-minute walk to Plaka & Acropolis)

Situated in the midst of a trendy Athens neighborhood, Athens Quinta is a neoclassical manor turned hostel with a cozy atmosphere of vintage decor. Its character reflects the artistic and cultural appeal of the surrounding area. Because it is located a bit further from the main attractions, this hostel is a quieter haven for travelers looking for a relaxing place to stay.

The immediate neighborhood has many great bars, cafes, restaurants, and movie theaters, and if you wish to experience the bustling tourist attractions, it's easy to navigate around the city. The walk to the Acropolis and Plaka is about 30 minutes, and there are plenty of options for public transportation, including bus and metro.

Options for guests at Athens Quinta range from shared dorms to double bedrooms, each overlooking the front promenade or outdoor courtyard. Additional services include movie nights, free coffee, tea, snacks, and traditional Greek spoon sweets. Staff are also happy to supply advice, suggestions, information on excursions and sightseeing, as well as city maps to assist guests during their visit.
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