AthensWas Hotel: A Luxury Stay Beneath the Acropolis

AthensWas is one of the most beloved luxury hotels in Athens
AthensWas is one of the most beloved luxury hotels in Athens

This AthensWas hotel review aims to help you make your decision if you are considering the hotel as a possible place to stay while visiting Athens. 

Perched on the cobbled boulevard of Dionysiou Areopagitou, AthensWas is a five-star hotel that sits in the beating heart of the Greek capital. The Acropolis and the sunbleached ruins of the ancient Parthenon are just a five-minute walk from here, and the hotel’s location provides a perfect base for exploring historic Athens

AthensWas Hotel 

Athens Was Hotel
Rooms and suites at AthensWas are spacious and boast stylish, contemporary furnishings
Rooms and suites at AthensWas are spacious and boast stylish, contemporary furnishings

AthensWas has quickly gained a reputation for being one of the best luxury hotels in central Athens. The property sits at a wonderful juxtaposition of ancient culture and tradition meets modern living. The rooms and communal areas are decorated with bright colours and plush contemporary furnishings, while the walls are decorated with pieces of Greek art and local street photography. 

Guest Highlights 

Guests at AthensWas are greeted with a welcome drink
Guests at AthensWas are greeted with a welcome drink
  • Location, Location, Location – AthensWas’ location means that all of the important sites of the Greek capital are accessible on foot from here (old Plaka, the Acropolis hill, eclectic Koukaki, etc). Dionysiou Areopagitou is one of the main streets that runs through the historic centre. Eclectic boutiques selling artisan products, homely tavernas, and folk singers are all right on your doorstep.

  • Thoughtful Check-in Experience – Guests of AthensWas hotel are greeted with a welcome drink and snack while they complete their check-in process, and a second drink when they reach their room. What better welcome to Greece than to cheer “yamas” with your travel buddies over a refreshing glass of Cretan raki?

  • Dining Options – Sense Restaurant sits perched on top of the AthensWas hotel, boasting incredible Acropolis views and fine dining. Dishes served here place a modern twist on classic Greek dishes – for example, pastitsio served cannelloni style with oxtail.

  • Incredible Service – Guests at AthensWas are treated like VIPs from the moment at which they arrive, until the moment that they check out. 

Rooms at AthensWas Hotel 

AthensWas Hotel, Athens
AthensWas Hotel, Athens

AthensWas provides an intimate hotel experience. The property boasts 21 rooms and suites, each of which has a private balcony and views over either the Acropolis or the charming promenade of Dionysiou Areopagitou. 

Whether you opt to stay in one of the hotel’s lavish suites or their classic rooms, you will be met with a spacious and comfortable place to relax at the end of each day of sightseeing. 

Highlights of the rooms and suites at the AthensWas hotel are detailed below. 

  • Toiletries – Every room and suite at AthensWas is filled with plentiful fragrant toiletries from luxury brand Mugler. In the closets, you will find snuggly white slippers and bathrobes for maximum comfort.

  • Indulgent Bedding – A deluxe feather duvet, a Simmons mattress, and a pillow menu combine to ensure that you have the perfect night’s sleep.

  • Stylish Design – All rooms and suites are elegantly designed and filled with stylish contemporary furnishings, Athenian street photography, and luxurious marble bathrooms.

  • Excellent Amenities – A Nespresso machine, tea, and coffee making facilities, an HD smart TV, and a fully stocked (chargeable) mini bar of some of the amenities that you can find in the luxurious rooms at Athens Was.

Restaurants & Dining Facilities

Breakfast at AthensWas Hotel
Breakfast at AthensWas Hotel

AthensWas is a perfect accommodation choice for travelling gourmands. From here, you can taste exquisite Mediterranean and world flavours without even having to leave the comfort of your hotel. 

Fine Dining at The Sense Restaurant 

The Sense Restaurant that sits atop the AthensWas hotel is widely regarded as being one of the best fine dining restaurants in the Greek capital. From here you have a perfect view of Acropolis Hill and the Parthenon in all their glory. Come at dinner time when the ancient site is illuminated with hundreds of twinkling lights. 

The dishes on the menu at AthensWas place an innovative twist on classic Greek dishes. The food is prepared with excellent quality ingredients that are locally sourced, and everything is prepared in-house – from the sourdough bread to the condiments. The dishes highlight the very best of Greek cuisine and allow your tastebuds to embark on an adventure across the country. Wine drinkers should ask their server to suggest a local wine that brings out the flavours of their selected dish. 

The Menu at AthensWas changes according to the seasons. I was lucky in that the restaurant’s chef-prepared me a tasting menu comprised of lots of “mini” versions of the popular dishes on the menu – Greek amuse bouches to start, followed by a refreshing summer “bostani” salad from Limnos island, flavourful Greek mushroom cabbage rolls, rich pastitsio cannelloni, slow-cooked cockerel breast served “barduniotiko” style, and a traditional cake from Lefkada island.  

A La Carte Breakfast From the Comfort of Your Room

A La Carte breakfast can be enjoyed in the comfort of your room, or in the Promenade restaurant.

Breakfast at AthensWas is A La Carte and is served in the cosy Promenade restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel. It is also possible to have this delivered to your room so that you can enjoy breakfast in bed, or on your own private balcony.

Created with love by the AthensWas Chef, the menu showcases a selection of continental style dishes with a Greek touch. Consider ordering a plate of various Greek cheeses and cold cut meats, or Greek-style scrambled eggs “kayianas” with country sausage, peppers, olive oil, and oregano. 

Reaching AthensWas 

Spacious private balconies overlook Dionysiou Areopagitou or the Acropolis

It is easy to reach AthensWas hotel from Athens International Airport. The hotel sits just a short walk away from the Acropolis metro station. 

By Public Transport 

You can reach the city centre via bus or metro from Eleftherios Venizelos airport. The metro is arguably the most convenient of the two options. Take the blue line metro (M3) to Syntagma. From there, change to the red line (M2) and travel one stop to the Acropolis station.

AthensWas is just a three-minute walk away from the Acropolis metro station. You need a special airport ticket to take the metro. This costs €10 per person and is valid for 90 minutes. 

Alternatively, you can take the bus from the airport. The X95 bus departs outside of gates 4 and 5 at the airport arrivals. Tickets cost €6 per person. The bus stops at Syntagma square so you need to either walk or take the metro from there. 

By Cab

If there are a few of you, it may be more economical to take a cab. You will find plentiful yellow taxis waiting outside of Athens International Airport. The fare should cost no more than around €35. 

Additional Information

Promenade Restaurant, AthensWas Hotel
Promenade Restaurant, AthensWas Hotel

Rooms at AthensWas start from €160 per night. Rates vary depending on the season. Click here to browse the latest room rates and availability

Hotel Address: 

AthensWas Hotel, Dionysiou Areopagitou 5, Athina 117 42

Hotel Contact Telephone:

+302109249954

Hotel E-Mail Address:

[email protected]

Disclaimer: High Heels and a Backpack was a guest of the AthensWas Hotel. That said, all opinions enclosed in this AthensWas hotel review are my own. This page may contain affiliate links. In other words, I may obtain a small amount of commission if you choose to make a purchase through one of the links on this site. This is charged at no additional cost to you. 


Melissa Douglas

Melissa Douglas is a British Travel Writer and Blogger based in Athens, Greece. She writes for numerous high profile travel publications across the globe - including Forbes Travel Guide, Matador Network, The Times of Israel and The Huffington Post.

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