The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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The main gay area in Athens is trendy, industrial Gazi, on the western edge of the old city center. There are not many hotels in this area, so most of the gay-friendly hotels in Athens are located in the city’s other gay area, Monastiraki. This neighborhood is most famous for its Flea Market and ancient ruins, but it is also home to popular gay saunas and hangouts. Among these, Rooster cafe is probably the most popular, and one of the best places to meet other gays in Athens. All of the hotels in this list are within walking distance of the Monastiraki gay scene. If you’re in town for clubbing, you may want to look out for those close to Monastiraki Metro station, since this provides a direct 5-minute connection to the Gazi gay clubs. Alternatively, a taxi between the two areas is only about 15 minutes.
Most hotels in Athens could be described as gay-friendly. Greece is one of the most progressive countries in Southeast Europe when it comes to gay rights. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal since 1951, gay marriage since 2015, and its hate speech and hate crime legislation is among the most comprehensive in all of Europe.
The city as a whole is gay-friendly, with the area surrounding gay Gazi especially so. That said, Greek society has less of an “out and proud” attitude than others, so you may raise a couple of eyebrows with public displays of affection outside of the immediate gay and tourist areas.
Gazi is home to most of Athens’s gay nightlife. Gazi sits on the western edge of the old city center, next to Monastiraki and Psiri. However, there are not many hotels in Gazi, so most of the recommended gay-friendly hotels are in the neighboring, Monastiraki and Psiri.
From our bookings, most gay travelers opt for hotels in Monastiraki and Psiri to be near to the gay nightlife and also the tourist sites of Athens.
♥ Gorgeous millennial aesthetic throughout
♥ Awesome Coco-mat beds with personalized sleeping service
♥ Ideal location for visiting the Acropolis
♥ State-of-the-art facilities, including a rooftop swimming pool
This designer 5-star hotel is practically across the street from the Acropolis Museum – it’s only about a 10-minute walk to the Parthenon at the top of the Acropolis. Coco-mat Athens BC features a trendy minimalist aesthetic, complete with pastel colors, rose gold accents, and Scandi-retro furnishings. All rooms come with high-end amenities and most have great city or museum views. The Master Suite is exceptionally lovely, with a large glass-fronted balcony and a stunning view of the Acropolis. Since Coco-mat is primarily a sleep brand, you won’t be disappointed by your beds: they even offer a personalization service, whereby their staff will tailor the bedding in your room to suit your build and sleeping style. The hotel facilities, from the restaurant to the spa, state-of-the-art gym, and rooftop outdoor swimming pool, are all beautifully designed and eco-friendly.
♥ Stunning location between the Acropolis and Temple of Zeus
♥ Beautiful modern interiors with an elegant, masculine vibe
♥ Acropolis view balcony suites available
♥ Fine dining restaurant with breathtaking Acropolis views
AthensWas Hotel sits between two of Athens’ most iconic sights, the Acropolis and the Temple of Olympian Zeus, with the latter being practically across the street. The hotel features sleek contemporary interiors with a chic retro vibe, focused on clean lines and rich materials. All the rooms have luxe amenities like a mini-bar and Nespresso machine, and all have designer furnishings and black marble bathrooms. The suites on the higher floors are especially luxurious: both the AthensWas Suite and the Hellenic Suite have spacious open balconies directly overlooking the Acropolis. Sense Restaurant also benefits from an impressive view – the Parthenon sits directly above you as you dine. There is an excellent Fitness centre, and the hotel even offers personal training.
♥ Stylish contemporary look with designer furnishings
♥ Awesome rooftop swimming pool
♥ Trendy bar-restaurant with Parthenon views
♥ Short walking distance to several saunas and cruising spots, as well as Rooster gay café
This modern boutique hotel is a gay-friendly favorite in Athens, thanks to its stylish design, rooftop pool, and proximity to both gay nightlife and major sights. The rooms feature a minimalist all-white contemporary decor with bright color accents on the walls, designer furnishings, and Korres toiletries. They are all spacious and bright, especially the suites. Connecting rooms are available for groups. Facilities include a well-equipped gym, massage service, and daily yoga classes by the rooftop pool. The rooftop is also home to a chic and charming bar-restaurant, complete with views of the Parthenon. The hotel is under 5 minutes from both FLEX Sauna and Ira Baths, and under 10 minutes to the ever-popular Rooster cafe. Cinema Athinaikon, an adult cinema that shows gay films at night and is a common cruising spot, is just a couple of steps from the hotel. Fresh Hotel is one of the most booked gay-friendly hotels in Athens.
♥ Fantastic location for gay nightlife: walking distance to both gay areas
♥ Historic city center location, surrounded by sights like Hadrian’s Library, the Roman Agora, and the Temple of Hephaestus
♥ Private terrace suites with Acropolis views available
♥ Intimate and personal boutique vibe, with attentive staff and impeccable service
This elegant boutique hotel is conveniently located in the historic city center, between Monastiraki and Gazi, Athens’ two main gay hubs. It’s about a 10-minute walk to Rooster Cafe in Monastiraki and 15 minutes to the gay bars and clubs in Gazi, such as Moe, BIG, and Sodade 2. Rooms have cozy warm palettes and modern design. The suites are worth splashing out on, thanks to their spacious layouts and private terraces with Acropolis views: book the Grand Suite for a group of friends, or the Petite Suite for a romantic getaway. O&B takes pride in offering a personal service, and its staff are super helpful and welcoming.
♥ Unique and glamorous 60s retro aesthetic
♥ Awesome vintage amenities like vinyl players and trolley bars
♥ Chic bars and a trendy brunch on weekends
♥ Central square location, around the corner from one of Athens’ oldest gay saunas
Brown Acropol features vintage 60s-inspired decor with a contemporary feel, resulting in rooms that have the glamour of old-school travel and the Insta appeal of a modern designer hotel. Rooms range from a cozy solo to an exquisite Executive Suite – aside from the solo, all rooms come with a Nespresso machine, walk-in shower, and vinyl music player. Additional luxuries like a trolley bar and a balcony can be found in the higher categories. Both the retro lobby bar and the rooftop bar are fantastically chic, and the weekend brunch is one of the coolest in town. Brown Acropol is located on Omonoia Square, one of Athens’ central squares, meaning great public transport access. Popular gay sauna Ira Baths is a stone’s throw away, and the gay bars and saunas of Monastiraki are about a 10-minute walk from the hotel.
♥ Excellent central location, equidistant to Gazi and Monastiraki gay areas
♥ Fresh and contemporary decor with a Greek twist
♥ Marble bathrooms with hydromassage showers
♥ Spacious, bright rooms with balcony and Acropolis view available
Athenaeum Eridanus Luxury Hotel is located on Pireos Street, one of Athens’ main streets. The Gazi gayborhood is less than a 15-minute walk away, as are the Monastiraki gay bars and saunas. The hotel has a refreshing contemporary design in classic Greek white-and-blue, with minimalist rooms and elegant marble bathrooms. All of the rooms are very spacious and bright, with hydromassage showers and either garden or city views – book the Acropolis view room for your own private balcony overlooking the Parthenon. The hotel has a well-equipped gym with a steam bath, and a lovely rooftop terrace restaurant.
♥ Convenient central location for sightseeing and gay nightlife
♥ Great range of room sizes and styles
♥ Large four-person suites with fantastic views available
♥ Iconic Acropolis view from the restaurant/breakfast room
Titania Hotel is located near Omonia Square on Panepistimiou Avenue, with great public transport links. FLEX Sauna and Rooster Cafe are both about 10 minutes away. The decor is classic and slightly old-fashioned, but everything is extremely well-maintained and comfortable. There is a wide selection of room sizes and styles, including several options for groups, from a compact Family Room to a spacious Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning views. There’s a small but modern gym and a treatment room where you can get massages. The restaurant has amazing Acropolis views and makes for a beautiful place to start your day with a generous buffet breakfast.
♥ Good value for money – handy central location, clean and comfortable rooms
♥ Walking distance to most gay nightlife and a couple of minutes away from a gay sauna (Ira Baths)
♥ Extremely comfortable beds
Chic Hotel offers minimalist, contemporary rooms in the heart of central Athens. It is located on Pireos Street, a couple of minutes from popular local gay sauna Ira Baths and about 10 minutes from both FLEX Sauna and Rooster gay cafe. The gay bars and clubs of Gazi, meanwhile, are under a 20-minute walk away. The hotel’s offerings are simple: either a twin or a double room, with simple design and fantastically comfy orthopedic beds. Overall, the hotel offers very good value for money, with everything you need for a comfortable stay and no extra frills.
♥ Heritage hotel with over 80 years of history
♥ Good range of room sizes and styles, including private garden terrace rooms with Acropolis views
♥ Ideal location for ancient Athens sightseeing
♥ A couple of minutes’ walk to Rooster gay Cafe and FLEX Sauna
Carolina Hotel is one of the oldest hotels in Athens – note the old-fashioned iron elevator, the first to be installed in all of Athens. It is housed in a beautiful neo-classical building, with renovated modern interiors. The all-white minimalist rooms have options to suit all budgets, including a no-frills single, quadruple, or double, or a balcony room with a private garden terrace overlooking the Acropolis. The Deluxe Suite, which sleeps four, is especially lovely, with stylish modern design and high-end furnishings and linens. The hotel is located in the heart of old Athens, with several museums and sights within a short 5-minute walk. It is also a particularly gay-friendly Athens hotel: Rooster cafe, one of the main gathering spots for gay locals and tourists, is just a 2-minute walk around the block, and FLEX Sauna is just as close.
♥ Very good value – comfortable accommodation in a super central location a stone’s throw away from gay venues
♥ Range of room sizes to suit all kinds of travelers
♥ A couple of minutes’ walk to FLEX Sauna and Rooster gay cafe
♥ Rooftop bar with Acropolis views
Offering comfortable rooms in the heart of old Athens, Attalos Hotel offers good value for money and is popular with gay visitors. FLEX Sauna is a little over 100m away, and Rooster gay cafe is just a 3-minute walk from the hotel. The rooms are simple and modern, and come in single, double, triple, and quadruple sizes: the quadruple family room is especially spacious and a great option for a group of friends on a budget. There is a lovely rooftop terrace with views of the Acropolis where you can sip some drinks and watch the city from above. Attalos is one of the most booked budget gay-friendly hotels in Athens.