The Ultimate Gay Travel Guide
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While most hotels in town can boast an Acropolis view – it does, after all, sit on a hill – many of Athens’ luxury hotels are located directly next to the hill, meaning even more impressive views and easy access to the site. Sleek designer boutique hotels are some of the best around, although there are also a few more old-fashioned options for the classically-minded luxury traveler. Rooftop restaurants and balcony rooms are almost a given, but do look out for hotels with rooftop pools, especially if you’re visiting during the sweltering Athenian summer.
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.
The Royal Olympic Hotel has one of the best locations in town for visiting Athens’ main attraction, the Acropolis. The hotel is under a 5-minute walk from the Acropolis Museum and you can reach the Parthenon at the top the hill in under 15 minutes. The hotel is ideal for those who like a bit of classic old-fashioned grandeur in their 5-star hotels – think white marble bathrooms and vintage baroque furnishings. The Athenian Panorama room directly faces the Temple of Zeus for an incredible Greek view, while the luxurious Suites come with opulent tiled baths, a private balcony, and ample living space. There’s a lovely outdoor swimming pool surrounded by gardens, a cozy library, and a modern, well-equipped gym. Guests also have a choice of three bars and can dine in the restaurant, which has incredible views of the various surrounding ancient ruins. The Royal Olympic is one of the most booked luxury gay-friendly hotels in Athens.
Electra Metropolis is conveniently located in the center of Athens, about a 5-minute walk from popular gay hangout Rooster cafe. This new hotel (opened in 2016) features elegant, upscale interiors in a classic Greek blue and white palette, with original contemporary art in the public areas and a chic retro style in the rooms. These come in a range of sizes, with the suites being especially spacious and luxurious. All come with extra-comfy beds and stylish marble bathrooms. We recommend the rooms with private balconies overlooking the Acropolis for something extra special. Electra Metropolis has excellent fitness and wellness facilities, including a fabulous rooftop pool, a fully equipped spa, and a good gym. The roof garden bistro is delightful, and there are three other bars to choose from. With these facilities, it’s no surprise that Electra Metropolis is one of the most booked luxury hotels in Athens.
This boutique hotel features trendy contemporary design, a mix of minimalism with touches of bright color, original artworks, and unique accents. Different rooms have different visual themes inspired by Greek culture, from blue evil eye patterns to old postcards of Athens or depictions of Greek folklore and mythology. Every room has large floor-to-ceiling windows, custom furnishings and art, and a spacious layout – even the Standard room is bigger than most in town. If you feel like treating yourself, you can’t do better than the Penthouse Suite, complete with 360-degree panoramic views and a large private terrace. Facilities include a stylish gym and a gorgeous state-of-the-art spa, as well as a rooftop bar-restaurant. New Hotel is located right next to Syntagma, Athens’ central square.
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.