The Greek capital is a great city for both a city-break or an extended stay. Visitors soon learn that it’s a prime destination for budget-savvy travel. Choosing a budget accommodation in Athens can be challenging. Hotelathensgreece.com has put together in this guide five tips to help you find a good spot to rest, for less in Athens.
Come off-season. In 2018, a record-breaking 33 million tourists came to Greece, most of them during the summer season. 2019 was also a record-breaking year with more than 35 million tourists. Summer in any Mediterranean city can be stiflingly hot, and Athens is most enjoyable when the weather has cooled and the tourists have thinned out. From mid-September to April, you’ll still get mild weather and a clear, blue sky.
2. Choose your location
As with any city, the budget accommodations in Athens are located in areas which are considered to be less desirable than others. No problems staying in hotels in Omonia, although it has a rougher vibe than if you stay at the hotels in Plaka.
3. Cash is King
Greeks use cash more than any other country in the the European Union, not just for their daily shopping, but also for rent and bills. More than thirty percent of people still get paid in paper notes, and around 46 percent of Greeks pay their taxes that way, too. Vendors tend to prefer being paid in cash: receipts are obligatory, but paying cash means that the owner doesn’t have to pay a credit card commission and banking fees, saving both buyer and seller some money.
4. Use websites and local guidebooks.
Hotelathensgreece.com offers a guide to budget accommodations that includes stylish new hotels and very hip hostels. Ratings and reviews are for both accommodations and price.
5. Join a loyalty program!
As in the airline industry where frequent flyer get miles, in the hotel industry guests accumulate free awards when they make repeated purchases with a hotel. There are many hotel booking sites that offer steep discounts to those who are members of their loyalty program.