Hundreds of hotels are concentrated in the business and tourist district around Syntagma Square. The better hotels are usually booked well in advance for Easter and Christmas. Early reservations may not be necessary at other times, but be prepared to pay full price for a room if you're booking on short notice (same day to three weeks). Booking your room early (three months in advance) will get you a much better rate. We suggest that you request a room away from the street because of the noise from the motorcycles that buzz through Athens at all hours. Some hotels offer special rates to business travelers.
Budget and midrange hotels usually include breakfast and Internet access in the room rate. Many five-star hotels—especially the ones belonging to international chains—tend to charge separately for these amenities.
Budget travelers will want to find a room in a small hotel in the Plaka area. The only drawback to those properties is that the dancing at the bar below your window may not stop until dawn (it won't do much good to ask them to turn it down; you might as well go downstairs and join the party). In the cheapest hotels, be prepared to pay extra for air-conditioning. All accommodations have fairly high taxes. However, hotels are required to include them in the initially quoted price and not add them on at checkout; refuse to pay these extras if asked to do so.
Several of the big modern hotels aimed at business travelers are located on Syngrou Avenue, but note that this is a busy thoroughfare, and while it may be functional, it is certainly not pretty. Likewise, many midrange hotels can be found close to Omonia Square, but the area is a little rundown and no longer entirely safe at night.
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