Athens, Greece


Rates per night from$149.22

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR134.80), via, using today’s exchange rate.


Black, white and sleek all over


Acropolis adjacent

Set on a buzzy pedestrian street, AthensWas dishes out an enticing slice of monochrome modernism to go with your ancient history. It’s a short stroll from both the Acropolis and popular restaurants and shops for the perfect blend of past and present. 

Smith Extra

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A welcome drink for all Smith guests, and one Acropolis Museum ticket a person for those staying in the Superior Deluxe Room, or AthensWas, Hellenic or Grand Hellenic Suites


Photos AthensWas facilities

Need to know


Twenty-one, including eight suites


Noon. Check-in: 2pm, both flexible subject to availability. Guests arriving early or leaving late are also welcome to store their luggage.


Double rooms from $149.22 (€135), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates usually include à la carte buffet breakfast and all local taxes. Guests staying in Superior Deluxe rooms, the AthensWas Suite and the Hellenic Suite will get Acropolis Museum tickets.


Arrange a private half-or full-day tour of Athens for a bespoke hit of history and culture.

At the hotel

Free WiFi throughout, 24-hour gym, meeting room. In rooms: Korres bath products, Nespresso coffee machines, HD TVs, minibars.

Our favourite rooms

We particularly like the higher floors for their views of Athens. Seekers of quiet and calm may enjoy the Classic rooms – with private balconies overlooking the peaceful courtyard – best. The splashy Helenic Suite has a huge terrace with a day-bed, for Acropolis-watching by day and stargazing by night.

Packing tips

Bring running shoes to follow the hotel’s jogging map, an alternative way to see the sights. Or for the lounging-inclined, pack your sunglasses and sunscreen to take in the incredible city views as you laze away the day on roof terrace.


Grab a design book and a drink and head to the vine-strewn urban secret garden of the courtyard for a mid-afternoon lounge session.


Pets will have to stay behind – they're not allowed at the hotel. See more pet-friendly hotels in Athens.


Welcome everywhere except the Deluxe rooms. Cots (free) and extra beds (free for under-sixes; €70 a night for older kids) can be added to most rooms; there are three sets of interconnecting rooms, and the Helenic Suite and Grand Suite can be joined.

Food and Drink

Photos AthensWas food and drink

Top Table

For the best views, head to the terrace for your meals. And if you’re after an especially romantic evening, private rooftop dining can be arranged.

Dress Code

Modern minimalism; extra points for monochromatic attire to fit in with the decor.

Hotel restaurant

The à la carte breakfast has a wide variety of traditional cold and hot dishes to chose from, and is served in the Modern Restaurant or up on your balcony. The Modern Restaurant, on the ground floor, has an outdoor courtyard leading off from the indoor space. The lobby’s black-and-white-marble theme continues into the restaurant, which is dotted with vintage Italian designer chairs and Greek walnut. The menu’s packed with modern Greek cuisine, from small plates to main meals, and a fantastic wine selection too. There’s also a rooftop terrace that serves the same menu, but with incredible views of the Acropolis: it’s the perfect spot for cocktail sipping.

Hotel bar

In Modern Restaurant’s bar, try one of their signature cocktails: the Athens Marathon, Golden Century, Parthenon’s Glow or Olympic Spirit. AthensWas also has a rooftop bar that enjoys panoramic views of the Acropolis, Lycabettus and the city as a whole, from the mountains that define its eastern and western boundaries, to the northern horizon and the sea to the south.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7am to 11am, lunch from noon to 5pm, and dinner from 6pm to 11pm.

Room service

The full menu is available for room service at any time, day or night.


Photos AthensWas location
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The hotel is smack-bang between the Acropolis and the Arch of Hadrian; it’s about a two-minute walk to either one.


Athens International Airport is 40 minutes away by car. The hotel can arrange transfers for €45–100, depending on time and car type.


Athens Railway Station is 15 minutes away by car, and is served by trains from Corinthos, Nafplio and the surrounding area. The hotel can arrange pickup from the train station for €20–30.


A pay-to-park car park is 600m from the hotel.

Worth getting out of bed for

You’re right in the historic heart of the city, with the Acropolis, its museum and the Arch of Hadrian all a two-minute walk away from the hotel. The National Gardens are also nearby, about a 10-minute walk away. Take the cable car or, if you’re feeling energetic, walk up Ploutarhou Street to reach the church at the top of Mount Lycabettus, 277m above sea level. More panoramic city views await at the summit of Mount Hymettus, a picnic-perfect spot overlooking Athens. One of the easiest ways to get acquainted with Athens is to follow the Ancient Promenade, a pedestrian zone that connects the city’s iconic sights, including the Temple of Olympian Zeus and the Acropolis. Die-hard design lovers can get even more of a fix of contemporary works at the Benakis Museum (+30 (0)210 367 1000) on Koumpari.

Local restaurants

Locals love Mani Mani (Falirou 10, Athina 117 42, +30 21 0921 8180) for its authentic Greek fare. Dionysos (43 Rovertou Galli St, 11742, +30 210 923 1936) is another local upscale restaurant with panoramic views of the acropolis. Seafood restaurant Varoulko is set on the seafront at the Mikrolimano marina, which is about 15 minutes by taxi from AthensWas (Akti Koumoundourou 52, Mikrolimano, Piraeus, +30 210 522 8400). 


Local cafés

Head to Mama Roux (+30 (0)213 0048 382) on Aiolou, an ideal brunch spot, serving organic burgers with fresh salsa. For a simple Greek taverna with Acropolis views, look no further than the rooftop terrace of Strofi Tavern (Rovertou Galli, 1174225,+30 21 0921 4130). Psarra’s on Erechtheous (+30 210 321 8733) is a pretty taverna with outdoor seating on the slopes of Plaka, where you can savour traditional Greek food washed down with a glass or two of retsina. It’s been open since 1898 and is still a favourite with locals.

Local bars

Combining a bar with a gallery space and a music venue, Bios at 84 Pireus (+30 210 342 5335) provides Athens with a unique injection of cutting-edge culture. 


Photos AthensWas reviews

Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this hip modern hotel in Athens and unpacked their designer trinkets, miniature Acropolis and bottle of ouzo, a full account of their sleek Greek stay will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside AthensWas in Greece…

A former apartment building turned hip modern hotel, AthensWas is moments from the Acropolis on a vibrant pedestrian street in the centre of the capital. Glass-fronted balconies dominate the exterior, and a minimalistic monochrome colour scheme flows throughout the interior. After a friendly check-in, welcome drink, and perusal of your spacious lodgings, you’ll be ready for some modern Mediterranean sustenance. Head up to the roof terrace, where unrivaled views of the Arch of Hadrian and the rest of the Athens monument set are served up alongside modern Greek plates and punnily named signature cocktails: the best of the old and the new indeed.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in AthensWas’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The really friendly and helpful staff and the perfect location - very central but just away from the noisier streets

Don’t expect

A quiet outside space, whilst our room had a balcony there was no garden or quiet outside space. 


Stayed on 7 Mar 2019

We loved

The boutique feel, large well-appointed room with generous balcony. Staff truly charming. Food fantastic; both breakfast and the top floor restaurant at night with breataking views. The shops and cafes in all the nearby sidestreets are fun. We will be back!

Don’t expect

A big corporate hotel.


Stayed on 6 Jul 2018

We loved

We had a very nice suite with a view of the Acropolis and could not fault the hotel staff who were extremely friendly and helpful. The hotel is in a pedestrianised area and it is a short walk to the Acropolis and the museum. Breakfast was very good, and we also had a drink in the rooftop restaurant.


Stayed on 21 Mar 2018