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Hotel or Airbnb(VRBO)?

In late March, our group of four will be traveling to Athens for a six-night stay. We're looking for accommodation options for one couple and two singles and are considering whether it's preferable to stay in a hotel or rent a 3-bedroom unit for the duration. Our key considerations include (1) safety, (2) proximity to public transportation and attractions, (3) comfort, and (4) getting the best value for our money. Any insights you can provide would be highly appreciated!

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Personally, I prefer an apartment to a hotel for stays of more than 3 nights. You have with a group a place to gather and I get tired of a hotel room quickly. And often you can get a washer which is helpful.

But I think the only way to figure it out is to look at apartments and see what is available.

One disadvantage is fewer bathrooms. When we were in Athens, we had three bedrooms for the six of us but only 1.5 baths. If we had three hotel rooms, we would have had 3 baths. We actually could have rented a place that had two full baths but the place we rented had a roof top deck which we decided was worth the trade off.

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Thank you BethFL! I typically prefer an Airbnb when the stay is longer as well but wanted another's opinion in regards to Athens. Can I ask which area you stayed and would you recommend it to other travelers?

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We stayed in Makriyanni-two blocks south of the Acropolis. I liked it there and would stay again. We had a view from rooftop deck of the Acropolis lit up at night.

I found the Airbnb we stayed which I would also recommend but have to figure out how to copy it here!

Try this then:

https://abnb.me/rtr8opuyyGb

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BethFL - Thanks, you were able to embed the web link but unfortunately it did not take me to the apartment you used :-(

I appreciate the feedback.

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Beth, when you paste a link from an Airbnb, put only the beginning of the url up to the room number - just before the question mark

As we go to Athens regularly and stay mots of the times in Airbnbs, I know quite a few, but unfortunately for 2 or 3 guests maximum.
I still looked at what was available late March for 4 or 5 guests, well located, rated, and which I could have put on a wishlist.
Check the reviews, (I always look out for the worst reviews and check if they are repeated with different guests)

Check:

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/33718630

I was able to locate it precisely at 47 Veikou Street in the north of Koukaki (one of my favorite neighborhoods), Price 905€ for 6 nights / 4 guests late March. it's close to the Acropolis Museum. There's a nice bistro right across the street, the Vanilla Bistro.
The apartment is above the mini market. There is a washing machine (free)The building is here:

http://tinyurl.com/4bcuv8ka

Another one in the same neighborhood. I also located it precisely, at 8 Gkioni Street. It's a very quiet street and there is a great farmer's market every Friday in the next street (Zacharitsa street). It's 871€ for 6 nights late March.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/19841388

The apartment is here:
http://tinyurl.com/m45wu285

This one is a little further south but also very well located (we stayed in an Airbnb right next door two years ago) It is located near this crossroads http://tinyurl.com/bddvsemz

I was not able to locate it precisely, the photos only show exterior views of the yard (which is an advantage because of the possible noise). 674€ for 6 nights/ 4 guests late March.

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/6238580

And this one located in Plaka, between Syntagma Square and the Acropolis. To visit the Acropolis it is the best located. Price 1234€ for 6 nights /4 guests late March

https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/54173065

I located it precisely at 15 Tripodon Street here: http://tinyurl.com/3hxtn9cb There is an excellent restaurant right next door that I recommend: To Kafeneio https://tokafeneio.gr/

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This is great information, I will be traveling to Athens May 10 with three other adults meeting grandson who will be there for semester abroad. We will go on seven night cruise of islands leaving 10/14. Thinking a short term rental will be best for our group. Looking at your suggestions.

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There are more than 13,000 Airbnbs in Athens, 90% are entire homes/apartments. So don't hesitate to look for others!

A tip about Airbnb:

Sometimes people prefer to rent from an individual, others from a professional. European regulations require Airbnb to specify whether the accommodation is managed by an individual or a professional but this information is not available in the English US language version. If you want to see it, switch to the English Ireland language (among others).

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Be aware that Athens has begun eliminating Air BnBs.

The Greek government does not at all intend to eliminate Airbnbs or any other short-term rental, but to regulate the short-term rental market. On the contrary, the Minister of Finance has declared that he does not want to stifle the development of the short term rentals segment of the tourism economy, which provides a supplementary income for thousands of property owners.

The new measures in 2024 are meant to tackle tax evasion and lost revenues.

In 2024 a new “Climate Crisis Resilience" tax replaces the tourist tax and will be applied to both hotels and short term rentals.