The Acropolis is an ancient sight I have been dreaming of visiting for a long as I can remember. So, upon my visit to Athens, you can imagine how utterly thrilled I was to be staying with the Herodion Hotel! Why, you ask? Well, not only is it located 400m from the Acropolis, but has breath-taking views through to the sight from both your room window and the rooftop! On top of that, my stay was filled with comfort, lovely staff, artistic spaces and deliciously, photogenic food; what more could you want for your next trip to Athens?
I can best describe the Herodion as a peaceful and elegant hotel that embraces both the modern and ancient Greek culture and history. With the jaw-dropping Acropolis as its background, the rooms and rooftop provide guests with the ultimate view in the city; a seriously wonderful memory that will make your time in Athens even more special that you thought possible.
The hotel has actually been run by the same family for over four decades, and the lovely Greek hospitality and traditions have clearly been ingrained in the staff. They say they are dedicated to providing guests with the highest standard of hospitality, and I would have to strongly agree with that! A hotel that can make you feel welcomed and comfortable is one that I love the most.
On top of their wonderful philosophies, the hotel aims to please all senses. From interesting art pieces to relaxing spaces and delicious food, the Herodion is more than just a place to sleep, it’s an experience! Just nearby, you’ll also find its sister hotel, the Philippos, which also provides beautiful decor and sweeping views of the city, however it is a smaller, more boutique style hotel – if that’s more your thing!
Check out the Philippos Hotel here.
The Herodion has aimed to provide their guests with comfortable rooms in order to match every need. I can safely say they have achieved this as I felt right at home surrounded by the necessities, and an insane view of the Acropolis from my bedroom window! After a day of exploring the ancient ruins in the area, it felt nice to return to such a pleasant space filled with all the amenities you could possibly need.
My favourite part of the hotel, can you tell why?! The Herodion’s views over the Acropolis and the rooftops of Athens are just spectacular by day or night. You can chill out on the rooftop with a cocktail in hand as the sunsets, or by night relax in a warm spa amongst an olive tree garden while admiring the Acropolis site lit up in all its glory! I came up at sunrise to admire the site from afar and watched as the city slowly wake up; one of my favourite memories in Athens!
At particular times of the year, they even run sunrise Yoga sessions if you want to rejuvenate with a view. Speaking of, in the summer and spring months, the rooftop transforms into the Point A restaurant where you can be treated to modern Mediterranean food (now I seriously have to come back to Athens!)
As an avid food lover, I was extremely excited to wine and dine in Herodion’s ultra stylish and and elegant Atrium Restaurant. It quite literally is an atrium, whereby you can look up and admire the Athenian sky amongst pistachio trees and greenery. This was by far one of the most unique dining experiences I have had as the dimly lit atrium decorated with antiques and chandeliers appears to be a scene plucked straight from a fairytale.
On the menu are classic Greek dishes with a modern twist, that also look insanely beautiful and almost too pretty to eat. All ingredients are locally and seasonally sourced, while the chefs aim to provide diners with a ‘lesson in Greece’s gastronomic geography’. My favourites were the Moussaka and ceviche, topped off with some refreshing cocktails and all-chocolate-everything desserts! Basically, if you’re looking for a special dining experience during your stay, then this is where you’ll find it!
Read more about the restaurant here!
The Surrounding Area
I really don’t think you could pick a more well-located hotel for your stay in Athens. You could easily spend a day or two just checking out the sites in the nearby area. Here is a rundown of what is close by:
Acropolis (400m): Probably the very first attraction you’ll want to see! I honestly couldn’t believe just how easy it was to get to the Acropolis site from the hotel. The prime location makes it so much easier to beat the crowds at 8am! You’ll also find the Odeon of Herodes Theatre on your way up to the top!
Acropolis Museum (100m): The hotel is right next to the museum, another fascinating stop you can’t miss after exploring all morning around the Acropolis!
Metro Station (200m): It couldn’t be easier to travel to other parts of Athens as the Akropoli metro stop is just a short walk away – super convenient! I always make sure I’m staying close to public transport.
Temple of Olympian Zeus + Hadrian’s Arch (650m): You’re really surrounded by so much history and beauty at the Herodion! Another must see area that will once again blow your mind.
I was invited as a guest of the Herodion Hotel, however, as always, opinions are my own!