In a city where renting a one bed-roomed apartment will cost you as little as €200 a month, it’s no surprise that it’s possible to find cheap short-term accommodation here. Whilst I was job-hunting here and on a desperately tight budget I entertained many options, such as Couchsurfing, hostels and Airbnb. I realized that you really don’t have to spend much money to stay in Athens, and also to enjoy it.
With dorms ranging €6 per night, you’ll be able to use your money for more important things – such as souvlaki.
To ensure you’re finding the best deal, ensure you compare prices between http://www.hostelworld.com and http://www.hostelbookers.com. I would definitely recommend finding a hostel which includes breakfast. For the sake of an extra euro or so it will definitely save you money in the long-run.
Food isn’t exactly cheap here! I’ve managed to eat on less than €3 a day in Athens without the use of a kitchen, but if I was a tourist then it would have totally ruined my experience. This was when I was job-hunting in Athens with hardly any money. Although it has to be said, there’s nothing enjoyable about eating nothing but koulouri, breads and packaged croissants.
I would recommend Small Funny World Hostel, I found it to be the cheapest hostel I could find that included breakfast and it was also perfectly located in the center of Athens. It also had a nice little rooftop lounge area as well as clean, spacious rooms. The only flaw was that the rooms held as many as fourteen people at a time. Worryingly, you will receive earplugs at check-in; I suppose that says it all really. Nevertheless, I would still rate it as being the best value for money hostel in Athens.
Another hostel I would recommend is the Pella-Inn hostel, located just a one-minute walk away from Monastiraki. The staff here were the friendliest I’ve ever met in any hostel, and one of the receptionists has actually now became a good friend of mine. This backpackers retreat also features a rooftop bar, which is open during the summer as well as a breathtaking view of the Acropolis. The view from the rooms is also pretty spectacular as you can see below, although it has to be said that the picture quality doesn’t do it much justice.
As I mentioned earlier, rent in Athens is considerably low which means that someone will let you stay in their apartment for as little as €8 per night. At the time of writing this article there were over three-hundred apartments listed on Airbnb, and most of them are reasonably priced so it’s definitely worth a look; you may even find a room to be cheaper than a hostel.
I’ve never used this website, but I hear that it is really useful in Athens!
If you’re not familiar with Couchsurfing, it’s essentially a website that gives you the opportunity to stay with locals – for free! I used it for the first time in Paris and met a lovely French couple who gave me a key to their apartment upon arrival. At the time it seemed crazy, but I later realized it’s mainly a community of people who have used the website in the past on their travels, so they feel obliged to return the favor.
Whilst I was desperate for cheap accommodation, I sent out several requests to stay with people and within two days three of these were accepted. In my experience, the Greeks generally tend to be kind and hospitable people, so you’ll no-doubt find this in abundance on Couchsurfing.
When sending out requests to stay, I’d recommend putting as much emphasis as possible on reassuring the property owner that you are trustworthy and more than anything, a nice person. I’ve always suggested giving over my passport upon arrival, just so they know you’re not planning to run away with their TV, or anything else for that matter.
So regardless of how much you are willing to spend, you will no doubt find accommodation that matches your budget here. It might not be the most glamorous getaway you’ve ever had, but who needs glamour when you’re sat in the warm sun admiring the ancient landmarks and sipping on a cold bottle of Mythos.