We recommend Art Gallery Hotel. A nice mid-range hotel in a quiet residential part of the city, just under the Acropolis. There is a view of the Acropolis (just!) from the balcony where breakfast is served. A home for home for cat-lovers (They possibly have the most accident-prone – and thus expensive- moggies in the capital!)
And if you’re in Athens, why not try eating at Archeon Gefseis. A far cry from your souvlaki and chips, with a Greek salad, this theme restaurant recreates ancient Greek dishes. A great ambiance and a nice change from the standard fare you’ll find all over Greece.
We recommend Hotel Orestias Kastorias over-looking the ancient Roman Forum in the centre of Thessaloniki. Now, admittedly, this hotel isn’t going to win any awards for luxury or spaciousness but crucially this is one of the few hotels in Thessaloniki that isn’t on a noisy boulevard. Ample parking nearby in public car parks which are free overnight.
If you’re flying in or out of Thessaloniki, you might like to take a detour via the ancient site of Vergina, burial place of the kings of Macedon. The up-market Ktima Kalaitzi is set in its own vineyard a short distance from the World Heriage Site, and is worth staying in for the bathrooms alone!
Other self-catering accommodation in Greece
You might like to look at
Oliver’s Cottage – stone built cottage. Sleeps 2-6
The Lemon House – quaint character cottage for that romantic get-away. Sleeps 2