Accommodations types in Greece

Greece offers many different types of accommodation appropriate to different sorts of holidays and budgets.

Hotels

Hotels

Operation:

Hotels on the mainland are generally open throughout the year. In seaside resorts, many hotels close during the winter months. In ski resorts, hotels may close during the summer season.

Classification

Hotels in Greece are classified using the star rating system and are rated from one to five stars. One star designates a hotel with basic facilities. Five star (deluxe) hotels offer luxury amenities and services.

BnB

Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses and Rented Rooms (Domátia)

Domatia are rented rooms similar to a Bed & Breakfast. They are rated in the same way as hotels. Accommodation is generally good value, the main difference from hotels being that they don't have lobbies or dining rooms. They can be rented for long periods and the price varies depending on its location. In general prices are reasonable and often negotiable.

This type of guest accommodation is most commonly found on the Greek islands and in rural areas, where there are few or no hotels. There are few Bed & Breakfasts and guest houses in the Athens area.

Keep in mind that the owner of a guest house does not always live on the premises.

Campings

Camping

Camping in Greece is common with both Greeks and tourists, and there are many campsites on the mainland and on islands. Although most campers bring their own tents, some campsites have tents for rent, as well as rooms. The campsite is often divided into sections, with sections for caravans, campervans and tents. Facilities vary from one campsite to another, from basic amenities to resorts with swimming pools, game rooms and restaurants.

Upon arrival, campers will be asked to pay a deposit and present some form of identification (passport or ID card). Campers are given a tag to affix to the tent to show that they have paid. Usually there is a charge for every tent and an additional one for each camper. Payment is made at the end of the stay.

Camping outside of campsites, known as free camping, is illegal in Greece, although it is often tolerated.

youyh hostels

Youth Hostels

Youth hostels are a good solution for travellers on a low budget. In Athens, Thessaloniki and on the islands of Santorini and Crete there are several youth hostels. Youth hostels are less common in the rest of Greece.

Holders of a Hostelling International card may benefit from reductions at some youth hostels in Greece.

Alpine and Mountain Refuges

Alpine and Mountain Refuges

Hiking and mountaineering are popular outdoor sports in Greece, with a range of paths and trails for all levels. Mountain refuges can provide accommodation for walkers.

There are quite a few ski resorts in Greece, including Parnassos, Kalavryta, Kaimaktsalan, Pigadia, Karpenissi, Vasilitsa and a few others. Accommodation in these resorts is available throughout the year. The type of accommodation varies, from hotels and chalets to rooms in guest houses.

Monasteries

Greece has many monasteries, many of which provide rooms and beds for one or several nights. Accommodation is available in rooms either situated within the monastery itself or nearby, but these may not be available all year round. Within monasteries, accommodation facilities are usually quite basic.

Rules may vary greatly between different monasteries. Some are silent while some encourage prayer and meditation. One of the most famous groups, on Mount Athos, does not allow women. On Mount Athos only men are allowed and they need a special permit to enter the premises. This is more difficult to obtain for non-Orthodox visitors.