The Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort
What We Love
- Every room has spectacular views over the Saronic Gulf
- The large kids’ club allows parents some vacation downtime
- Along with a full-service spa, there’s an Olympic-sized swimming pool, outdoor tennis court, health club, sauna and a steam room
What To Know
- Free WiFi is only available in the Club Suite categories and up
- Athens proper is a 30- to 40-minute drive away
- There’s a surcharge for the breakfast buffet
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Located on the scenic Vari-Voula-Vouliagmeni peninsula (sometimes dubbed the Athenian Riviera), the 162-room Westin Athens Astir Palace Beach Resort makes the most of its enviable location, with sea views from every room and a sun-soaked Olympic-sized pool. Parents and children can divide and conquer, with diversions for the little ones in the form of a kids’ club hosting games and arts and crafts sessions, and adult pastimes such as tennis or chilled cocktails by the pool. The hotel complex, which also encompasses the upscale Arion, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, has a splurge-worthy seaside spa, as well as five restaurant and bars serving classic Greek and Mediterranean gastronomic delights.
In the Area
While motoring into Athens to admire the iconic sites of antiquity might be an essential on the bucket list, you might just prefer to stick to roads less traveled, like the Poseidonos coastal road that takes you past some stunning beaches and the picture-perfect town of Glyfada. Mind you, Poseidonos is a major thoroughfare beloved of street racers, so don’t expect utter tranquility – for that you should head to Cape Sounion and the ancient Temple of Poseidon on the tip of the Attica Peninsula. (Look for Lord Byron’s carved signature at the base.) The cliff is said to be where Aegeus leapt to his death, in the process lending his name to the Aegean Sea. Raise a toast to sunset and the gods at the chic lounge bar at Cape Sounio hotel.
How to Get There
This is probably the best place to stay in Athens. Its about 40min away from the city center but its worth it. Very peaceful and island like feeling. Staff was very welcoming and the bungalows was flawless.
It's a beautifully designed property and a great quiet getaway from Athens itself. That said, as a new property, they still need to do either more staffing or more training.
At breakfast, it was a complete madhouse and took 20-30 minutes just to get a drink order in.
At the beach side, it was impossible to get a waiter to come even using their electronic system to page them. We had to go up to order which again I normally wouldn't mind but then you're paying so much to be here you'd expect more. It may be that their system just isn't well set up.
Also, they didn't really anchor their umbrellas well. When the wind came, it swept the umbrella which hit my companion.
They were nice enough to allow me to make use of the breakfast the day I checked in early as I was leaving really early the next day and wouldn't get to use free breakfast then. That was very nice of them.
Overall if they work out the service kinks, I'd return.
If you like big ressorts this is the right hotel. Personally I don't, but I must admit that they make you feel special, and you don't feel like being in a hotels with several 100's rooms.
Drawback is service by the beach, too long, we waited 45 minutes for a snack.
The location is great when its sunny and warm, too far from center if you want to visit Athens.
I would strongly recommend it.