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Five Award Winning Hostels in Greece

  Greeks are well known for their hospitality, so it comes as no surprise that five Greek accommodations have been recognised in the 2013 HostelBookers Awards for Excellence. Whether exploring the ancient temples of Athens, the gastronomic delights of Thessaloniki or the beaches of Santorini, these accommodations are the perfect starting point for your Greek adventure! 

1. Award for Best Newcomer 
  City Circus, Athens : The City Circus hostel in Athens only opened last summer, but it’s already making a big impact on travellers who love the atmosphere in the neoclassical building decorated with antiques, retro furniture and local art. The hostel offers air-conditioned private and dorm bedrooms plus a rooftop area with views of the Acropolis - the perfect place to unwind with a drink and meet new friends! Located in the hip and happening Psirri district, guests will enjoy exploring the old shops and cafes by day and the many restaurants, bars and live music spots by night.

2. Award for Cleanliness
  Little Big House, Thessaloniki : If clean and charming is what you’re after, then look no further than the Little Big House hostel. All private and dorm rooms come equipped with ceiling fans and open out to the balcony, complete with stunning views of the city! Located in the Old City area, major attractions like The White Tower, Byzantine walls and Roman Rotunda are within easy walking distance. But visitors should stroll around to encounter the real charm of Greece's cultural capital with its many parks, courtyards, churches, gardens and alleyways.

3. Award for Most Popular 
  Athens Backpackers, Athens : With its rooftop bar offering daily happy hour, a laundromat with free detergent, and a sports bar with karaoke, quiz and open mic nights, it’s no surprise that Athens Backpackers is so popular! This Australian owned and run hostel also offers air-conditioned accommodation, free Wi-Fi and shared or private rooms. Centrally located, guests are less than a five-minute walk from major attractions like the Acropolis, Hadrian's Gate, and the Temple of Olympian.

4. Award for Best Value Cheap Hotel
  Villa Manos, Santorini Island : Located in Karterados on beautiful Santorini, Villa Manos is the perfect base to explore all the sights the island has to offer. Villa Manos offers 25 rooms, 12 of which have kitchenettes, and all with large bathrooms and air conditioning. The hotel also features an outdoor swimming pool and can organise island excursions and scooter rentals. Crescent-shaped Santorini is known for beautiful beaches, cobalt waters, dramatic cliffs and stunning sunsets. Other highlights include a dip in the sulphur hot springs, sampling the local wine and hiking to ancient ruins.

5. Award for Best Value Cheap Hotel 
  Aristoteles Hotel, Athens : Situated close to the International Railway Station, travellers can explore exciting cosmopolitan Athens as soon as they arrive at the Aristoteles Hotel. Hotel highlights include air-conditioned accommodation and an on-site bar and restaurant serving traditional Greek food. Just around the corner from the modern hotel lies The National Archaeological Museum, the largest archaeological museum in Greece and one of the most important museums in the world devoted to ancient Greek art.  

Text by Alexia Dellner,