Picturesque views of the Acropolis from a private rooftop terrace is enough to make you want to run away and join the City Circus Athens.

This cosy design hostel is cosy and full of character.

Full to the brim with retro furniture, antiques and local wall art, it’s no wonder this is a 5 Star Hostel in Greece.

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  • Location of City Circus Athens

    Within the Psirri neighbourhood which comes alive at night with buzzing bars and restaurants.

    The nearest metro stops are Monastiraki and Thēseiou – both 250 metres away. The Acropolis is just a 20-minute walk away.

    City Circus Athens, City Circus Athens Sarri 16, Athina 105 53, Greece
  • All room types at City Circus Athens

    Shared Room Types available: 4-Bed Dorm Mixed, 6-Bed Dorm Mixed, 8-Bed Dorm Mixed and 4 & 6-bed Female Only Dorms (all come with an ensuite).

    Private Room Types available: Twin, Double, Superior Double, Double Loft and Superior Quadruple room (all come with an ensuite)

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City Circus Athens is…

“…an alternative travellers space for the restless voyager, the escape artist, the life acrobat.”

Whether you’re running from something or toward something, the circus invites you to dwell in the surreal, embrace the weird and explore with freedom.

To begin your adventure, set your bags down in this lovingly restored neoclassical building.

Then shake hands with Athens and take a free city tour with the gang. It’s a great start, with so much more to follow on.

Read: our full guide to the best hostels in Athens + map

City Circus Athens is the only 5 Star Hostel in Athens, Greece for solo travellers and couples

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City Circus Athens in Review

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City Circus Athens is a 5 Star Hostel in Athens, Greece because…

1. Historic Venue becomes a Circus

Would you believe that the building of this fun hostel went unused between 1970 to 2011!?

The two buildings date back from the 19th century and are now listed as historical monuments. In fact, they are considered cultural cornerstone of the Psyrri area!

When the circus team took it over, they spent an entire year on internal redesign work.

Of course, the external shell has been kept in its original state.

This is also reflected inside the hostel.

Gorgeous details such as wooden window shutters and original ceiling decoration remains.

Taking on and transforming an unused listed building is high up there for sustainability efforts!

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City Circus Athens is the only 5 Star Hostel in Athens, Greece for solo travellers and couples

2. Retro Design with a large dash of Fun

We certainly encourage you to take some time and wander around this beautiful building. It’s big!

Thanks to the age, the rooms were built with space and light in mind. Check out those high ceilings and long windows!

And of course, with the word Circus, you can expect to witness some fun elements thrown in.

Find a mix of vintage furniture, quirky antiques and unique local wall art that you could get lost in.

Then when you step into the onsite cafe, you’ll be surrounded by brand spanking new modern equipment.

With a touch of greenery and sturdy wooden bunks thrown in, this mix-match design is super cool.

We’d also like to take this space to mention the room selection. Designed with SO many traveller types in mind.

Choose from:

  • 4, 6 and 8-bed mixed dorms
  • 4 and 6-bed female dorm
  • Budget double room
  • Double loft (kitchenette & terrace)
  • Double/twin deluxe
  • Superior double room (view of Acropolis)
  • Superior quadruple ensuite (terrace)

Little balconies, A/C and ensuite are included in all room types.

City Circus Athens is the only 5 Star Hostel in Athens, Greece for solo travellers and couples

City Circus Athens is the only 5 Star Hostel in Athens, Greece for solo travellers and couples City Circus Athens is the only 5 Star Hostel in Athens, Greece for solo travellers and couples

3. Unique views of the Acropolis

How do you fancy enjoying a quiet and

undisturbed view of the Acropolis without having to leave the hostel?

Sure, this is every travellers dream.

And at City Circus Athens it’s 100% possible.

Just head to the cute rooftop area and gaze out over the city.

It’s a really nice space, with a few chairs, plants and little else – just you, the rooftops and that view.

Tip: head up there at night to enjoy the added bonus of twinkling stars. There are little lights to help guide your way.

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4. Take a tour and eat at Zampanò restaurant

Alright folks, prepare to be a busy bee during your stay at City Circus Athens.

There is so much to keep you occupied, whether you decide to have an indoor day or head out and explore.

For those that fancy an indoor day, enjoy:

  • Onsite cafe – bar – restaurant
  • A pile of boardgames
  • Roof garden w/ Acropolis views
  • Free Wi-fi
  • Movie library & book sharing

Otherwise, get social and meet new people in so many other ways.

From organised activities and free walking tours, to happy hour at the bar and bike rental.

There’s even a bar crawl on offer! Just make sure you meet at Zampanò first for a quick drink.

Feeling a bit more sophisticated? The team have developed a wine tasting journey of local wineries and producers.

A number of carefully selected tours, such as visits to Delphi and Mycenae can be booked at reception, too.

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5. Travelling Staff that care

Being fierce travellers themselves, the team here wanted to create a hostel that suits their philosophy,

“A hostel that we ourselves would love to stay at, that at the same time enables travellers to interact with each other, share their stories and feel like they are a part of a huge circus family.”

Expect personalised treatment for each and every one of you.

Bonus: Reception is open 24/7 to welcome you home.

City Circus Athens is the only 5 Star Hostel in Athens, Greece for solo travellers and couples

More to know about Greece

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