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Planning a family reunion trip to Greece, or perhaps a study group coming to explore the ancient sites of Athens? Our twin duplex vacation rentals are exactly what you have been looking for.

Basil & Carole's American homes in Athens are often copied, but never duplicated. We're still real vacation rental owners - we stay in our home when we are in Athens - so it is truly still our own home away from home. So we know that the beds are great, and the kitchen stays stocked with everything you need to really cook. But we love to be tourists in our adopted city, too. This means that staying with us offers you the very best of both worlds in downtown Athens. It has the convenience of being close to all of Athens' major sites, with a comfortable home to call your own, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

This is a 5 star self catering Athens vacation rental apartment, located on a very quiet street within walking distance to the Acropolis It sleeps anywhere from 2 to 9 guests. Please note that rates start at 200 Euro/night for up to 4 guests, 300 Euro for 6 guests, 400 Euro for 8 guests, etc, making us a FANTASTIC alternative to places like the Grand Bretagne, the Athens Hilton, and other 5 star hotels. The penthouse includes a separate lock-off portion, making it a great option for multiple couples traveling together, offering each their own bedroom and private bathroom, BUT with the added bonus of a large living room and kitchen, along with private outdoor living space and views. See reviews of our past guests linked at the bottom of this page - there is no private home in Athens with as many happy guests as ours.

This luxurious penthouse is perfect for your vacation in Athens, whether it's a short stop or a longer sojourn. Light, bright, and airy, our contemporarily furnished 3 bedroom duplex with 2 (or 3) full baths features a large veranda off the kitchen, and an open living room where you can enjoy your morning coffee away from the noise of the city. Both of the second floor bedrooms open to another veranda where you can relax in the sun and warmth of Greece while curling up with a book. Or you can enjoy an Ouzo on the roof terrace overlooking the Acropolis, Lykavittos, the mountains, and the sea.

The penthouse includes a fantastic gourmet kitchen with granite counters, a dishwasher, stainless appliances, and a floating island that offers the chance to prepare a meal of the freshest finds from one of two nearby weekly farmers markets, or perhaps a purchase from the Central Market that you just had to have, but can't take home. Dine al fresco on the veranda, or under the stars on the roof terrace.

Just returning from a visit to the islands? Wash away the sea salt from your clothes in the full size washing machine and dryer. No car is needed to explore Athens, but if you have brought or rented one, indoor parking is available. Spend the day sightseeing and retreat to your own personal haven, a home away from home, to rest and recharge before enjoying Athens by night.

Onsite Services:

  • Concierge

Local Features:

  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries


  • Books
  • Boardgames
  • Radio
  • iPod Dock
  • Stereo
  • Satellite/Cable TV


  • Shopping


  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Washing Machine
  • Sofabed
  • Wireless Internet
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Fax Machine
  • Soaps
  • Alarm Clock
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens
  • Paper Towels
  • Telephone
  • Elevator
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Washer
  • Transfer services
  • Crib
  • Internet
  • Towels
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Dryer
  • Central Heating


  • Family
  • Luxury
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Balcony
  • Chairs

Kitchen & Dining:

  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Dining Room
  • Dishwasher
  • Dining Area
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Gas Stove
  • Oven
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Toaster
  • Spices
  • Pantry Items

Attractions & Activities:

  • Churches
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Cycling



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We don't usually offer stays of less than 3 nights unless combined with a longer stay at the other end of your trip. Occasionally we have a hole to fill between 2 other bookings, in which we will offer you 2 nights. You can book & pay online but you will still need to sign our guest online guest form & provide a list of guest names & ages along with a major credit card in lie of a cash damage deposit. Note that online reservation deposit payments are non-refundable.

Fee Amount
Housekeeping Fee $75.00
Extra Guest $20.00
Arrival Transfer 1-4 Persons $57.50
Arrival Transfer 5-9 Persons $115.00
Departure Transfer 1-4 Persons $57.50
Departure Transfer 5-9 Persons $115.00
Private Acropolis Walking Tour Half Day $250.00
Private Taste of Greece Fabulous Foodie Tour with Breakfast & Lunch $57.50
Full Day City Tour - Everything Athens from Hill to Hill & In Between $550.00
Private Historic Center Walking Tour with Acropolis, Agora & Museum Full Day $350.00
Private Delphi & Beyond Full Daytrip $350.00
Private full daytrip into the Greek Countryside, includes Nafplion, Epidaurus, & more! $450.00
Private Wine roads of Greece, includes 3 tastings $450.00

Athens , Attica , Greece

Wondering what our Athens neighborhood is like & if you can walk to the Acropolis? Use the metro? Tram? Trolley?
Where will you eat? Shop? Find groceries?
Our penthouses are:
700 meters or 1/2 mile from the Evangelismos metro station
120 meters or 0.08 mile from the trolley/bus stop to Plaka/Syntagma/National Archeological Museum
1 km (1000 meters) or 0.64 mile from the Old Olympic Stadium (Kalimarmaro)
1.61 km Or 1 mile from Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Zeus and the “entrance to Ancient Athens”
2.04 km Or 1.27 mile from the New Acropolis Museum
2.55 km or 1.56 mile from the Acropolis
1.91 km or 1.19 mile from Syntagma Square
1.61 km or 1 mile from Kolonaki Square
2.07 km or 1.28 mile to the top of Mount Lykavittos (on the switchback trail)
1.77 km or 1.10 mile to the teleferik (cable car) to the top of Mount Lykavittos
.97 km or .60 mile from the War Museum
1.11 km or 0.69 mile to the Museum of Cycladic Art
1.24 km or 0.77 mile to the Benaki Museum
4.16 km or 3 miles to the National Archeological Museum (by foot or trolley)
120 meters or 0.08 mile from the trolley stop to the National Archeological Museum
1.21 km or 0.75 mile from the Museum of Contemporary Art
93 meter or 307 feet from the second best souvlaki in Athens
70 meters or 235 feet from the closest supermarket (3 others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
78 meters or 250 feet from the closest pharmacy (5 others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
78 meters or 250 feet from the closest sit down, full service restaurant (countless others are within a 5 minute walk of the apartment)
450 meters or 0.28 mile from the “Little Forest of Pagrati”, a cool pine forest in the city, with a brand new children’s playground, café, basketball court and walking/jogging paths
690 meters or 0.43 mile from the Athens Hilton (and swimming pool!)


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Perfect Athens experience - slice of Greek life!

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I'm so glad we decided to stay at Athens First instead of a hotel! My husband, daughter, and I were joined by my parents for our first trip to Athens. Several times, my parents mentioned, "This is just terrific. What a nice place to stay." With 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a modern kitchen, and 2 very nicely furnished porches, how could we go wrong? It was wonderful to sit out on the porch soaking up the sun and cool breezes while sipping coffee or wine and listening to church bells. It was an easy stroll in any direction to lovely restaurants, bakeries, shops, and markets. So much more interesting to stay here with other Greeks than living among other tourists. Carole was a fabulous hostess who provided tons of information, email correspondence, airport transfers, and complimentary welcome snacks/wine to make sure our trip was relaxing. Super clean, secure, and comfortable. Fast wifi. Thank you!

Perfect adres voor een heerlijke vakantie

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Wij hebben hier met twee gezinnen( totaal 7 pers. ) een paar geweldige dagen doorgebracht Het appartement is schoon, netjes en compleet. Het appartement ligt vlak bij een winkelstraat met vele terrasjes, de trolley-bus stopt vlakbij zoals in de uitgebreide info wordt beschreven. Wij hadden een prettig contact met Nadia, de contactpersoon. Vragen worden snel en accuraat beantwoord en/of afgehandeld, KORTOM EEN ECHTE AANRADER VOOR EEN TOP-VAKANTIE

Komfortable, großzügige Wohnung in guter, ruhiger Lage

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Eine wirklich gemütliche Wohnung mit 2 Balkonen und Dachterrasse. Es ist reichlich Platz für eine größere Familie bzw. 5-6 Erwachsenen. Es ist eine ruhige Lage mit allen nötigen Geschäften und Restaurants in der Nähe. Um ins Altstadtviertel zu gelangen bietet sich die Ubahn an; bzw. wer gut zu Fuß ist kann die Strecke zur Altstadt/Akropolis auch laufen. Wer keinen unmittelbaren Rummel wünscht ist hier bestens aufgehoben. Wir buchen bestimmt wieder diese Wohnung, sofern wieder erneut nach Athen reisen. (from TripAdvisor)

Comfortable, clean and nice location

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We are a family of four and found the apartment very comfortable. The three bedrooms were a good size, two bathrooms modern and very clean and a very nice and well equipped kitchen. Internet access was fast and unlimited. The location was in a very nice area. Acropolis and other main sites are within walking distance but some require quite a long walk which suited us fine but there is a taxi rank not too far where with 5 euros you can get to most sites. Carole and her team were excellent and eager to make our stay very comfortable and special. (from TripAdvisor)

Absolutely fabulous modern apartment with a wonderful neighborhood feel

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I can't say enough about how great apartment was in the wonderful Athens neighborhood of "Pangrati". the apartment and location was everything and more than the Owner Carole said it would be from the beautiful hardwood floors, modern kitchen w/ granite counters, 2 large balconies and the list goes on and on. The location was absolutely perfect if you want to experience the true Athens neighborhood feel. The apartment is a short walk to specialty food stores, grocery stores awesome restaurants with real Greek home cooking. Only a 20 minute walk to the center touristy area of Athens and the Acropolis which we chose to take the taxi to because it was a cold winter week when we stayed there. The taxi fares to pretty much everywhere in the center of Athens never exceeded 3 to 4 Euros. Bravo to Carole and her management staff for making our 10 day stay in Athens a very special one. We will be back and highly recommend this apartment. (from TripAdvisor)