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1400 sqft
Traveling to Athens with family, but still want a 5-star experience? You’ve come to the right place.

Our Athens First Luxury Duplex Penthouse was the property that started it all, setting the tone for Greek Vacation Rentals with its modern furnished living spaces and amazing location right in the heart of Athens.

Light-filled and homey – but with all the little touches to remind you that you’re on vacation – this 3-bedroom, 2-bath sanctuary is located on a quiet street just steps from all the action. After your days spent exploring, step inside and fall into the American-style comforts of home.


The sun-soaked rooms are airy and inviting, with a fully stocked kitchen to delight foodies and their hungry families. Don’t worry, you’ll find all the needed conveniences to make dining-in a breeze (like coffee machine, dishwasher, and full-sized washer and dryer – a rarity in central Athens!).

The apartment is spread comfortably over two levels, making it a great choice for couples traveling together who want privacy; or multi-generational families keen to explore all the riches of the Greek capital.

With three levels of outdoor living space, you can wake up slowly with a cup of coffee overlooking the city or sink into a couch in the shade after a day’s exploring. There's a private veranda on each level, plus an Acropolis view terrace on the rooftop. We can't think of anywhere better to enjoy a glass of ouzo than overlooking the Acropolis and Mount Lykavittos.


The master bedroom located on the main floor has a plush Queen bed dressed in high thread-count linens, with the convenience of a bathroom with glass-enclosed walk-in shower right next door.

On the second level, you’ll find a bedroom with a double bed  and a third room with a double bed and  2 twin beds (ideal for globe-trotting kids), with a shared bathroom featuring an American-style bath-shower combo. The bedrooms sleep 7, and a sofabed sleeps 2 more.


You'll find authentic Athens right outside your door in tree-lined squares, restaurants, and farmers' markets. Your central location also means that the city's rich historical center is just steps away. Walk or hop on the tram to visit the city's top museums (the Cycladic, the Benaki, and the National Art Gallery to name a few). You can also study modern Greek life with people-watching in the parks and cafes you'll find along the way.
You won't need a car to get around Athens, but if you have one, we've got convenient indoor parking.


We know you want an authentic Greek experience – the food, the history, the people – but when it comes to sleeping and dining-in, you crave the little (or not so little) comforts of home.

We hear you. As travelers ourselves – who appreciate a great bed and a gourmet kitchen as much as you do – we've given our properties full American-style renovations, meaning our modern bathrooms are fully functional and luxurious (go on and flush that TP - we can't say the same for other bathrooms in Athens!). You'll also find imported Sealy Posturepedic mattresses, cotton-soft robes, and full-sized appliances to make your time in Athens as easy as pie (or a honey-soaked Greek baklava, if you prefer).

Make yourself at home at our First Luxury Duplex Penthouse, the perfect recipe for an authentic modern Athens experience.

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 payments are non-refundable.

Fee Amount
Housekeeping Fee $75.00
Arrival Transfer 1-4 Persons $57.50
Arrival Transfer 5-8 Persons $115.00
Arrival Transfer 9-15 Persons $145.00
Extra Guest $10.00
Departure Transfer 1-4 Persons $57.50
Departure Transfer 5-8 Persons $115.00
Departure Transfer 9-15 Persons $145.00

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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Excellent! Would definitely stay here again.

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Apartment was excellent. Would definitely stay here again. Carole, Basil and Nadia are true gems. Thank you.


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The most important aspect of staying at Carole and Basil's apartment is to understand that Carole has done everything possible to make the apartment with all the amenities of a home (stocked kitchen with spices, olive oil, welcome basket with nescafe packets and little greek creamers for making the famous Greek frappe), with all the comforts of a hotel (lots and lots of hangers, towels, good closets, shower gels etc). When you stay in Athens at one of Carole and Basil's apartments, you become part of a well organized team effort. Nadia met us at the apartment to let us in, and to show us around the apartment and to give us directions to nearby restaurants, bakeries and supermarkets, all within a two to three block radius. The apartment is well conveniently located near to public transportation and taxis. Niko, an independent contractor who works with Carole as a guide/driver, literally saved our vacation when our car rental fell through (note to fellow americans: GET AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER's LICENCE through AAA!) and was our guide to Delphi, Naphlio and Olympia. We highly recommend this apartment

Great place

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The place has all the comforts of home. Carole has thought of everything. It is not too far from the city center, it is less of a "touristy" area and the restaurants are very good and inexpensive. The bakery was wonderful and every morning we had a delicious breakfast. Carole set up some fabulous tours for us and she takes care of everything. I would highly recommend using her expertise. Loved the food tour of Athens, and the tour to Poseidon's Temple. Carole also found us a guide for the Acropolis, she was outstanding! I will continue to use her homes, I want to go to Chicago just to use her vacation rental!!

I loved it!

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Everything about this apartment is excellent, Carole , Nadia and Nick were all very pleasant and professional , I was in other apartments during my trip to Europe and by far this apartment is the best, it is well furnished well equipped and all what we needed was already there the moment we stepped into the apartment. If I go to Athens again , I will stay in the same apartment.

Wonderful week in Athens

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Our family is scattered all across the US. We were looking forward to spending time together and catching up. My brother booked a sailing vacation (awesome!) in the Cyclades and we topped it off with a week in Athens. The Athens First apartment was perfect for our needs. It offered a fill-sized refrigerator, well -appointed kitchen, two bathrooms (one with a tub!) and a lovely outdoor area where we gathered both before and after long sightseeing days. We highly recommend the foodie tour! The apartment was nicely decorated, spotlessly clean and had a much needed washer and dryer. We were welcomed with a food basket and wine, saving us from having to go to the grocery the day of check in. All in all, it was perfect for our needs. Carole, Basil, Nadia (conducted the Foodie Tour) and Nick (wealth of knowledge) were all so informative and helpful. Highly recommend a stay here!

Beautiful Duplex in a wonderful location!

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This property was gorgeous, very comfortable. The A/C worked very well, which was important since Athens was 109F during our stay. The duplex is very clean. The owners have worked hard to make it comfortable. They arranged all airport transfers for us, as well as wonderful tours of the city. My favorite was the food tour with Nadia who took us through the local markets- highly recommend! The beds and bathrooms are all very clean and comfortable. Hot showers felt wonderful after a day touring the city. In the evenings, we loved walking to many local restaurants recommended by Carole (the owner) and Nadia. The location is perfect with a rooftop view of the Acropolis. There is also a washer/dryer which was nice. All of the drivers and guides were knowledgeable and very kind. I highly recommend staying in this duplex, we didn't know what to expect but it was fabulous- plenty of room, clean, comfortable, and gorgeous! We would stay again if we are lucky enough to come to Greece again!

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)