Bed and Breakfast Athens Greece – accommodation near Athens Airport

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Where to Stay near Athens Airport Greece

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Accommodation near Athens Airport

Athens, Greece is not really popular for Bed and Breakfasts.  Hotels, yes – cozy boutique places, of course…but the concept of having a stranger pay to stay in one of your spare rooms in your home is a little strange to the Greek culture.

Originally written in OCT14.  Revised and updated in OCT19

However, St. Thomas’s B&B is a bed and breakfast in Athens, Greece located in a gorgeous rural location about a 10 minute drive or metro ride from Athens International Airport and run by English lady Janet Wilkinson, Greek husband Aris and her daughter Elizabeth.  This English influence is probably what encouraged the family to turn their beautiful home into a Bed and Breakfast near Athens airport, convenient for arriving or departing guests or even just to be in a rural location a train ride away from the city.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I was offered the opportunity to stay at St. Thomas’s Bed and Breakfast.

Accommodation near Athens airport – meet and greet

Janet kindly met me – as she does all her guests if they need it…whether from the airport or the metro station (Peania/Kantza on the blue metro line).

St. Thomas’s Bed and Breakfast Athens – A personal feel

The first thing to make very clear – and what I immediately noted: if you’re looking for an impersonal hotel stay, don’t come to Janet and her husband Aris’s bed and breakfast in Athens.

Bed and Breakfast in Athens Greece near airport - LifeBeyondBorders
Bed and Breakfast in Athens Greece near airport – LifeBeyondBorders

St. Thomas’s has four (delightful) rooms; you’ll eat breakfast in their kitchen with them in the morning, sit together in the evening around the wood burning stove and chat.  In fact, the family run business very proudly has a bevy of return guests from around the globe.

The world’s come to me – I don’t need to go and see the world!

Entrance to St. Thomas'
Entrance to St. Thomas’

Bed and Breakfast in Athens – St Thomas’s Rooms

All four rooms are named after plants or flowers.

  • Olive Room with two single beds; private bathroom just literally outside the door
  • Wisteria Room downstairs with en-suite and double iron bed with sofa chaise – enough to accommodate a child
  • The Garden Suite downstairs in the basement is perfect for families as it offers two adjoining rooms: double bed and two singles, with en-suite

I was placed in the Lavender Room on the first floor with gorgeous balcony and view of the back garden with large pool.  Yes, there is even a pool!

Alas, Athens in October isn’t always kind and the night I was hosted by them, the weather wasn’t so kind.

The Lavender Room
The Lavender Room at St. Thomas B&B
View from my balcony
View from my balcony at St. Thomas B&B

Bed and Breakfast in Athens – the area of Peania

Mainly agricultural, it’s a good place to base yourself for two or three days being only a 30 min metro ride straight into the centre.  It’s near Mount Imitos (great hiking trails that Janet can point out), has a GREAT taverna/ouzeri nearby and the Vorres Museum should NOT be missed.  The family are happy to either take you places or arrange for you.

Church in Paenia town
Church in Peania town

 Facts

  • St. Thomas’ is located in Peania – the metro on the blue line stops here, about 30 mins from the centre.  One of the family will come and collect you.
  • They can also collect you from the airport, unless your flight arrives at stupid o’clock – ask for info.
  • They can drop you off at the metro or airport too – again unless your flight is at stupid o’clock, then a taxi is arranged to collect you from their front door.
  • Don’t stay at St. Thomas’ if you’re looking for an impersonal style place – Janet really opens up her home to you and makes you feel welcome.  BBQs in the summer by the pool are not unheard of.
  • Rooms from €65 a night depending on season/size of room – check their website for prices.

I would like to extend my thanks to the Wilkinson family for their hospitality and warmth, and for helping me discover another side of Athens I didn’t know about.  St. Thomas’ makes a great alternative to hotel accommodation when going to the airport.  I will be back!

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8 COMMENTS

  1. What a great and honest article, everything that has been said is true and more. I stayed with Janet and Aris 2 years ago and I had the most fab time. It was through a personal tragedy I stayed with Janet and Aris. My brother suddenly died in London on my first night in Athens. I had to leave my accommodation next day and was trying to get a flight back to Scotland. I looked on internet and found St.Thomas’, there was something about the accommodation …. I rang Janet and she could put me up, I stayed for 6 days and I can honestly say it was truly wonderful. Janet took me everywhere, we went to the beach together, Janet, Aris, Maria, Phoebe plus cats made me very welcome. Unfortunately circumstances have kept me away from Greece and Janet but I am aiming to return next year. St.Thomas’ is a beautiful place to stay and Janet and her family will welcome you with open arms.

    • Thanks Susan.

      Glad you like the look of St. Thomas’. It is, indeed, one of a kind and really the only B&B in Athens (and perhaps Greece?) I also loved discovering Vorres and intend to go back at different times of the year, to see how the gardens change with the seasons (and to catch up with my adopted St. Thomas family)

  2. Hi there lovely article i live in Zakynthos 19yrs now also love Athens but usually passing through would be nice to spend a few days in october would you kindly forward your tariff as im an old biddy now !hha ha !74 going on 35..! and mono.. …so a room for one all the views look great yours j
    faithfully V.K XX

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