Atlanta is a destination city. The cosmopolitan capital of Georgia offers a variety of attractions for all sorts of travelers, from restaurants and shops to sprawling parks to historical homes and museums, all with Southern hospitality. Whether you’re on a budget or enjoying the ATL in style, here’s where to stay in Atlanta, including AAA Diamond rated hotels.
Where to stay in Atlanta: Budget
Just off of I-75, the Country Inn & Suites is perfect for the budget-minded traveler. Located northwest of Atlanta, guests get free breakfast, parking and WiFi. Amenities also include a 24-hour fitness center, an indoor pool, and freshly baked cookies in the lobby, as well as a free shuttle to businesses within a three-mile radius. The hotel also has a 24-hour business center with T1 internet access and free printing.
Shop at the nearby Cumberland Mall, or go to a convention at the Cobb Galleria Centre – both places are less than two miles from the Country Inn & Suites. Baseball fans are especially welcome, as the hotel is down the road from SunTrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves.
Located in the affluent Buckhead district of uptown Atlanta, this Marriott hotel offers many amenities, including free breakfast and WiFi and an indoor pool. This hotel is conveniently located right next to major roadways, and is a short drive away from family-friendly attractions such as the Atlanta History Center, and the Legoland Discovery Center. Not to mention quick access to a public transit MARTA station, and shopping at nearby malls Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square.
Where to stay in Atlanta: Mid-range
Right in the center of downtown Atlanta, this newly renovated hotel offers plush beds, a heated outdoor pool, and a direct connection to the city’s MARTA public transit. Eating options include Polaris, a rotating restaurant 22 stories up with a panoramic view of the Atlanta skyline, and Sway, a southern-style kitchen that Thrillist.com named “One of the Nine Places that Define Atlanta Fried Chicken.”
Shop around at the Peachtree Center Mall and AmericasMart Atlanta, both only a block away. The Georgia Aquarium and the Center for Civil and Human Rights are within a half a mile of the Hyatt Regency.
This eco-friendly hotel is right in the heart of downtown Atlanta, with many amenities for all sorts of travelers. The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has 90,000 square feet of recently renovated event space. Both the full-service business lounge and fitness center are open 24 hours. Especially unique is the Garden Courtyard Pool, which is heated year-round and covered by a retractable glass roof.
Fandangles Restaurant & Bar offers southern-inspired and locally grown food, as well as gluten-free and vegetarian menus. In addition, the hotel has a casual breakfast and lunch restaurant, and an in-house deli that is open all day.
The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel is also just two blocks from the Atlanta Convention Center.
Where to stay in Atlanta: Top-rated and luxury
A modern complex right in the middle of CNN world headquarters, the Omni Atlanta Hotel occupies a 15-story high-rise and a 24-story tower. Children get a backpack filled with fun activities upon check-in, and milk and cookies delivered to their room on the first night of their stay. Restaurant Prime Meridian serves sophisticated new American fare alongside fantastic views of Atlanta and the famous Centennial Olympic Park. Begin your day with gourmet coffee and a quick snack at Morsel’s, and cap it off with a cocktail and appetizer at Latitudes Bistro and Lounge.
Amenities include free WiFi in public areas, a soothing spa, a year-round outdoor heated pool and a 24-hour fitness center. For sports lovers, the Georgia Dome — home of the Atlanta Falcons — and the Philips Arena — home of the Atlanta Hawks — are down the road, while the College Football Hall of Fame is next door.
Built in 1911, this gorgeous hotel has seen a lot of history, including the 1939 premiere gala of “Gone with the Wind.” The Georgian Terrace still has that glamour, as it often hosts top events in the area in its impressive boardroom and three ballrooms. Guests also praise the rooftop swimming pool and sun deck for its great views of Atlanta.
The common rooms are decked out with chandeliers, polka-dot carpets and stylish, modern furnishings, while each room has marble floors, iPod docking stations and free WiFi. Suites have impressive views of the city and a full kitchen.
Dine at the Livingston Restaurant & Bar, a modern-meets-Southern kitchen surrounded by grand architecture. Drink barrel-aged cocktails at the rustic Edgar’s Proof and Provision, or grab a fresh breakfast and coffee at Buffalo Bayou.
The Georgian Terrace Hotel is close to a number of midtown attractions, including the famous Fox Theatre next door.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this bed and breakfast was built in 1896 as a mansion for the wealthy Hinman family. These days, travelers come to enjoy the luxurious six rooms and suites at this restored midtown Atlanta inn. Each has been updated with modern amenities while still retaining its turn-of-the-century charm. Relax in the landscaped gardens and enjoy the daily gourmet breakfast. Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Only a 10-minute walk away is Piedmont Park, a sprawling, picturesque 189 acres with history going back to the 19th century and a farmer’s market every Saturday from March to December.
Located on the first 19 floors of a 50-story tower, the Four Seasons offers a world of luxury in midtown Atlanta. Pets are allowed, so you can bring your four-legged friends along as well. See a 360-view of Atlanta from the 50th floor event spaces. Relax at the spa with a massage and treatments for the face, body and hands and feet, or try a seasonal special. Each treatment room is soundproofed for a secluded retreat.
Guests can swim in the indoor saline pool, which has a hot tub and sunny terrace. Exercise with weights, treadmills and bikes at the 4,500-square-foot fitness center, and sweat it out in the steam rooms and saunas. Enjoy a red velvet pancake breakfast at restaurant Park 75 and end the day with dinner and a drink at Bar Margot.
Take a stroll in the nearby Atlanta Botanical Garden, or walk half a mile to the High Museum of Art. “Gone with the Wind” fans must go to the nearby Margaret Mitchell House, where the Pulitzer-Prize winning novel was written.
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