Where to Stay in Atlanta: Best Areas & Hotels, 2018
Atlanta's Midtown and Downtown neighborhoods make up the heart of the city and are ideal for visitors who want to go sightseeing, especially those who prefer to be within walking distance of the main attractions. Downtown is home to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Site, Oakland Cemetery, World of Coca-Cola, and the Georgia Aquarium. Midtown is also called the arts district because of its many museums, galleries, and performing arts centers, including Fox Theater, High Museum of Art, and the Center for Puppetry Arts. This is also nearest to the city's oasis, Piedmont Park, which is home to the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
The upscale Buckhead district is a short drive from downtown but has many attractions of its own, including the Atlanta History Center and LEGOLAND Discovery Center, as well as plenty of chic spas and boutiques. The Cumberland district sits along I-75, halfway between downtown Atlanta and Austell, home of Six Flags Over Georgia and other family amusements. This area has some good budget options and is ideal for those with a vehicle.
Where to Stay for Luxury
The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is in the trendy Midtown arts district, close to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) and within a 15-minute walk to the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Here, you will find five-star service to match the expectations of a luxury hotel, especially at the on-site spa. Amenities include an indoor pool and fitness center, and the spacious rooms come with a fully stocked mini-fridge and complimentary skincare products in the bathroom.
Those looking for an upscale retreat in the Buckhead area will want to book a stay at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, which has its own spa as well as several others close by. Suites are spacious and have modern class, with marble bathrooms and separate showers and soaking tubs, and the courtyard garden is a peaceful place to relax after a long day of shopping at some of the city's most exclusive designer boutiques.
Just across the parkway, the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta is surrounded by more than a dozen restaurants and several spas, in addition to the hotel's own restaurant, Southern Art, and in-house spa. The well-appointed rooms feature pillow-top mattresses, Keurig coffee makers, and giant whirlpool soaking tubs among other luxury amenities.
Where to Stay: Mid-Range
Located at the southern end of Midtown close to the Federal Reserve Bank Museum and the Margaret Mitchell House, Loews Atlanta Hotel offers top-notch service and lodgings in its stunning glass high-rise, which has great views of the city. There is a restaurant on-site, as well as dozens within a few minutes' walk, and the hotel has its own spa. Rooms are well equipped with Wi-Fi, in-mirror TVs in the bathrooms, and Keurig coffee makers.
Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is the city's best value, with an ideal combination of reasonable rates and a central location between Midtown and Downtown, just steps from the aquarium and a few minutes to Fox Theater and the Telephone Museum. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, tennis courts, business center, and a guests-only club room with two billiard tables. Rooms include a safe, mini fridge, microwave, and Keurig coffee maker. Guests are welcome to use the self-serve laundry facilities, and there is affordable parking nearby.
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead is just a five-minute walk to the metro station, and only 15 minutes by foot to LEGOLAND, and has plenty of restaurants nearby. The Hyatt has many services that add to its value, including a complimentary shuttle service to Midtown and Downtown, free parking, and breakfast included with the room. This hotel's best kept secret is its Japanese Zen Garden, a peaceful space for guests who want to find serenity by the trickling waterfall.
Where to Stay on a Budget
Just off I-85 and only a few miles from both Buckhead and Midtown, La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Midtown - Buckhead has bright and colorful rooms and ongoing updates to the property that make it feel like more than budget lodgings. Room rates include a breakfast buffet, free parking, Wi-Fi, a fitness center, and access to a coin-operated laundry. Although not in the city center, there are many restaurants located on the main road that are only a five- to 10-minute walk away.
The Hampton Inn Atlanta - Cumberland Mall / NW offers dependable service and quality at their property located across the street from the Cumberland Mall, about 25 minutes by car from the city center and 15 minutes to Six Flags. To help you stretch your dollar, breakfast is included; there is self-service laundry; and rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, mini-fridges, and microwaves.
Cumberland's nearby Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Atlanta Northwest at SunTrust Park also features these amenities, as well as complimentary shuttle service to the Galleria and free parking. Here, you can also enjoy an indoor saltwater pool, hot tub, fitness center, and tennis court, as well as goodies every weeknight at the manager's reception.
Where to Stay for Families
Families who are in town for a special trip to LEGOLAND will appreciate the The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, which is located just a block from the main attraction. This luxury hotel has family rooms and suites and offers both babysitting and children's activities, which give parents some much-needed downtime, possibly at the hotel spa. Kids will love the indoor pool and hot tub, and the grown-ups will appreciate the self-serve laundry and fitness center. There are plentiful restaurant choices close by this hotel as well as Midtown's Artmore Hotel. This kid-friendly hotel also welcomes well-behaved dogs and offers apartment-style rooms and suites in a convenient location at the heart of the arts district, close to the Center for Puppetry Arts and a metro station. The hotel's walls are decorated with pop-icon artwork by local artists, and the whole family will love the courtyard, where there is a fountain in the day and a fire pit at night where you can snuggle under blankets on the outdoor furniture.
Where to Stay for Romance
For a romantic stay in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood, the St. Regis Atlanta is the place to stay. This classic building has been artfully renovated to leave the elegance of its history while bringing amenities into the 21st century. Huge bathrooms have soaking tubs with a unique window-doorway that leads to the bedroom and in-mirror TVs; rooms are spacious and elegant. Outdoors, a grand staircase leads to the courtyard, where there is a large pool and sunning area as well as the Bistro with its patio garden.
Seclusion seekers will fall in love with Stonehurst Place, a six-room bed-and-breakfast tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood yet just two blocks from Midtown attractions, like the Margaret Mitchell House and Jack Guynn Plaza, and just a few minutes' walk to Piedmont Park. Rooms have fully updated amenities, including huge soaking tubs and towel warmers, and common areas include a sitting room with a grand piano, a screened-in porch, a sunroom with games and complimentary tea and coffee, and an elegant dining area. Foodies will appreciate the gourmet breakfasts, as well as the opportunity to take home the recipes.