Where to Stay in Atlanta: Finding the Best Hotel in the ATL

By Joe Baur,

What do you really know about Atlanta? Probably not much. It’s one of those cities you hear a lot about, but you can’t quite put your finger on what makes it special.

Atlanta is a city of history where you can walk up to the childhood home of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and walk in his footsteps to Ebenezer Baptist Church where the Civil Rights legend gave his first sermons. It’s a city that harbors the cross-section of world-class attractions and Southern hospitality.

Whatever you’re looking for, there are a number of neighborhoods where you can find a hotel to call home for a few days while you explore this gem of the Southeast. Scroll on for our suggestions on where to stay in Atlanta neighborhoods!


Where to Stay in Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown

You can’t get any more central than downtown and that’s right where you’ll find the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Peachtree Street. The 22-story property features prominently in the city skyline thanks to a Polaris blue dome.

Inside you’ll find recently renovated guestrooms, each equipped with a 32-inch flatscreen TV and an iPhone docking station. Naturally the higher you go, the more stunning the view outside your window.

For dining, the hotel is home to Atlanta’s famous rotating restaurant and lounge where you can find a variety of cuisines and drinks to keep you plenty satiated. Best of all, you’re walking distance from the Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Aquarium, and World of Coca-Cola. Heading a bit further? MARTA public transportation is connected to the hotel.

Rooms for $109

The Westin Peachtree Plaza

The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta Room

It doesn’t get much more elegant than The Westin Peachtree Plaza in downtown Atlanta. This four-star property is outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows and fantastic city views.

It’s no spoiler that Atlanta can get a bit toasty in the summer, so luckily you’ll find an indoor/outdoor pool with a sundeck on the 11th floor. Sports fantastic can also keep busy at the Westin Workout fitness studio.

Have a pet? Bring ’em along! You’re entering a pet-friendly hotel.

Rooms for $174 More Hotels Near Downtown Atlanta

Atlanta Airport Hotels

Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway

Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway

Who says hanging out by the airport needs to be a drag? The Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway is a top-rated, four-star property just two minutes away from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. A free ATL SkyTrain ride is all that separates you from your next flight.

Simply put, this is the hotel for doing a layover in style. Rooms are designed in modern decor and a salt water pool is available for guests. The hotel also offers up a free breakfast buffet. At night, try dinner at the Greatroom Restaurant or keep it casual at Champions sports bar.

If you have time to dip into town, it’s just 18 minutes from the airport MARTA station with the gold or red lines to the Peachtree Center Transit Station in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

Prices from $239

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport – College Park

Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport - College Park

Few airports get points for style, but that’s okay if you’re taking your layover at Hotel Indigo Atlanta Airport – College Park. This chic joint is hardly slumming it as you wait for your call to the gate.

Your stylish room comes equipped with all the expected amenities — hairdryers, work desk, flat screen television, and WiFi so you can keep an eye on your next flight. On-site you’ll also find the celebrated Harvard & Main restaurant, serving up tasty southern cuisine using local ingredients.

Traveling with a pet? Your furry friend is more than welcome here.

Prices from $135 More Hotels Near Atlanta International Airport

Old Fourth Ward

Since Old Fourth Ward remains very much a residential neighborhood, you won’t find much in the way of hotels deep within the neighborhood. That said, we’ve got a couple of great options right on the edge of the neighborhood and walking distance to everything. Both are also a stone’s throw from the North Avenue Transit station so you can get around the city with MARTA.

Staybridge Suites Atlanta

Staybridge Suites Atlanta Pool

Staybridge Suites Atlanta is all about proximity. At the border of both Old Fourth Ward and Midtown, you’re minutes away from the New American Shakespeare Tavern, Fox Theatre, the Atlanta Civic Center, Museum of Design Atlanta, the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, and of course, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in the Sweet Auburn Historic District.

At the hotel itself, you’ll find 102 guest rooms equipped with kitchenettes and full-sized refrigerators and stovetops. Active types can hit the 24-hour gym or took a dip in the outdoor pool before hitting the complimentary evening reception (held on select days).

Rooms for $190

The Georgian Terrace

The Georgian Terrace Atlanta

What’s that across the street? Oh, yes. It’s the Fox Theatre.

When you’re not busy hitting the latest show, you can stroll back to The Georgian Terrace for a little R&R at the rooftop pool with city views that will make your Instagram followers squirm in envy. (That’s what social media is for, right?) You can also grab breakfast, lunch, and dinner right at the hotel’s Livingston Restaurant and Bar with alfresco dining on the terrace when the weather cooperates.

Atlantans say “MARTA is smarta” and The Georgian Terrace proudly embraces that motto by locating themselves just a block from the metro station. That means no need to mess with the city’s legendary traffic jams.

Rooms for $169

Tech Square

A neighborhood within a neighborhood, Tech Square finds itself in the heart of Midtown surrounded by 8th Street, 3rd Street, West Peachtree Street, and Williams Street. Here you’ll find a number of academic buildings affiliated with Georgia Tech, which you can easily get to via the Fifth Street pedestrian Plaza Bridge. Besides these hotels, the Tech Square is home to a variety of retail shops, restaurants, condos, and office buildings.

Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center

Georgia Tech Hotel Conference Center and Room

The Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center is arguably the place to stay if you’re doing business in Atlanta. Inside there’s a 320-seat conference dining area serving up tasty meals nearby a cozy lobby where guests can grab a drink.

Relaxing won’t be a problem either at this property with rooms appointed with 37-inch flat screen television set and free WiFi when you aren’t busy taking in that Atlanta city view. Once you’re ready to explore, a MARTA station is just a short walk from the hotel or you can head over to scenic Piedmont Park for some green.

Rooms for $188

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown

Renaissance Atlanta Midtown

The Renaissance Atlanta Midtown places guests right off Interstate 85 and a short jaunt away from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Fox Theatre. At the hotel, you’ll have access to the 24-hour fitness center. After getting your sweat on, reward yourself with a drink at the rooftop bar and lounge.

In your room, you’ll be surrounded by contemporary decor, marble bathrooms, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Other facilities include a business center and a free, local care service.

When your stomach starts growling, try the adjacent Community Smith restaurant, a partner of the hotel that offers preferred rates for break, lunch, and dinner for guests.

Rooms for $194

Midtown Atlanta

Artmore Hotel

Artmore Hotel Atlanta

Prefer the boutique experience? The Artmore Hotel might be just what you’re looking for in Midtown Atlanta. Air travelers will appreciate the easy access via the MARTA transit station located directly across from the property.

Head out for a walk and take in some culture, starting with the High Museum of Art. Then, take in a show at the Atlanta Theater. Back at the hotel, you can grab a drink and some snacks at the Studio Bar and Lounge before unwinding a bit at the courtyard.

Rooms for $149

Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown

Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown

Coca-Cola fans unite! The Atlanta Marriott Suites Midtown is just a short walk away from the World of Coca-Cola Museum where you can explore all things related to your favorite afternoon beverage.

An indoor and outdoor-connecting pool at the hotel making swimming an option year-round, whether you’re braving the brutal summer heat or catching a freakishly cold winter afternoon. As a guest you’ll also have access to the fitness center and whirlpool.

An on-site restaurant is ready for you to enjoy a buffet breakfast and a smattering of American cuisine come dinner time. Feeling lazy? Just call up room service.

Rooms for $199 More Hotels Near Midtown Atlanta

Georgia Tech

Hampton Inn Atlanta-Georgia Tech-Downtown

Hampton Inn Atlanta-Georgia Tech-Downtown Atlanta

Yellow Jackets fans are likely to be looking for something like the Hampton Inn Atlanta-Georgia Tech-Downtown when it comes to a hotel near Bobby Dodd Stadium at Historic Grant Field. At just a three-minute walk away from the stadium, you’re easily within earshot of the roaring crowd. (Of course, you’ll probably be in the crowd, right?)

Before heading out for game day, you’ll be able to enjoy a free breakfast served at the hotel each and every morning. Free coffee and tea are also readily available in the lobby to keep you nice and caffeinated.

All that said, there’s more than just football to enjoy. The Georgia Aquarium is a breezy 10-minute walk from the hotel.

Rooms for $114

Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Midtown

Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Midtown

This Homewood Suites by Hilton Atlanta Midtown property is a three-star, extended stay hotel within an easy walk to gorgeous Centennial Olympic Park and the College Football Hall of Fame. Amenities at the hotel include traveler-favorites, namely a fitness center and an outdoor pool.

As an extended stay hotel, travelers can hole themselves up into a studio, one, or two-bedroom suite outfitted with a full kitchen and separate living and sleeping areas. Your home away from home will also have a hot buffet breakfast ready for you in the morning. Feel like staying in for the night? There’s an on-site grocery/convenience store where you can grab something for the kitchen.

Rooms for $152

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Where did you end up staying? Let us know in the comments!

*All photos from trivago except feature image by Kevin C. Rose, Courtesy of ACVB & AtlantaPhotos.com