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This is Atlanta’s biggest downtown hotel, readily visible from throughout most of the city. It’s really a massive operation, with hundreds of rooms and more than 40 stories tall. It’s almost overwhelming when you first walk in. The rooms themselves are not exactly luxurious, but they're nice and clean enough and I doubt anyone would find a reason to complain. If you get a city view room then you’ll be in for a treat – you get an absolutely breathtaking view of downtown from the higher-up floors, especially facing the south side and the gold dome.
If you’re staying in the Marquis, you can get pretty much everything done that you need to without ever leaving hotel. I think there’s about three restaurants, plenty of workspace and conference space, small retail stores, and a full-size Starbucks. It would be a shame if you stayed in, though – you’re right in the heart of Atlanta, just a MARTA stop away from Georgia’s capitol building and a short ride from a lot of the great midtown attractions like the Fox Theatre.
There is no hotel more representative of Buckhead than the JW Marriott. Literally attached to Atlanta’s famous Lenox Square Mall, the towering hotel is absolutely luxurious. The hotel’s staff were always full smiles and very helpful during my entire visit.
The room was very nice, modern, and recently updated (I believe the hotel went through a nearly full renovation just over a year ago). Plenty of room for a family of four, and everyone will love being able to enter the very nice Lenox Square Mall through the hotel’s lobby; I can’t think of a better shopping area in the entire city. Plus there’s a huge theater, and plenty of places to eat.
Even though the room was really amazing, I think the best part was the view. Even just about halfway up, I had an excellent view of the Atlanta skyline – I think buckhead is just about the perfect distance to get a full-on view of the rest of the city. The hotel is also easy to access – there’s a valet, but you can also easily get to the building from pretty much the entire Lenox mall parking lot. Very convenient.
This is a very strange hotel. It seems as if the rest of downtown Atlanta built up around this little Motel 6, it looks a little more akin to a hotel you’d see stuffed on the side of some small town interstate exit than a downtown Atlanta hotel. Right across the street is Atlanta’s biggest downtown hotel: the Marriott Marquis; on the other side of the street you’ve got the massive Hilton. The Super 8 is a very strange sight bumped up against those two massive buildings.
It’s an old hotel, and if you need to stay in downtown Atlanta but don’t have a lot of money to spend I think it’s a good option. I never felt unsafe during my visit, and the staff were absolutely as friendly as any other hotel staff I’ve visited in Atlanta – even in some of the hyper luxury hotels.
The hotel is also very small – there’s only 68 rooms. Unlike almost every other hotel in downtown, parking is free, so that’s pretty nice. The nearest MARTA station is Peachtree Center, about two blocks away; with that access you pretty much have the entire downtown and midtown available without a car. I’d recommend the Motel 6 if you’re really pinching pennies.
You might feel a little out of place if you visit the Emory Inn without being a part of an event or conference. The center is almost always bustling with some event part of the university or some other gathering. It’s a good thing that the hotel is pretty much built for it – the lobby and meeting areas are massive, with plenty of separate conference rooms and work tables strewn about. Even with the hotel packed out, it’s not that hard to find a quiet place to do some work.
The hotel site is pretty idyllic – once you’re on the hotel grounds it would be easy to believe that you’re not a couple of miles away from downtown Atlanta’s skyscrapers. The hotel is set at the bottom of a hill, and trees and greenery fill your view from pretty much all over the hotel. It’s a very nice, quiet setting in a sometimes loud town.
The problem is that there’s not a whole lot to do right around the hotel – you’d have to do at least a bit of driving to get to anything that’s just a few chain restaurants. It’s a good thing that the hotel has a couple of restaurants built in.
Make no mistake, this is a very old hotel that comes with very few modern amenities. But the thing is, the Highland Inn has done a lot to turn the old building into something really neat and unique in Atlanta, boasting that they’re the only ‘European boutique hotel’ in the city. It’s a neat novelty, and very fun choice if you’re looking to try something a little different.
When you enter the hotel, you’re greeted by a classic style front desk, with room keys on chains sitting in boxes. The building and the rooms are old, but maintained well enough and with a lot of charm. The biggest problem is that the room was incredibly small – even two people might feel a little cramped in a room at the Highland Inn.
Something I’m not so sure about are the air conditioner units – they appeared to be small window units in the rooms. I visited during the fall, and the temperature was very mild and nice; but I’m thinking that during a hot summer it might be a real problem.
A neat perk is the built in cafe, which seems to be a popular spot even for people who are not staying at the hotel. There’s also a free breakfast, and free wifi. I very much enjoyed my visit.
I wouldn’t really recommend this hotel. Even though it’s not in necessarily a bad neighborhood, I did not feel safe at the Stratford. There were plenty of people loitering outside the lobby, and the parking lot was full of garbage.
That level of cleanliness seemed to stretch inside the rest of the hotel as well. The lobby and rooms were musty and old, and the walls needed to be repainted.
Here’s the main sticking point with this hotel, though. It bills itself as an extended stay facility, but in the room I was in that only meant that there was a mini fridge and a microwave, pretty standard amenities in most decent hotels. There was no couch, no stove, and the room was no bigger than any other standard sized room. Don’t be fooled.
The best thing I can say about the Stratford was that the staff seemed friendly and welcoming, but their care didn’t seem to have any impact on the quality of the hotel.
I like the Residence Inn in midtown. Sure, it’s not exactly the most luxurious hotel in the city, but it’s plenty nice enough and it gets the job done. It’s situated in the north end of midtown, a decent walk from the midtown MARTA station but it's definitely doable. One thing I liked well enough was that the entire hotel is locked down, and even the lobby door locks if you don’t have a keycard. If you’re checking in, you have to use an intercom to get the staff’s attention.
It’s an older hotel, but it looks well maintained. It’s also bigger than it looks, with some 160 rooms spread across 7 floors. My favorite part was the pub that’s attached to the hotel – it’s very popular, and seemed to be consistently busy during lunch and dinner hours.
The biggest problem is that it’s farther away from midtown and downtown attractions than some other midtown hotels, and the MARTA station is at least a two block walk. Still, its a lot cheaper than a hotel like the midtown Renaissance, and I enjoyed my visit.
I think you could do worse than the Quality Inn, but it’s definitely not the best hotel I’ve seen in downtown Atlanta, even at its price range.
The hotel is located in what I’d describe to be the heart of downtown, not too far from Centennial Olympic Park and attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke museum. The problem is that the hotel is very obviously old, and the rooms need some remodeling. But they’re not awful, and they’ve been well enough maintained. They’re not musty like some other old hotels can be – as a matter of fact, I thought that the room I was in had a fresh, clean smell. The staff bent over backwards to make sure that my visit was pleasant – that’s also not a given in some of these downtown hotels.
There’s free breakfast and free wi-fi, and the hotel is a couple of blocks from Peachtree Center, meaning you have access to MARTA.
Up until recently this hotel was a Marriott, and it’s pretty easy to tell – it remains a very nice, very well maintained facility. The rooms plenty nice enough – well maintained and spacious, and the hotel is much smaller than some of the other massive hotels in the area. The staff told me that the lobby is expected to undergo a full-on renovation during the coming weeks.
It’s pretty ideally located. The hotel overlooks Walton Spring Park, a small square that a welcome green sight in the rest of the crowded city. But just behind the hotel, maybe a block away, is probably the highlight of an Atlanta trip: Centennial Olympic Park. Of course alongside the park you get some of Atlanta’s best and most famous attractions, like the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke museum. You also get a view of the new skyview ferris wheel.
For a taste of Atlanta, you’re not too far from the original The Varsity drive-in. But right down the street is a Ted’s Montana Grill.
One detail that I thought was neat is that the hotel uses old style wooden elevators, and manage to do so without feeling unsafe – no small feat in my mind.
I’m willing to be that there’s not a more trendy hotel in downtown Atlanta than the W. I don’t know if I’ve seen a more modern hotel –it’s very new and sleek, you definitely feel special when you visit. It gives an incredible first impression: when you walk in, the automatic doors open to a view of the W logo lit and carved out of wood. The lobby is just big enough, with art fixtures that hang from the ceiling and a small bar that gives a city street view.
One of the coolest parts of the hotel was the pool – it’s on the 16th floor and has an outdoor view of the city, and it’s heated so you can still use it in cooler weather. It was probably the highlight of my visit.
A lot of people might not realize that the downtown W is actually the building with the giant digital billboard that overlooks busy I-75 downtown; kind of a neat detail. While you’re visiting, you’re just a short walk from Olympic Centennial Park and the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke museum
The Melia is a nice hotel in right where midtown meets downtown, in a good location near a lot of great Atlanta attractions.
Here’s the thing about the Melia, it’s clearly older than some of the other nice hotels in downtown and midtown. But the thing is, I think it gives the hotel some character. It’s got a really classic feel that hotels like the Renaissance and Twelve Centennial don’t have. The lobby is massive, and the rooms are plenty big as well; they’re not brand new or as nice as some other hotels in Atlanta, but they’ve got a lot of classic character, and I can appreciate that.
The best thing about the Melia is how close it is to some of Atlanta’s best stuff, most notably the original The Varsity restaurant, which is literally less than a block away and mostly viewable from the hotel. If you can stomach a little drive-in grease, you’ve got to try it at least once. You’re also less than a block away from a MARTA station, and the line runs all the way to the airport, which is convenient and not exactly typical in Atlanta.
All I can say is ‘wow.’ I was really impressed by the Renaissance, but I think it might be hard not to be. The hotel is located right on Peachtree Street in midtown, in my estimation one of the best areas in the city, for a lot of reasons. First of all, you’re in walking distance from a lot of the city’s best features, including the Fox Theatre and Piedmont Park. For food, you’re about a block away from one of the city’s most famous restaurants: The Vortex. You really can’t ask for a more Atlanta experience.
As for the hotel, the Renaissance gives a taste of luxury in midtown. The rooms are hyper modern and nice, and the room I was in had a great view of the city. But the best part was the bathroom, which features a full-on glass walk-in shower. The hotel is pretty massive: 21 floors and more than 300 rooms, and the staff were always on their toes during my visit.
Here’s something I don’t like about higher end hotels like the Renaissance: wi-fi access is far from free at about $15 a day. I don’t want to be nickel and dimed if I’m already paying $200ish a night.
I really like this hotel. Unlike a lot of other midtown hotels, the Regency Suites is not glamorous, but it’s plenty nice, modern, and clean. It’s perfect if you’re looking for something that’s nice, safe, and in a great location without paying for luxury. Each rooms a suite, which means they’re plenty large with a living area and a kitchen area. To top it off, the staff has that southern hospitality that you’d expect while staying in Georgia.
There’s a typical continental breakfast setup and a great view, but I wouldn’t spend too much time in the room if you’re staying in midtown. You’ve got pretty much everything right there or a train stop or two away. You’re in walking distance from Piedmont Park, the Margaret Mitchell House, and the Federal Reserve Museum.
If you’re not planning on having a car during an Atlanta visit (which I usually wouldn’t recommend), I think you’d actually be okay at the Regency. The hotel is on the same block as the midtown MARTA station, which runs all the way down to the airport and hits pretty much all the hotspots in downtown Atlanta.
I think you’d be hard pressed to find many nicer hotels in Atlanta. The highlight of Twelve Centennial are the rooms – I visited a deluxe unit that was about as nice as any hotel that I’ve ever stayed in or seen. The room was extremely new and modern with a nearly full-sized kitchen that was loaded with really top of the line appliances – the living area was separated from the bedroom by a sloped wall that didn’t cut the two off completely but did provide a little privacy – I think it would be absolutely perfect for a family looking to spend a week in Atlanta while taking in the sights. It’s luxury, and the location is great, too; you’re right by the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke museum.
The thing about Twelve Centennial is that the building is split between residential units and the hotel, complete with a full-on parking garage that I believe is shared by both. Maybe I’m alone on this, but it always makes me feel strange to be at a hotel that doubles as someone’s living space, almost as if I’m out of place. Something to keep in mind if you’re as crazy as me.
I don’t think I could reccomend this hotel. It’s not that it’s necessarily gross or unsightly, but it’s not in a great part of town and the staff weren’t very friendly or helpful. The room was fine, but definitely outdated and had a slight smell; but it was clean and maintained. It’s not in a great location, and I’d even say that it’s not exactly a safe part of town.
Of course the big draw for this hotel is Six Flags Over Georgia, but the hotel isn’t exactly right across the street from the park. There’s a shuttle to the park for the hotel, but I’m willing to bet that you could probably get a nicer room closer to the park for not that much more money.
There’s really nothing immediately close to the hotel save for a few rundown fast food restaurants. If I was in town for Six Flags, I might stay inside the city or on the north part of town and just drive over.
This is a strange hotel. It’s big and right off the interstate, but it’s old and in dramatically poor condition.
Plus, you will probably not feel very safe in this building. Even in the midday, there were a bunch of people just loitering in the parking lot and in the lobby area. The lobby itself smelled, and the walls had been poorly painted over. The room is old and has not been updated in a long, long time.
Before I got a room key, the clerk made sure to tell me that there was a no refund policy; seemed like there wasn’t a lot of faith in the facilities from the hotel staff. In the hallway, a guest had his juvenile pitbull following him without a leash or collar; I’m actually not sure what the pet policy is, but I’m willing to bet that you are at least supposed to use a leash.
The hotel runs $50ish a night – for a little more money, you can get a nicer hotel closer to Six Flags. That’s what I’d recommend.