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The W Downtown is on a busy stretch in the city. It's just a block or so away from the Civic Center Marta station. This W fits in with the hotel's brand of chic and modern decor. This location includes a trendy bar called the Drinkshop, which is a great spot to take a business meeting or catch up with friends before going out for a night on the town. One thing I liked about this location is that the lobby was more lowkey than some of the others I've been to and the access to going up into the main hotel where the rooms are located seemed more secluded from the rest of the goings on in the hotel. Parking in the area can be hectic but the W offers parking and there are several parking garages nearby as well as restaurants.
The Melia is a gorgeous hotel in midtwon. It's a few blocks down the street from GA Tech and not far from Atlanta's famous the Varsity restaurant. This hotel has just about everything you could want with a fitness center, pool, conference rooms and several different in-house dining options including a pool bar -- how cool! One thing I will say is that parking in this area is a huge hassle, so I wouldn't recommend bring a car here, which should be fine as you're right next to everything.
The Renaissance is in a prime midtown location as it's right off of West Peachtree Street. I really liked the modern vibe of this hotel. All the decor was super chic. The staff here were friendly but on the day I came to visit they were fully booked so I couldn't see a room. This hotel is close to the GA Tech campus, Piedmont Park and has a restaurant and cocktails on its rooftop, which is pretty cool! This is a pretty chic location but if you can book this place during one of their promotions you could stay here for less than $100 bucks a night.
This Motel 6 was definitely nicer than I expected. It's an older property but it has been well maintained and is pretty clean. It's right off a main thoroughfare so I'd warn any light sleepers to be mindful of the noise level here. It's minutes away from all of downtown's restaurants and places to shop. I think they're more modern places to stay that are nearby but if someone was trying to stick to a tight budget but still get the downtown Atlanta experience this would be a good option.
The Twelve was pretty busy on the day I came to visit. The lobby was filled with people who we're either there for a convention or some sort of meeting. The day I came the hotel was fully booked so I wasn't able to look at a room, but I did take a walk around the hotel itself. It had a cool, modern decor -- there was a bar in the main lobby and lots of swanky seats and flat screen t.v.s. This hotel is directly across the street from the Civic Center Marta station and even has a restaurant inside. Having the Marta nearby is a nice option since it cost me $10 to use the valet here for only an hour and there is no self-parking. There are also a couple of sandwich and pizza places along the same block as the hotel if you don't want to walk far to get a bite to eat.
When I first arrived at the Renaissance Waverly I was immediately taken by this art that was sculpted into the side of the building. I received a very warm welcome from the staff outside and was immediately impressed by how beautiful the hotel was on the inside. There's a restaurant here, a book store and fresh lemonade for guests. I decided to stop here just before having lunch across the street at Corner bakery. Directly across from the hotel there are a ton of places to eat and shop including my favorite yogurt spot -- Pinkberry. The day I visited the hotel was extremely busy and there was a convention going on. It was so busy the man at the front desk didn't have a moment to show me a room. I gathered from an impatient hotel guest who was in line behind me that the front desk had been slow throughout his entire stay. I'm not sure if this was typical or if they were just overwhelmed with convention guests. Still, this was a really nice hotel and it's also close to the interstate and Cumberland Malll.
I really like the Regency Suites. The staff here are super friendly and extremely helpful. I took a look at a standard double suite and was really impressed by the space as well as the gorgeous views of downtown Atlanta the hotel has to offer. The rooms were modern and well-maintained. There was also a really cute breakfast area in the lobby of the hotel where guests are served complimentary breakfast every morning. This hotel is near pretty much anything you'd want to see downtown so it's a great option for anyone who really wants to explore the city on their visit.
This Quality Inn is right in the heart of Buckhead and is just minutes from both Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza with a ton of restaurants and entertainment options nearby. The day I visited the hotel lobby was filled with actors who were auditioning for a commercial. The staff seemed to be a bit overwhelmed juggling the audition guests and people checking into the hotel -- it was quite a wait for me to be shown a room. Some of the rooms are accessed from the outside and sort of have a woodsy vibe. They're spacious and suite style so each guest can have some privacy. The rooms each have their own tv, but they are older, and there's a flat screen in the common area. The couch is a queen sized pullout. The room itself was nice and it was clean but it just needed some updating. The room had a bit of a stale smell. This is a great option for anyone on a budget who'd like to be near the Buckhead area and still wants a bit of space to stretch out.
I have to be honest that while this Days Inn may be budget friendly I was extremely uncomfortable when I pulled into the parking lot. In general, lodging on Fulton Industrial can be sort of sketchy and this place was not an exception. The property itself looked pretty old and it seemed the main people who stayed here were truckers passing through the are to get a few hours of sleep. I'd recommend that anyone looking to stay in downtown Atlanta or close to Six Flags, which this property is to find another hotel. There are plenty of options still within this price range.
When I visited this Extended Stay it was a fairly quiet weekday afternoon. Despite that, the hotel was fully booked so I wasn't able to see a room here. The staff here told me about the amenities here which includes wireless internet, and this location is also pet friendly. This seems like a good place for anyone whose looking to have a bit more space and is planning for a longer visit. There isn't much in the way of entertainment and dining nearby in the immediate area, but if you have a car you can drive to some popular chain restaurants and Cumberland Mall.
This Extended Stay was pretty standard in comparison to the other properties I've visited from this chain. The day I visited they weren't able to show me a room but I took a little look around the property. This particular location is down a side street and sort of remote. One thing I did notice is that there were several guys sort of just hanging out in front of the building, they looked like construction workers that maybe had come into the area for an extended job and had been staying for a while. So this might be a place that attracts "regulars" who have certain needs to stay somewhere with the space this place provides. This seems like a good option for anyone traveling on a budget or coming down for more than a weeklong engagement.
This Extended Stay was decent but it seemed a bit old. I've visited several other Extended Stay properties around the metro Atlanta area and this seem to be in line with the other I've seen. The room layout here seems sort of cramped to me with a kitchenette and beds all fit into one space. The staff here was very nice and this hotel is pretty close to places to eat and nearby an interstate.
I think the Days Inn was a pretty nice hotel considering it's an older property. The staff here were very friendly and welcoming. The rooms are definitely a bit small and they could use a bit of updating with the bedding and quilting looking a bit old. The bathrooms were decent and the hotel itself isn't very big. One thing that struck me as sort of strange was the pool that looked sort of like a greenhouse with the plastic structure around it. The woman who works there told me that it is heated and it seems like a nice option at a place you'd typically probably wouldn't expect to find such a pool. The hotel is just minutes away from several different restaurants and Cumberland Mall is in the nearby. It's also close to a major interstate. This is definitely a good option for families or anyone traveling on a budget.
This is a HUGE hotel in the heart of downtown Atlanta. As soon as you walk up to the hotel there is a gorgeous water feature in the drive way. This is a really popular place to stay for major conventions like DragonCon and the hotel. The day I visited they didn't have a room for me to take a look at because they were fully booked but I did stop by the fitness center, which is connected to the hotel spa and is very nice. There is a full service Starbucks and more conference rooms than you can count. There is also a walkway between the Marriott Marquis and several other downtown hotels that let you go from one building to the next without ever having to step outside. And you get a pretty cool view of the city skyline. This hotel is obviously gorgeous and had just about every amenity but I was sort of put off by how busy it was-- it looked like Hartsfield Jackson airport! If you're like me and want more of a lowkey hotel stay this may not be the place for you.
The Highland Inn is an old and quaint hotel off of North Highland. It's clear the inn has been here for a long time while the area around it has turned into a major area for boutique shopping, dining and eclectic art with Ponce de Leon and the Little Five Points area nearby.
The inn itself is pretty clean for such an old property. The room I saw was a double and had a sort of unusual set up with a wall separating the two beds. A tv was placed sort of randomly on a mini fridge in the room and there is a sink in the room area. The bathroom can be reached from either side of the room but it's incredibly small -- think a closet. Also, the bathroom shower was pretty old, not dirty just really old. There's a breakfast room and the hotel staff here was really nice. It's definitely a unique spot to stay and could be a good option for this looking to have a less traditional hotel stay.
I was really impressed by the Emory Conference Center. The hotel is pretty large and it's surrounding campus is quite scenic -- lots of beautiful trees, and a patio area. The lobby is so big that I got a bit turned around when I first walked in but I love the rustic decor on the inside.
The staff here was extremely friendly and helpful. The room itself wasn't as big of a wow as I was expecting. It was standard and had a nice tv and desk. The bathroom was nice and everything was very clean. This hotel is home to a lot of conventions and such that Emory university hosts. It's also right next door to Emory Point and cool shopping and dining square that has great brunch, lunch and dinner options. There's also a spa. This is a great place for anyone coming in on a conference, business or for a college visit to Emory.