As a commerce-heavy city, Atlanta has plenty of hotels, from chains to bed and breakfasts. Although downtown properties are mostly geared for business travelers, the location can't be beat because of the proximity of the city's attractions. For an area that is less suit-driven, travel experts -- as well as leisure travelers themselves -- recommend booking in the Buckhead neighborhood in northern Atlanta.
Those on a tighter budget might find something more to their liking closer to the airport. Although these aren't the most charming of accommodations, they will save some money and still put you within close proximity to the city.
- With its penchant for hosting conventions and a growing tourist trade, Atlanta stocks more than its share of lodging opportunities. Accommodations range from world class high-rise hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts. Because Atlanta has become such a Mecca for conventions, even the largest hotels often book solid weeks in advance, so make reservations early." -- Travel Channel
- More than 76,000 rooms are in metro Atlanta, with about 12,000 downtown, close to the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta Civic Center, and Philips Arena. Other clusters are in Buckhead, in the north Interstate 285 perimeter, and around Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport." -- Fodor's
- If you have trouble finding a vacancy … look to the suburbs, where nearly every chain is represented. If you have a car and you're near one of the major interstates, getting into the city from the suburbs should be relatively simple, especially if you avoid rush hours, which last from around 6:30 to 9:30am and 4 to 7:30pm." -- Frommer's
For visitors who want to stay near the city's most popular attractions, the Downtown area is your best bet -- the World of Coca-Cola, the Centennial Olympic Park, and the CNN Center -- complete with its own Omni Hotel -- are all here. Most hotels cater to the business and convention crowd, so seek your night-time entertainment elsewhere.
- Atlanta's downtown serves as the center of business and government. It is not, however, the hub of the social or cultural scene, and other than fine dining or professional sports events, it pretty much shuts down after business hours." -- Travel Channel
Those that are more interested in Piedmont Park or seeing a show at the Fox Theatre might want to stay in Midtown. The area is a diverse cross section of the city, including Atlanta's GLBT community. Hotels are as plentiful here as Downtown, and the prices are also manageable. Try the Loews Atlanta Hotel for luxury accommodations at not-so luxurious prices.
One of Atlanta's most affluent neighborhoods, Buckhead is ideal as a nightlife hub. A free community shuttle services most of the area, making getting around easy. The only downside is the price -- Buckhead hosts high-priced venues. However, according to travel experts and recent visitors, properties like The Mansion on Peachtree and The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta are worth top-dollar.
- There's no such thing as a cheap sleep in Buckhead, but there's also no better place to stay if you want to immerse yourself in the finest of Atlanta shopping, dining, and nightlife." -- Travel Channel
- A word about dining: There are so many fine restaurants and nightspots in Buckhead that it's foolish to limit yourself to hotel fare. There are three notable exceptions, however -- the Westin Buckhead Atlanta, Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, and InterContinental Buckhead all have outstanding restaurants." -- Frommer's
Little Five Points
Little Five Points, or L5P, is an eccentric paradise with quirky shops, funky bars and piercing parlors, located just north of Downtown's more typical tourist run-of-the-mill attractions. Although larger hotels are scarce, bed and breakfasts are plentiful.
- This hipster hangout draws most of its visitors from local youth and out-of-towners with a curious disposition, so you won't find much in the way of overnight hospitality. A few bed and breakfasts are maintained in nearby Inman Park, such as the King-Keith House." -- Travel Channel
Staying near Atlanta's airport might not sound too glamorous, but it's a great option for travelers on a budget. Rates are much cheaper than staying in the city, plus the light-rail MARTA will get you Downtown (near the most attractions) in about 15 minutes.
- Although most airport-hotel guests are business travelers, it's not out of the question for leisure travelers to choose accommodations here. Weekend rates are often very low, and many of the hotels offer free shuttles to the Airport MARTA station, making it easy to reach other parts of the city." -- Frommer's