Atlanta Georgia Hotels

by Baldwin Ellis

Atlanta is a sprawling metropolis, peppered with hundreds of hotels that seamlessly blend Southern charm and modern style. The hotels range from historical gems that have been serving the city since the early 20th century to trendy boutique properties with vibrant atmospheres for traveling singles. Atlanta hotels are within minutes of cultural sites, world-class shopping, nightlife, public transportation and the airport.

Historic Hotels

Despite its modern skyline, Atlanta is home to several hotels that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Ellis Hotel, in the heart of downtown, opened as the Winecoff Hotel in 1913. The building was nearly destroyed by fire in the 1940s; however, a 21st-century renovation has given it a new life. Accommodations consist of contemporary guest rooms, women’s-only floors and rooftop dining at the Terrace on Peachtree restaurant. The Georgian Terrace is a Beaux Arts-inspired hotel in Midtown that hosted the premiere gala for the landmark film “Gone With the Wind.” Hotel highlights include a columned lobby, 19-story glass atrium, rooftop pool and patio dining at Livingston’s Restaurant and Bar.

Trendy Hotels

Atlanta is brimming with a selection of hip hotels for singles and young couples. The Glenn Hotel is a chic downtown property steps away from Philips Arena, the World of Coca-Cola museum and nightlife at Underground Atlanta. Accommodations consist of contemporary guest rooms with rainfall showers and iHome iPod docks. A seasonal rooftop lounge employs a resident DJ. Twelve Atlantic Station offers condo-style suites on the edge of the Atlantic Station retail and entertainment district. Guest suites feature modern decor, floor-to-ceiling windows and fully equipped kitchens with stainless steel appliances. Amenities include a lagoon-style pool with chaise loungers and dining at Lobby Bar and Bistro, which serves pizzas, cheesecakes and cocktails.

Luxury Hotels

Atlanta’s luxury hotels put a modern spin on Southern decadence. Four Seasons Atlanta is an upscale, European-style hotel near the Woodruff Arts Center and the Midtown MARTA subway station. Accommodations consist of traditional guest rooms with DVD players and deep soaking tubs; a full-service spa and indoor lap pool; complimentary bedtime cookies for kids; and fine dining at Park 75 Restaurant. The St. Regis Atlanta offers Italian-renaissance-inspired accommodations in the fashionable Buckhead community near high-end shopping at Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square Mall. Guest rooms feature ornate furnishings, balconies and marble bathrooms with in-mirror plasma TVs. Amenities include a full-service spa, gourmet dining, a wine tasting room and an outdoor “pool piazza” with a cascading waterfall, Jacuzzi and fireplace.

Airport Hotels

The SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway offers all-suite accommodations near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The hotel is adjacent to the ATL SkyTrain, a 24-hour automated people mover that transfers hotel guests to the airport within five minutes. Accommodations consist of guest suites with soundproof windows and iPod docks, a complimentary breakfast buffet and free parking. The La Quinta Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport is a budget hotel within one mile of the airport. Accommodations include complimentary Wi-Fi access, a breakfast buffet and airport shuttle service. The hotel also offers park and go packages that include overnight accommodations, round-trip airport transportation and parking up to seven days.