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Where To Stay in Atlanta: Key Considerations and Locations
May 3, 2023 By CityPASS
Atlanta, Georgia's capital, is a hotbed of culture in the South. It's also a large, sprawling city comprising over 200 distinct neighborhoods. This can make deciding where to stay in Atlanta feel overwhelming.
The wide selection of places to stay in Atlanta is as diverse as the city itself. Here's our guide on the things to consider before booking your trip to the "Big Peach."
Types of Accommodations To Stay in When Visiting Atlanta
Atlanta is home to dozens of well-established and renowned hotels that suit a variety of budgets. For a vintage aesthetic, stay at the stunning Hotel Clermont in Old Fourth Ward. If you fancy staying in on the first night, the hotel features three popular spots — Clermont Lounge, The Rooftop, and Tiny Lou's.
If you're staying in downtown Duluth, consider the Courtyard Atlanta Duluth Downtown. Although part of the Marriott chain, the hotel's prime location and complimentary parking provide easy access to the best of the area's restaurants, galleries, and boutiques.
If spa luxury with city views is your vibe, the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel features a spa, hot tub, swimming pool, wellness center, and marble baths. Enjoy live music at the hotel bar and breakfast at the onsite restaurants.
You can find plush Airbnbs all across Atlanta. The Little Five Points neighborhood has fewer highrise structures, giving the streets a more spacious feel. With its bohemian energy, it's no surprise Airbnbs can be found on every corner here — like the Little Five Lair.
Even in the touristy, hotel-heavy area of downtown Atlanta, you can find gems to stay in. Airbnbs can be a far more sociable choice if you're in a larger group visiting Atlanta.
Cozy Tree Houses
You might think of Atlanta as a "city in a forest." It's one of the greenest cities in the country — home to different natural landscapes, including forests, grasslands, savannahs, and even mountains.
Atlanta is the perfect setting for idyllic tree houses you can stay in during your trip. But you don't need to leave central Atlanta to find your ideal tree house. The popular Secluded Intown Treehouse is located right in the middle of the commercial district, Buckhead. And for couples with a smaller budget, the modern Owl in the Oak Treehouse is minutes from downtown Duluth. It includes a kitchenette, study, sitting area, and bathroom.
A cottage is a rarer find in Atlanta than a hotel room or apartment Airbnb. But this homey cottage is located right in historic Candler Park, close to Little Five Points.
And you don't have to stay near the most popular neighborhoods if your favorite accommodation is a little off the beaten track. Atlanta's public transportation system — the MARTA — is very efficient and covers a large area. Between MARTA's rail, buses, trams, and taxis, you shouldn't have an issue getting back into the hubbub of the city each day.
This cute, modern cottage features all the amenities from home — and it's just four miles from Atlanta. The Dillard House, nestled in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains, offers quaint cottages with views of lush Georgian greenery and a nearby lake.
Consider This When Choosing Where To Stay in Atlanta
Proximity to Must-See Attractions and Popular Shops
When you accidentally stay in a different part of a city than the attractions you most want to see, it can get old real quick. Try to plan accommodations that are practical to getting what you want from your trip.
If it's your first time visiting Atlanta, downtown is a convenient location to make your base. It's home to many popular historic attractions, museums, and other tourist favorites. Cultural attractions include the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and The College Football Hall of Fame.
Where are the other best areas to stay in Atlanta? Families love Old Fourth Ward for its kid-friendly attractions, The King Center, and stunning Fourth Ward Park, which is built over the old Ponce de Leon amusement park. Visitors looking for a luxury shopping experience should head to the Buckhead neighborhood, home to the upscale Lenox Square shopping center, Georgia's third-largest mall.
Every neighborhood in Atlanta is its own mini-metropolis, each with its own vibe. If you're a free spirit, one of the best places to stay in Atlanta is Midtown. Culture and the arts dominate here, and it's the LGBTQ+ epicenter — with the best nightlife scene in Atlanta. You'll also find the Atlanta Botanical Garden, High Museum of Art, and Piedmont Park here.
For somewhere a little quieter than downtown but still centrally located, don't hesitate to stay in Old Fourth Ward. Explore the birthplace of Martin Luther King and stroll its peaceful parks. Experience the famous local food scene, and enjoy some beverages at the district's hipster cafes and trendy bars.
Book luxury accommodation in Buckhead if you want to experience pure decadence in Atlanta. Between upscale shopping, fine dining, and the best hotels in this state capital, this neighborhood exudes a luxuriously laid-back atmosphere that's hard to beat.
Reviews From Past Travelers
With so many rooms and properties to choose from, you'll never be short of options for Atlanta accommodation. But how do you choose the best place?
There's no better endorsement than social proof. And you don't have to know the locals to get insider knowledge on accommodation. Reading reviews from travelers will help you decide whether you should book or move on to the next option.
Tripadvisor has extensive resources on places to stay in Atlanta, including a ranking system for its hotels. And if you scroll a property on hotels.citypass.com (powered by Booking.com) or Airbnb, you'll usually find reviews from past travelers further down the page. If you can, book a place well in advance to get the best price.
Save on Tickets to Atlanta's Top Tourist Attractions
Now you've got the lowdown on booking accommodation, where will you visit first in Atlanta? With Atlanta CityPASS® tickets, you'll be set up to see the best attractions as soon as you get there.
Each CityPASS® ticket grants the holder admission to five attractions — it's the perfect start to planning a week away for you and your family.
Lodging in Atlanta
To get the most out of your stay in Atlanta, we recommend finding lodging near Atlanta's top attractions. Use this map to find the right lodging for you: