Remember your last trip, how you spent every day hoofing it around town, only to find that darling neighborhood nook in your last hour in the city? It’s one of the wonderful woes of traveling: the excitement of stumbling across a strip that was seemingly made for you, while the ticking clock reminds you it’s time to catch your flight.
Instead of waiting to spontaneously discover a neighborhood that suits your style, up your chances of finding your niche on your next stay in Atlanta. We’ve broken down some of ATL’s most popular neighborhoods, helping you match your travel preferences with the perfect place to stay.
Downtown is filled to the brim
Stay in downtown Atlanta if you’re the type who wakes up at 6 a.m. on vacation to start tackling your travel itinerary. This scene is chock-full of attractions, from the World of Coca-Cola to the CNN Tower. Kicking off the day at the crack of dawn will give you plenty of time to cross off the downtown attractions on the top of your travel list.
The Glenn Hotel places you within walking distance of NBA games at Philips Arena and the Fountain of Rings at Centennial Olympic Park. Known as Atlanta’s first boutique hotel, this centrally located accommodation charms with a rooftop lounge, rejuvenating in-room rain showerheads, and an onsite restaurant dishing up Southern comfort food.
Alternatively, stay at the Ellis Hotel and you’re just minutes from a ride on SkyView Atlanta or a tour of Georgia World Congress Center. This alternative hotel has implemented a Fresh Air Floor with allergy-preventive initiatives, along with a Women’s Only Floor ensuring additional safety and comfort for female guests. There’s an in-house bistro serving farm-to-fork cuisine and $1 wine tastings each evening.
Midtown showcases theater and arts
If your idea of a vacation involves coming nose to nose with masterpieces in art exhibits and getting caught up in the storyline of theater productions, Midtown is your cultural calling. Home to major Atlanta institutions, including High Museum of Art and Fox Theatre, this neighborhood hits the high notes.
Settle into the Artmore Hotel, and split your time between Atlanta Symphony Orchestra concerts and performances at Alliance Theatre—both are less than half a mile away. The boutique hotel, which is a recently renovated 1924 landmark, delivers roomy suites, a cocktail lounge, and an inviting courtyard.
Stonehurst Place is another Midtown retreat. An antique mansion, this high-end, six-room B&B features in-room massage services, gourmet breakfast, and eco-friendly initiatives. After losing track of time at the nearby Museum of Design Atlanta, cozy up in the sleeping porch or meander around the gardens.
Buckhead boasts luxury
Buckhead was made for travelers who dream of white-glove service and meals served on silver platters. Antebellum mansions span acres and boutiques that would make Rodeo Drive jealous adorn this prestigious address, where you’ll find some of the city’s most buzz-worthy restaurants.
Viewfinder Tip: Prefer to neighborhood hop? Jump on the MARTA train to conveniently explore these districts and other areas.
The St. Regis Atlanta opens the doors to a fabulous escape. A self-proclaimed in-town resort, this gem impresses with signature butler service, deluxe spa treatments, and a wine room with more than 500 selections. Spend an afternoon eying the designer wares at The Shops at Buckhead Atlanta, before cocktails at the Poolside Bar & Café or afternoon tea at Astor Court.
Meanwhile, the outdoor infinity pool and handcrafted cocktails at W Atlanta Buckhead just may align with your posh vacation expectations. In addition to being steps from Phipps Plaza Mall and Lenox Square, this boutique locale includes its own rooftop lounge, gastropub, and even a Whatever/Whenever service to accommodate all your requests.
Eastside and Westside are on the rise
Eastside and Westside are two districts that are fresh on the ATL scene. If you’re a trendy traveler who likes to be ahead of the curve, venture around these eclectic hoods. The young and hip flock to Atlanta’s Eastside to treasure hunt through vintage stores and pose in front of funky street art, while the Westside inspires with its range of design shops and foodie hot spots.
Eastside’s The Highland Inn is a historic boutique hotel, dating back to 1927. While the lodging is antique, charming, and inviting, its easy access to the local co-op, upcycled clothing shops, and indie cinema are what make it an especially brag-worthy spot to stay
On the other hand, make Twelve Hotel & Residences Atlantic Station your home away from home if the Westside is more your style. Each spacious suite includes living and dining rooms, bedroom areas, and full-sized kitchens, but this boutique accommodation also includes an in-house brasserie with a show-stopping dessert menu. After a dip in the hotel pool, delve into the local Design District and get some interior décor ideas for your next DIY project.
During your getaway to A-Town, catch your Broadway favorites at the theater or ring the bell for butler service in a neighborhood that speaks to you.
Where you do enjoy staying while traveling in Atlanta?