Atlanta is the perfect blend of big city sophistication and Southern hospitality. This Georgian capital has it all, whether you seek Michelin starred cuisine or a honky tonk bar to practice your line-dancing. As with all things in Atlanta, there are hotels to suit travellers from every walk of life. I’m a big fan of boutique style hotels because they give you the modern amenities found at higher-end chains but retain that down-home spirit that makes you feel welcome as soon as you walk in the doors. A characteristic, in my opinion, that perfectly compliments “The Big Peach”. These are my top three picks for the best boutique properties in Atlanta.
As its name suggests, bold colors (and service) await you at the Hotel Indigo Atlanta Midtown. The property consistently receives high praises from its guests due to the attentive staff and unique furnishings. Rooms at the Hotel Indigo feature bright murals on the walls that add to the overall funky vibe of the property. For many visitors, the location of Hotel Indigo is unbeatable – only steps away from Atlanta’s iconic Fox Theater.
Exploration Tip: The Fox Theater opened in 1928, showing the first film made by Disney, Steamboat Willie. You can book an in-depth tour of this magnificent venue and travel back in time to the golden age of Hollywood.
Located in the same area as the Hotel Indigo, The Georgian Terrace Hotel is less about the art and more about the charm. This property dates back to 1911, an Atlanta favorite for over 100 years. From the chandeliers in the elaborate ballroom to the European style bed linen in the rooms, it is very possible that you may choose to stay in and enjoy the ambiance instead of venturing outside. It may be worth noting that Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, and the entire cast of “Gone With the Wind” stayed at The Georgian Terrace for the film’s premiere in 1939.
Exploration Tip: Head to the elevator and go all the way to the top. A rooftop pool awaits where you can go for a swim and enjoy unrivalled views of Atlanta’s skyline.
Another historic property, the Artmore Hotel was built in 1924, inspired by the architecture of the Spanish Mediterranean. This boutique hotel is located in the heart of Atlanta’s Cultural Art District, the perfect base for exploring the High Museum of Art or taking in a show at the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. All rooms at the Artmore are modern suites complete with kitchenette, contemporary furniture and luxurious bedding. The Artmore prides itself on a personalized guest experience, so if you can dream it, they can make it happen.
Exploration Tip: Every October, Piedmont Park in the Cultural Arts District is home to the Atlanta Arts Festival. Artists from around the country descend on Atlanta for the event, bringing together all aspects of art and culture to the local community. If you plan to attend, book your room in advance as hotels sell out quickly.
Cover image is by Kay Gaensler via Flickr, Creative Commons License. Disclosure: I write for the Hipmunk City Love campaign as a paid contributor.