Where to Stay in Downtown Atlanta

Use our handy guide for picking a Downtown Atlanta hotel.
  • Enter the lobby at the Glenn Hotel and be greeted with a smile and a warm scented towel.
    Enter the lobby at the Glenn Hotel and be greeted with a smile and a warm scented towel.
  • The Hyatt Regency Atlanta was the first hotel with John Portman's impressive atrium. It started a trend.
    The Hyatt Regency Atlanta was the first hotel with John Portman's impressive atrium. It started a trend.
  • Enjoy a cocktail at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta's AG restaurant.
    Enjoy a cocktail at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta's AG restaurant.
  • The AC Hotel has a comfortable and functional work center.
    The AC Hotel has a comfortable and functional work center.
  • The Sheraton's courtyard pool is perfect for dining and after-work cocktails.
    The Sheraton's courtyard pool is perfect for dining and after-work cocktails.

If you've made plans to visit Atlanta and need a place to stay downtown, you can choose from quite a selection of hotels. Here's a cheat sheet to help you decide.

  1. The AC Hotel Atlanta Downtown is a hip hotel with an interior design featuring a sleek mixture of glass and marble. There is a hint of European sophistication, and a tranquil Zen garden offers a respite from a busy day.

  2. The Atlanta Marriott Marquis is located next to Peachtree Center and, being designed by John Portman, features an atrium that is anchored by a 50-foot, color-changing sail from Pulse, the hotel’s cocktail lounge. The hotel features five restaurants, including Sear, a steak house; a 24-hour fitness center; and more than 160,000 square feet of meeting space. There are 1,663 reinvented guest rooms and suites including 94 redesigned suites that feature Atlanta skyline views.

  3. The Ellis Hotel bills itself as Atlanta’s only downtown boutique hotel and features newly renovated guest rooms, as well as specialty floors: Dog Friendly, Wellness, Women’s Only and Fresh Air Floor by Aerus. Located on Peachtree Street, the Ellis features 127 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and almost 1,500 square feet in meeting and event space. Farm-to-table cuisine is featured at the Terrace Bistro Restaurant & Lounge.

  4. The Embassy Suites by Hilton Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park may have the longest name for a downtown hotel, but it lives up to the name. Located across from CNN Center and steps away from the Georgia Aquarium, the Embassy Suites delivers a two-room suite experience with a made-to-order breakfast and evening reception. Other amenities include Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse, a rooftop pool and 14 meeting rooms.

  5. Enter the Glenn Hotel, just steps away from CNN Center, and you will be greeted with a smile and a scented refreshing towel. The Marriott hotel boasts 93 superior and deluxe rooms, 16 dream suites and a penthouse suite. While Glenn’s Kitchen features unpretentious American fare with a Southern twist, don’t miss the SkyLounge, Atlanta’s first rooftop bar that is open year-round and was voted one of the top 23 rooftop bars in the world by ABC.com.

  6. Located in the heart of the city, the Hilton Atlanta features 60 meeting rooms and a total of 129,000 square feet of meeting space. The hotel features two of the city’s most unique dining venues, Trader Vic’s & Mai Tai Bar and Nikolai’s Roof.

  7. The Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown is a contemporary hotel overlooking Centennial Olympic Park. With more than 9,000 square feet of event space, the hotel also features both indoor and outdoor pools.

  8. The Hotel Indigo Downtown is another masterpiece by John Portman. The hotel, adjacent to AmericasMart, features Portman’s outdoor sculpture, “Belle,” and a floating glass and steel spiral staircase. The signature restaurant, JP Atlanta, was named after the famed architect. The hotel features 204 high-tech guest rooms and suites and three meeting rooms.

  9. The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is an iconic hotel that changed the design for hotels and atriums across the world. This landmark hotel, designed by John Portman, was opened in 1967 and crowds stood in line to see its 22-story atrium lobby, bubble elevators and a revolving restaurant. Today, the hotel is as vibrant as ever with 1,260 guest rooms and suites and more than 180,000 square feet of banquet, exhibit, wedding and meeting space.  Whether it is for a drink or a meal, make sure to stop at Polaris, the hotel’s famous rotating restaurant and lounge.

  10. The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta is a luxury hotel with 444 elegantly appointed rooms and suites, 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, AG, a modern steak house, and Lumen Bar that offers live entertainment, cocktails and small plates.

  11. The Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center is a luxurious hotel with 1,059 nonsmoking rooms. It overlooks Centennial Olympic Park and is connected to Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center. The hotel has a variety of restaurants and is anchored by Prime Meridian, which serves upscale American cuisine in an open kitchen atmosphere. Want a break from work? Enjoy the fitness center, outdoor pool and the Serenity Spa where you will be pampered with facials and massages.

  12. The Sheraton Atlanta boasts 763 smoke free rooms with an indoor pool, fitness center, 42 function rooms and 90,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. 

  13. Twelve Hotel Centennial Park has 102 spacious one- or two-bedroom suites that range from 700 to 1,200 square feet. Each room has a fully equipped gourmet kitchen, 10-foot exposed ceilings and distinct living and sleeping areas. The hotel offers 24-hour concierge services, an outdoor pool and award-winning dining in its signature restaurant, Room.

  14. Rising 73 floors above the city, the Westin Peachtree Plaza is steps away from the city’s best attractions and businesses, including the World of Coca-Cola,  AmericasMart, CNN Center and the Georgia Aquarium. The hotel features 1,108 rooms and suites, all of which feature the signature Westin Heavenly® Bed, as well as 80,000 square feet of meeting space. Guests can stay healthy in its fitness center as well as its RunWESTIN and BikeWESTIN programs. The hotel's restaurant, Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, rises 723 feet above the street and offers one of the best sunset views in the city.

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Journalist Mary Welch writes lifestyle and business stories for local and national publications.

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