Far more than a simple university town, Athens has a thriving art scene, fantastic Southern restaurants and, of course, great music – this is the home of REM, after all. Within easy reach of Atlanta, be sure to stay in the Sanford Stadium area of the city to get a true flavor of the nightlife, cafe culture, craft breweries and boutiques it has to offer. Our favorite hotels and B&Bs are bookable on Culture Trip.
Hotel Indigo Athens University Area, an IHG Hotel
Courtesy of Hotel Indigo Athens University Area, an IHG Hotel / Booking.com
IHG’s Indigo brand offers a luxurious and quirky take on the classic hotel. In a fantastic downtown location, this welcoming beauty offers everything from farm-to-table cuisine at their Madison Bar and Bistro to their own art gallery, featuring works by local artists. The impressively designed accommodation feels like a home from home, witth luxury furnishings, natural Appalachian materials and bathrooms with a high-end spa feel.
One of the newest hotels to adjoin the University of Georgia (UGA) campus, the SpringHill offers comfortable and expertly finished accommodation to cater to your every need. The muted colors and sumptuous furnishings will put you in a relaxed state for whatever you have planned for your stay. Downstairs, you can sample local beers in the 1918 Lounge, enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast, work out in the gym or simply relax by the fire pit.
Yes, the name’s a bit of a mouthful, but this friendly and wonderfully finished hotel is beautifully scenic and super traveler-friendly. In the middle of Athens – and at the center of campus – the newly renovated University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel puts you right at the heart of this student town. The casual accommodation, decked out in the university colors, offers flat-screen TVs, minifridges and microwaves.
With this newly renovated, very swish offering from Marriott, you’ll be right at the heart of Downtown Athens, just blocks from UGA. Nearby, you’ll find the Classic Center, Georgia Museum of Art, State Botanical Garden, UGA Performing Arts Center and the Tree That Owns Itself. Contemporary rooms – all with a light, bright and fresh feel – offer free wifi, desks, flat-screen TVs and coffee makers.
Right in the city center, this modern and friendly hotel is a 12-minute walk from the North Oconee River and 1mi (1.6km) from the Georgia Museum of Natural History. The accommodation is modern, clean and spacious – and makes a great base from which to explore the local boutiques, craft breweries, historic landmarks and lively music scene. With a well-equipped gym, free breakfast, all-day dining and a friendly bar, you’re set for a great stay.
Set in a converted foundry and a 19th-century farmhouse, this hip, quirky hotel is full of Southern charm – and only a five-minute walk from the Downtown Athens Historic District. The striking accommodation has pine green walls and traditional Southern decor, with pops of plaid, a hint of history and notes of Athens’ musical heritage. This place will certainly stay with you.
Right next to the University of Athens, this laid-back, all-suite hotel is 2mi (3.2km) from the Georgia Museum of Art and a nine-minute walk from concerts at Georgia Theatre. The accommodation – as the name suggests – is homey, yet functional. There’s a well-thought-out gym, game room, free breakfast and even nightly socials. What’s more, there’s a bar, and a modern lounge and patio with BBQ grills.
Set on a historic 30-acre (12ha) estate – and less than 15 minutes’ drive to Downtown Athens, Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum, the University of Georgia and the Classic Center – this perfect example of antebellum architecture will immerse you in the South. Owned by retired army colonels, you’re guaranteed an all-American welcome, with a generous breakfast and beautifully furnished common areas.