The Best Hotels to Book in Macon, Georgia

Take a dip in the pool after visiting the sights around Macon in Georgia
Take a dip in the pool after visiting the sights around Macon in Georgia | Courtesy of Courtyard by Marriott Macon / Expedia
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27 October 2021

From soul music to outdoor adventure sports, Macon may be a small city but it still packs a punch. Located a few hours south of Atlanta in mid-Georgia, what began as a Native American territory is today a handsome collection of historic buildings, arts venues and breezy green spaces. Whether you want to kayak the Ocmulgee River or rock out in the birthplace of Little Richard, we’ve got the lowdown on the hotels to stay in – bookable on Culture Trip.

1842 Inn, for period perfection

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There’s plenty of old-world charm at this guesthouse on historic College Street. An antebellum house and Victorian cottage have been united to provide 19 rooms with high ceilings, wooden flooring and four-poster beds in addition to four parlors, one of which features a grand piano. While the decor is elegant – think oil paintings and antique tapestries – thoughtful touches such as fresh flowers and home-made cookies will make you feel instantly at home.

Marriott Macon City Center, for a starry stay

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The only hotel in Macon to be awarded the AAA’s four-diamond status for upscale style and amenities, this centrally located Marriott stands out from the business hotel crowd. Adjoined to the Edgar H Wilson Convention Center and just 14mi (23km) from the airport, it makes an ideal base for those attending events in the city. When it’s time to let your hair down, all the art galleries, restaurants and night spots of downtown are on the doorstep.

Hilton Garden Inn Macon/Mercer University, for sporting success

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Sports fan? You’ll already be cheering when you check into this modern hotel just off I-75. Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium – home to the Mercer Bears football team – and Claude Smith baseball field are just a short walk away, while the boutiques and eateries of downtown Macon are only a 10-minute drive. Guest rooms offer everything you would expect, from king-size beds to complimentary wifi.

TownePlace Suites by Marriott Macon Mercer University, for self-catering comfort

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If you’re visiting Macon for more than a few days, it makes sense that you might not want to eat out every night. Enter TownePlace Suites, luxurious apartment-style rooms kitted out with living and sleeping areas – and a fully equipped kitchen for rustling up some home comforts. Catch up with emails at the streamlined work desk before kicking back on the sofa. It’s only the crisp linens on the bed and extra fluffy towels in the bathroom that’ll remind you you’re not actually at home.

Burke Mansion, for old-world opulence

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From the moment you step into the porch of this grand 19th-century home, it’s clear you are in for a special stay. Built by prominent local merchant TC Burke, the sewing room used by the Burke children is now one of four sumptuous suites, all featuring draped windows, four-poster beds and fireplaces. After a day exploring a neighborhood packed with historic homes and leafy parks, head back for hors d’oeuvres in the parlor and a glass of wine from the mansion cellars.

Hampton Inn & Suites Macon I-475, for Native American history

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Stretch out in one of the Hampton’s enormous rooms, where plump beds and comfortable sofas will get your break off to a smooth start. The hotel’s location near Mercer University and Wesleyan College makes it a great central base for day trips. While you’re in the area, why not visit Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park? You’ll discover 17,000 years of Native American history, including prehistoric trenches and a reconstructed Earth Lodge.

Best Western Inn & Suites of Macon, for proud parents

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Get in quick if you’re planning to stay at this popular Macon hotel in May. Its proximity to the city’s universities means it’s a go-to destination for parents attending graduation ceremonies. But there’s plenty of other reasons to book, too – from the generous complimentary breakfast, which includes waffles, eggs, biscuits and gravy, to the relaxing hot tub where you can wallow after a busy day.

Courtyard by Marriott Macon, for must-see live music

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The classical-style Macon City Auditorium is one of the city’s most well-known landmarks, and one of the mainstays of its thriving music scene. A stage once graced by the likes of Otis Redding, James Brown and Little Richard today plays host to national touring artists and events. The nearby Courtyard is the perfect spot if you’re taking in a show there. On your return, unwind in front of the fire in the lobby lounge in the winter months or watch the sun set from the patio in the summer.

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