In the turbulent 60s, Atlanta was known to many as the city ‘too busy to hate’. Today, it’s still a fast-growing metropolis with the world’s busiest airport. Home to dazzling skyscrapers designed by luminary Philip Johnson, the family-friendly city is famous for museums, shopping, street art and the Atlanta Motor Speedway. After a day of speed, pull into the slow lane and unwind at one of our hand-picked hotels – bookable on Culture Trip.
The Social Goat has managed to retain all of its original Victorian charm over the years. With rooms embodying historical revivalism in an astoundingly beautiful way – there’s the Yellow Room, with its hardwood floors, four-poster bed and private balcony overlooking the backyard, the Carriage House with its 114-year-old heart pine floors and the Master Suite featuring a king-size sleigh bed and Brazilian cherry flooring. Kick back on the porch, listen to the bubbling fountain and watch bleating goats forage through the yard.
Just because you’re in town to see some gas-guzzling cars roar around the speedway doesn’t mean you can’t be green, too. Being environmentally friendly is made all the easier at this hotel, which employs the IHG Green Engage system that measures the hotel’s impact on the environment over time. So, you can sleep easy in your contemporary room – with blackout shades and large wood-framed picture windows – knowing you’re helping to offset your carbon tyre-print.
If you’re staggering away from the speedway with the scream of Nascar engines in your ears, the Bell House is the soothing antidote. This 1874-built home has been in the Bell family for generations – and renovated to be as charming as it would have been the day it was first occupied. You’ve got a choice of three rooms: the Iris, the Bluebird, or the expansive Bell Master suite. Each comes furnished in expertly-observed period style – with four-poster beds, restored floorboards and genuine antiques.
You’ll want to pack your appetite for a stay at this McDonough area hotel. In addition to its on-site Garden Grille & Bar – which serves up fresh seasonal flatbreads and the succulent Mobley burger – there’s a constellation of dining-out options within walking distance of your room. From sticky finger-licky ribs at Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q to spicy tuna rolls at Miyako Japanese Sushi & Steakhouse, you’re spoilt for choice.
You’ll know you’re in the right neck of the woods for the Speedway as soon as you arrive here – with the huge racetrack mural taking center-stage behind the check-in desk. We’d love to say they doubled-down on a Nascar-inspired interior design scheme – complete with race car beds or petrol-scented shower products perhaps – but the rooms here are entirely adult-appropriate, finished with wood-effect wallpaper, graphic artwork on the walls and retro-cool light fittings.
Occupying the sweet spot between proximity to downtown Atlanta, the airport and the Speedway – all within a 30-minute drive – this Stockbridge hotel gives you the best of everything. What’s more: you’re also within driving range of several golf courses, including Wolf Creek and East Lake. After you’ve been pulled from pillar to post, hang your visor in one of the Hampton Inn’s charmingly old-fashioned rooms, where wood headboards and frilly curtain pelmets keep things classic.
Car and film nerds can come together over a stay in this Fayetteville hotel. This Atlanta satellite town is not only just 20 minutes from the Speedway, it’s also home to Trilith Studios – formerly Pinewood Atlanta Studios – where Hollywood blockbusters such as Black Panther and the Tomorrow War were made. You might even catch one of the movies from your room – courtesy of the large flat-screen TV. If you feel like a film night in, snuggle down and order room service. No one’s judging here.
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