I love discovering a hip boutique hotel on a vibrant urban corner in a trendy Atlanta neighborhood. Especially when it’s been thoughtfully curated by a fascinating collector with eclectic treasures and local art.
A perfectly chill soundtrack and an intoxicating custom scent create a moody vibe, pairing perfectly with handcrafted cocktails and regional fare in the lobby bar. You just want to linger a little longer in the posh lounge to take it all in.
Cosmopolitan couples, groups of girlfriends, and solo travelers exploring Atlanta love the luxury of smaller, intimate properties that offer upscale amenities and distinctive experiences with personalized service.
Pick your pleasure. Select sleek modern luxury and rooftop views with live music and celebrity sightings or fabulous historic accommodations with walls that can talk about Clark Gable. Here are some of the best boutique hotels Atlanta, Georgia has to offer.
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THE GEORGIAN TERRACE
Experience southern charm with Parisian style at The Georgian Terrace. Built of brick and marble, with floor-to-ceiling windows, The Georgian Terrace Hotel was designed in the Beaux Arts style as a Southern interpretation of a French hotel. Striking architectural details, crystal chandeliers, and a whisper-soft color palette create an atmosphere of timeless elegance.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Calvin Coolidge were among the first famous guests when the swanky hotel opened in 1911 with elegant marble columns and more. Arthur Murray taught dance lessons in the grand ballroom while he was a student at Georgia Tech.
The Georgian Terrace hosted many notable gatherings in Atlanta’s storied history, including the 1939 Gone With The Wind gala after the movie premiered just across the street at the fabulous Fox Theatre. The glittering gala was teeming with Hollywood stars like Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, who headlined the epic historical romance film, based on the book by Margaret Mitchell.
The grand hotel offers stunning views of the Atlanta skyline from a rooftop pool deck and everything else you would expect. Find local transportation, delicious dining options, a bustling business center and an Atlanta experience you can only get when you stay at the landmark boutique hotel.
Cultural enthusiasts enjoy entertaining walks to the impressive High Museum of Art and the Alliance Theatre. The Georgian Terrace also partners with the acclaimed Savannah College of Art & Design to showcase the work of SCAD graduates, emerging artists and fine art photographers. You have to rub elbows with the beautiful people in the glittering Livingston Restaurant and Bar before venturing out to explore.
Honestly, the guest rooms are more like apartments, with long halls, kitchens and private bedrooms. Transform your work experience at this unique destination. Packages feature highly coveted parking, spacious suites, gym access, rooftop pool, fridge stocking credits, complimentary WiFi, food and beverage discounts and luggage storage.
Stay Here: The Georgian Terrace
Looking for fun things to do in Atlanta? Check out these fun attractions you don’t want to miss!
- See the fish at The Georgia Aquarium. Enjoy skip-the-purchase-line tickets to the Georgia Aquarium, which has an interactive 4D theater and 7 different areas containing more than 10 million gallons of water and thousands of sea creatures.
- Enjoy spectacular views on the SkyView Ferris Wheel. Enjoy sweeping views of downtown Atlanta and the surrounding metropolitan area with this ticket for the SkyView Ferris Wheel. Ride in comfort with a group of up to 6 in climate-controlled, private gondolas.
- Take a sip at the World of Coca-Cola. Visit World of Coca-Cola and immerse yourself in the rich history of the iconic drink surrounded by more than 1,200 pieces of memorabilia and archival elements.
The sky’s the limit at Hotel Clermont. Famous for fabulous views of the city skyline from the trendy rooftop bar, you won’t find another boutique hotel like this one located on historic Ponce de Leon Avenue in the heart of Atlanta.
The 1924 landmark has been host to many interesting characters and entertainers. From top to bottom, this hotel has something to see. Enjoy splendid views from 94 well-appointed rooms with complimentary in-room coffee, flexible check-in and departure times.
Find a nook and make it yours and enjoy a free welcome cocktail at Tina Lou’s lobby bar when you arrive. Want a dark, comfy place to while away your time? Late night bites are also available.
The most coveted perk is priority access for you and a plus one to the rooftop bar.
Indulge in some of the finest of the finer things: astroturf, street food, frosé in the summer, hot toddies in the fall. You can experience the unmistakable romance of being on a roof anywhere, but especially here, with skyline views for days.
Named after the popular 1950s dancer, the Gypsy Room, a swinging French-American brasserie, lovingly serves up dishes using seasonal and local ingredients back downstairs.
How low can you go? After dinner, check out the basement where the independent female-owned Clermont Lounge, Atlanta’s first and longest continually operating strip club, opened in 1965.
Many Hollywood stars and celebrities visit the infamous lounge where single dancers of a certain age select their own songs and put money in the jukebox before performing in the kitschy lounge that manages to seem almost wholesome. Anybody got a quarter?
Hotel Clermont is also famous for filming ties to Gone with the Wind, The Walking Dead, and Stranger Things.
Stay Here: Hotel Clermont
Atlanta’s historic Glenn Hotel has a palpable charisma that channels the complex contrasts of the New South. The 1923 landmark boutique hotel welcomes guests into an urban setting that pays homage to Southern tradition with a modern twist.
More than a hotel, this is a gathering place for travelers and locals alike who are all embraced with a gracious gentility, a generosity of spirit and a well-mannered sense of style. Southern hospitality meets comforting flavors.
Sip inventive cocktails and bold flavors in the Living Room before you sit down to the approachable menu of American classics with a twist at Glenn’s Kitchen. Feed your soul with high-quality ingredients in a breezy, genteel setting.
Reach for the sky. The SkyLounge was voted as one of the “Top 23 Best Rooftop Lounges in the World” by ABC.com. Exhibiting a contemporary city feel while maintaining a relaxed Southern charm, this one-of-a-kind rooftop venue offers spectacular cityscape views in a bar and lounge setting where guests go to see and be seen. They don’t take reservations. Seating is on a first come first serve basis.
Guarded by the 39 lions who grace the very top of the building’s exterior cornice, Glenn embraces guests with warmth and a well-mannered sense of style. Inspired by the lions, they take pride in the little gestures and find strength in bringing people together.
Downtown Atlanta has a wealth of things to discover. The hotel is conveniently located within a short walking distance to the South’s most popular attractions including the World of Coca Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Stay Here: Glenn Hotel
CANDLER HOTEL ATLANTA
Have a coke and a smile. Housed in the historic Candler Building, developed by Coca-Cola magnate Asa Griggs Candler in 1906, the Candler Hotel infuses glamorous style into the boutique hotel and classic art deco landmark listed on the National Historic Register.
Frankly, I have a celebrity culinary crush on Georgia’s award-winning Chef Hugh Acheson, who redefines southern cuisine with authentic flavors at By George. Immerse yourself in the sights and flavors of the region while overlooking the bustling neighborhood on Atlanta’s famous Peachtree Street.
Bring your best friends, just like Paris. The Candler Hotel Atlanta is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and offers pet-friendly rooms, concierge service, fitness and business centers, streaming TV, digital keys and room service.
The posh restaurant and plush accommodations are located in a prime downtown location only minutes from must-see attractions like the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, State Farm Arena, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
Stay Here: The Candler Hotel Atlanta
Located in the heart of Midtown, travelers seek the Artmore Hotel for its landmark hospitality in the Cultural Arts District, moments from Atlanta’s premier shopping, dining and attractions. An independent boutique hotel, the Artmore merges wonderful warmth and subtle sophistication with an intimate immersion into Atlanta’s artistic community.
Beyond a beautifully restored Spanish Mediterranean facade dating back to 1924, hotel guests will find an ideal balance of historic character and boutique style. The Artmore is close to the High Museum, Alliance Theater, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Center Stage, Atlantic Station and the Savannah College of Arts and Design.
Once inside the doors, urban bustle fades as enticing light fare and signature cocktails draw guests to the Studio Bar & Cocktail Garden. Relax and unwind at the chic bar with a glass of wine and a satisfying snack. Enjoy morning coffee and conversation in the Courtyard. A tranquil oasis centers the hotel with dramatic flair featuring a fountain, fire pit and mature crape myrtles.
The Artmore Hotel Atlanta loves locals too. Georgia residents save with discounts on unique rooms, suites and studios when they book a staycation.
Stay Here: Artmore Hotel
Enjoy sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline and capture the essence of Buckhead’s sophistication and characteristic charm at The Whitley, a Marriott Luxury Collection Hotel.
Enjoy a spa day, an elegant dinner and a moonlit swim in the indoor heated rooftop pool. The glass ceiling offers stunning views of the glittering lights at night and might just be the perfect place to catch a falling star. The indulgent hotel experience also includes access to a state of the art fitness center, saunas, steam rooms and The Spa.
Trade Root, Buckhead’s newest culinary adventure, serves creative cuisine with Southern influences at The Whitley. Enjoy live music every Thursday in The Lounge while you enjoy a glass of wine and delectable bar bites starting at $12. I highly recommend grazing at the gracious weekend brunch buffet offered on Saturdays and Sundays.
I firmly believe that you are never too old for a tea party. Try the Tipsy Tea, featuring signature craft cocktails like cucumber mint or jasmine peach mystic teas concocted with Hendrick’s Gin. Add finger sandwiches, scones and macaroons for a truly indulgent experience.
Stay Here: The Whitley
THE BURGESS HOTEL
The Burgess Hotel quickly became Buckhead’s first boutique destination, after opening in 2000 in a well-positioned address on Piedmont Rd. Situated in the heart of Atlanta’s elegant Buckhead District, guests are just minutes from work in the financial center and close to world-class dining, art galleries and iconic shopping at Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, and The Shops at Buckhead.
Toast your good fortune and count your lucky four stars with a memorable stay in the China Suite, which brings to life the story of the Dragon, often used as a symbol of imperial power in Chinese culture. A Chinese fishing basket light illuminates the dining table in the 580 square ft luxury suite, appointed with traditional rosewood furnishings and distinctive dragon wall coverings.
Read a book, sip a glass of wine, and relax on a cozy sofa. Retire in your king bedroom, where an elegant themed headboard and luxury Frette sheets and towels, robe & slippers are waiting.
A deluxe walk-in shower and elegant red bowl vanity is embellished with Chinese characters, and stocked with luxurious Penhaligon’s Quercus bath amenities. This custom suite offers two 55” televisions, a Soundfreaq clock radio, in-room safe, mini-fridge and coffee maker.
Try wood-fired fare at Fia! Inspired by the Mediterranean coast, the neighborhood bar and restaurant serves house-made pastas, prime steaks, and seafood. A majestic cocktail bar, Mr. B. is designed for slow sips and long talks.
Sleek interiors create an intimate, sophisticated ambiance. Innovative cocktail creations challenge convention while vintage cocktails honor the history and craft of bartending. Open daily at 4:30 pm and breakfast is served from 7-11 am.
Stay Here: The Burgess Hotel
An enviable address in one of Atlanta’s most desirable neighborhoods, Thompson Buckhead is an urban retreat that seamlessly blends modern innovation and influential design. Take in a new view of the Atlanta skyline at the rooftop pool deck, outfitted with private cabanas. Or mingle over cocktails in the jewel box lobby bar, and indulge in classic Italian-American fare at Dirty Rascal, by James-Beard-nominated Chef Todd Ginsberg.
Inspired by the classic beauty and laid-back attitude of the South, luxury rooms and suites with dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows inspire guests to venture out. Rooms feature relaxing earth tones along with plush furniture and linens, local artwork, and patterned wooden floors.
Signature suites will elevate your experience with a spa-inspired steam shower and soaking tub and private access to Tesserae, a space to mix, mingle, and collaborate while enjoying a mix of cocktails and new American fare.
Stay Here: Thompson Buckhead
A revival of the original 551 Ponce, this boutique hotel retains the property’s legacy as a well-appointed, homelike bed-stop for locals and passer-throughs. Well-appointed, bespoke rooms boast Ponce City Market views, Atlanta Beltline walks, and a quick jaunt to the Georgia Aquarium, downtown and midtown Atlanta areas.
Old Fourth Ward is quite literally the heart and soul of Atlanta. Here, you’ll find the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr., the iconic Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the Sweet Auburn historic district – all touchstones of the Civil Rights Movement.
Mrs. P’s Tea Room, home of Atlanta’s first Drag Show, is still celebrated. Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen, a dignified but approachable dining lounge serves southern specialties and creative cocktails. A building personified, Wylie is a friend to anyone who crosses the threshold.
Stay Here: Wylie Hotel
Once an 1894 family home, Stonehurst Place has transformed the main house and carriage house into a timelessly elegant Midtown Atlanta retreat. The luxurious boutique hotel-style bed and breakfast allows guests to experience the perfect combination of gallery-quality art, classic décor and an approachable, easy atmosphere.
Imagine staying at your favorite rich aunt’s house, but you don’t have to hang out with her. The host couple are global travelers who enjoy entertaining and providing recommendations. The B&B serves elegant breakfast favorites and afternoon treats.
Beautifully set in the inviting Midtown Garden District, Stonehurst Place is located near many Atlanta attractions. Don’t worry about parking (especially because theirs is free). Take a walk through the gardens at Piedmont Park and enjoy dinner, concerts, and plays at local hot spots.
Stay Here: Stonehurst Place
Mavericks and modern nomads with an innovative spirit call Bellyard their temporary home. Unwind in guestrooms and suites that seamlessly blend the amenities that conscious travelers expect with the unexpected and innovative touches they appreciate.
The Bellyard offers private spaces for work and events, a full service coffee bar, creative craft dining and drinks at Drawbar, and nightlife just outside the hotel’s front door in The Interlock, one of Atlanta’s hottest new neighborhoods.
Experience 161 thoughtfully designed guest rooms with technology-focused amenities, including USB charging stations, in-room work zones, a state-of-the-art air fitness center and a filtration system for enhanced cleanliness. You can even get a Peloton sent to your guest room.
Stay Here: Bellyard
THE DARWIN HOTEL
The Darwin Hotel has certainly created a revolution in the evolution of the Old Fourth Ward, where Southern glory meets graffiti and grit. In Atlanta, a city full of type-A corporate hotels, The Darwin strives to be the odd duck dressed a little too loudly for the occasion.
One hundred-ish rooms are all a little different. The lobby is more like a local gallery than a business center. And the courtyard cocktail bar is basically the Old Fourth Ward’s living room. The Georgia Aquarium, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Atlanta Botanical Garden are about a 30-minute walk away.
The Darwin celebrates the creativity, authenticity, and soul of Atlanta by sourcing food and beverages from locals. I’m talking about coffee, pastries, spirits, and all sorts of home-grown artisans. At the bar, find craft cocktails, local beers and better-than-the-bodega wines, plus tasty snacks made for sharing.
The breakfast bar is stocked with Radio Roasters single-origin coffee (carefully roasted in small batches in their Decatur roasting facility), and the prettiest pastries you ever did see from Alon’s Bakery in Grant Park.
Stay Here: The Darwin Hotel
Prestigious and award-winning, Ellis Hotel is a chic, eco-friendly boutique hotel located in the heart of downtown Atlanta close to Mercedes Benz Stadium. With a coveted Peachtree Street address near Atlanta’s top attractions and sights, the historic hotel exudes southern sophistication blended with old fashioned hospitality.
Featuring upscale offerings from the Terrace Bistro and Lounge, choose alfresco dining or seating in a quaint dining room with southern-eclectic décor. Mix and mingle in the lounge offering handcrafted cocktails, drink specials, and small plates daily.
The vibrant, contemporary hotel offers modern and home-like comforts like a state-of-the-art fitness center and a pillow menu. Richly appointed with a palette of Georgia-inspired earth tones and sleek, stylish décor, rooms feature an abundance of natural lighting, spacious work areas, espresso bamboo paneling, and ostrich headboards.
Stay Here: Ellis Hotel
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