Beyond an Awesome Bed: Secrets of Hotels In McDonough Ga (& Henry County)

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Whether you’re exploring the beautiful parks, scouting out bargains at outlet stores, attending an event at Atlanta Motor Speedway or just looking for a getaway, Henry County has loads of opportunities for play and relaxation. When it’s time to bed down for the night, there are plenty of options for families.  Here’s why we think these are some of the best hotels in McDonough, GA and throughout Henry County.


How to narrow it down? If you’re like us, you often choose a hotel by the amenities if offers. That’s a good way to pick a place to stay in McDonough, Stockbridge, Locust Grove or Hampton.

While you may not book a hotel just for its Mickey Mouse waffles (yummy!) you may be looking for a pet-friendly spot, one with a kitchenette or an indoor pool. Or maybe you want a place where you can sip on a local brew or relax by a firepit in the evening.

Here are our list of best hotels in McDonough, GA and Henry County with those amenities and more. We guarantee you’ll find one that suits the needs of your family.

The good news is that all these hotels are internet accessible with free high speed internet and decent-size guest rooms. Many have other amenities including a fitness center and business center.

We all like choices, right? We’ve also included hotels near McDonough, GA, which include hotels in Locust Grove, GA., hotels in Hampton, GA, and hotels in Stockbridge, GA. All hotels are near Atlanta, GA around 30 minutes or so from downtown Atlanta.

Wake up to a free hot breakfast 

Who wants to get dressed just to go out for breakfast? It’s so much more relaxing to throw on your clothes and head to the lobby, especially when there are small ones in tow.

These hotels offer a free hot breakfast, the perfect way to start your day. And the meal is complimentary for every guest, which means more money to enjoy other activities, right?

If your waffles happen to be shaped like the world’s most famous mouse or you indulge in a Cinnabon, that’s just a bonus.

Comfort Suites (Locust Grove)

If you’ve ever stayed in a Comfort Suites, you’ve tasted their delicious signature waffles. Up the fun factor with the Mickey Mouse-shaped or teddy bear-shaped waffles. But they’re not just for kids – grownups love them too! Fun fact: About 32 million waffles are served at Comfort Inn and Comfort Suites hotels every year.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Locust Grove)

The Express Start Breakfast Bar at Holiday Inn Express just got a little sweeter with the addition of Cinnabon sweet rolls, served warm and sugary – just the way we love them.

Kids and adults alike will be transfixed by the new pancake machine. Watch the batter be dropped onto the conveyer belt, bake and slide out right onto your plate in just one minute!

La Quinta Inn & Suites (McDonough)

Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, fresh fruit and more are available every morning for guests at La Quinta.

Stockbridge Lakes Bed & Breakfast

A highlight of a stay at this small southern charmer is the breakfast. Wake up to the smell of bacon sizzling then make your way down to the dining room for a real southern breakfast. The chef uses locally sourced items for the hot breakfast and the menu is different every day.

Maybe breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s not the only one. We’ve got you covered the rest of the day as well. For other dining options in Henry County, please see  41 Top Restaurants In Henry County That The Locals Prefer To Keep Secret.

Splash in a heated indoor pool 

If your swimming days don’t end just because the warm weather does, check out these hotels with an indoor swimming pool. No sunscreen needed! You can pack your swimsuit and splash around in indoor heated pools at all of these hotels no matter what the weather is. And there’s nothing better to wear out the kids. (Another way to wear out the kids? Take them to nearby Sky Zone Trampoline Park  – you’ll love it too!)

Country Inn & Suites

Courtyard By Marriott McDonough

Fairfield Inn & Suites (McDonough and Stockbridge)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites (Locust Grove)

Holiday Inn & Suites (Stockbridge)

Home2 Suites By Hilton Atlanta South/McDonough

Ramada Locust Grove

Sleep Inn (McDonough)

Take the four-legged members of your family along to these pet-friendly hotels

We love to travel with our fur kids whenever possible, at least when traveling in the United States, and finding a place for them to snuggle in for the night has gotten easier over the past several years. Henry County has several hotels that welcome your pet to share your room.


La Quinta Inn & Suites (McDonough)

Although there are several pet friendly hotels in McDonough, GA, the  La Quinta doesn’t charge a fee for Fido, no matter how big he is.

Red Roof Inn (Locust Grove & Stockbridge)

Both locations of the Red Roof Inn welcome our four-legged friends. And while the dog bones at the Stockbridge location’s front desk will make your pup feel special, the hardwood floors throughout the hotel make you feel like you’re right at home.

Other pet-friendly hotels include Home 2 Suites, Microtel Inn & Suites, Quality Inn & Suites, Sleep Inn and Super 8 (Locust Grove & Stockbridge).

Check in to one of the hotels near Atlanta Motor Speedway 

A big attraction of this area is Atlanta Motor speedway. The first race was held here in 1960 and since then its hosted NASCAR races, drag races, air shows and even a huge barbecue festival.

The Western Inn & Suites Hampton is across the street so if location is a priority for you, this may be a good choice.

While you won’t be able to stay too close to the Atlanta Motor Speedway at other hotels unless you’re planning a camping trip, drive a few miles away and you’ll find some options that will work perfectly for your family.

These hotels in McDonough are Official Preferred Atlanta Motor Speedway Hotels and may offer special event rates.

Country Inn and Suites (McDonough)

Courtyard by Marriott McDonough  

Other hotels around 10 miles away include:

LaQuinta Inn & Suites (McDonough)

Fairfield Inn & Suites 

Insiders’ Tip: While you may encounter a bit of traffic getting to the Atlanta Motor Speedway on event days, cars move pretty efficiently to the parking area. Even better? All parking on the property at Atlanta Motor Speedway is free! The parking lot is huge, but don’t worry about a long walk – there’s free tram and bus service on race days.

Spread out when you take the family with you

We’ve all done it – slept 4-6 in one room with our kids. While we love family togetherness, we also sleep better with a little more room to spread out.

In addition to more space, these hotels have amenities that especially appeal to family with kids. And any of the hotels listed in this article that include suites in their names can be a good option for the family.

Home2 Suites By Hilton South McDonough

The suites at this Hilton property are spacious and the parents can have their privacy with a curtain that slides to separate the bed and the sleeper sofa. Cribs and high chairs are available for younger children.

Holiday Inn & Suites (Stockbridge)

The suites have a separate living area with a sleeper sofa, plus a refrigerator, microwave and TV. There’s plenty of room for the whole family. At dinner time you’re covered with the on-site Burger Theory restaurant with signature burgers.Even better, kids 11 and under eat free when the adults also dine!

Enjoy the outdoors at your hotel

After a long day of play or work, sometimes you want to relax outside. These hotels have taken that into account with their outdoor spaces designed for maximum enjoyment of the outdoors.

Courtyard by Marriott McDonough

Relax on a spacious patio surrounded by gardens and warm up on cooler nights with a firepit.

Home2 Suites

Cook-outs aren’t only for when you’re home. The back patio has two grills if you’re in the mood for burgers or hot dogs. Enjoy your meal on the patio or take it to the front  to enjoy on the comfy chairs around the firepit on the hotel front patio.

Indulge in an adult beverage at these hotels with bars 

It’s nice to unwind with a glass of wine or a cocktail at the end of the day, but sometimes we don’t feel like heading back out. Especially if the kids are with us – they need some downtime and we don’t want to be imbibing when we need to drive.

These hotels have bars on-site so you can enjoy your beverage and be back in your bed with just a push of an elevator key. 


Courtyard Atlanta McDonough

While The Bistro offers delicious healthy breakfast items (hello, avocado toast and acai bowls!) during the later hours it’s the place to be. You can indulge in small bites alongside cocktails like the Black Cherry Old-Fashioned, Coconut Collins or fresh Margarita. And you can enjoy discounted beverages and snacks during the daily Happy Hour from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

You may even decide to stick around for dinner for items like salads and classic bistro dishes like roasted chicken breast, a bistro burger or chicken pot pie.

La Quinta Inn & Suites (McDonough)

Relax with a glass of wine or local craft brew – ask for one from local fav Jailhouse Brewing Company. Yes, this beer is really brewed in an old jail building in Hampton.

Holiday Inn & Suites (Stockbridge)

Yes, you and your kids can get delicious burgers and salads at the on-site restaurant, Burger Theory. You can also enjoy local beers, wine and specialty cocktails like a cucumber vodka mojito or bergamot orange margarita.

Other amenities of motels in McDonough, GA 

Charge Your Electric Car

As electric car sales are taking off (11 million by 2025!), hotels are taking note and adding charging stations. No worry about running out of power on the road with your electric car – you can power it up at La Quinta Inn & Suites (McDonough). Drive a Tesla? You have access to two free charging stations. There’s also a station for drivers of other electric cars.

Easy Access From Exits

The good news is that whatever property in Henry County you choose, you’ll be within a mile of an exit off I-75, and most hotels are within ½ mile of the highway.

Karaoke Night

Warm up your pipes and get ready to wow the crowd with your favorite song when Holiday Inn & Suites hosts one of its occasional karaoke nights.

Lending Library

If you forgot to pack any reading material or perhaps you just finished that book you were reading, don’t panic. You can check out a book of just about any genre from Country Inn & Suites Lending Library, take it with you and return it on your next visit. The selection is great as they have partnered with Penguin Random House, which includes some children’s favorites like “The Pirate Pig” and one we can relate to: “Eighth Grade is Making Me Sick.”

No matter what you and your family are looking for with hotels in McDonough, GA. you’ll find one that suits all of you on your next trip to Henry County.

One last tip: Some hotels have a price guarantee, offering a discount if you find a better price. Ask when you make a reservation.

More: 21 Free Things To Do in McDonough (And All of Henry County)

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McDonough, Georgia, has loads of opportunities for play and relaxation. And when it’s time to bed down for the night, you want to stay in one of the best hotels in McDonough.

 Disclosure365 Atlanta Traveler is proudly an Ambassador for Henry County…but it doesn’t influence what we share here. You know we’ve been avid fans of Henry County for years and years, and we’re happy to work with them on this post to share that love with you.

An award-winning journalist (and Atlanta native!), Jan Schroder is Editorial Director of The 100 Companies, a digital publishing company, and Editor-in-Chief of The Travel 100. She is the author of several books and has been editor of a national travel magazine and community newspapers in Atlanta.

Jan is married to Chris Schroder, with two grown children, Catherine and Christopher. They are all excellent traveling companions.

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2 Comments on "Beyond an Awesome Bed: Secrets of Hotels In McDonough Ga (& Henry County)"

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  2. Ann Bertschin | 11/12/2018 at 1:00 pm | Reply

    I must say I was a little shocked to see “Henry County” on your page . . . I am a lifelong resident and WOULD NOT promote visiting or staying here. Yes, we do have many new hotels, but our crime has increased dramatically in recent years including almost daily car thefts. Until something changes, I wouldn’t post any recommendations for our county.

    P. S. I don’t expect you to post this . . . Just wanted to make you aware!

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