Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta

The sprawling shiny capital of Georgia has played an important part in history – the civil war, the civil rights movements the list goes on, but today it’s a progressive, forward-thinking place hellbent on having fun. ‘Hotlanta’ as it’s otherwise known, has quickly risen through the ranks to establish itself as one of the biggest party cities in the USA. In fact it was recently named as one of the best cities for millennials probably due to its hip and happening collection of bars and nightlife, it’s easy on the eye attractiveness and oodles of charisma. As well as trendy neighbourhoods, a diverse multi-cultural population, fine cuisine and Southern Charm aplenty, there’s also a palpable Hollywood influence – the cool and edgy city has been the scene for many works of popular culture over the years from literature, to film, to television. Want to stay somewhere just as fun as the city itself? Here are 15 of the coolest, most unique and interesting hotels in Atlanta…

W Hotel Midtown – ultra hip designer accommodation

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

There is plenty of wow factor on offer at the 4-star highly rated W Midtown, as this stylish high rise hotel offers upscale modern decor and plenty of luxury to boot. Just two blocks from Piedmont Park the hip Atlanta accommodation is centrally located for visitors looking to enjoy everything the vibrant city of Atlanta has to offer. Bedrooms are cool and contemporary with luxury linens and floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic city views. The stylish TRACE restaurant has a relaxed vibe and offers a charming menu that offers a modern twist on classic dishes, cooked using ingredients from locally sourced farms and suppliers. The Wet Deck roof bar is open from dusk till dawn and offers cocktails and cool beers next to the stunning outdoor swimming pool. The very cool hotel also offers a gym, a trendy nightclub-style lounge, a modern spa and access to free loaner bikes for the duration of your stay.

  • Prices from $160 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for W Midtown Atlanta

Artmore Hotel – historic Spanish style chic

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Housed in a historic building dating back as far as 1924, the beautiful and highly rated Artmore Hotel is tucked away behind a pretty Spanish facade right in the heart of Midtown. Offering a near perfect blend of historic character and boutique styling, the stylishly unique Atlanta hotel offers a unique opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the culture, energy and lifestyle of the city’s Cultural Arts District. Bedrooms and suites are conformable with plenty of first-class touches including high thread count linens and marble filled bathrooms as well as a free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and iPod docks, while the bar and lounge areas are funky and upmarket and perfect for meeting with fellow travellers. The gorgeous outside courtyard and garden offers the chance to enjoy the warm Atlanta sun, while the 24-hour fitness centre is a great place to work out.

Ellis Hotel – contemporary boutique in downtown Atlanta

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

A beautiful boutique hotel located in downtown Atlanta, the 4-star highly rated Ellis Hotel offers sleek and intimate accommodation that blends traditional Southern hospitality with contemporary design and flair. After an expensive renovation, the chic Atlanta hotel now also offers a private-access ladies only floor complete with its own wellness room, as well as an allergy-friendly, dedicated fresh air floor and another floor that allows pets. Bedrooms are beautifully created featuring high-end furnishings and high thread count linens, whilst the communal spaces are warm and welcoming. Guests can also enjoy market fresh, farm-to-table cuisine at the New Terrace Bistro Restaurant that offers alfresco eating right on Peachtree Street, or enjoy a cocktail or two the Lobby Bar & Lounge.

  • Prices from $140 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Ellis Hotel

Aloft Hotel – fun, funky and colourful

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the highly rated Aloft Hotel is a smart, modern hotel that offers excellent facilities for those visiting the city for both business and pleasure. Bedrooms are comfortable and spacious and very much designed with practicality in mind, while the communal areas are perfect for those looking to mingle during their stay. The hip WXYZ bar is a lively and energetic space that offers cocktails and snacks, as well as regular DJ nights and live music events. The funky Atlanta hotel also offers a state of the art fitness centre, an industrial-chic lounge featuring a pool table, complimentary dog perks and a bright and buzzing outdoor swimming pool – a great trendy choice for those on a midrange budget.

  • Prices from $110 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for Aloft Hotel

W Hotel Buckhead – chic and elegant design hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Situated on the famous Peachtree Road in Buckhead, this branch of the W hotels group actively encourages guest to have a good time. The 4-star highly rated W Hotel Buckhead is surrounded by luxury shopping, fine dining and vibrant all-night entertainment, and is perfectly positioned for young, upwardly mobile visitors to the city. Home to Whiskey Blue, one of Buckhead’s busiest bars, the designer Atlanta accommodation is a trendy hotel with an electric vibe. The plush bedrooms are chic and comfortable and packed full of high-end touches and modern conveniences, and the Thom Filicia designed Living Room lounge is popular with locals and tourists alike. The signature restaurant, Cook Hall serves up Southern flavour for everyone and the hotel also offers a cool retro-style rooftop bar and Peachtree Road’s only infinity pool with fabulous views over the busy streets below.

Glenn Hotel – a boutique-style gem

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

A popular hotel just a few minute’s walk from the Peachtree Centre metro station, the 4-star exceptionally rated Glenn Hotel (part of the prestigious Autograph collection) prides itself on its personal service and luxurious accommodation. A boutique hotel with a heart, the lobby area is warm and opulent with plenty of rich redwood touches and an upmarket Southern feel. Bedrooms are beautifully designed with bold colours on the walls and cool white linens, as well as standalone bathtubs and marble bathrooms. If you are hungry, check out Glenn’s Kitchen that serves great tasting American comfort food with a southern twist, or stop for a drink in the relaxed and laid back Living Room bar, complete with sprawling comfy sofas. The highlight of this hotel is undoubtedly the SkyLounge rooftop bar that offers breathtaking panoramic views and handcrafted cocktails.

  • Prices from $120 per night.
  • To book, check prices or availability for The Glenn Hotel

Melia Hotel – trendy sophistication

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Bringing European flavour to downtown Atlanta, the highly rated Melia Hotel is a delightful blend of traditional Southern hospitality and Spanish flair. This newly renovated hotel offers grand guest rooms that have an air of elegant relaxation, with sleeping areas wrapped in white that are contrasted by the Spanish porcelain tiled floors and other European touches. The communal areas are sleek and contemporary and are laden with unusual architectural features and furnishings. The dramatic curves of the lobby give access to the popular bar serving in-house cocktails and cool drinks, as well as a signature restaurant serving first-class cuisine. Pets are welcome at this trendy Atlanta hotel for an additional fee and other stand-out features include a rooftop pool and suites that feature their own private pools! 

Hotel Indigo Downtown – hip, cool and arty

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

With walls covered in abstract paintings and a floating spiral staircase made of glass, this imaginative hotel is designed to inspire on every level. Close to Centennial Olympic Park, the 4-star exceptionally rated Indigo Hotel Downtown is a creative mid-century delight recently reimagined by famed architect John Portman. Communal areas feature hanging pendants and soft, Scandinavian style furnishings, whilst bedrooms are calm and relaxing with designer touches and sleek white bathrooms. The circular bar is impressive to look at and offers an extensive range of alcoholic beverages, whilst hungrier diners can book to eat at the JP Atlanta that serves up tasty Southern food with a contemporary twist. The cool Atlanta hotel also offers a 24-hour gym, as well as a grab and go market.

Ritz Carlton – trendy upscale beauty

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Elegantly appointed luxury accommodation situated just minutes from the city’s biggest attractions. Contemporary glamour awaits at the 5-star exceptionally rated Ritz Carlton Hotel, along with an upscale service and a real feeling of luxe living throughout. From the marble floors of the lobby to the soft fluffy towels in the bathroom, everything about the Ritz Carlton is first class. Bedrooms offer sumptuous beds with Italian Frette linens, opulent furniture and virtual butler services, while suites feature grand pianos and soaking tubs.

The chic and trendsetting Atlanta hotel also offers its very own wellness level with rooms that are dedicated to pure relaxation and healthy living. Guests can dine at the onsite Southern-style restaurant and enjoy some of the freshest farm-to-table food in the city, or sip cocktails at the Lumen Bar whilst watching live entertainment that is sure to impress.

W Atlanta Downtown – hip and trendy upscale hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Perfectly located for exploring the very best of the Atlanta attractions, nightlife, shopping and dining, the 4-star highly rated W Atlanta Downtown is a beautiful ultra-modern hotel that focuses on relaxation and rejuvenation. Bedrooms are cool and tranquil with floor-to-ceiling windows, high-end furnishing, sumptuous linens lots of mod cons and some have mountain/skyline views. Suites offer wet bars, free-standing tubs and double sinks and communal spaces are designed to be sociable such as the cool cocktail bar with a 22-ft water feature!

The luxurious Bliss Spa offers upscale treatments and a chance to rewind, while the WET Deck pool, and 16th outdoor infinity pool are perfect for soaking up the sun or drinking the night away. The Lobby Living Room offers light bites and snacks, and the FIT fitness centre will help you burn of the guilt of your holiday excess. If you really want to arrive in style, the trendsetting Atlanta hotel even has its own heliport and complimentary W Drivers to take you anywhere within a two-mile radius. How to live the high life in Atlanta!

Georgian Terrace Hotel – known as the grand dame of Atlanta

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Located right across the street from the iconic Fox Theatre, the 4-star very highly rated Georgian Terrace Hotel is a historic hotel dating from 1911 that offers plenty of charm and luxury. Famous for hosting the 1939 premiere of “Gone with the Wind” this beloved and unique Atlanta hotel takes its lineage very seriously. Bedrooms are refined and offer sleek, stylish accommodation while the communal areas are resplendent with a traditional Southern decor and the hotel even offers its very own ballroom. Guests can take a swim in the super lush rooftop pool which offers panoramic city views, dine at the Livingston Restaurant and Bar that serves up award-winning cuisine or sip cocktails Atlanta style, as they relax in outstanding surroundings. A cherished Atlanta institution!

Hotel Indigo Midtown – soul infused design hotel

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

This historic hotel is located in the heart of Atlanta Midtown, located just across the street from the iconic Fox Theatre. With elegant furnishings and an artistic flair, the highly rated Indigo Hotel Midtown has a boutique hotel vibe with the service you would expect from a larger hotel. Bedrooms at this unique Atlanta abode have a funky feel, with framed photos of 80’s rock stars and full-size wall murals, whilst the communal areas are bright and buzzing. The bar and patio are popular with the theatre set, and there are always plenty of locally made cocktails to enjoy. If you are hungry, the 639 Midtown Bistro serves a variety of locally sourced Southern cuisine.

Hotel Clermont – a retro revival with a soulful vibe

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Housed in a culturally important building on the historic Ponce De Leon Avenue, the exceptionally rated Clermont Hotel is a revival hotel that has succeeded where others have failed. Embracing its history, the unique building has been fully renovated to offer charming retro style Atlanta accommodation. Bedrooms are simple but inviting with sumptuous bedding, tiled bathrooms and funky and colourful retro artwork, whilst the communal areas and designed to be just that – communal. The Clermont is also home to the swinging French-American brasserie, Tiny Lou’s, that offers soul food by the bucket load, whilst the Roof Top Bar is a hotspot for local creatives looking to let their hair down and enjoy this fully revitalised, soulful Southern hotel.

AC Hotel Atlanta Downtown – sleek and chic boutique

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

Top 15 cool and unusual hotels in Atlanta Global Grasshopper

A sleek and modern hotel that is situated just minutes from Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola and the AmericasMart Atlanta mall. Perfect for shopaholics and party goers alike, the highly rated AC Hotel Atlanta Downtown is close to the heart of the Atlanta action. Bedrooms are elegantly simple with platform beds and modern workspaces, while the communal areas are dressed to impress with marble floors and wood panelled walls. Guests can tuck into light bites, snacks and cold beers at the AC Lounge, or venture out into Downtown Atlanta to sample the culinary delights available on every corner. The contemporary Atlanta hotel also offers its very own fitness centre, a chic rooftop bar offering street food and city views. and a well-appointed outdoor pool with sun loungers for soaking up the hot Atlanta sun.

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Born in England, with a few family roots from Bavaria, and a heart in Scandinavia I've always been a bit of a restless soul. My first true adventure began as a six month voyage around South East Asia as a fresh faced backpacker and ever since I've lived a semi nomadic existence, clocking up over 40 countries on trips and living in Dublin, South East Asia and Australia. I'm a lover of US Road Trips, deserted beaches bathed in warm glow of a sunset, Cuban mojitos, easy-on-the-eye travel destinations far away from the tourist crowds and all things Scandinavian - from cloudberry liquors to Scandi Noirs. When not wandering the world, you'll find me walking my rescue dog in leafy South West London, strolling around the Brighton Laines on random day trips, hunting for photogenic landscapes or daydreaming about returning to my all time favourite places in the world; Havana, Copenhagen, Italy, Thailand and the frozen landscapes of a wintry Iceland. Follow Becky on Twitter and Google+.

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