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What travelers to Athens are saying

Athens is a great town for shopping, dining, and nightlife. Don't miss little italy's toasted subs, the grill's fries with feta, and all the many bars that the vity has to offer.
alex g May 22, 2015
I loved it. People were very nice. All except the hotel and staff.
Janna D. Sep 17, 2015
Great restaurants, bars and night spots. Great music. Nice town!
Susan B. Oct 3, 2015

  

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Find music and sports in vibrant Athens, Georgia

A bustling college town and a destination city rolled into one, Athens invites guests to enjoy old-fashioned Southern hospitality in a hip and exciting way. A consolidated city-county located just 60 miles from Atlanta, Athens-Clark County is both the sixth largest city in Georgia and the smallest geographical county in the state.

Packing so many people into such a small space, it's no wonder that Athens has become known as a cultural hot bed. Boasting everything from must-see University of Georgia football games to one of the nation's foremost college music scenes, the "Classic City of the South" has something to offer just about everyone.

Things to see and do

For the nature-inclined, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia is home to a diverse and often stunning collection of flora and fauna. History buffs can visit one of the only remaining double-barreled cannons from the American Civil War, or see the beautiful Victorian homes that line streets throughout the city.

The Music Scene

Of course, as the birthplace of world-famous bands like the B-52s and R.E.M., it's no secret that Athens' vibrant music scene continues to be one of its defining characteristics. In addition to the music festivals that pop up every year, live music can be found nightly in dozens of bars and lounges. For serious music lovers, world-renowned venues like the 40 Watt Club and Georgia Theatre highlight a long list of must-visit hot spots.

The best time to stay

Thanks to a temperate year-round climate, there really isn't a bad time to visit Athens. With that said, two seasons do stand out.

Closing out the year

Like other cities with schools in the NCAA's South Eastern Conference, the arrival of fall can mean only one thing: Football is back in season. If you're lucky enough to score tickets to one of the Georgia Bulldogs' home games, get ready for an experience you won't soon forget. Held on Saturdays at Sanford Stadium, one of the largest athletic stadiums in the U.S., Georgia's games have a reputation for excitement even when the team is on the losing end. With games played only steps away from Downtown Athens, it's easy to spend an entire day making new memories and new friends as long as you don't start waxing poetic about classic Bulldog rivals Georgia Tech and Auburn.

Athens in bloom

As a city located in the shadow of the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, Athens in the spring comes to life in a dramatic way. Indeed, the blooming plant life in the city's numerous private gardens and public parks are certain to beguile even the most seasoned traveler. Waking up alongside the flowers, Athens in April features a host of great annual events, including Plantapolooza! and the UGA International Street Festival. Also not to be missed are the Classic City Brew Fest and, more importantly, the Athens Twilight Criterium. Begun in 1980, the Twilight Criterium has grown into a major sporting and music festival that includes one of pro-cycling's most celebrated races.

Where to stay

As a popular destination city for day trippers and vacationers alike, Athens is full of great places to stay. Whether you're looking for luxury Athens hotels, budget-friendly motels or something off the beaten path, you'll have no shortage of options. Of course, if you're planning on traveling to the city in the fall, keep in mind that football season causes many hotels to fill up months in advance.

A few neighborhoods to consider

Located to the north of the University of Georgia, Downtown Athens is the city's cultural center. Featuring a huge selection of bars and restaurants, the area is undoubtedly a great choice for first-time visitors. Of course, for a more refined experience, you may consider the Five Points District or East Athens. In both areas, classic architecture and an upscale sensibility make for an ideal romantic getaway.

How to get there

Intersected by numerous U.S. Highways, Athens can be easily reached by car or bus from major cities throughout Georgia and South Carolina. For air travelers, regional flights, including connections through Nashville, are available at Athens-Ben Epps Airport (AHN). Additionally, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta offers regular ground shuttles to locations throughout Athens. Any of these options will get you into the middle of the action in this exciting and culturally diverse town.

Recently Rated Athens Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Holiday Inn ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA
4.1 / 5
45 reviews
3 stars $92
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, GA
4.3 / 5
25 reviews
3 stars $100
BEST WESTERN Athens
3.8 / 5
63 reviews
3 stars $84
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Athens
2.5 / 5
17 reviews
2 stars $53
Wingate by Wyndham Athens Near Downtown
3.3 / 5
12 reviews
3 stars $82
Candlewood Suites ATHENS
3.3 / 5
16 reviews
2 stars $90
Days Inn Athens
3.1 / 5
32 reviews
2 stars $70
Howard Johnson Inn Athens
2.8 / 5
38 reviews
2 stars $68
Hotel Indigo ATHENS DOWNTOWN - UNIV AREA
4.3 / 5
16 reviews
4 stars $154
Comfort Inn & Suites
3.8 / 5
21 reviews
2 stars $94

Featured Athens Hotels

From $109

1 University of Georgia Conference Center and Hotel

3 stars
3.2 / 5 6 reviews

1197 S. Lumpkin St.

The Georgia Center, the University of Georgia Conference Center and Hotel is the place to stay when you visit Athens or UGA. Offering modern amenities in the Classic City, The Georgia Center...

Move out of college
The hotel was clean, well located and service was very good.
Jul 28, 2015
From $82

2 Holiday Inn Express ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA

3 stars
3.9 / 5 48 reviews

513 West Broad Street,Po Box 1686

Enjoy Our Downtown Hotel's Athens, GA LocationLocated just two blocks from the University of Georgia campus, our hotel's facilities feature an excellent location in downtown Athens, making the...

Looks better in the picture
I booked the room to get a good night sleep after a long day of work. Room was noisy on parking lot, you could hear all the pipes, the ac unit in room cut on and off every 3mins and jarred the room...
Sep 1, 2015
From $57

3 Red Roof Inn and Suites Commerce

2 stars
5.0 / 5 1 reviews

30747 Highway 441

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The friendly staff at Red Roof Inn and Suites Commerce will welcome you and direct you to your next great adventure. The Red Roof Inn and Suites Commerce is conveniently located near shopping and...

Very relaxing stay.
For a king size bed, I believe it should be more then 3 pillows.
Sep 8, 2015
From $94

4 Comfort Inn & Suites

2 stars
3.8 / 5 21 reviews

3980 Atlanta Hwy

This hotel has been newly renovated. View the new look of our guest rooms and exterior and see for yourself. The Comfort Inn is ideally located within five miles of the University of Georgia,...

Clean but WAY overpriced
Hotel was up to date and very clean. The breakfast attendant was superb. Staff very helpful as well. Price was exorbitant for a Comfort Inn and Suites, as there was a football game in town that...
Sep 22, 2015
From $84

5 BEST WESTERN Athens

3 stars
3.8 / 5 63 reviews

170 N Milledge Avenue

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Your search for hotels in Athens, GA ends here. The BEST WESTERN Athens is conveniently located near the beautiful University of Georgia Campus. It is surrounded by Pre-Civil War Antebellum homes...

Great get away. Tucked in hills and valleys.
My stay was relaxing and enjoyable. It was a great get away. Was in town on pleasure.
Dec 14, 2015
From $122

6 Graduate Athens

4 stars
4.2 / 5 6 reviews

295 East Dougherty Street

Welcome to Graduate Athens where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay. We are located a short walk from the UGA campus and downtown Athens. Whether you are dropping in for...

Very nice hotel
The Graduate was a very nice hotel. The staff were friendly and accommodating and the location was great. The only thing I would recommend is having a clock in the room, but other than that I would...
Sep 9, 2015
From $127

7 Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown

3 stars
4.4 / 5 16 reviews

390 East Washington Street

Complimentary wired and Wi-Fi Internet Access

The Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown hotel in Athens, Georgia is located in the heart of the historic downtown area. Across the street from us is the Classic Center, the premier convention and...

Good UGA location
This location is very convenient to downtown Athens & The University of Georgia. Hotel is clean. Showers are awesome!!
Mar 22, 2015
From $102

8 Holiday Inn GAINESVILLE-LANIER CENTRE

3 stars
4.0 / 5 19 reviews

400 E.E. Butler Parkway

Welcome to the Holiday Inn hotel in Gainesville, Georgia. Whether you are visiting Gainesville for business or a vacation, you are sure to enjoy staying in our Gainesville lodging in the heart of...

Family Hospital stay
The staff were very helpful during this stressful time in our family. The hotel is very clean and the location was great. Its just down the road from the hospital so leaving late at night to go...
Sep 22, 2015
From $92

9 Holiday Inn ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA

3 stars
4.1 / 5 45 reviews

197 East Broad St,Po Box 1666

Quaint College Town Entertains Athens Hotel Guests. Adjacent to the campus of UGA, the Holiday Inn® Athens - University Area hotel's location affords guests numerous opportunities. Not only is the...

Not What I Expected at a Holiday Inn
The staff was very friendly, the location was all right, but the mattress in the room was worn out! When you'd lay down on it you rolled into the middle because it had a trench in it! Would think...
Dec 19, 2015
From $82

10 Wingate by Wyndham Athens Near Downtown

3 stars
3.3 / 5 12 reviews

255 North Ave

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Visit Wingate by Wyndham Athens Near Downtown and enjoy easy access to attractions that include Sanford Stadium, The Georgia Theatre, State Botanical Garden of Georgia and area restaurants. This...

Evaluation
Location is not ideal -- you must drive to everything. Cleaning was perfunctory -- no vacuuming, sink was cleaned but obvious water marks from glasses on sink counter were not wiped off. There was...
Dec 3, 2015
From $70

11 Days Inn Athens

2 stars
3.1 / 5 32 reviews

230 N Finley St

Days Inn in Athens is conveniently located within a walking distance to the downtown Athens and the University of Georgia. The downtown area features great restaurants and entertainment. The...

Visiting son in Athens
The Days Inn is a short walk from downtown and all the great restaurants and night spots available there.
Oct 4, 2015
From $100

12 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, GA

3 stars
4.3 / 5 25 reviews

236 Old Epps Bridge Road

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All Suite Hotel with Studio and 1 Bedroom Suites as well as Suites with Whirlpool-All have microwaves & refrigerators-320LCDTV-Indoor pool & spa with exterior Sun Patio-Exercise Room-Two Meeting...

Swim Meet
Nice hotel. Easy access to restaurants, university, and even urgent care!
Dec 15, 2015
From $68

13 Howard Johnson Inn Athens

2 stars
2.8 / 5 38 reviews

2465 West Broad St

Book an exciting family trip to this Howard Johnson Inn Athens near the University of Georgia, the rare double-barreled Civil War cannon at City Hall, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, kayak...

Better than expected and ok for a quick game stay!
We needed a last minute room on a game weekend and were actually a little surprised that the room was better than we had expected based on the reviews. We had a fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, nice...
Oct 4, 2015
From $117

14 Hampton Inn Athens

3 stars
4.3 / 5 10 reviews

2220 W. Broad Street

Free On The House hot breakfast, Wi-Fi

a smart place to stay near the University of Georgia...welcome to the Hampton Inn Athens.Athens is a hip, free-spirited place where you can let your hair down and let your mind run free through...

Athens visit
We stay here every time we visit Athens. I was quite pleased with the evening/weekend staff. I found the staff on Monday to be quite nasty...short and disengaged. The upgrade was a nice...
Aug 19, 2014
From $154

15 Hotel Indigo ATHENS DOWNTOWN - UNIV AREA

4 stars
4.3 / 5 16 reviews

500 College Avenue

In a pitch-perfect downtown location thats convenient to restaurants, clubs and the University, the Hotel Indigo® Athens Downtown University Area hotel is truly an inspiring alternative to your...

Great Place to Stay
Hotel was really nicely decorated! Felt super modern. Staff was really friendly. It's a bit farther from the main strip than a few other hotels, but we are talking a block or two, so its no big...
Oct 4, 2015
From $111

16 Courtyard by Marriott Athens Downtown

3 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

166 North Finley Street

Rate includes breakfast

The Courtyard by Marriott hotel Athens, GA is located in the heart of Downtown Athens just blocks from UGA. Nearby you will find the Classic Center, Georgia Museum of Art, State Botanical Gardens,...

From $57

17 Sun Suites of Gainesville

3 stars
2.8 / 5 6 reviews

1115 Jesse Jewell Pkwy SW

Sun Suites of Gainesville offers affordable lodging accommodations for business and family travelers at a weekly or multiweekly rates. Our location includes easy access to I985 Lake Lanier City of...

Good stay
Great hotel nice space quiet but the staff goes in your room even when you say you don't want them too and I even had the do not disturb on my door other than that great place
Aug 10, 2014
From $90

18 Quality Inn & Suites Athens

2 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

2715 Atlanta Hwy.

3 miles from UGA, Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum and 2 miles from mall. Completely renovated guest rooms with comfortable and stylish furnishings. Free hot breakfast included.

Remodeled and interior are nice but small
We booked last minute and was pleased to find something not too far away, 3 miles, from the stadium. The exterior of the building was not remodeled, therefore we had low expectations, however, once...
Sep 22, 2015
From $53

19 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Athens

2 stars
2.5 / 5 17 reviews

1050 Ultimate Drive

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Close to great golf, restaurants, the University of Georgia and Sanford Stadium, and outdoor recreation at Oconee Forest Park, this Microtel Inn by Wyndham Athens is just minutes from Athens Ben...

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The worst hotel I have stayed ever. I wonder how their license is renewed by the county and microtell. The franchise should be cancelled immediately. The room was musty, water problem in the...
Dec 12, 2015
From $102

20 BEST WESTERN PLUS Lake Lanier Gainesville Hotel & Suites

3 stars
4.5 / 5 13 reviews

4535 Oakwood Drive

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Whether you're looking for an exciting getaway or a productive business trip, you'll be in the center of it all at this affordable Lake Lanier hotel. Feel right at home in the well appointed,...

Another great stay
I have stayed here several times now and every time is the same: nice staff, clean room, quiet room. It is nice to have the same type of experience every time.
Nov 30, 2015