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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
Graduate Athens
4.0 / 5
2 reviews
3 stars $89
Days Inn Athens
3.2 / 5
29 reviews
2 stars $62
Candlewood Suites ATHENS
3.1 / 5
14 reviews
2 stars $65
BEST WESTERN Athens
3.7 / 5
59 reviews
3 stars $54
Holiday Inn ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA
4.1 / 5
35 reviews
3 stars $62
Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Athens
2.6 / 5
16 reviews
2 stars $43
Howard Johnson Inn Athens
2.9 / 5
37 reviews
2 stars $49
Holiday Inn Express ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA
3.9 / 5
40 reviews
3 stars $59
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, GA
4.3 / 5
23 reviews
3 stars $79
Hampton Inn Athens
4.3 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $104

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1 Holiday Inn ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA

3 stars
4.1 / 5 35 reviews

197 East Broad St,Po Box 1666 Map

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

Conveniently located, friendly staff.
The hotel is located adjacent to the UGA north campus and the downtown area. There's plenty of parking space and the usual amenities are offered here. The staff were courteous and professional. My...
Oct 28, 2014
From $89

2 Graduate Athens

3 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

295 East Dougherty Street Map

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... More

Great Place to Crash for a Bachelorette Party
I hosted a Bachelorette Party this weekend at the Graduate Athens Hotel. We all met up in the late afternoon for some drinks and party games and then made our way downtown. Although we could have...
Dec 1, 2014
From $62

3 Days Inn Athens

2 stars
3.2 / 5 29 reviews

230 N Finley St Map

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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... More

Good for just a place to sleep while your out exploring the University
I had no vehicle so it was great walking distance to the main campus. Also really nice that it is next to downtown. Did find a dead roach though.. Other then that it was a decent value for somewhat...
Nov 21, 2014
From $59

4 Holiday Inn Express ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA

3 stars
3.9 / 5 40 reviews

513 West Broad Street,Po Box 1686 Map

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

Good Value, close to UGA
Nice hotel, great breakfast with many hot items to choose from. A little bit of a walk from main downtown/university area, but good location for the price. Friendly staff.
Sep 21, 2014
From $54

5 BEST WESTERN Athens

3 stars
3.7 / 5 59 reviews

170 N Milledge Avenue Map

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... More

A great deal
The staff at this hotel is super friendly. The beds are very soft and the overall cleanliness of the rooms is great. Wifi works great and breakfast is served every morning. The location is good for...
Nov 3, 2014
From $79

6 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, GA

3 stars
4.3 / 5 23 reviews

236 Old Epps Bridge Road Map

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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... More

Great overnight stay!
My husband and I were in town for a wedding and needed an economical place to stay for the night. Staff was welcoming, hotel common areas were well kept, room was clean and comfortable and...
Aug 25, 2014
From $111

7 Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown

3 stars
4.3 / 5 13 reviews

390 East Washington Street Map

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... More

UGA Grand Slam Swim Meet
We stayed at the Athens Hilton Garden Inn and couldn't have asked for a better experience! The hotel is conveniently located in the heart of downtown where all the action is and within a 5 minute...
Jul 20, 2014
From $69

8 Comfort Suites Downtown

2 stars
3.3 / 5 10 reviews

255 North Avenue Map

All suite property in downtown Athens offering complimentary continental breakfast, free wireless high-speed Internet, business center, indoor heated pool and spa. Pets Allowed : $25.00 per night... More

Fantastic Deal
Very clean and spacious room. The hotel was spotless. The indoor pool was perfect. The staff was friendly. The breakfast was lacking a bit and no fresh fruit. Overall and excellent place to stay at...
Dec 12, 2013
From $49

9 Howard Johnson Inn Athens

2 stars
2.9 / 5 37 reviews

2465 West Broad St Map

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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... More

Good for the price
I was pleased with the hotel for the price. The first thing I noticed was the new smell. I believe there have been some recent updates. Along with the room updates they should have updated the...
Sep 22, 2014
From $114

10 Hotel Indigo ATHENS DOWNTOWN - UNIV AREA

4 stars
4.3 / 5 12 reviews

500 College Avenue Map

Visitors to Athens, Georgia Love Hotel's Top Service Situated in an ideal downtown location and boasting a unique design, the Hotel Indigo® Athens - University Area hotel is truly an inspiring... More

Hip Hotel
This hotel was very hip. It could have been cleaner. The room was very ambient. Mood lighting. Comfortable bed. I will go back.
Jul 4, 2014
From $104

11 Hampton Inn Athens

3 stars
4.3 / 5 13 reviews

2220 W. Broad Street Map

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... More

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 $87

12 Courtyard by Marriott Athens Downtown

3 stars
4.0 / 5 2 reviews

166 North Finley Street Map

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,... More

From $43

13 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Athens

2 stars
2.6 / 5 16 reviews

1050 Ultimate Drive Map

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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... More

Pet Friendly Good Value
We were looking for an economical place to stay that was pet friendly (Our 4 legged family wanted to travel with Mommy and Daddy). The Microtel met the need. The staff was friendly and helpful. We...
Oct 12, 2014
From $69

14 Comfort Inn & Suites

2 stars
3.7 / 5 18 reviews

3980 Atlanta Hwy Map

The Comfort Inn is ideally located within five miles of the University of Georgia, Central Georgia Health System, the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, the Navy Supply Corps School and the Georgia... More

Good rate
Good experience with the staff. The hotel was clean and in good shape. The ot complaint I had was the bed was not comfortable. I would stay there again.
Jul 7, 2014
From $109

15 University of Georgia Conference Center and Hotel

3 stars
2.3 / 5 3 reviews

1197 S. Lumpkin St. Map

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... More

I won't be going back
They messed up our reservation and didn't give us a double queen even though it was verified over the phone that we would receive that arrangement. The older man working the front desk was very...
Jul 27, 2014
From $71

16 Sleep Inn & Suites

2 stars
3.3 / 5 9 reviews

109 Florence Drive Map

Our hotel has convenient access to Hwy 78. We proudly feature 65 comfortably spacious guest rooms with large flat panel TVs, microwaves and refrigerators. For recreation, check out our large... More

Excellent Soccer Weekend
The hotel room very clean and the staff was extremely nice and helpfully. For Example. We were in Athens for a soccer tournament. It ended up raining on us that morning and we still had another...
May 19, 2014
From $109

17 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Athens

3 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

3500 Daniells Bridge Road Map

Travel in style at SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Athens, Georgia. Our all studio-suites hotel exudes its own brand of southern hospitality while seamlessly blending design and functionality with... More

From $65

18 Candlewood Suites ATHENS

2 stars
3.1 / 5 14 reviews

156 Classic Road Map

Candlewood Suites in Athens, GA loves to impress their guests Just minutes from UGA, the hotel's convenient location also places you close to the Georgia Square Mall and Sanford Stadium, home of... More

Athens November 2014
This was a very comfortable stay. Just needed a place to sleep for several days and it worked great. Room was large enough and comfortable. Didn't use the kitchenette area but it would have been...
Nov 11, 2014