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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
4.0 / 5
37 reviews
3 stars $67
3.7 / 5
57 reviews
3 stars $62
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, GA
4.3 / 5
23 reviews
3 stars $73
Foundry Park Inn and Spa
4.0 / 5
8 reviews
3 stars $99
Hampton Inn Athens
4.3 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $100
Howard Johnson Inn Athens
2.9 / 5
36 reviews
2 stars $54
4.1 / 5
33 reviews
3 stars $69
Days Inn Athens
3.2 / 5
28 reviews
2 stars $54
University of Georgia Conference Center and Hotel
2.3 / 5
3 reviews
3 stars $109
Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown
4.3 / 5
13 reviews
3 stars $107

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From $62


3 stars
3.7 / 5 57 reviews

170 N Milledge Avenue Map

The BEST WESTERN Athens is conveniently located near the beautiful University of Georgia Campus. It is surrounded by Pre-Civil War Antebellum homes which now serve as office space, specialty shops,... More

Nothing stupendous but decent
Good value to just spend a night and then head out but I would not recommend it as a getaway hotel. It did have a fridge and microwave. Bring your own body wash because they do not provide any.
Aug 26, 2014
From $67


3 stars
4.0 / 5 37 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

perfect Athens location
Pros: 1. Location was perfect, we walked to everything our entire time there. 2. Best free breakfast i have ever had (Omelettes, Sausage, Biscuits and gravy). 3. Had the SEC channel Cons 1. Our...
Sep 8, 2014
From $99

3 Foundry Park Inn and Spa

3 stars
4.0 / 5 8 reviews

295 East Dougherty Street Map

The Foundry Park Inn & Spa is the premier boutique property located in Athens, Georgia. The Foundry's exquisite accommodations feature 119 rooms and Suites, Melting Point Music Venue, Conference... More

Checking out for a family event
The Foundry is in the middle of major renovations. We stayed in one of the newly renovated rooms. Unfortunately, the refrig and TV had not been delivered on time so our room did not have either....
Aug 19, 2014
From $71

4 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, GA

3 stars
4.3 / 5 23 reviews

236 Old Epps Bridge Road Map

Save 20% on your stay

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 $69


3 stars
4.1 / 5 33 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

Great location!!
Nice hotel. Beds were super comfy! We love the location of this hotel because it is within walking distance of downtown, the stadium and anything else you might need. Staff are friendly.
Aug 9, 2014
From $54

6 Days Inn Athens

2 stars
3.2 / 5 28 reviews

230 N Finley St Map

Save 10% on your stay

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

Athens Days Inn
Athens Days Inn is convenient to the UGA campus . Room was clean, beds comfortable, and towels thick. Room came with mini fridge, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, and TV.. no mirocwave though....
Aug 4, 2014
From $107

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 $54

8 Howard Johnson Inn Athens

2 stars
2.9 / 5 36 reviews

2465 West Broad St Map

Stay 2, Save 15%

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

Older hotel with updated rooms
Good hotel for the price. Plenty of room, clean. Free breakfast was average. Had a pool but did not check, I was using this as primarily a place to sleep and did not concern myself with amenities.
Jul 6, 2014
From $100

9 Hampton Inn Athens

3 stars
4.3 / 5 13 reviews

2220 W. Broad Street Map

Free On The HouseT 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... 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 $99

10 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 $132


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

12 Travelodge Athens Downtown

2 stars
2.1 / 5 14 reviews

898 West Broad Street Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

The Travelodge Athens Downtown is located on W. Broad St only 8 blocks from Downtown Athens and UGA and only 12 blocks from the Classic Center. The Travelodge Athens offers a complimentary... More

This stay was beyond horrible. I refuse to pay but wanted direction before stopping payment on my card. Summary of stay: 1# Checked in at Travel Lodge Downtown Athens about 4 p.m. 2# Room door...
Feb 17, 2014
From $69

13 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 $74

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 $39

16 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Athens

2 stars
2.5 / 5 15 reviews

1050 Ultimate Drive Map

Stay 3, Save 20%

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

Excellent affordable stay
This is my second time staying here. It is a fantastic hotel. The staff is friendly and helpful, the hotel is clean, the rooms are a great size. Free wifi and breakfast coupled with a location that...
Jun 10, 2013
From $79

17 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 $104

18 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 $76

19 Candlewood Suites ATHENS

2 stars
3.1 / 5 13 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

Lacking Customer Service
I checked in at 3pm needing two double beds. I stated this at check in. The manager did not even greet me at the front desk. The entire time she was trying to book me seemed frustrated. Upon...
Oct 8, 2013

20 Americas Best Inns-Athens

3 stars
1.9 / 5 33 reviews

2715 Atlanta Highway Map

Americas Best Inn and Suites have become known for comfort, value and the friendly attention of a welcoming staff that cares. At Americas Best Inns and Suites, we keep your comfort in mind and... More

okay, just fine, price for service is okay, okay, just fine, price for service is okay
Apr 14, 2014