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What travelers to Athens are saying

I was visiting Athens for my daughter's first year orientation at UGA. I loved the area! Everyone we encountered were true examples of southern hospitality. There were a number of restaurants to choose from in the downtown area......something for everyone. If you are in the area, be sure to visit the UGA visitor center for a bus tour of the campus.
Dashawn P. Jun 11, 2015
The energy in this city is amazing. Restaurants, clubs, music venues all are within walking distance. UGA just makes my family smile and we love traveling to Athens, especially now that my daughter is a Dawg
Darin N. Aug 13, 2015
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

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
41 reviews
3 stars $96
Graduate Athens
3.8 / 5
4 reviews
4 stars $140
Holiday Inn Express ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA
4.0 / 5
47 reviews
3 stars $91
Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, GA
4.3 / 5
24 reviews
3 stars $104
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Athens
4.5 / 5
6 reviews
3 stars $116
University of Georgia Conference Center and Hotel
3.2 / 5
6 reviews
3 stars $109
Comfort Inn & Suites
3.8 / 5
20 reviews
2 stars $101
Comfort Suites Downtown
3.5 / 5
11 reviews
2 stars $95
Hotel Indigo ATHENS DOWNTOWN - UNIV AREA
4.2 / 5
15 reviews
4 stars $153
Howard Johnson Inn Athens
2.8 / 5
36 reviews
2 stars $68

Featured Athens Hotels

From $96

1 Holiday Inn ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA

3 stars
4.1 / 5 41 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...

Always a great stay
Hotel has an excellent location, usually priced fair, clean, great staff, free parking, and a pool.
Aug 20, 2015
From $91

2 Holiday Inn Express ATHENS-UNIVERSITY AREA

3 stars
4.0 / 5 47 reviews

513 West Broad Street,Po Box 1686

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...

Business trip
Yes, this hotel met my exceptions. I knew before staying there that it is a 3 star hotel and everything corresponded to a 3-star level hotel. Also, location is great and there is a city shuttle...
Aug 11, 2015
From $84

3 BEST WESTERN Athens

3 stars
3.7 / 5 61 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...

nice stopover.
They were doing some remodeling which was a little inconvenient but nice room and staff.
May 28, 2015
From $158

4 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 $64

5 Days Inn Athens

2 stars
3.2 / 5 29 reviews

230 N Finley St

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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...

great walking access to downtown athens
The days inn is not the cleanest hotel out there, but it's location is great for visiting downtown athens. If not for its location, i would consider this an overpriced hotel. The rooms need to be...
May 22, 2015
From $104

6 Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Athens, GA

3 stars
4.3 / 5 24 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...

excellent staff
The staff were really nice and went out of their way to accommodate, the manager, the reception staff, the cleaning staff. The hotel quality of materials/style was of a higher level. While in...
Aug 8, 2015
From $140

7 Graduate Athens

4 stars
3.8 / 5 4 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...

UGA Move in day
I have stayed at the Graduate once before during orientation. We decided to stay the night before move in day so we could get an early start. Unfortunately this was also the night a terrible storm...
Aug 14, 2015
From $153

8 Hotel Indigo ATHENS DOWNTOWN - UNIV AREA

4 stars
4.2 / 5 15 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 business trip stay
The hotel was 5 minute walk from the downtown, huge parking lot next to it (not the hotel's though), great parking garage. Modern style rooms, great service.
Jun 30, 2015
From $117

9 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 $111

10 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 $68

11 Howard Johnson Inn Athens

2 stars
2.8 / 5 36 reviews

2465 West Broad St

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...

It were a great trip.
The staff were very nice. The rooms were very clean and cosy. The only problems that I had were their internet were down so I couldn't get WiFi and I couldn't get a key to my room, where I could...
Jun 23, 2015
From $52

12 Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Athens

2 stars
2.6 / 5 16 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...

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 $101

13 Comfort Inn & Suites

2 stars
3.8 / 5 20 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,...

Comfortable Stay
Very comfortable room and friendly staff. Breakfast was okay, room was a little dusty, but overall it was a nice stay. Would come back again.
Jul 26, 2015
From $109

14 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 $95

15 Comfort Suites Downtown

2 stars
3.5 / 5 11 reviews

255 North Avenue

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...

One night stay
We stayed here for just one night while passing through on our way home. The hotel was very nice, free breakfast is always a plus! Would stay here again if in the area.
Jul 11, 2015
From $84

16 Quality Inn & Suites Athens

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

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.

From $100

17 Candlewood Suites ATHENS

2 stars
3.1 / 5 14 reviews

156 Classic Road

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...

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
From $106

18 Sleep Inn & Suites

2 stars
3.1 / 5 10 reviews

109 Florence Drive

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...

aweful weekend ever
I got assaulted by a biker gang the weekend. Dirty carpet and 8 legged creatures crawling around my room. Hotel did not want to refund my room and moved me to a no smoking room that I did not...
Mar 3, 2015
From $116

19 SpringHill Suites by Marriott Athens

3 stars
4.5 / 5 6 reviews

3500 Daniells Bridge Road

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...

I love this hotel
I always stay here when I travel to Athens. It's a great location and the staff is always so friendly. The rooms are big and well designed.
Aug 8, 2015