Atlanta is one of the most underrated cities in America. A strong sports town, a thriving food scene, and arguably one of the most eclectic music scenes in the country, Atlanta is without a doubt one of the best-kept secrets in the USA.

But Atlanta is an expensive city and finding budget accommodations can be a challenge. Which is why we wrote this no-stress guide to for where to stay in Atlanta.

Written by travellers for travellers, our article breaks down Atlanta’s best neighbourhoods into easy to digest categories to help you find the best area for your interests and needs.

Whether you’re looking to party all night long, experience Atlanta’s rich history, or simply find the cheapest bed in town, we’ve got a neighbourhood that’s right for you!

Here are our recommendations for where to stay in Atlanta, Georgia.

Where to Stay in Atlanta

If you are backpacking the USA and headed to Atlanta, then good on you! Looking for a specific place to stay? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in Atlanta.

Best Budget Option in Atlanta: Stonehurst Place

Thanks to its great location this elegant bed and breakfast is the perfect base for your time in Atlanta. It has a number of great features, including a concierge service, a library and free wifi throughout. Each room is outfitted with modern amenities. All of this combined makes it our pick for the best budget option in Atlanta.

Best Airbnb in Atlanta: Themed flat in a prime location

Get set up slap bang in the middle of downtown with this cool, art-deco apartment. Given its location (you literally could not be more central) this place is an absolute bargain, even more so when splitting the bill 2 ways. Perfect for those looking to enjoy the city centre day and night. An Atlanta Airbnb that you will love.

Best Hotel in Atlanta: Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown

The Hyatt Place Downtown gets our vote for the best hotel in Atlanta. It has spacious rooms, large beds, and a delicious on-site restaurant. Centrally located in the heart of the city, this three-star hotel has restaurants, bars, clubs and museums right on its doorstep.

Atlanta Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN ATLANTA
Downtown, Atlanta
FIRST TIME IN ATLANTA

Downtown

Downtown Atlanta is the neighbourhood at the centre of the city. It is home to the central business district as well as many of Atlanta’s most notable tourist attractions, including Centennial Park and the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

ON A BUDGET
Midtown, Atlanta
ON A BUDGET

Midtown

Located north of the city centre is the Midtown district. A high-density commercial and residential neighbourhood, Midtown is a great area for travellers who want to be near, but not right at the centre of the action.

NIGHTLIFE
Inman Park, Atlanta
NIGHTLIFE

Inman Park

Inman Park is a charming neighbourhood set on the east side of Atlanta. Characterised by its 20th-century homes and its tree-lined streets, Inman Park is a neighbourhood that epitomizes Atlanta’s southern charm and style.

COOLEST PLACE TO STAY
Old Fourth Atlanta
COOLEST PLACE TO STAY

Old Fourth Ward

Not only is Old Fourth Ward one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, but it is also far and away the coolest area of Atlanta.

FOR FAMILIES
Grant Park Atlanta
FOR FAMILIES

Grant Park

Tucked away south of downtown Atlanta is the calm and idyllic community of Grant Park. Home to the oldest park in Atlanta, Grand Park is a Victoria neighbourhood packed with colourful homes and eclectic architecture and is bursting with historic charm.

Atlanta is a city bursting with history, charm, excitement and fun. It is a vanguard of the New South that seamlessly blends skyscrapers and modern style with southern traditions and a relaxed way of life.

There is plenty to see and do in Atlanta here for travellers of all kinds from indulging in delicious southern cuisine to dancing to the latest music as well as experiencing the city’s rich history and diverse culture.

The largest city in the state of Georgia, Atlanta is home to more than 486,000 people. It covers just 343 square kilometres, which is divided into 242 eclectic and traditional neighbourhoods.

This guide will break down the five best neighbourhoods in Atlanta by budget and interest.

Starting with downtown. The heart and soul of the city, this neighbourhood is characterized by towering skyscrapers, interesting museums, tourist hotspots and ample green spaces.

Travel north and you’ll arrive in Midtown. A vibrant and thriving neighbourhood, Midtown is home to a great selection of restaurants bars, museums and parks. There are quite a lot of Atlanta Airbnbs in the Midtown area.

Head southeast and you’ll pass through Old Fourth Ward. Undoubtedly the coolest neighbourhood in the city, Old Fourth Ward is a former industrial area now home to trendy eateries and cosy cafes.

Continue travelling southeast to Inman Park. This charming neighbourhood is where you can enjoy all the perks of Atlanta without staying right in the centre of the city.

And finally, head south to Grant Park. A well-connected and affluent neighbourhood, Grant Park is packed with activities and attractions that will delight all members of your family.

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Atlanta’s 5 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

Now, let’s take a look at the five best neighbourhoods to stay in Atlanta. Each is a little different from the last, so be sure to pick the one that’s the best fit for you and your interests.

1. Downtown – Where to Stay in Atlanta First Time

Downtown Atlanta is the neighbourhood at the centre of the city. It is home to the central business district as well as many of Atlanta’s most notable tourist attractions, including Centennial Park and the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Thanks to its great location and myriad of activities, downtown is our pick for where to stay in Atlanta if you’re visiting for the first time.

A must for anyone visiting the city is a trip to the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Dedicated to the achievements of the civil rights movement in the United States, this museum boasts a great selection of exhibitions and displays that outline the history of the movement as well as its key players and figures.

Downtown, Atlanta

Things to See and Do in Downtown

– Be inspired by the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

– Dive deep into sports history at the College Football Hall of Fame.

– Enjoy a panoramic view of the city at Skyview Atlanta.

– Experience the history of the famed soft drink at the World of Coca-Cola.

– Indulge in southern comfort at White Oak Kitchen & Cocktails.

– Kickstart your day with a delicious meal at Atlanta Breakfast Club.

– See your favourite fish, sea creatures and aquatic animals at the Georgia Aquarium.

– Spend an afternoon exploring Centennial Olympic Park.

– Take a tour of the CNN Studios.

– Wander through the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historial Park.

Best Budget Option in Downtown: Inn at the Peachtrees

The Inn at the Peachtrees is in a fantastic location close to shops, dining and nightlife options. Atlanta’s top tourist attractions are also just a short walk away. This art deco hotel has spacious rooms each outfitted with air conditioning and wireless internet.

Best Airbnb in Downtown: Themed flat in a prime location

Get set up slap bang in the middle of downtown with this cool, art-deco apartment. Given its location (you literally could not be more central) this place is an absolute bargain, even more so when splitting the bill 2 ways. Perfect for those looking to enjoy the city centre day and night.

Best Hotel in Downtown: Ellis Hotel Atlanta

This four-star hotel is located at the heart of the city. It is close to top tourist attractions including Centennial Olympic Park, the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Rooms are modern and spacious and feature contemporary amenities. Enjoy breakfast at the on-site restaurant or a drink at the stylish lounge bar.

Best Hotel in Downtown: Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown

The Hyatt Place Downtown is our recommendation for where to stay in downtown. It has spacious rooms, large beds, and a delicious on-site restaurant. Centrally located in the heart of the city, this three-star hotel has restaurants, bars, clubs and museums right on its doorstep.

2. Midtown – Where to Stay in Atlanta on a Budget

Located north of the city centre is the Midtown district. A high-density commercial and residential neighbourhood, Midtown is a great area for travellers who want to be near, but not right at the centre of the action.

Midtown is also where you’ll find the best selection of budget accommodations in the city. Atlanta is a notoriously expensive city, so by staying outside of the centre cost-conscious travellers will be able to find comfortable, clean and safe options that won’t break the bank.

This neighbourhood is also a great choice for culture vultures and art lovers. In Midtown you can enjoy a myriad of art, design and musical attractions any day or night of the week.

Midtown, Atlanta

Things to See and Do in Midtown

– Bask in the sun at Piedmont Park.

– Catch a performance at the Alliance Theatre.

– Dance the night away at the legendary Opera Nightclub.

– Drink, dance and party all night long at the Lava Lounge.

– Quench your thirst at TAP.

– See amazing works of modern and contemporary at the High Museum of Art.

– Shop until you drop at Ponce City Market.

– Sink your teeth into an Atlanta staple at The Varsity.

– Stop and smell the roses at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

– Tease your taste buds at South City Kitchen.

– Treat yourself at Atlantic Station.

Best Inexpensive Option in Midtown: Stonehurst Place

Thanks to its great location, this elegant bed and breakfast is the perfect base for your time in Atlanta. It has a number of great features, including a concierge, a library and free wifi throughout. Each room is outfitted with modern amenities. All of this combined makes it our pick for where to stay in Midtown.

Best Airbnb in Midtown: No thrills flat for the budget concious

Like most major US cities, the property comes at a premium. Atlanta is no different, and there isn’t a huge range of budget Airbnbs on the market just yet, but there are a few. Great for a couple, this private room in a homestay won’t make much of a dent on your wallets.

Best Hotel in Midtown: Stay Alfred Apartments

Comprised of five comfortable apartments, this property is a fantastic choice for your stay in Atlanta. It boasts a swimming pool, comfortable rooms, and free wifi throughout. Set in bustling Midtown, this property is close to a variety of restaurants, bars, shops and attractions.

Best Hotel in Midtown: Apartment with Amazing Views

Sit back, relax and enjoy the unbeatable views from this charming Midtown apartment. A short walk from the Midtown MARTA Metro Station, this apartment is well connected throughout the city. You’ll find a good selection of restaurants, bars, shops, museums and historic landmarks nearby.

3. Inman Park – Best Area to Stay in Atlanta for Nightlife

Inman Park is a charming neighbourhood set on the east side of Atlanta. Characterised by its 20th-century homes and its tree-lined streets, Inman Park is a neighbourhood that epitomizes Atlanta’s southern charm and style.

This colourful neighbourhood is also home to some of the best nightlife in Atlanta. Boasting everything from eclectic restaurants and wine bars, to pubs and nightclubs, Inman Park is where you’ll find something for travellers of all ages and styles.

Looking to add a few new-to-you pieces to your wardrobe? Head to nearby Little 5 Points, a trendy area packed with delicious restaurants and funky second-hand shops.

Inman Park, Atlanta
source: Glen Edelson (Flickr)

Things to See and Do in Inman Park

– Enjoy a twist on southern staples at Wisteria.

– Excite your sense at Bread and Butterfly.

– Explore the Atlanta BeltLine.

– Indulge in a glass of fantastic wine at Barcelona Wine Bar.

– Sample a variety of beers at Wrecking Bar Brewpub.

– Sip urbane cocktails at Amer.

– Sit on screened in porches and enjoy a campfire-and-lodge theme at Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall.

– Snack and sample your way through the exciting and delicious Krog Street Market.

– Spend a day snacking and sipping at The Porter Beer Bar.

– Watch the game at Hampton + Hudson, one of the hottest sports bars in the city.

Best Budget Option in Inman Park: The Highland Inn

This comfortable and cosy property is located in the heart of Atlanta in trendy Inman Park. It is close to top tourist attractions, as well as dining and nightlife options. This colourful art deco hotel has many features, including laundry facilities, a safe, and cable/satellite channels.

Best Airbnb in Inman Park: Historic house IN the park!

Make the most of Atlanta’s most historic suburb with this period property. Given its location, history, and just general awesome vibe this place is a steal for the price. If you’re looking to delve into Atlanta’s legendary late-night music scene, this wouldn’t be a bad place to start.

Best Hotel in Inman Park: The In-Town Spot

Feel at home in Atlanta by staying at this fantastic apartment. Centrally located, this apartment is close to great shops, delicious restaurants, fun bars, and all the best that Inman Park has to offer. It is also well-connected throughout the city, making it easy to explore and experience Atlanta’s best sights.

Best Hotel in Inman Park: Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast

This charming bed and breakfast is our pick for where to stay in Inman Park. Dating back to 1892, Sugar Magnolia oozes southern charm thanks to its elegant décor and Victorian setting. Unwind after a day of exploring by enjoying a coffee, tea or cocktails on the incredible porch.

4. Old Fourth Ward – Coolest Place to Stay in Atlanta

Not only is Old Fourth Ward one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city, but it is also far and away from the coolest area of Atlanta. A once rundown and industrial neighbourhood, Old Fourth Ward is today brimming with trendy eateries and hip cafes, stylish shops and bustling bars. No matter the time of day, there’s plenty of fun to be had in Old Fourth Ward.

Old Fourth Ward is also where you’ll find a great wealth of historical and cultural attractions, including the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and the civil right activist’s birth home.

Old Fourth in Atlanta
source: Jamie (Flickr)

Things to See and Do in Old Fourth Ward

– Dance to the best live music in the city at The Masquerade.

– Hunt for treasures and trinkets at the Ponce City Market.

– Enjoy a sophisticated glass of wine at City Winery Atlanta.

– Indulge in a sweet and refreshing treat at King of Pops Bar.

– Take a peaceful stroll through Skyline Park, a green space perched high above the city.

– Explore the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail.

– Step back in time and explore Atlanta’s rich history at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

– Browse the shops and stalls at the Irwin Street Market.

– Party the night away at one of the many bars on Edgewood Avenue.

– Dine on new American cuisine at Serpas.

Best Budget Option in Old Fourth Ward: Motel 6 Atlanta Downtown

Set in downtown Atlanta, this hotel is your best bet for budget accommodations near trendy Old Fourth Ward. In the heart of the city, this three-star hotel is close to great eateries, shops, bars and landmarks. Rooms are spacious and come complete with private bathrooms and essential amenities.

Best Airbnb in Old Fourth Ward: Unique tiny-home for design lovers

Old Fourth Ward is a great base if you looking for a cultured getaway. Plenty of museums and galleries are close to this property, and hell, it’s pretty much a work of art itself! If you’re a fine of tiny homes or just creative design in general, check this property out.

Best Hotel in Old Fourth Ward: Crowne Plaza Atlanta – Midtown

The Crowne Plaza Atlanta is our pick for where to stay in Old Fourth Ward. This four-star hotel boasts valet parking, a swimming pool and free wifi throughout. Conveniently located, this hotel is surrounded by eateries, bars, boutiques and popular tourist attractions and landmarks.

Best Hotel in Old Fourth Ward: Downtown Midtown Apartments

This fantastic property is located in the heart of Atlanta. It is close to the World of Coca-Cola as well as restaurants, bars and shops. This property boasts a relaxing hot tub, an outdoor swimming pool, and a terrace, perfect for relaxing after a long day of sightseeing.

5. Grant Park – Best Neighbourhood in Atlanta for Families

Tucked away south of downtown Atlanta is the calm and idyllic community of Grant Park. Home to the oldest park in Atlanta, Grand Park is a Victoria neighbourhood packed with colourful homes and eclectic architecture and is bursting with historic charm. Thanks to its close proximity to the city and its ample green space, Grant Park is our pick for where to stay in Atlanta for families.

Grant Park is home to a great selection of activities and attractions that will enthrall and amuse all members of your family. From grand zoos to the best pancakes in the county, there’s something for kids and adults of all ages in the Grant Park area.

Grant Park Atlanta
source: Rob Hainer(Shutterstock)

Things to See and Do in Grant Park

– Explore the lush and expansive Grant Park.

– Grab a slice at Grant Central Pizza.

– Indulge in the best fish tacos in the city at Six Feet Under.

– Kickstart your day with a delicious breakfast at Dakota Blue.

– Satisfy your sweet tooth at Ria’s Bluebird, a charming restaurant who’s pancakes were voted the best in the world by the New York Times.

– See your favourite animals, reptiles and birds from around the world up close at Zoo Atlanta.

– Visit the Erskine Memorial Fountain.

– Wander through the Oakland Cemetery.

Best Budget Option in Grant Park: Comfort Inn Atlanta Downtown South

A great location, spacious rooms, and an incredible on-site restaurant are just a few of the reasons we love this hotel. Set in Grant Park, this hotel is close to popular tourist attractions. Rooms are modern and each is outfitted with cable/satellite channels, a washing machine, and a tea/coffee station.

Best Airbnb in Grant Park: A home away from home

Lift your family up out of one home, and plonk them in another with relative ease! Clean, light, and spacious, this places has a subtle southern charm roo it. The kitchen and dining spaces are more than capable of hosting a large group. If you find the kids getting bored, there’s a great choice of all-ages activities close by.

Best Hotel in Grant Park: The Social Goat Bed and Breakfast

Comfortable, charming and home to goats – what more could you want for your stay in Atlanta! This beautiful Victorian farmhouse is located in Grant Park. It boasts a number of spacious rooms with en-suites and contemporary amenities. Enjoy delicious food and an on-site petting zoo at this great b&b.

Best Hotel in Grant Park: Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown

The Residence Inn is our pick for where to stay in Grant Park. This three-star hotel is close to great tourist attractions, like the CNN Centre and Underground Atlanta. It is also close to shopping, dining and entertainment options. Comprised of 160 recently refurbished rooms, this hotel is perfect for families.

FAQ about Finding a Place to Stay in Atlanta

Here’s what people usually ask us about the areas of Atlanta and where to stay.

Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in Atlanta

Atlanta is an electric and eclectic city set in the southern USA with a rich history, diverse culture, incredible food, and exciting music.

In this guide, we’ve broken down the top five neighbourhoods to stay in Atlanta. Although there aren’t many hostels in the city, we tried to include a variety of apartments, B&Bs and boutiques hotels to make Atlanta an accessible city for travellers of all budgets.

If you’re still not sure where to stay in Atlanta, here’s a quick recap.

Stonehurst Place is our pick for the best budget accommodations in Atlanta. This elegant Midtown bed and breakfast has great features and amenities including a concierge service, a library and free wifi.

Hyatt Place Atlanta Downtown is another great options. Located at the heart of the city, this hotel has spacious rooms and is close to a variety of bars, restaurants, clubs and shops.

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