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According to CNN, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is the world’s busiest passenger airport. It is the most important transport hub in the southeastern United States and in 2018, nearly 107 million people took off from or touched down on one of its five runways. Unsurprisingly, an airport of Hartsfield-Jackson’s size and importance has a bevy of nearby hotels to choose from — and selecting the right one can seem daunting. Here, we look at a few of the best options for specific kinds of traveler, including budget picks, business stays, and hotels especially geared for families.
Best Overall: Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel
The 4-star Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel is TripAdvisor’s top choice for a Hartsfield-Jackson layover. It receives excellent reviews for its exemplary service and recently updated rooms, which boast custom furnishings and up-to-date technology. It’s also just two minutes from the airport on the ATL SkyTrain. The SkyTrain is free, operates 24 hours a day, and departs every five minutes. Back at base, 204 rooms and suites come with luxury bedding, a marble bath, and cable TV.
Families benefit from spacious floor plans and a selection of cribs, Play Yards, and rollaway beds. If you’re traveling on business, make the most of complimentary internet in the lobby and public areas or organize an event in one of six on-site meeting rooms. Georgia International Convention Center is a short walk away. If you have time in between connections, let off steam in the 24-hour fitness center or treat yourself to New Orleans-inspired cuisine at Hickory & Hazel restaurant. Room service is available for after-hours arrivals.
Best Budget: Comfort Inn Atlanta Airport
If affordability is your top priority, Comfort Inn Atlanta Airport offers safe, clean rooms for under $100. TripAdvisor reviewers praise this choice for its friendly service and comfortable beds. Other amenities offered by the smoke-free rooms include a flat-screen TV, a work desk, and a coffee maker (a major bonus for those with crack-of-dawn departures). The hotel is a five-minute drive from the airport and offers a free shuttle to the domestic terminal. If you’re traveling overseas, you will need to use airport transit services to get to the international terminal.
Wi-Fi and breakfast are also provided free of charge, which helps to keep overall costs to a minimum. Breakfast is generous, with hot and cold items including Comfort Inn’s ever-popular waffles. A business center and meeting room offer added value for corporate guests, while a fitness center helps you stay in shape on the road. In summer, the seasonal outdoor swimming pool is a hit with kids. The hotel also offers secure outdoor parking.
Best Value: Drury Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport
For just a few dollars more than the Comfort Inn, guests at Drury Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport are entitled to a slew of complimentary services including a free airport shuttle (from 4:00 am to 2:00 am) and free gated parking. The Stay & Fly Package even offers free parking at the hotel for up to seven days with a minimum one night stay. Reviewers especially appreciate the hotel’s generous dining services, which include a free hot breakfast and the 5:30 Kickback — an evening event with free hot food and drinks (including beer and wine).
Though there’s no formal restaurant on-site, there are several within easy walking distance. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi, a TV, microwave, fridge, and coffee maker; while suites offer extra space for families with a separate living area and pull-out sofa bed. After a long day of traveling, unwind in the indoor/outdoor pool or the 24-hour fitness center. Several groups qualify for additional discounts including members of the military and law enforcement.
Best for Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
The Ritz-Carlton is the closest 5-star hotel to the airport. Located near the Centennial Olympic Park and State Farm Arena in downtown Atlanta, it’s a 15-minute drive from Hartsfield-Jackson. Alternatively, the MARTA Gold Line can take you there directly in just 20 minutes. Once you arrive, discover a luxury oasis where everything runs smoothly and the service showcases Southern hospitality at its best. Expect sleek, contemporary decor offset by a wonderful collection of vintage Atlanta photographs.
All rooms and suites spoil with stunning skyline views, 400-thread count linens, and a marble bathroom. Upgrade to Club Level for access to the Club Lounge with its complimentary breakfast, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails; or splash out on the sprawling Presidential Suite. In addition to a sumptuous bedroom and living room, the latter boasts a wet bar, library, entertainment area, and formal dining space for eight. If you’d rather dine out, head to Southern steakhouse AG; or pair shared plates with signature cocktails and live music at sultry Lumen Bar.
Best Boutique: Maison LaVigne
Most of the hotels near Hartsfield-Jackson belong to international chains, but those that prefer something more intimate will find the exception at Maison LaVigne, a romantic B&B located five minutes’ drive from the airport. Situated within a Provencal-style country garden, it’s hard to imagine that one of the world’s busiest transit hubs is just a stone’s throw away. There are three guest suites decorated in charming colonial style with linens from Europe. Features differ from one room to the next and range from four-poster beds to clawfoot tubs.
Rates include a gourmet hot breakfast served in your suite, on the porch, or in the kitchen. Other meals and culinary classes are also available by reservation, with High Tea being a particular favorite. The boutique is especially suited to couples embarking on a romantic getaway. You can arrange for champagne, roses, strawberries, and dipping chocolate to be delivered to your suite and in-room massages can be reserved in advance. There’s also an exercise room with a dry sauna.
Best for Families: Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport - North
Just a five-minute drive from the airport, Holiday Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport - North is a great choice for families. Kids aged 18 and under stay for free in their parents’ room and up to four kids aged 11 and under eat for free at the on-site restaurant. A complimentary 24-hour shuttle takes you to and from the airport, and if you have time, it’s a quick 45-minute MARTA ride to downtown attractions like Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola. Back at the hotel, kids will love the seasonal outdoor pool.
Rooms offer free entertainment in the form of complimentary Wi-Fi and cable TV. For added independence, opt for a suite with a kitchenette and a sleeper couch in the separate living room. The heart of the hotel is The Hanger, an open-plan dining, drinking, and media area whose restaurant serves unpretentious fare that the whole family can enjoy. There’s also a cocktail lounge for Mom and Dad, and special menus for late-night sustenance.
Best for Nightlife: Glenn Hotel, Autograph Collection
If you’re hoping to use your layover in Atlanta to experience the city’s nightlife, you’ll need to sacrifice proximity to the airport in favor of a more central location. The Glenn Hotel offers a compromise — it’s an easy walk from Downtown’s best bars and clubs, yet still only 25 minutes from the airport via MARTA. This chic pick is also home to Atlanta’s first year-round rooftop bar, the SkyLounge. It’s a place for trendsetters with panoramic views of the state capital skyline and an extensive list of handcrafted cocktails. You can even hire it for your own private party.
Downstairs, The Living Room has its own tenured mixologist and is a great place to start the evening before heading out on the town. Later, recharge your batteries in a room or suite with free Wi-Fi, an iHome docking station, a 37” TV and, an ultra-comfortable pillow-top mattress. You can detox in the fitness room and treat a hangover with Southern comfort food in stylish restaurant Glenn’s Kitchen.
Best for Business: Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway
Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway is custom-made for business travelers. It’s a six-minute walk from Georgia International Convention Center and two minutes from the airport via the complimentary ATL SkyTrain. It has 22,000 square feet of on-site event space — including a ballroom capable of accommodating 1,200 delegates. There’s also a full-service business center and free Wi-Fi in all public areas. Soundproof rooms and suites ensure you get a good night’s sleep, while smart TVs with Netflix access help you to relax after a busy day.
When you’re not working, head to the fitness center or opt for a few laps of the indoor saltwater pool. You can catch the game on the large-screen TVs in casual restaurant Champions, or meet your colleagues for a la carte dining in The Greatroom. Menu items in The Greatroom are specially chosen for their quick preparation with respect to your busy schedule. In the morning, grab an on-the-go breakfast or sit down for a full American spread.
Best Kitschy Stay: Kimpton Overland Hotel
Kimpton Overland Hotel is a unique option for petrolheads, plane spotters, and anyone in search of something a little different. It overlooks the driver development track at the Porsche Experience Center and is ideally situated for watching planes landing and taking off from Hartsfield-Jackson. Euro-chic interiors reference the hotel’s automotive inspiration, from the vintage Porsche mural in the lobby to the wheel-motif headboards in the guest rooms. From all rooms and suites, you can watch the latest Porsches being put through their paces on the adjacent track, while triple-paned windows keep sound to a minimum.
Other in-room amenities include complimentary Wi-Fi, USB charge points, a refrigerator, and a coffee maker. Dine on specialty seafood dishes in Mediterranean restaurant APRON; or order handcrafted cocktails and small plates at Overdrive Lounge (a seasonal rooftop bar with live music and panoramic race track views). The hotel has a choice of meeting rooms and offers a complimentary shuttle service to and from the airport every 30 minutes.