Atlanta is one of those places rich in history, energy, and culture. It played a big role in the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, the Civil War, and is home to many street artists and hip culture. From graffiti appreciation to exciting nightlife districts and historical sites and attractions, the capital state of Georgia offers everything you need to have an exhilarating time. We’ve put together some of the coolest neighborhoods to stay in Atlanta where you can check out the recommended accommodation tagged to each neighborhood - or feel free to find your own!
1. Castleberry Hill
Castleberry Hill, southwest of downtown Atlanta, is a trendy industrial district with many old warehouses that are used as residential lofts and art galleries. Its casual atmosphere and historic vibes have turned it into a popular filming location - the Walking Dead TV series is a notable example. On the second Friday of every month is the renowned Art Stroll, where you get the chance to walk the neighborhood and appreciate the diverse art galleries. A good place to stay would be the Glenn Hotel, which is located within walking distance from Castleberry Hill, Georgia Aquarium, State Farm Arena, and CNN Studio Center.
Midtown is a little more commercialized and saturated than the other neighborhoods. Known as Atlanta’s “Heart of the Arts”, the neighborhood is home to the High Museum of Arts and Margaret Mitchell House. You can also take a nice stroll through Piedmont Park, which contains Lake Clara Meer and Atlanta Botanical Garden. Loews Atlanta Hotel is a good place to stay if you are also looking to enjoy the nightlife. The hotel is extremely popular and usually fully-booked, so don’t wait!
With its abundance of shopping malls, skyscrapers, commercial buildings, and hotels, Buckhead is one of the busiest neighborhoods in Atlanta. Being a business, healthcare, and start-up hub, it has significant economic success. Buckhead is the perfect place to soak in the youthful energy with its shopping and nightlife extravaganza. A luxurious accommodation would be the Intercontinental Buckhead Atlanta, a four-star hotel popular among business travelers.
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Another neighborhood packed with bungalows and historic houses, Virginia Highlands (VaHi for short), is a vibrant hot spot for food, shopping, and nightlife. You can visit one of their many cafes (Tipple + Rose Tea Parlor) for a sip of coffee, or slide into one of their bars for some of their classic cocktails. Stay at W Atlanta, a convenient four-star hotel, and cap off your days by unwinding at the Whiskey Park nightclub just a stone’s throw away.
Address: 188 14th St NE
910 meters (0.6 mi) from Atlanta Botanical Garden
Poncey-Highland neighborhood is always bursting with vibrancy and history. It is home to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, as well as many other historical attractions such as Clermont Lounge and Briarcliff Plaza. Popular hangout spots include Manuel’s Tavern (one of Atlanta’s oldest taverns) and Neon Row. You can stay at the Hotel Clermont - a stylish hotel with a simple red brick façade situated in an excellent avenue for restaurants and nightlife.
East Atlanta Village is an eclectic neighborhood, known for its abstract street art, abundance of bars and restaurants, and love for music - from hip hop to alternative rock. Its quirky, unpretentious nature makes it one of the best hangout spots in the area, where you can get a tattoo, people-watch at a bar, appreciate the graffiti art or simply indulge in the music. Stay at the Milton Manor - rooted along Milton Avenue - which is an easy drive to many attractions in Atlanta such as Atlanta Zoo and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.
Address: 274 Milton Avenue Southeast
7.9 km (5.0 mi) from Atlanta Botanical Garden
Old Fourth Ward, also known as O4W, is the hometown of one of America’s most honorable and recognized figures - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It offers historical attractions such as Sweet Auburn Historic District and Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site. Edgewood Avenue is popular for its nightlife scene, and there are lots to shop and eat around the local markets as well. Luxury Ponce Park Apartments is located right in the heart of O4W and provides easy access to Ponce City Market.
Address: 641 North Avenue Northeast
2.23 km (1.4 mi) from Atlanta Botanical Garden
Pictures do no justice to the beauty of Inman Park. When you enter the neighborhood, you will be captivated by its lush, leafy scenery that envelops the wonderful Victorian houses. It is most well known for its food scene, with many hip cafes, restaurants, and bars scattered around the neighborhood. The highly popular Inman Park festival is held each spring, which brings together many artists and local food stalls. We recommend you stay at the Inman Park Bed and Breakfast - a serene, cozy home surrounded by the warmth of nature. The host is extremely friendly too, and even has a trained duck and pet cats for you to make friends with!
Address: 100 Waverly Way NE
3.92 km (2.5 mi) from Atlanta Botanical Garden
Located on the East Side of Atlanta, Cabbagetown abuts Atlanta’s oldest graveyard, Oakland Cemetery and carries within it a strong history. Once a mill town where factory workers lived, it is now home to an artistic community of film industry workers, street artists and young adults. You can easily recognize the Krog Street Tunnel which joins Inman Park to Cabbagetown. Cabbagetown Park also hosts the annual Stomp and Chomp each November, which is a chili cook-off and bluegrass music festival in one. You can stay at the Peach House, an apartment home near Cabbagetown is conveniently located around 1.9 miles (3 km) away from Atlanta Stadium, Centennial Olympic Park and Georgia Aquarium.
Address: 88 Spruce Street Northeast
3.86 km (2.4 mi) from Atlanta Botanical Garden
Grant Park comprises the oldest city park in Atlanta (from which it was named) and the residential district surrounding it. The neighborhood contains the largest remaining area of Victorian architecture in Atlanta. While it is most renowned for being home to Zoo Atlanta, the park is also home to the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum. You can pay a visit to the Historic Oakland Cemetery as well, where famous icons such as Margaret Mitchell (author of “Gone With the Wind”) and several former mayors of Atlanta lay buried. Ramada Plaza is a nearby hotel that features a rooftop pool and on-site fitness center.
Address: 450 Capitol Avenue
5.46 km (3.4 mi) from Atlanta Botanical Garden
Vibrant, eclectic Atlanta
This diverse selection of neighborhoods each has their own unique and interesting attributes. You can choose to spend your time either immersing in a particular local lifestyle or hopping between neighborhoods to explore the diverse cultures that they have to offer. With the wide spectrum of places to visit, chances are, you will probably do a little bit of both!
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