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Downtown Atlanta

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Downtown Atlanta is the central area of Atlanta, as well as the center of Georgia. Downtown is home to the Georgia State Capitol, City Hall, and headquarters of numerous corporations. Despite the rise of Midtown and Buckhead, Downtown still contains much of the commercial activity of the city. All the places to see here are within 10 minutes walk of each other, and within a similar walking distance of any of the MARTA stations at Five Points, Peachtree Center or Omni-Dome-World-Congress Center.

Understand[edit]

Downtown Atlanta is large and can be further broken down into subdistricts:

Five Points area

Five Points is the central area and reference point of downtown Atlanta. The name refers to a point where five streets intersect, which are Marietta Street, Edgewood Avenue, Decatur Street, and two legs of Peachtree Street. It is also where the North-South Line and the East-West Line of the MARTA Rail intersect at MARTA Five Points Station. Underground Atlanta is located at the entrance of Five Points Station, and the World of Coke was formerly located there but was moved to the Centennial Park area.

The Centennial Park Area not only includes the park itself, but also The CNN Center, Phillips Arena, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, and a few other attractions. This area is heavily frequented by tourists as well as local residents.

Sweet Auburn served as the thriving center of black enterprise in Atlanta from the 1890s through the 1940s and is the birthplace of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Hotel District is the northern section of downtown. Some of the more luxurious hotels of Atlanta are in this area.

Castleberry Hill. Artsy and eclectic transitioning area west of downtown Atlanta with galleries, restaurants and bars.

Get in[edit]

Downtown Atlanta
Map of Atlanta/Downtown

Downtown Atlanta is located 7 miles (11 km) from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Interstate 75/85 runs directly through Atlanta, providing numerous exits into the downtown streets. Downtown Atlanta can also be accessed by MARTA trains and buses. The Five Points Station is where the North-South Line and the East-West Line intersect. Other MARTA rail stations in the Downtown area include Peachtree Center (N1) and Civic Center (N2) on the North-South Line, and Georgia State (E1) and Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station (W1) on the East-West Line.

Get around[edit]

By streetcar[edit]

Downtown Atlanta is served by the small Atlanta Streetcar loop, connecting the Olympic park with Peachtree Center and Auburn. Fare are $1 for a one-way trip and $3 for a full day.

See[edit]

Centennial Park with Atlanta Westin Hotel in background
  • 1 Apex Museum, 135 Auburn Ave, +1 404-523-2739, e-mail: . Tu - Sa 10AM - 5PM.
  • AtlanTIX Same Day, Half-Price Tickets, 65 Upper Alabama St SW (Located in the Atlanta Visitor's Center at Underground Atlanta), +1 404 588-9890. Tu-Sa 11AM-6PM, Su 12PM-4PM. AtlanTIX offers same-day, half-price tickets to performing arts events and cultural attractions. Tickets can be purchased at the booth or online.
  • 2 Centennial Olympic Park, +1 404 222-7275. The focal point of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Centennial Park has now become the center for tourism. Georgia Aquarium, the New World of Coke, CNN Center, Phillips Arena and Georgia Tech are all in walking distance of the park. In the winter the park features an ice skating rink and in the summer there are free concerts. The park often features concerts and other activities, and kids may love to pay in the fountains that are shaped in the form of the Olympic rings. Centennial Olympic Park on Wikipedia Centennial Olympic Park (Q3364342) on Wikidata
  • 3 Flatiron Building, 84 Peachtree St (adjacent to Woodruff Park). This 11 story building, squeezed into its small wedge of land, is Atlanta's oldest standing skyscraper, and a well known land mark in the area. Flatiron Building (Atlanta) on Wikipedia Flatiron Building (Q5457908) on Wikidata
  • 4 Georgia State Capitol, 214 State Capitol, +1 404 656-2844. Native gold from Lumpkin County tops the dome of the Georgia State Capitol Building. This restored 1889 building houses a museum which collects, maintains and exhibits significant artifacts, including a priceless collection of Georgia's state flags. Georgia State Capitol on Wikipedia Georgia State Capitol (Q1509326) on Wikidata
  • 5 The King Center and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, 449 Auburn Ave, NE, +1 404 526-8900. The memorial of Martin Luther King Jr. which was established in 1968. The place shows Martin Luther King, Jr's nonviolent Social Change works. The historic site features a museum and preserves the neighborhood that includes Dr. King's birth home and Ebenezer Baptist Church. His Nobel Prize and tomb are also located here. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site on Wikipedia Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site (Q5016739) on Wikidata
  • Madame C.J. Walker Museum, 54 Hilliard St, +1 404-518-2887.
  • 6 Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St, NW, +1 404 413-9TIX (849). Georgia State University is the home of the 833-seat Rialto Center for the Arts. The venue is host to jazz music concerts and dance performances as well as performances by Georgia State's School of Music and the home of the Atlanta Film Festival. Rialto Center for the Arts on Wikipedia Rialto Center for the Arts (Q7322136) on Wikidata
  • 7 Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama Ave. Housed entirely underground, this shopping and entertainment district is a bustling hub for retail activity during the day and clubbing at night, although it closes at 8PM Monday through Thursday and only stays open until 9PM on Fridays and Saturdays. Underground Atlanta on Wikipedia Underground Atlanta (Q7883623) on Wikidata
  • The neon coke sign one block north of Underground Atlanta is worth looking at, and gives an update of time and temperature.
  • VSA arts of Georgia, 199 Armour Dr, +1 404 221-1270. A non-profit gallery and art space providing access to the arts for people with disabilities and those of low income.
  • Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St, NW, +1 404 577-5257. Theatrical Outfit entertains their audience by producing classic and contemporary theater with an emphasis on work indigenous to the culture of the American South. It's also certified as the first "green" theater in the country by the US Green Building Council.
  • 8 College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta St NW (Adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park and Omni Hotel. 10 minute walk from Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station or Peachtree Center Station. Bus route 52 from Civic Center or Five Points Stations. Parking at corner of Baker St & Marietta St), +1 404-880-4800. Su-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-6PM. This 94,526-square-foot (8,781.8 m2) museum includes 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of exhibit space and a 45-yard football field dedicated to college football with memorabilia and interactive exhibits in downtown Atlanta. Adults $21.99, children 3-12 $17.99, children under 3 free, seniors and students $18.99. Parking free up to 20 minutes, $15 first 3 hours, $1 each additional hour.
  • 9 Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, +1 678-999-8990. M - Sa 10 AM - 5 PM Su 12 PM - 5 PM.
  • 10 Children's Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW (at Pemberton Place next to Centennial Park), +1 404-659-5437, e-mail: . M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta creates environments and activities where young children experience the power of imagination and the pure delight of learning with each other and with grown-ups. $14.95. Children's Museum of Atlanta on Wikipedia Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta (Q6002707) on Wikidata
  • Georgia World Congress Center

Do[edit]

  • Watch the Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta on New Year's Eve.
  • Take a guided history tour in Underground.
  • Go bar hopping in Kenny's Alley at Underground.
  • Attend a music festival at Underground.
  • Attend a service at Ebenezer Baptist Church
  • Visit an art gallery.
  • 1 The World of Coca-Cola, 121 Baker St (next to the Georgia Aquarium), +1 404 676-5151. M-Sa 9AM-5PM (9AM-6PM during Summer) Su 11AM-5PM.. The museum is largely dedicated to the advertising history of Coca Cola. Experience the reach of the world's most iconic brand in a new, highly interactive expanded space open in May 2007. Good for kids. $16 (adult); $14 (senior); $12 (ages 3-12); under 3 free and admission includes access to all exhibits and a commemorative Coke bottle). Booking online saves $1 as well as gets you a time slot due to increased traffic to the new exhibit. World of Coca-Cola on Wikipedia World of Coca-Cola (Q2201410) on Wikidata
  • 2 Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW, +1 404 581-4000. Su-Th 9AM-6PM, F 9AM-10PM, Sa 8AM-8PM. The largest aquarium in the world with over a hundred thousand animals in 8 million gallons of water. The Aquarium recently added a new swim and dive activity called "Journey with Gentle Giants." It is the only opportunity in the world to swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. Adult $29.50, Children (3-12) $22, Senior (55+) $25.50; Journey with Gentle Giants $225. Georgia Aquarium on Wikipedia Georgia Aquarium (Q1155919) on Wikidata
  • 3 Philips Arena. Covering 4.4 acres, Philips Arena is Atlanta's state-of-the-art multi purpose sports and entertainment complex. Home to the NBA's Atlanta Hawks and the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. Philips also hosts concerts and other major events. Philips Arena on Wikipedia Philips Arena (Q1123297) on Wikidata
  • 4 CNN Center, One CNN Center, +1 404 827-2300. M-Su 9AM-5PM (tours). The world headquarters of CNN offers studio tours, which include demonstrations of the technology used and visits to viewing galleries overlooking the newsrooms and newsreaders of CNN, HLN, and CNN En Espanol. CNN Center also has specialty retail shops and a food court with fast food and eat-in dining options. $15 (adult); $14 (senior, student); $12 (child). CNN Center on Wikipedia CNN Center (Q2798738) on Wikidata
  • Sun Dial, 210 Peachtree St, +1 404 589-7506. Have a Georgia Peach Martini atop the revolving restaurant bar of the Westin Peachtree Plaza, and watch the sunset followed by entertainment provided by a jazz band.
  • 5 Atlanta Falcons, 1414 Andrew Young International Blvd NW. The NFL's Atlanta Falcons have created a host of exciting game-day experiences and affordable family ticket packages for the fans. The 1998 and 2016 NFC champions, the Atlanta Falcons, gear up each September to kick off the official season. The Falcons now play in the NFL's newest venue, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which opened in August 2017 as the replacement for the adjacent and now-demolished Georgia Dome.
  • Atlanta United FC, +1 470 341-1500, e-mail: . Mercedes-Benz Stadium is also home to this soccer team, which began play in Major League Soccer in 2017, playing the first half of its inaugural season at Georgia Tech's Bobby Dodd Stadium until the new stadium was ready. The stadium choice was not a coincidence—United shares ownership with the Falcons. The team proved extraordinarily popular in its first MLS season, setting a new record for single-season average attendance. The soccer capacity was originally intended to be only about 30,000, but was soon increased to 42,500, and more of the stadium is often opened up due to strong ticket demand.
  • Sweet Auburn Springfest.
  • 6 The Tabernacle (The Tabby), 152 Luckie Street NW, +1 404-659-9022. Tabernacle (concert hall) on Wikipedia The Tabernacle (Q10381839) on Wikidata
  • 7 Woodruff Park, 51 Peachtree Street. This park is home to one of the great symbols of Atlanta, Phoenix Rising from the Ashes by Gamba Quirino. The rebirth of the phoenix, emerging from destruction of fire, is symbolic of Atlanta's emergence after being razed by the Union Army during Sherman's March in the Civil War. Woodruff Park on Wikipedia Woodruff Park (Q8033242) on Wikidata

Theater[edit]

  • 8 Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St, NW, +1 404 413-9TIX (849). Georgia State University is the home of the 833-seat Rialto Center for the Arts. The venue is host to jazz music concerts and dance performances as well as performances by Georgia State's School of Music and the home of the Atlanta Film Festival. Rialto Center for the Arts on Wikipedia Rialto Center for the Arts (Q7322136) on Wikidata
  • Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St, NW, +1 404 577-5257. Theatrical Outfit entertains their audience by producing classic and contemporary theater with an emphasis on work indigenous to the culture of the American South. It's also certified as the first "green" theater in the country by the US Green Building Council.
  • VSA arts of Georgia, 199 Armour Dr, +1 404 221-1270. A non-profit gallery and art space providing access to the arts for people with disabilities and those of low income.

Buy[edit]

  • African Pride, clothing, art, and charms store in Underground.
  • Best of Atlanta, souvenir store in Underground.
  • USA Boutique, Underground. Upscale urban clothing for men and women.
  • There are several street vendors outside the Five Points Station. However, purchasing expensive items such as jewelry should be avoided, as the products may possibly be an imitation of an expensive brand.
  • Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama St. This popular tourist attraction is literally underground and is close to other downtown attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium. Tour and local attraction tickets are available for purchase at several kiosks in the Underground, as well as shopping at a variety of unique retail stores.
  • CNN Center, One CNN Center. The atrium at the entrance of the CNN Center offers a few gift shops on the lower level. A great spot for buying souvenirs that display Georgia and TBS, Inc. network logo merchandise, including CNN, HLN and Cartoon Network characters at the CNN Store.
  • AmericasMart, 240 Peachtree St, NW. AmericasMart consists of four buildings that are open to trade only: the Atlanta Gift Mart, Atlanta Merchandise Mart, Atlanta Apparel Mart and Inforum. Each year, AmericasMart hosts more than 400,000 retailers from every state and more than 70 countries around the world in 17 home furnishings, gift, floor covering and apparel markets.
  • The House of Fleur Fleur, 171 Auburn Ave, Unit H3. M - Sa 11AM - 6PM. A clothing store that states in its "About" page that it sells items seen on runways and magazine covers for under $100.

Eat[edit]

  • Irish Bred and Pub, Underground. Serves authentic Irish food to eat while drinking a pint of Guinness.
  • Jamaica Jamaica, Jamaican Cuisine in Underground.
  • Johnny Rockets, Underground. Burgers and fries (or onion rings) plus milkshakes.
  • Tringali's, Italian cuisine in Underground.
  • No Mas Cantina, 180 Walker St. Festive cantina with large patio.
  • Slice, 259 Peters St. Where locals gather for pizza and drinks.
  • 1 Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Avenue. M - Sa 8AM - 6PM Su 12PM - 5PM.

Budget[edit]

  • Dailey's, 17 (Andrew Young) International Blvd, +1 404 681-3303. An old Atlanta landmark with nightly entertainment. Be sure to check out the dessert bar.
  • Dua Vietnamese, 53 Broad Street, NW, +1 404 589-8889. A favorite among the locals and Georgia State college students who also rave about the Buns and the signature Pho dishes.
  • Googie Burger, 190 Marietta St (across the street from the Georgia Aquarium), +1 404 223-4664. 11AM - 8PM. This outdoor/take-out eatery on the edge of Centennial Park features Burgers, Hot Dogs, and even spiked milkshakes. Great for those who like to stroll the park and grab a bite to eat without having to walk elsewhere in downtown.
  • Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta, 215 Peachtree St, +1 404 688-7625. The Atlanta branch of the world-famous chain, featuring over 300 pieces of rock memorabilia and burgers, ribs and malts.
  • Jalapeno Charlie's, 218 Peachtree St, NW, +1 404 581-0884. Latino-Mexican dining experience with authentic Latin art and music to add to the atmosphere.
  • Rosa's Pizza, 62 Broad Street, NW, +1 404 521-2596. Hole-in-the-wall lunchtime favorite pizzeria for pizza, calzones or lasagna. It's a little bit of "authentic" New York on beautiful Broad Street.
  • Sops on Ellis, 141 Carnegie Way, +1 404 525-8624. Salad, soups and sandwiches, the name Sops comes from the act of "sopping up" leftover soup with bread. The chef is formerly of Atlanta's Loaf and Kettle
  • Thumbs Up Diner, 573 Edgewood Ave, SE, +1 404 223-0690. Known for its great breakfast options, the line is often out the door. Check the house rules before going!

Mid-range[edit]

Soul food at its finest - Chicken and Waffles
  • Alma Cocina, 191 Peachtree St, NE (adjacent to Ritz-Carlton), +1 404 968-9662. One of the latest trendy restaurants to pop up in Downtown, right on Peachtree Street, Alma Cocina is a new Upscale Latin American cuisine that has created quite a following with it's reasonably priced Drinks and Food.
  • Atlanta Grill, 181 Peachtree St, NE (inside the Ritz-Carlton), +1 404 659-0400. Artistic and warm decor with a menu that offers steaks and seafood. Seasonal balcony dining is available overlooking Peachtree Street, but if you're looking for a more intimate setting, try their "Cheater's Booth" complete with privacy draperies.
  • Azio, 229 Peachtree St, +1 404 222-0808. Hearty Italian fare at reasonable prices and served in generous portions. The atmosphere is low lighting and close seating, but try and grab a table near the window, which is a prime spot for viewing the bustling Atlanta nightlife.
  • City Grill, 50 Hurt Plaza (inside the Hurt Building), +1 404 524-2489. Nouvelle Southern cuisine in a beautiful historic space, the City Grill has fine dining made with local and organic ingredients.
  • Dogwood, 565 Peachtree St, +1 404 835-1410, fax: +1 404 835-1414. T-F 11:30AM-2PM & 5:30PM-10PM, Sa 5:30PM-11PM (dinner). Executive Chef Shane Touhy creates traditional American dishes that incorporate both local products and influences from the Southern region at his new restaurant, Dogwood, which has a stellar wine list and an inspired menu. $15-$31.
  • Fire of Brazil, 218 Peachtree St, NW, +1 404 525-5255. An authentic Brazilian steakhouse with 6,000 square feet of dining area. Gaucho-style service reigns supreme as servers bring by cuts of beef, lamb, chicken or pork for you to choose from.
  • Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta, 215 Peachtree St, +1 404 688-7625. The Atlanta branch of the world-famous chain, featuring over 300 pieces of rock memorabilia and burgers, ribs and malts.
  • Knight & Winans' Chicken & Waffles, 529 Peachtree Street NW, +1 404 874-9393, fax: +1 404 874-0798. This unusual combination of food is the perfect hybrid between dinner and breakfast and has become an iconic dish of soul food. Here the "Empress of Soul" herself, Gladys Knight, serves up her version of the popular dish. $8-$15.
  • Luckie Food Lounge, 375 Luckie St, NW (across the street from the Georgia Aquarium), +1 404 525-5825. 11AM - 2AM. This huge new restaurant features American cuisine, seven miles of LED lighting, a 600 gallon curved aquarium with rare species of fish, a sushi bar, rooftop sky deck, live music stage, and all-day dining.
  • Max Lager's American Grill and Brewery, 320 Peachtree St, +1 404 525-4400. The 10,000-square-foot, turn-of-the-century industrial building helps highlight the copper and brass brewery; the patio, deck, and large windows overlook Hardy Ivy Park.
  • Pacific Rim Bistro, 303 Peachtree Center Ave, +1 404 893-0018. Pan-Asian menu, sushi bar and pleasant covered patio downtown near the major hotels.
  • The Peasant Bistro, 250 Park Avenue West, +1 404 230-1724. Part of the Peasant Restaurants, this older restaurant (by Atlanta standards) offers seasonal cuisine with continental influences in an intimate romantic dining room.
  • Pittypat's Porch, 25 Andrew Young International Blvd, +1 404 525-8228, fax: +1 404 524-0471. M-Su 5PM-close. Experience the Hollywood glamour of Southern belles and fancy gentlemen at this restaurant named after Scarlett O’Hara’s hospitable aunt in Atlanta’s own Gone with the Wind. $10-$30.
  • Ray's In the City, 240 Peachtree St, +1 404 524-9224. Seafood diners have enjoyed Ray's on the River in Sandy Springs, GA for years. The same experience is now in the heart of Downtown Atlanta at their remodeled location on Peachtree Street.
  • The Sun Dial, 210 Peachtree St, +1 404 589-7506. Perched 723 feet atop the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere (the Westin Peachtree Atlanta), this restaurant is known primarily for its breathtaking views and slowly rotates around on a platform 360 degrees. Frequented by tourists and popular for Sunday brunch.
  • Thrive, 101 Marietta St, +1 404 389-1000. Upscale, casual restaurant in Centennial Tower. Traditional American fare with an Asian twist.

Splurge[edit]

  • Fogao Gaucho, 84 Peachtree St, +1 404 477-1700. A Brazilian steakhouse in the historic Flatiron Building (older than New York's Flatiron Building!)
  • French American Brasserie - FAB, 30 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd (inside the Southern Company Building), +1 404 266-1440. This is Fabrice Vergez’s reincarnation of Lenox Square's Brasserie Le Coze. The menu will be familiar to loyal customers -- French standards like niçoise salad, foie gras, skate and white bean soup complement new entrees like steaks and chops.
  • 2 Morton’s of Chicago - Atlanta, 303 Peachtree Center Ave (At the Suntrust Plaza Building), +1 404 577-4366. The famous chophouse of Chicago features steak, lobster and veal.
  • Nikolai's Roof, 255 Courtland St, NE (inside the Atlanta Hilton), +1 404 221-6362. This glamorous AAA four-diamond restaurant serves French cuisine from a popular prix fixe menu and a limited a la carte menu. $30 - $50.
  • Trader Vic's, 255 Courtland St, NE (inside the Atlanta Hilton,), +1 404 221-6339. This South Pacific-themed restaurant features Polynesian cuisine and Mai Tais.
  • Prime Meridian, 100 CNN Center (inside the Omni Hotel), +1 404 659-0000. Dine on local specialties (fried green tomatoes) or try one of their internationally inspired dishes, all while taking in a view of the Centennial Olympic Park.
  • 3 The Sun Dial, 210 Peachtree St, +1 404 589-7506. Perched 723 feet atop the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere (the Westin Peachtree Atlanta), this restaurant is known primarily for its breathtaking views and slowly rotates around on a platform 360 degrees. Frequented by tourists and popular for Sunday brunch. Have a Georgia Peach Martini atop the revolving restaurant bar of the Westin Peachtree Plaza, and watch the sunset followed by entertainment provided by a jazz band. Lunch mains $13–20, dinner mains $30–60.

Drink[edit]

Kenny's Alley in Underground offers a selection of bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Unlike the other nightlife districts of Atlanta, the bars at Underground remain open until 4AM What is also unique is that you may bring alcohol from bar to bar, and you only need to pay a single cover charge for the entire complex. If the bars are open that late it's a bit of a mystery how to access them. All of the entrances to Underground were already locked at 8:30PM tonight and the sign on the door stated that the mall closes at 8PM on weeknights and at 9PM on the weekends.

  • Alley Cat, 50 Upper Alabama St NW (inside Underground Atlanta), +1 678 904-2514. A great venue at Underground Atlanta that features a rock n’ roll atmosphere with sexily clad waitresses who perform dance routines at 1AM.
  • Banana Wind, home of the 32 oz. Cruzan Rum Bucket.
  • Motion, large and upscale nightclub playing Top 40, hip-hop, and R&B.
  • 1 Sidebar, 79 Poplar St, +1 404 588-1850, e-mail: . Downtown’s true neighborhood bar, serving locals, workers and Georgia State University students in addition to out-of-town visitors.
  • 2 Park Bar, 150 Walton St, +1 404 524-0444, e-mail: . Downtown Atlanta's best bar is the home of the 3-2-1 special and the Wheel of Fun. Great Food, Beer Selection and Bourbon.
  • Joystick Gamebar, 427 Edgewood Ave SE, +1 404-525-3002, e-mail: .
  • Latitudes Bistro and Lounge, 100 CNN Center (inside the Omni Hilton), +1 404 659-0000. If you're attending a conference, sporting event, or just taking in the downtown sights, Latitudes is a great place for meet-ups or night-caps. On weekdays they cater to patrons seeking coffee and pastries.
  • 3 Meehan's Public House Downtown, 200 Peachtree St (Next to the Westin), +1 404 214-9821. An Irish Bar with Neighborhood Charm. The place to watch Soccer downtown.

Sleep[edit]

Westin Peachtree
  • Hampton Inn Atlanta Northlake, 3400 Northlake Pkwy, +1 770 493-1966. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Located on the I-285 perimeter with easy access to Buckhead, Downtown and Decator, provides an ideal location for both business and leisure travelers. Property offers complete fitness room and outdoor pool.

Budget[edit]

  • Castleberry Inn, 186 Northside Dr. SW, +1 404 893-4663. A downtown hotel located inside the historic arts district featuring 168 rooms including standard rooms, adjoining rooms as well as spacious queen and king suites. Walking distance to art galleries, restaurants, the Georgia Dome, the World Congress Center, and other attractions. However, if you are a foreign visitor, be aware that this can be an unsafe area at night, and it is not very recommended to use the MARTA station at night.
  • Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Atlanta, 161 Spring St NW, +1 404 589-1111. Built into a historic office building, this Hampton Inn is close to all downtown attractions and features complimentary wireless internet for business travelers.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown, 275 Baker Street, +1 404 577-2001. New hotel adjacent to World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, and close to nightlife within the newly created Luckie Marietta District. Sleek and modern with lots of amenities, including a heliport and rooftop restaurant.

Splurge[edit]

  • 2 Glenn Hotel, Autograph Collection, 110 Marietta St NW, +1 404-521-2250, toll-free: +1-866-404-5366. New downtown boutique hotel CNN Center, Philips Arena, Georgia Dome, and Georgia Bar and within walking distance to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park as well as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke.
  • 3 Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, +1 404 659-2000, fax: +1 404 221-6368. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Recently remodeled and located in Downtown Atlanta. Modern and fashionable décor, first class amenities, and connected to MARTA via skybridge. The views from the top of this luxury hotel at Nikolai's Roof restaurant are the best in the city. Parking $21.
  • NYLO Hotels, 260 Peachtree St, +1 404 221-0600. NYLO Hotels offers modern boutique lodging with loft style accommodations and chic facilities for meetings and events.
  • 4 Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center, +1 404 659-0000, fax: +1 404-525-5050, e-mail: . The hotel is close to major sporting venues (the Georgia Dome and the Philips Arena) and has a view of the Centennial Olympic Park. They also host weddings!
  • 5 Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St NE, +1 404 577-1234, fax: +1 404 588-4137. Rooms with city views, numerous meeting room and ballroom space for any occasion, dining and entertainment in an atrium setting, and a revolving bar/restaurant on top under a glass dome.
  • 6 The Ellis Hotel, 176 Peachtree Street NW, +1 404 523-5155. The Ellis Hotel features a women’s only floor, 127 guest rooms, including 12 junior suites and an executive suite, all adorned with a palette of Georgia-inspired earth tones and sleek designs characteristic of boutique style yet comfy and functional.
  • Marriott Marquis
  • Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street, +1 404 659-1400, fax: +1 404 589-7424, e-mail: . This is Atlanta's most recognizable hotel. Its ultra-modern, cylindrical, glass body towers over Downtown and has become an architectural symbol of the skyline. You can ride the elevator to the Sundial, walk around the observatory, and relax at the revolving restaurant and get a 360 degree view of Atlanta.

Stay safe[edit]

Downtown Atlanta is relatively safe compared to many of the surrounding areas. Statistics have shown that downtown crime continues to decrease, contradicting the recent citywide statistics. Certain precautions should still be taken such as not traveling alone at night and be aware of suspicious activity. A more common activity that may be intimidating to visitors is pan-handling, which is mostly harmless.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Downtown
ENDWest Atlanta  W MARTA Green & Blue icon.png E  East AtlantaEND
DoravilleMidtown  N MARTA Gold icon.png S  West Atlanta/South AtlantaHartsfield-Jackson ATL
Sandy SpringsMidtown  N MARTA Red icon.png S  West Atlanta/South AtlantaHartsfield-Jackson ATL



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