Artmore Hotel Rating: 3.0 Pearls
This 102-room boutique in Midtown Atlanta blends some of its original 1920's Spanish architecture with modern, stylish interior decor. The Artmore's garden courtyard, with brown wicker lounge chairs and a stone fountain, is a highlight, and offers shelter from the city's hubbub. Rooms are upscale, with bright decor in shades of red, white, and cream, and come with up-to-date technology: flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel lacks an on-site restaurant and pool, and you'll have to drive to see the sites in Downtown Atlanta, but rates tend to be very reasonable for a property of this quality.
Hyatt Place Atlanta/Buckhead Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The Hyatt Place Atlanta's lobby is best described as "Starbucks chic," with warm colors and a prominent 24-hour cafe. Rooms are large and contemporary (if not quite stylish) and all have separate living areas and 42-inch flat-screen TVs. The Buckhead location is convenient for travelers with business in the area, and freebies (breakfast, Wi-Fi, self-parking) add value -- but it's far (10 minutes by car) from popular tourist attractions.
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Atlanta Downtown Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The Atlanta Marriott Downtown is in many ways a typical chain hotel -- albeit one with extensive amenities, including an outdoor pool, a large, sleek fitness center, and a convenience store in the lobby. The rooms feel a tad crowded, but have warm colors and comfy beds, and for a hotel with such a great location -- right by sites such as Centennial Olympic Park and the restaurants on Peachtree Road -- rates are reasonable.