Take a look at the best boutique hotels in Downtown.
This stylish, 110-room boutique in Downtown Atlanta, part of Marriott's high-end Autograph Collection, is a hotel with a conscience: It's inside an adaptive reuse historical building; rooms have smart thermostats to conserve energy; high-end H20 bath products are organic; and the linens are fair trade. Although standard rooms are on the small side for the city, and can be a bit dark, they come with iPod docks and (albeit small) flat-screen TVs, as well as contemporary, upscale decor. The hotel's rooftop bar -- which boasts stunning views of the city -- is a highlight.
The three-and-a-half-pearl Ellis Hotel is housed in a stately building that dates to 1913, located on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Today, it’s a modern boutique hotel with 127 comfortable guest rooms that are all equipped with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, robes, and high-end Gilchrist & Soames bath products, but units lack safes and not all have mini-fridges. There's no free breakfast, but highlight features include a farm-to-table restaurant that serves Southern cuisine and a 24-hour fitness center, plus perks like free Wi-Fi and $1 nightly wine tastings add value. Travelers seeking a similar central location who want to spend less can check out Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown.
Smack in the middle of Atlanta’s bustling corporate center and walkable to several major tourist attractions, this branch of the mid-range Aloft hotel chain offers up an excellent central location. Aesthetics reflect the chain’s modern and cheery design, while the 250 rooms sport a few trendy details and perks like LCD TVs and Bliss toiletries. Regular live music, tech-savvy meeting spaces, and a self-service snackbar display the hotel’s next-generation approach, though there's no full restaurant or room service and the boisterous atmosphere can feel too loud for some guests. For a subtler, more kid-friendly hotel experience in an equally central location, guests may prefer the nearby Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown.