Atlanta is a huge city, with its metropolitan area spanning some 8,000 square miles. While residents like me are spread across various neighborhoods, most vacationers and business travelers stay in three conveniently located neighborhoods: Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown.
Buckhead is the pinnacle of style in Atlanta – a tony established neighborhood that resists antiquity by regularly hosting shiny new construction, high-end stores and some of the city’s finest hotels. Two designer malls anchor its reputation as a luxury shopper’s paradise, and trendy high-end restaurants make it my go-to spot for date nights or chic nights out with friends. Buckhead Village is particularly charming during the winter holidays.
Midtown is the well-established heart of the city and one of my favorite parts – artsy with a lovingly tended gay district and historic rainbow crosswalk at 10th and Piedmont; magnificent and vast parks; and a diverse architecture. Hotels here keep you central to many of Atlanta’s best outdoor spaces; authentic and accessible dining and nightlife; and historical attractions. This is where I always stayed before moving here.
You’ll want to stay in a downtown hotel if you want close access to more commercial sights, like Centennial Olympic Park, CNN Studio, a 200-foot Ferris wheel, and Mercedes-Benz Stadium. As the city’s central business district, downtown has a certain polish to the main streets.