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Atlanta Slumber Party: Best Family Hotels

Atlanta offers an array of kid-friendly lodging options, from downtown boutique hotels to luxury bed and breakfasts.

 

While Atlanta, Ga., is widely known as a convention destination, the city is not solely focused on the business traveler. There are a wide variety of family-friendly hotels where you can stay on your Atlanta vacation, with many offering packages in conjunction with local attractions.

Downtown Favorites

The downtown area offers an array of hotels ranging from upscale luxury accommodations to more middle market rooms. For families, the best hotels are the ones closest to the main attractions.

The Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown on Baker Street and the Embassy Suites Atlanta on Marietta Street both have views of Centennial Olympic Park—a permanent reminder of the 1996 Olympic Games, and the centerpiece of Atlanta’s newest developments. Both are located adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola, and within easy walking distance of Underground Atlanta mall, the Georgia Dome, Phillips Arena and CNN Center. Hilton Garden Inn, 275 Baker St., tel.404-577-2001; rates start at $111 per night. Embassy Suites, 267 Marietta St., tel. 404-223-2300; rates start at $145 per night.

Located a few blocks farther away from the main downtown attractions, the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel gets good reviews from family travelers and often has special packages available. 165 Courtland St., tel., 404-659-6500; rates start at about $190 per night.

The classic Georgia Terrace Hotel is a favorite for families with history buffs. Note though, that it is currently undergoing a renovation that will last until the end of 2009. All rooms have been upgraded with new bedding and flat-screen TVs; furniture will be replaced in the coming months. 659 Peachtree St., tel 404-897-1991; rates start at $139 per night.

Bed and Breakfasts

Atlanta also has a number of family-friendly bed and breakfasts. Tea Cakes Bed & Breakfast on Lena Street is the closest to downtown, located within two miles of all major downtown destinations. 1003 Lena St NW, tel. 404-758-9879; rates start at $115 per night.

A few miles away, Adele’s Virginia Highland Bed & Breakfast is a restored 1920s bungalow that provides a quiet neighborhood setting near the central city. 630 Orme Cir. NE, tel. 877-870-4485; rates start at $119 per night. www.virginiahighlandsbb.com

Also located in the Virginia Highland neighborhood is the Gaslight Inn on Saint Charles Avenue, where the flickering gas light fixtures and cozy yet elegant rooms have drawn family travelers for generations. 1001 Saint Charles Ave. NE, tel. 404-875-1001; rates start at $115 per night. www.gaslightinn.com

 

Next:  Stone Mountain Lodging

Stone Mountain Lodging

One of the top places for families to stay in the Atlanta area is the Marriott Stone Mountain Inn. The 92-room Inn (located within Stone Mountain Park in DeKalb County) is within walking distance of most major attractions at the park, including the nightly Laser Show Spectacular and seasonal events like Stone Mountain Christmas and Snow Mountain. The hotel features the columns and verandas of a classic Southern plantation. 1058 Robert E. Lee Dr., tel. 770-469-3311; rates start at $89 per night. www.marriott.com

For larger family gatherings at Stone Mountain, the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort provides outdoor entertainment and recreation. While not as centrally located as the Inn, the conference resort offers connecting rooms and a variety of bed types, making it easy to customize your stay to the size and needs of your family. Also, Stone Mountain Park is 16 miles north of downtown Atlanta, making it a central location for exploring the metropolitan area. 4021 Lakeview Dr., tel. 770-879-9900; rates start at $199 per night. www.evergreenresort.com 

 

Next: Suburban Atlanta Lodging

Suburban Atlanta

Alpharetta 

Just beyond the Atlanta city limits, there are plenty of accommodation options that provide outstanding opportunities for family fun.

If your daughter, niece or other family member is an American Girl fan, three hotels in Alpharetta offer packages in conjunction with the American Girl Boutique and Bistro at North Point Mall: the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, Hyatt Place Atlanta Alpharetta Windward Parkway and Residence Inn Atlanta North Point Mall. The boutique carries outfits and accessories for girls and their dolls, while the bistro is a casual restaurant open for brunch, lunch and dinner. All three hotels offer packages including an American Girl doll bed, plus cookies and milk delivered to the room. Other amenities vary by accommodations.

Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, 5750 Windward Pkwy., tel. 770-754-9600; rates start at $179 per night. www.marriott.com
Hyatt Place Atlanta Alpharetta Windward Parkway, 5595 Windward Pkwy., tel. 770-343-9566; rates start at $132 per night. alpharettawindwardparkway.place.hyatt.com
Residence Inn Atlanta North Point Mall, 1325 North Point Dr., tel.770-587-1151; rates start at $149 per night. www.marriott.com

Buckhead

Upscale Buckhead is for luxury and shopping, so these properties might be better suited for families with older kids. Favorites include the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead, 3434 Peachtree Rd., NE, tel. 404-237-2700, rates start at $199 per night weekends, $299 weekdays; InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta, 3315 Peachtree Rd., NE, tel.  404-946-9000, rates start at $299 per night; and the Embassy Suites Atlanta–Buckhead, which has cribs and highchairs at the ready, and often offers a family package, 3285 Peachtree Road NE, tel. 404-261-7733, rates start at $159 per night.

Gwinnett

In Gwinnett County on I-85, the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place offers a Family Fun package in conjunction with the Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament attraction. Medieval Times combines a four-course banquet with a jousting tournament and crowd-pleasing special effects—all set in an 11th-century castle; Medieval Times package starts at $265 per night and is valid through April 17, 2009.

The Marriott Gwinnett Place in Duluth is a full-service hotel convenient to shopping at Gwinnett Place Mall and Discover Mills shopping center, plus provides an interstate route to other parts of Atlanta. 1775 Pleasant Hill Rd., tel. 770-923-1775; rates start at $179 per night. www.marriott.com

Cobb County

In Cobb County, three Courtyard by Marriott hotels offer special deals for families. All rooms at the hotels at Cumberland Center, Marietta Windy Hill and Altanta Marietta/I-75 North accommodate up to four people and there is no additional charge for extra persons. Plus, when you dine at their restaurants, kids under 4 eat for free and those under 12 are charged half-price.

Cumberland Center, 3000 Cumberland Blvd., tel. 770-952-2555; rates start at $139 per night. www.marriott.com
Marietta Windy Hill, 2045 South Park Pl., tel. 770-955-3838; rates start at $129 per night. www.marriott.com
Atlanta Marietta/I-75 North, 2455 Delk Rd., tel. 770-956-1188; rates start at $119 per night. www.marriott.com


Destinations: Atlanta

Themes: Family Travel

Activities: Sleep


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