When the Georgian Terrace opened in 1911, it was the ultimate grand Southern hotel, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, opulent chandeliers, and marble columns. The hotel became a port of call when the famous, including President Calvin Coolidge, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Walt Disney, came to Atlanta. It even hosted the premiere of Gone with the Wind in 1939, and its ballroom has hosted performances by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, and Patti Smith. Film crews have also been drawn to the well-appointed hotel, which has served as a set for some major productions, including The Change-Up with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman.
Today, the Georgian Terrace still exudes class and now counts itself among Atlanta’s historic landmarks. Recently renovated rooms are outfitted with pillow-top mattresses, eco-friendly toiletries, and free Wi-Fi. While the neighborhood around the hotel has plenty to offer, like the acclaimed Fox Theatre, you could feasibly never leave the property thanks to its rooftop pool, upscale restaurant and bar, and speakeasy-style lounge.
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Located directly across the street from the Fox Theatre, the Georgian Terrace offers a prime location for travelers with show tickets—and even locals who want to turn an event into a special staycation. In addition to Midtown’s thriving art scene, don’t miss the World of Coca-Cola. The Georgia Institute of Technology’s beautiful campus is a short walk from the hotel. While you’re there, visit the off-the-beaten-path Institute of Paper Science and Technology for an interesting primer on something everyone uses but never thinks about. Afterward, stop for a bite at The Varsity, a popular local spot that bills itself as the world’s largest drive-in.
Need to Know
Rooms: 32 rooms, 294 suites. From $129. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Livingston Restaurant + Bar is known for its contemporary American fare rooted in Southern tradition. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, it does such dressed-up classics as steak with blue-cheese grits, buttermilk fried chicken, and Southern grouper with pineapple butter. In the hotel’s basement, you’ll find Proof and Provision, which serves barrel-aged cocktails, craft beers, and refined bar snacks made with locally sourced ingredients. Cafe Mims sells Starbucks drinks in addition to pastries and sandwiches. Spa and gym details:There’s no spa, but the 19th-floor fitness facility has cardio machines, free weights, and skyline views.There’s also arooftop pool.
Who's it for: Travelers looking for modern amenities and a taste of old-school Southern charm; theatergoers who want convenience. Our favorite rooms: Ask for a room facing south for views of downtown, north for views of Stone Mountain and Buckhead, west for views of the Georgia Institute of Technology, and east for views of Atlanta’s greenbelt. To feel like you’re in a home away from home, opt for a one-bedroom suite, which comes with a separate bedroom, a full kitchen, and even a washer and dryer. Spacious two- and three-bedroom suites are also available if you come with a crowd. Cocktail hour: Don’t miss the craft cocktails at Livingston Restaurant + Bar, named one of Atlanta’s Top 10 lounges by USA Today. The eponymous signature drink consists of Southern tea leaf–infused Kentucky bourbon muddled with lemon and mint. Cooley’s B-Side is a combination of gin, Cointreau, Lillet, matcha tea, and ginger with an absinthe rinse. If the weather’s nice, enjoy your tipple on the terrace.