The Art of Random Willy-Nillyness: Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta ~ Atlanta, GA
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Monday, July 22, 2013

Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta ~ Atlanta, GA

When we visited Atlanta, the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta hosted us for two nights. Because of the location of the hotel, our goal was to park our car and never have to take it out of the garage the whole time we were there. It worked.

We arrived early Sunday morning. and our room was not ready. This was to be expected because we got into Atlanta around 11:00am since we only live 2.5 hours away. But we were allowed to valet park our car and leave our luggage there. While I was a little leery, Tom said it was fine. Valet parking was a little pricey at $26 dollars a day but it was well worth it not having to look for parking around the hotel.

We left to have lunch and then we headed to the Georgia Aquarium that was right next door to the hotel. There were several convenient places to eat steps from the hotel. There were sit down restaurants as well as fast food places. We decided on Baja Fresh which was right across the street.

When we returned from the aquarium, you can read my Atlanta post here, our room was ready. We
grabbed our bags and went upstairs. We had a lovely room on the 12th floor. We also had a fantastic view of downtown Atlanta.

Our room was very clean and very comfortable. The room included a King size bed, end tables, desk with an ergonomic chair, a wall safe and an area with a microwave, fridge and a Keurig coffee brewer. I loved that the room came with a Keurig. I have one at home and I love it. I love that I can use it at any time and make coffee or tea. We found only decaf and flavored coffee with the coffee service. When hubby requested regular coffee, it was delivered immediately.

Check out my hotel room vlog:

The bathroom was clean and had all the toiletries we needed. The bathroom did not have a tub but had a large walk in shower with great water pressure. The towels were plentiful, which is always a plus at any hotel.

Since we had some time before we would head out to dinner, we decided to take in the rooftop pool. The pool is actually on the 7th floor. The pool was huge. Plus, the whole outside deck offered a wonderful view. There was also a hot tub and a sitting area on the pool deck. To get to the pool you walk through an indoor area where you can have lunch or relax. There is also an smaller indoor pool and a fitness area as well. They also have clean towels all around for bathers.

What struck me was that both the outdoor pool and hot tub were handicap accessible. I had never seen that in other hotels so that is definitely a plus if you or anyone you are traveling with needs help. There were plenty of lounge chairs around as well.

Since we did not want to drive, we had dinner at Legal Seafood that is located on the second floor of the hotel. It was so convenient to be able to go to a nice restaurant and have a nice meal without worrying about driving around town and finding parking. The food was very good and the restaurant had a nice view of the Georgia Aquarium next door.

The next day we visited CNN, Centennial Park, The World of Coca-Cola and took a tour of Atlanta with . The best part was that all these attractions were in walking distance of the hotel. The tour was a little further out in the Underground Atlanta area but it was still only 10-15 minutes away. I cannot tell you how nice it was to be in such a prime location.

For lunch and dinner, we visited two other restaurants around the hotel. Again, they were right across the street. We visited Stats, which is a sports bar and Der Biergarten, a German restaurant that offered a nice change of pace from the usual food. Also across the street was an Asian restaurant as well.

The hotel stay was very nice and almost perfect. The only problem we encountered was on Monday. We left the hotel around 8:30 am and came back around 4:00 pm and our room had not been made up. I found that a little strange since we had been out all day. I chalked it up to not having enough staff because by 4:45pm we heard the cleaning staff starting our floor. We asked for clean towels and more coffee and all were brought immediately and the head housekeeper apologized for the inconvenience. It was not a big deal.

The hotel is nice for a downtown big city hotel. The lobby area was comfortable and clean. As were the other common areas. The hotel also offers complimentary cookies and coffee in the lobby which was a great treat when we returned from being out all day.  We did not have breakfast at the hotel but they do offer a buffet breakfast and you can also order off the menu.

If you are traveling to Atlanta the Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Atlanta is a great option for couples or for families. The location could not be better. You have several of the big attractions within walking distance including Centennial Park where you can take the kids to play. The dining options are varied and there are quite a few within walking distance as well.

I would definitely come back and stay again especially since we discovered that Atlanta has so much to offer. We barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do in Atlanta and hope to return this later this year. From $159+ for a standard King Room, the price is worth it. I can not say what a wonderful location this for visiting Atlanta.

I want to thank the Hilton Garden Inn for hosting us. Please check out more pictures below.

Disclosure: I was provided a two-night stay. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the hotel.

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