As others have said, the Springhill Suites is on the outskirts of Athens--expect a 15-minute drive into downtown (longer if traffic is horrendous, which is so often is). The hotel is newish, nice, and typical of a Springhill. The breakfast was just OK--the turkey bacon reminded me of dog treats, and the eggs were questionable, but the waffles were good and the ladies were very nice who ran the breakfast. Fitness center was tiny--2 treadmills, one elliptical--but nice equipment. Teeny tiny little outdoor pool, like most Springhills. Lots of free parking. Great location near a QuikTrip and tons of restaurants (Larry's Subs, Chik-Fil-A, Waffle House, Wendy's, McDonald's...also Wal-Mart, Trader Joe's, Kroger, Home Depot).
I waffled between this hotel and the Courtyard and was glad I chose the Springhill Suites. The Courtyard is much closer into town--within walking distance of the stadium and the downtown bars, but it's on the slightly seedy end of downtown and I imagine it's very noisy given its proximity to bars. So hey, if you're going to go out and have some drinks and stumble back, you can't beat the Courtyard, but if you're in Athens on business, I'd recommend the Springhill. I would definitely stay at the Springhill again. Again, it's nice but nothing remarkable. Good solid Marriott property. I did giggle as you can tell they cater to the drunk football crowd--the iPod docking station was chained to the nightstand. Nice glass shower doors--unusual but nice touch.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in beautiful Oconee County, situated between the vibrant city of Athens and historic Watkinsville, SpringHill Suites by Marriott’s visitors have the best of North Georgia culture right outside their windows. Just off Highway 316 and a mere 12 miles from the Athens Ben Epps Airport, SpringHill Suites by Marriott is conveniently located for travelers looking for both city excitement and natural beauty. Begin your journey the right way with the sophisticated warmth and unsurpassed amenities of the SpringHill Suites by Marriott.Our brand-new, state-of-the-art hotel features a wide range of features and services to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Whether you are in town for business or for a weekend of relaxation, SpringHill Suites by Marriott can provide you with a unparalleled comfort. With classically modern interior design and friendly service, SpringHill Suites by Marriott provides a luxury hotel experience with the more than a touch of southern hospitality.So follow an old Civil War trail, or take a moment to enjoy some local theater in Athens. Treat yourself to some good old-fashion Georgian barbeque, then stroll through downtown Watkinsville. With SpringHill Suites by Marriott, a whole new world is within your reach. ... more less
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