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295 E Dougherty St, Athens, GA 30601
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#7 of 23 hotels in Athens
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Welcome to Graduate Athens - where your intellectual curiosity meets your favorite place to stay. Perhaps you've noticed we've made a home in the Foundry, where blacksmiths crafted famed works like the UGA Arch and the Double-Barreled Cannon. We're located near downtown Athens and just a short walk from the scenic and historic UGA campus. Our hotel has crafted the perfect setting for a wedding, company meet up and is the all-around smartest place to stay in Athens, GA.
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Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Pool
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Bicycle rental
Bicycles available
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Coffee shop
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Patio
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Non-smoking hotel
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Air conditioning
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Interconnected rooms available
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Cable / satellite TV
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pocock89 wrote a review Yesterday
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Nothing too special as far as the rooms. Coffee shop and the Foundry are nice touches. Room service skipped our room. And upon arrival shampoo/soap dispenser were and we never filled during the our stay despite notifying the front desk.
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Todd G wrote a review Nov 2022
Macon, Georgia50 contributions12 helpful votes
Fantastic place to stay! We will definitely be back! Easy walk to Sanford Stadium, campus and downtown. I wasn't expecting much when I saw Graduate Athens online. It looked like a motel to me. But when we arrived, I was blown away! The room was fantastic! Prices were good! I'd recommend this place to anyone! If you have trouble going up stairs, ask for a room on the bottom floor.
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Responded 6 days ago
Todd G, on behalf of the entire team, we want to thank you for sharing your experiences with us during your recent stay at Graduate Athens. It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback, particularly when it comes to those who matter most – you! Please note your feedback has been shared with the hotel team as a critical way of understanding how we can continue to deliver inspiring experiences. Thank you for staying at Graduate Athens and we hope you choose to create more memories here whenever your travels bring you back to the area. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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claudemiemondesir wrote a review Nov 2022
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I loved the aesthetics of the place, such a vintage feel. I would definitely stay here again. The service was great, the only thing is when I arrived in my hotel room, it was a little stuffy, but I opened the blinds more and it helped. Overall, I had a great experience. The lobby and room were exactly as pictured.
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claudemiemondesir, on behalf of the entire team, we want to thank you for sharing your experiences with us during your recent stay at Graduate Athens. It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback, particularly when it comes to those who matter most – you! Please note your feedback has been shared with the hotel team as a critical way of understanding how we can continue to deliver inspiring experiences. Thank you for staying at Graduate Athens and we hope you choose to create more memories here whenever your travels bring you back to the area. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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MargieDAgata wrote a review Nov 2022
East Granby, Connecticut1 contribution
Just heard about these Graduate Hotels all in local university towns. What a cool hotel! Unique with local decor and vibe. And most importantly very clean and reasonable too. I would look these hotels up when traveling again!
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Responded 3 weeks ago
MargieDAgata, thank you so much for being our guest and taking the time to provide feedback from your recent stay with us. We are thrilled to hear we exceeded your expectations! We can't wait to welcome you back the next time your travels bring you back to the Classic City. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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Deniseschnurr wrote a review Nov 2022
Savannah, Georgia39 contributions9 helpful votes
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Great stay! Reasonable price through Priceline booked about 1 month in advance. The rooms have a Cold War-kitch appeal, with rotary-dial phones, Atari cabinets, record players, mid-century furniture, etc... My daughter, who was visiting UGA, loved it! Clean, quiet room waaaay around back, and friendly staff that kept their cool when slammed with about 45 visiting high schoolers who were bussed in. Being flexible with check-in time is much appreciated by staff. They were so congested, we offered to come back later after dinner and a seminar, and they treated us right. Cool cafe in lobby!
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Deniseschnurr, on behalf of the entire team, we want to thank you for sharing your experiences with us during your recent stay at Graduate Athens. It is always encouraging to hear positive feedback, particularly when it comes to those who matter most – you! Please note your feedback has been shared with the hotel team as a critical way of understanding how we can continue to deliver inspiring experiences. Thank you for staying at Graduate Athens and we hope you choose to create more memories here whenever your travels bring you back to the area. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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*kara*intn wrote a review Nov 2022
Memphis, Tennessee141 contributions42 helpful votes
I was SO excited to stay here, but it missed my expectations by quite a bit. I should have read the reviews here first, because I agree with many of them. This is clearly an old motel that is now boutique simply because some kitschy art was hung. The smell in the room, as many others mentioned, is STRONG. I felt like it was burning my throat (mixture of bleach and wet dog). I wanted to try another room, but we’d already had a room mix up (the front desk gave us keys to a room, keys didn’t work, when I went back to the lobby the front desk said they must have given me keys to a room already occupied, so they moved us). The bathroom doesn’t have a full shower door, and no vent fan, so the bathroom gets steamy. The morning we left my son asked why a paper shopping bag he had felt wet - the whole room was damp. Charging for parking in this small town is not cool. The hotel website should make it clear this is a motel, not a hotel.
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Traveled with family
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Responded 3 weeks ago
karaintn, thank you so much for being our guest and taking the time to provide feedback from your recent stay with us. Your feedback is very important to us and allows us to provide training opportunities to our team so that we may improve our service for future guests. Our goal is to deliver inspiring service to every guest and to provide a stay like never before, and we missed the mark with you. Please know that your feedback has been shared with our leadership team so that we can bring our wonderful hotel back to the high Graduate standard that everyone has come to know and love. We thank you again for your feedback as it is a gift. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back the next time your travels bring you back to the Classic City. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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Catherine C wrote a review Nov 2022
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We left after checking in. We found bugs and items in the beds that caused us to pay for another hotel all together and leave. It was not clean and the room smelled terrible and did not get cool because of a small old air conditioning unit. The check in staff and check in area are very misleading ( as they are kind and facility is modern). The hotel itself is gross. This was our first Graduate experience and we were so excited as we have heard so many fantastic things about other hotels. We would never stay here again and probably will never try another Graduate based on this experience. Extremely disappointing experience. We paid 50 dollars less a night for a fantastic room at the Spring Hill Suites.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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S2283SCcatherinec, thank you so much for being our guest and taking the time to provide feedback from your recent stay with us. Your feedback is very important to us and allows us to provide training opportunities to our team so that we may improve our service for future guests. Our goal is to deliver inspiring service to every guest and to provide a stay like never before, and we missed the mark with you. Please know that your feedback has been shared with our leadership team so that we can bring our wonderful hotel back to the high Graduate standard that everyone has come to know and love. We thank you again for your feedback as it is a gift. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back the next time your travels bring you back to the Classic City. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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jdouga wrote a review Oct 2022
Bluffton, South Carolina10 contributions3 helpful votes
After an indifferent check-in (we were unfortunately not part of the wedding party that was getting everyone's attention) we went to our desperately in need of refurbishing room. Stale musty odor greeted us to a room with torn, patched and rewatched wallpaper and a window air conditioner that along with the busy road noise kept us awake and sorry we made this choice all night long.
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jdouga, Thank you so much for being our guest and taking the time to provide feedback from your recent stay with us. Your feedback is very important to us and allows us to provide training opportunities to our team so that we may improve our service for future guests. Our goal is to deliver inspiring service to every guest and to provide a stay like never before, and we missed the mark with you. Please know that your feedback has been shared with our leadership team so that we can bring our wonderful hotel back to the high Graduate standard that everyone has come to know and love. We thank you again for your feedback as it is a gift. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back the next time your travels bring you back to the Classic City. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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chella107 wrote a review Oct 2022
Lilburn, Georgia1 contribution
This is an event venue that’s at the center of a motel that was redecorated to have a mid-century white college kid theme (literally there are photos and paintings of white college kids from the 50s all over the place). The AC unit was loud, the room smelled mildewy and the bed wasn’t especially comfortable. If you get the package with the $20 food credit, spend it on breakfast at the poindexter or drinks at the Foundry bar NOT dinner at the restaurant. Also: no elevators, so if you do book make sure you inform the hotel if you need an accessible room!!! Honestly, there are plenty of hotels in Athens at this same price point. Stay at one of those. I hate to leave negative reviews, but I ultimately checked out feeling like I wasted my money when the Continuing Education Center hotel on campus was only $20 more and infinitely nicer.
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chella107, thank you so much for being our guest and taking the time to provide feedback from your recent stay with us. Your feedback is very important to us and allows us to provide training opportunities to our team so that we may improve our service for future guests. Our goal is to deliver inspiring service to every guest and to provide a stay like never before, and we missed the mark with you. Please know that your feedback has been shared with our leadership team so that we can bring our wonderful hotel back to the high Graduate standard that everyone has come to know and love. We thank you again for your feedback as it is a gift. We hope to have the opportunity to welcome you back the next time your travels bring you back to the Classic City. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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katkb2022 wrote a review Oct 2022
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I came for a conference, and selected the Graduate for my stay. Everything was so clean, the room was a terrific size, the beds were very comfortable, and the bathroom area was perfect for one person or a family! The customer service was very friendly and accommodating - I cannot say enough great things!
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katkb2022, Thank you so much for being our guest and taking the time to provide feedback from your recent stay with us. We are thrilled to hear we exceeded your expectations! We can’t wait to welcome you back the next time your travels bring you back to the Classic City. Jacob Veiga, Guest Services
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$97 - $160 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Graduate Athens
Which popular attractions are close to Graduate Athens?
Nearby attractions include LumberJaxe (0.3 miles), Double Barreled Cannon (0.3 miles), and Historic Athens Welcome Center (0.07 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Graduate Athens?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Graduate Athens?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Graduate Athens?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Graduate Athens?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Graduate Athens?
Conveniently located restaurants include South Kitchen + Bar, The Foundry, and Blind Pig Tavern.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Graduate Athens?
Yes, guests have access to a pool and a fitness center during their stay.
Is Graduate Athens located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.3 miles away from the center of Athens.
Are pets allowed at Graduate Athens?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Does Graduate Athens offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers meeting rooms, a banquet room, and conference facilities.
Are there any historical sites close to Graduate Athens?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Tree That Owns Itself (0.7 miles), Taylor-Grady House (0.8 miles), and Morton Theater (0.4 miles).