We have stayed here many times since my son is a student at the University of Georgia. We love the great location which makes all restaurants and shopping in downtown Athens within easy walking distance. It is also very conveniently located for just walking around campus.
Check in has always been efficient and quick. I love the warm cookies (many varieties) and fresh fruit offerings each day at the front desk area. I also appreciate the coffee urns which provide free coffee to all guests so you don't have to deal with the small coffee maker in your room. I am glad that there is a parking garage at the hotel (wish it was free instead of being added onto the room fee) since parking in Athens can be somewhat challenging. It does get a little crazy however when the big buses pull into the hotel temporarily blocking access to the garage entrance.
As for the rooms: I personally am not a big fan of the heavy blanket on the bed. I tend to always bring a lighter blanket when I stay at this hotel. The room was clean which is always a huge plus!. A few negatives though were associated with our last visit. The AC/heat unit was hard to adjust on our last visit. This could have been due to the quickly changing outside temperatures during our stay last week. We had a room which faced downtown instead of our usual view on the side of the Classic center. Although we were on the 7th floor, we did find it very noisy at night due to the music blaring from the numerous bars on the street below. We also had trouble with locating the television channels. Although there was a card on our nightstand, none of the channels lined up with the listed ones. It was quite annoying to repeatedly get static when trying to locate the channels posted on the card.
This hotel is very popular because of location and service. It sometimes is impossible to get a reservation. My advice is to plan well in advance if this is your hotel of choice when staying in Athens.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Adjacent to the Classic Center, Athens primary meeting/concert venue. Walking distance to over 75 unique eateries and pubs in a very quaint setting. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hilton Garden Inn Athens Downtown Hotel Athens
- Hilton Athens
- Athens Hilton Garden Inn