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Here Now, The 18 Essential Intown Atlanta Hotels

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In today's new release of Curbed's Hotel 18 map, we're once again attacking the question, "Where should I stay in Atlanta?" The city's hotel scene is relatively stable/stagnant depending on your point of view, so not much has changed lately. Still, we've carefully whittled down intown Atlanta's lodging options to the most essential 18.

It took some tough choices to bring you the best of the best, and only those hotels considered most essential via reader and expert recommendations made the cut. From Buckead to downtown, from corporate to boutique, ATL's options are plentiful. We'll be updating the map again in due time, so if you have a favorite that wasn't included, please mention it in the comments or tip us for next time. If you spot a hotel unworthy of the Hotel 18 distinction, we want to hear about that, too.

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1. Ellis Hotel

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176 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

This restored landmark in the heart of downtown is cosmopolitan without pretentiousness, with a hit eatery built in. Popular with business travelers, it’s a memorable stay for sub-$200 per night. Ignore its morbid history as the site of America’s worst hotel fire, which killed 119 people in 1946, back when the Ellis was the Winecoff.

2. Marriot Marquis, Downtown

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265 Peachtree Center Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

Known for its soaring, 470-foot atrium, the Marriot Marquis is a dominant fixture on the Atlanta skyline, sometimes dubbed “pregnant” for its bulbous exterior. Expect to shell out about $150 or more per night for a nice room with a tantalizing vantage-point on Atlanta. Marvel at the elevator rides, with sweeping interior views (seriously).

3. Omni Hotel at CNN Center

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190 Marietta Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

Strategically positioned for Atlanta sporting events, the four-diamond Omni Hotel at CNN Center has plenty of attributes for the sub-$200 per night range. It’s luxurious with a welcoming twist, a few steps from Centennial Olympic Park and the burgeoning Luckie Marietta District.

4. The Westin Peachtree Plaza

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210 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

Lodging at Atlanta’s most iconic hotel property will set you back about two bills per night. A tornado’s wallop in 2008 couldn’t cripple the 73-story cylinder, which after nearly 40 years is still the second tallest, all-hotel structure in the Western Hemisphere. Don’t neglect to visit the equally iconic, revolving Sundial restaurant up top.

5. Glenn Hotel

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110 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

With its erotic art and sexy drapery, a common description for the Glenn Hotel is “seductive.” It’s pricey for downtown, but nestled right next to Centennial Olympic Park. The highlight of this boutique is the rooftop bar, with one of Atlanta’s most stellar skyline vistas.

6. W Atlanta Downtown

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45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30308

Probably downtown’s most posh lodging option, the W Atlanta Downtown is a scenester haven and frequent movie set. For eating and drinking, it’s hard to quibble with BLT Steak or swanky DRINKSHOP. And it’s worth a dip in WET (trademarked), the heated outdoor pool with views for miles.

7. Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

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75 14th Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30309

The pricey Four Seasons is a study in elegance, and it seems to garner rave reviews from patrons who can afford $300-plus nightly rates on weekends. A tip: reserve a south-facing room. Another: hang in the bar, with your celebrity radar on. Charles Barkley sightings are almost guaranteed.

8. The Georgian Terrace Hotel

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659 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

This classy Midtown icon isn’t quite a budget stay, but it’s easier on the wallet than much of its competition. It overlooks the Fox Theatre and is well-positioned for walking to restaurants and clubs, should the in-house Livingston Restaurant + Bar or the newer Proof and Provision not suffice. She hosted the “Gone With The Wind” premiere.

9. Loews Atlanta Hotel

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1065 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309

The Loews Atlanta Hotel exudes modern style but isn’t prohibitively expensive. Great views abound, as do drinking and dining options on nearby streets like Crescent Avenue. The sleek bar beckons those who like their bourbon.

10. TWELVE Hotel & Residences/Atlantic Station

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361 17th Street Northwest, Target
Atlanta, GA 30363

The valet station at this posh, all-suite hotel in Atlantic Station — the Southeast’s largest mixed-use community — is frequently crowded with Lamborghinis, which belies its reasonable rates. The TWELVE is for those who prefer their lodging with exposed concrete.

11. W Atlanta Midtown

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188 14th Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361

Flipped from a bland Sheraton several years ago, the sleek black edifice that is the W Midtown gives the Glenn a run for its money in the sexiness category. The Spice Market concept originated here, and the fifth-floor Wet Deck knows how to throw it down. Pets welcome.

12. Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

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3300 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30305

The towering Grand Hyatt Atlanta lords over Peachtree in Buckhead, beckoning frequent travelers with refined tastes and specific bed preferences. Rates hover in the $260 range. Lodgers can revel in a combination of 18th-century-style American architecture and Japanese flair.

13. Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

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3376 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30326

This luxe hotel in a 600-foot Buckhead skyscraper blends “Southern hospitality and Oriental charm” for a price. This needle-like landmark is popular for stay-cations and romantic anniversaries. Advice: pop in the lively, beautiful bar.

14. InterContinental Buckhead

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3315 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30326

All the rage with shopping mall and bourbon aficionados alike, the InterContinental Buckhead won’t break the budget-weary lodger, though you should brace for daily parking and Internet fees. It's a short jaunt from here to all the most wonderful malls — and MARTA.

15. JW Marriot Hotel Buckhead Atlanta

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3300 Lenox Road Northeast, Lenox Square Mall
Atlanta, GA 30326

This luxury tower, specializing in “timeless elegance,” is linked to Lenox Mall. For all the stuffiness, it offers some pretty swell last-minute deals, even on weekends. Plenty of dinning within strolling distance, and the 25-story property is a stone’s throw from MARTA.

16. The St. Regis Atlanta

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88 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30305

The St. Regis Atlanta includes some of the priciest lodging in town, but no one said the lap of luxury’s cheap. The tony property bills itself the “crown jewel among Buckhead luxury hotels,” and they probably aren’t exaggerating. Butlers included.

17. The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

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3434 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30326

Behold the domain of the well-heeled business set — and one killer indoor swimming pool. Called a “cocoon of civility,” this Ritz is known for covering every detail, from curbside cordiality, to Post-It notes at the room desks, to turn-down chocolates. Be warned: A basic breakfast can break you. (Bring a C-note to be safe, but reviewers seem to adore it.)

18. W Atlanta Buckhead

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3377 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326

Like a paean to geometry, the W Atlanta Buckhead is the cool oddball in uptown lodging — with possibly the cheapest rates in the neighborhood. There are two noteworthy and very different restaurants, but smart money leads to Whiskey Blue on the 12th floor, billed as “Buckhead's hippest rooftop bar.”

1. Ellis Hotel

176 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303

This restored landmark in the heart of downtown is cosmopolitan without pretentiousness, with a hit eatery built in. Popular with business travelers, it’s a memorable stay for sub-$200 per night. Ignore its morbid history as the site of America’s worst hotel fire, which killed 119 people in 1946, back when the Ellis was the Winecoff.

176 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

2. Marriot Marquis, Downtown

265 Peachtree Center Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303

Known for its soaring, 470-foot atrium, the Marriot Marquis is a dominant fixture on the Atlanta skyline, sometimes dubbed “pregnant” for its bulbous exterior. Expect to shell out about $150 or more per night for a nice room with a tantalizing vantage-point on Atlanta. Marvel at the elevator rides, with sweeping interior views (seriously).

265 Peachtree Center Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

3. Omni Hotel at CNN Center

190 Marietta Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30303

Strategically positioned for Atlanta sporting events, the four-diamond Omni Hotel at CNN Center has plenty of attributes for the sub-$200 per night range. It’s luxurious with a welcoming twist, a few steps from Centennial Olympic Park and the burgeoning Luckie Marietta District.

190 Marietta Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30303

4. The Westin Peachtree Plaza

210 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30303

Lodging at Atlanta’s most iconic hotel property will set you back about two bills per night. A tornado’s wallop in 2008 couldn’t cripple the 73-story cylinder, which after nearly 40 years is still the second tallest, all-hotel structure in the Western Hemisphere. Don’t neglect to visit the equally iconic, revolving Sundial restaurant up top.

210 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30303

5. Glenn Hotel

110 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

With its erotic art and sexy drapery, a common description for the Glenn Hotel is “seductive.” It’s pricey for downtown, but nestled right next to Centennial Olympic Park. The highlight of this boutique is the rooftop bar, with one of Atlanta’s most stellar skyline vistas.

110 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

6. W Atlanta Downtown

45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30308

Probably downtown’s most posh lodging option, the W Atlanta Downtown is a scenester haven and frequent movie set. For eating and drinking, it’s hard to quibble with BLT Steak or swanky DRINKSHOP. And it’s worth a dip in WET (trademarked), the heated outdoor pool with views for miles.

45 Ivan Allen Junior Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30308

7. Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta

75 14th Street Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30309

The pricey Four Seasons is a study in elegance, and it seems to garner rave reviews from patrons who can afford $300-plus nightly rates on weekends. A tip: reserve a south-facing room. Another: hang in the bar, with your celebrity radar on. Charles Barkley sightings are almost guaranteed.

75 14th Street Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. The Georgian Terrace Hotel

659 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30308

This classy Midtown icon isn’t quite a budget stay, but it’s easier on the wallet than much of its competition. It overlooks the Fox Theatre and is well-positioned for walking to restaurants and clubs, should the in-house Livingston Restaurant + Bar or the newer Proof and Provision not suffice. She hosted the “Gone With The Wind” premiere.

659 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30308

9. Loews Atlanta Hotel

1065 Peachtree Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30309

The Loews Atlanta Hotel exudes modern style but isn’t prohibitively expensive. Great views abound, as do drinking and dining options on nearby streets like Crescent Avenue. The sleek bar beckons those who like their bourbon.

1065 Peachtree Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30309

10. TWELVE Hotel & Residences/Atlantic Station

361 17th Street Northwest, Target, Atlanta, GA 30363

The valet station at this posh, all-suite hotel in Atlantic Station — the Southeast’s largest mixed-use community — is frequently crowded with Lamborghinis, which belies its reasonable rates. The TWELVE is for those who prefer their lodging with exposed concrete.

361 17th Street Northwest, Target
Atlanta, GA 30363

11. W Atlanta Midtown

188 14th Street Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30361

Flipped from a bland Sheraton several years ago, the sleek black edifice that is the W Midtown gives the Glenn a run for its money in the sexiness category. The Spice Market concept originated here, and the fifth-floor Wet Deck knows how to throw it down. Pets welcome.

188 14th Street Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30361

12. Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead

3300 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30305

The towering Grand Hyatt Atlanta lords over Peachtree in Buckhead, beckoning frequent travelers with refined tastes and specific bed preferences. Rates hover in the $260 range. Lodgers can revel in a combination of 18th-century-style American architecture and Japanese flair.

3300 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30305

13. Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta

3376 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30326

This luxe hotel in a 600-foot Buckhead skyscraper blends “Southern hospitality and Oriental charm” for a price. This needle-like landmark is popular for stay-cations and romantic anniversaries. Advice: pop in the lively, beautiful bar.

3376 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30326

14. InterContinental Buckhead

3315 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30326

All the rage with shopping mall and bourbon aficionados alike, the InterContinental Buckhead won’t break the budget-weary lodger, though you should brace for daily parking and Internet fees. It's a short jaunt from here to all the most wonderful malls — and MARTA.

3315 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30326

15. JW Marriot Hotel Buckhead Atlanta

3300 Lenox Road Northeast, Lenox Square Mall, Atlanta, GA 30326

This luxury tower, specializing in “timeless elegance,” is linked to Lenox Mall. For all the stuffiness, it offers some pretty swell last-minute deals, even on weekends. Plenty of dinning within strolling distance, and the 25-story property is a stone’s throw from MARTA.

3300 Lenox Road Northeast, Lenox Square Mall
Atlanta, GA 30326

16. The St. Regis Atlanta

88 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30305

The St. Regis Atlanta includes some of the priciest lodging in town, but no one said the lap of luxury’s cheap. The tony property bills itself the “crown jewel among Buckhead luxury hotels,” and they probably aren’t exaggerating. Butlers included.

88 West Paces Ferry Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30305

17. The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

3434 Peachtree Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30326

Behold the domain of the well-heeled business set — and one killer indoor swimming pool. Called a “cocoon of civility,” this Ritz is known for covering every detail, from curbside cordiality, to Post-It notes at the room desks, to turn-down chocolates. Be warned: A basic breakfast can break you. (Bring a C-note to be safe, but reviewers seem to adore it.)

3434 Peachtree Road Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30326

18. W Atlanta Buckhead

3377 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, GA 30326

Like a paean to geometry, the W Atlanta Buckhead is the cool oddball in uptown lodging — with possibly the cheapest rates in the neighborhood. There are two noteworthy and very different restaurants, but smart money leads to Whiskey Blue on the 12th floor, billed as “Buckhead's hippest rooftop bar.”

3377 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326