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We stayed at the Hampton Inn Georgia Tech for three nights at the start of our recent road trip in the USA and we really enjoyed our stay. After checking reviews in various places and seeing that they were good we decide that the location and price meant it would be just what we wanted and we were right.
***Location and Arrival***
Getting there is easy enough. We rented a car and found that it took about 15 minutes to drive from Atlanta airport (Hartsfield Jackson, which is the international one) to the hotel. It's a fairly easy drive (not that I'd know, but my husband said it was!) and the hotel is on a main road so it is easy to spot. The only problem we had was that the car park is in front of hotel as you arrive and because we were looking for the hotel itself, we actually drove past the car park on the first attempt. The car park is valet parking only and it costs $18 per 24 hour period. The price starts from when you arrive so you don't pay for part days, which is good because the parking isn't cheap. There is a uncovered car park nearby that does daily parking for about $5 if you are on a budget.
The location in terms of visiting the sights of Atlanta was absolutely perfect. We had tried to work it out before we got there, we thought it would be good, but it wasn't until we got there that we realised just how good it was because it was pretty much equidistant to everything that we wanted to see. If you are looking for somewhere in the middle of downtown area, which is where things like Coca Cola World and Atlanta Aquarium are, this isn't it but it is only about a 25 minute walk away from all these places. If you are heading to Peachtree in the direction of Piedmont Park and Margaret Mitchell's house, then it is about the same walk. Georgia Tech university is, as the name of the hotel suggests, a stone's throw away.
The entrance to the hotel is through the back which is a bit odd, but the entry way is nice enough and the welcome was genuine and sincere. Every member of staff we met during our stay was lovely and very helpful and nothing was too much trouble for anybody, which was really nice. Checking in was very quick and simple - much appreciated after a long journey!
The rooms were very comfortable actually and much better than we were expecting to be honest, based on the price that we paid. I hadn't stayed in a Hampton Inn before this trip (I've stayed in plenty now!) and I had thought that they were sort of on a slightly better level than Travelodge so I was presently surprised. The rooms were very plainly decorated in natural colours which I really liked. There was nothing garish about the decoration of the place and it was very relaxing. That's not to say it wasn't luxurious because it did actually feel it. The mattresses on the bed were superbly comfortable and the bedding and pillows nice and soft. We slept brilliantly whilst we were there which is nice. Not that this is important to me, but there is a huge flat screen television in the room with what looked to be a good selection of local, national and international channels on. There are also tea and coffee making facilities in the room as well as an iron, hairdryer and a bag for laundry. There is a good air con unit in the room that works very well, although it is on the loud side!
The bathroom was lovely too and continued with the modern and simplistic theme, with dark wood and light coloured furniture. The bathroom was very well maintained and cleaned to a high standard. Whilst the things in there aren't the most expensive in the world, it Is well designed and that is much more important to me. There are lots of little things in there like soap, shower gel and shampoo in case you have forgotten the essentials.
My favourite thing about the room was the view of the Atlanta skyline which was lovely, so you should definitely ask for a room around the back of the hotel (you have to look beyond the car park below though!). I also loved the fact that there was a plug socket by the bed so that I could plug my phone in overnight. It is a bugbear of mine when the plug sockets are nowhere near the bed so it's a big bonus for the hotel! The only thing I didn't like about the room was the fact that there was no safe in there. The have little safety deposit boxes behind the reception desk but they are really small and not worth the hassle to be honest. We did put our passports and bits in them but the level of protection was mixed because one girl let us put our things in the box ourselves whilst another person took our key and went and got the box for us. I have no doubt that there was nothing untoward going on but it kind of defies the point of a safety deposit box!
Everyone loves a freebie and I am certainly no different. I am pleased to report that there are a lot of freebies that you get with a stay here at the Hampton Inn. I think that many of them are standard in these parts and in fact in a lot of places in America (outside of the big cities), but that doesn't make them any less welcome. The breakfast is free and is pretty good. It includes a full selection of pastries, fresh fruit, cereals and juices. There is also a machine for making your own waffles which you can top with syrup for a healthy breakfast or you can have fluffy hot eggs with sausage patties and biscuits (warm scone like rolls). The food in these parts is very much focussed on sweetness, but the buffet layout means that you can whatever you want. There is also free coffee, tea and hot chocolate available all day which is nice - I'd highly recommend a hot chocolate with a couple of jiggers of the hazelnut milk that they have!
There is free wi fi throughout the hotel and it is very good actually; we were on one of the higher floors and we had no problem whatsoever at any time during our stay. The safety deposit boxes I mentioned earlier are free to use too. They also do a shuttle bus that will run you to places within, I think, a two mile radius. They say it is only at set times and you have to pre book, but as long as you don't take the mickey, they'll be pretty flexible and run you somewhere off schedule if you ask nicely!
That is pretty much it really, but I think that everything I have said shows that this is a really great place to stay. We paid about £50 per night for our stay there (not including the parking) and I'd say that it is absolutely worth the money especially considering everything that you get for that price. The rooms are light and roomy with plenty of extra bits, the staff are lovely and the location really is fantastic. Absolutely recommended.