Although Atlanta is a bustling city with the largest international airport in the world, its hostel selection offers only a handful of locations for stowing your backpack while you enjoy city sights. Though few and far between, almost all offer amenities such as laundry, kitchens, WIFI, TV and microwaves for guests. The styles of the hostels vary greatly, as some are in strictly functional “non-frilly” buildings, while others are in residential homes. Both spartan and romantic locations are on the grid. Choose one based upon your personal preferences for surroundings, quietness and whether or not you enjoy afternoon tea.
The Ashby House
1071 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30314
This 44-bed rooming house built in the 1940s is located just two miles from downtown Atlanta, in historic Washington Park, and the West End neighborhood featuring Martin Luther King’s childhood high school. The house is an easy trip to the nearby Georgia Dome and Aquarium, Underground Atlanta, the World of Coca Cola, CNN and the Jimmy Carter Center, with convenient bus and subway stops. It is admittedly “no-frills,” but features shared kitchens and baths, coin laundry, private rooms, complimentary morning coffee, board games and vending machines. The three-story house is not handicapped accessible, so request a first-floor room if a member of your party is not ambulatory. Stays are prepaid and parking is off the street.
Atlanta International Hostel
233 Ponce De Leon Ave. N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30308
With the motto “A Soft, Safe Place to Land,” this hostel located in a Victorian home on Ponce de Leon Avenue in Atlanta boasts its heritage as the first “full hostel” in Atlanta. Opened in 1991, it has grown from a 20-bed facility to the 85 beds it has currently. It has the unusual hostage offering of private rooms, as well as dormitory rooms and a kitchen that is open to all. A light breakfast with coffee and tea is served daily. Guests can also watch TV and play pool for recreation while not exploring the sights and history of Atlanta.
1377 Virginia Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30344
The Wellesley Hotel and Hostel offers weary travelers free airport shuttles, clean rooms and transportation to the Atlanta Convention Center and the Marta rapid transit station that connects to downtown Atlanta, Amtrak and the Greyhound station. Included in the room pricing are sleeping accommodations for up to five travelers. Each room has a free microwave, refrigerator and wifi as well, and includes free coffee in the mornings. Guests can enjoy a property pool, small gym and a large lobby area for visiting with other travelers. The hostel books through hostelworld.com to offer special rates for hostel seekers. Reviews show guests are pleased with room cleanliness and the shuttle services. Book rooms through the Hostel World website.
1865 Windemere Drive
Atlanta, GA 30324
Hello Bed & Breakfast is a residential inn situated in a Morningside neighborhood in the beautiful Midtown and Virginia Highlands area. With a pastoral scene of a stream and garden surrounding the inn, guests are immersed in a comfortable and relaxing setting. The nightly rate includes continental breakfast, coffee, a hot tub and free transportation from the MARTA rapid transit station that connects with the Atlanta International Airport. Restaurants, antique shops, fitness studios and nightlife are all within walking distance of the inn. MARTA rail connects guests with Atlanta attractions such as Chinatown, Lenox Mall, the Carter Center and the Centennial Olympic Park. Book rooms through the Hostel World website.
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