by Wendy Irvine
Parents will love that the Graduate Athens is beautifully located an easy 10-minute walk from UGA and just a five-minute walk to Downtown Athens Historic District. Kids will go crazy for the sparkling nice-sized outdoor pool and fun dÃ©cor around every corner.
The hotel is architected similar to yesteryear’s motel style – the rooms open to the parking lot. The Graduate offers seven room configurations: several king suites and two queens that sleeps four. All rooms boast a mini-fridge, complimentary Wi-Fi, and high-end toiletries.
The Graduate an onsite restaurant, a coffee bistro, and a fitness center. The spa has massage, wraps and scrubs on the treatment menu. A salon room provides nail care including waxing and tinting services.
The Graduate Athens is under a five-mile drive to: Five Points (2.5 miles) for lovely shopping, restaurants, and bars, Georgia Museum of Art (1.7 miles), State Botanical Garden of Georgia (5.7 miles), Terrapin Brewery (2.2 miles) for craft beer that offers a microbrewery tour, and The Globe (0.4 miles) for beers, wines and single malt scotch.
Our Editor Loves
- Central location with easy walk to UGA
- Vibrant boutique hotel with spa & pool
- Onsite restaurant, bar, and coffee bistro
- Free Wi-Fi
Beware of the advertised rate: this weekend it was more like $259 a night. Which is a lot of money for what this hotel is: In all honesty, its a hipped up economy motel. All rooms are open and face onto the parking lot. There is no safe, no do not disturb sign for housekeeping. So keep your valuables n your car. Room was clean, basic, and quirky fun in decor. But for $259 a nght, you can get more upscale accomodations elsewhere in town.
Very convenient for UGA football games though the price skyrockets on game weekends. Very cute, clean rooms with great amenities. Very nice lobby area with cocktail bar. The Foundry is on the property - great for entertainment. Front desk and housekeeping staff was very friendly and accommodating. Very kind front desk staff helped me check in very early on a Saturday morning when I called and needed to leave a terrible hotel in Athens. Saved the day!