What We Love
- The reasonably priced treatments on the spa menu
- Homey Southern fare at The Foundry (think brined and smoked wings, pimento cheese and collard greens with cornbread)
- Regular live music performances at The Foundry
- The wallet-friendly free shuttle service and parking
What To Know
- Free WiFi
- Within walking distance of the University of Georgia
- There’s a 24-hour fitness center and a (seasonal) outdoor pool
- The hotel is pet-friendly
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Whether you’re a University of Georgia alum, a Southern food and music aficionado or an out-of-state hipster blowing through town, this fashion-forward boutique stay, housed in a former iron foundry, has you covered. Like any millennial worth his salt, the Graduate is a multitasker: Music venue, boutique hotel, bar, restaurant, coffee shop and spa are merged under this historic roof, a onetime iron foundry where blacksmiths forged local landmarks like the arch of the UGA campus and the Athens double-barrel cannon. The vibe in the lobby and dining venues is upscale college dorm — picture brightly colored retro-fabulous furniture, exposed brick walls, whimsical artworks and lots of cozy strewn cushions. The guestrooms and suites follow the same pattern, with sunshine-yellow tufted headboards, sisal rugs, Midcentury Modern furniture and cool thrift store finds. The hotel offers all the modern amenities you’d expect, including free WiFi, flat-screen HD TVs, a 24-hour gym and toiletries courtesy of hip New York brand Malin + Goetz. Nosh on such downhome dishes as brined and smoked wings, pimento cheese and collard greens with cornbread before taking in a show at The Foundry, a music venue that serves a wide range of local craft brews. The artsy lobby, meanwhile, doubles as a boho coffee shop called Ironworks, complete with a subway tile bar, industrial-chic stools and kitschy framed artworks galore.
In the Area
Stroll a couple of blocks to vintage heaven at Agora Vintage, an on-point boutique founded by local tastemaker Airee Edwards that stocks treasures like Louis Vuitton Damier totes, gorgeous antique costume jewelry and pre-loved designer clothing. While we wouldn’t normally suggest including a pharmacy visit in your weekend getaway plans, don’t miss Hodgson’s Pharmacy, an old-timey drugstore complete with a soda fountain and hand-dipped ice cream. If adult beverages and arthouse films are more your jam, head to Ciné, a 1940s car dealership turned cultural hub that shows independent movies and sports a full bar that serves champagne, cocktails and coffee. (The space also hosts regular yoga classes.)
How to Get There
Comfortable beds, nice room, great facilities. Since I've said all I was going to say, and since I have to use up 200 characters, I will say that this rule is ridiculous and makes me want to scrap this opinion, even though our way was very enjoyable.
Room is updated. Staff was courteous. Would be a great event or family reunion venue. The workout room was being updated so not perfect yet. The shuttle was great but we easily walked to the conference center and good food.
Quirky retro vibe in a great location. Great decor and beautiful property, although the hotel building itself is nothing special to look at. No views. You’re really just getting a comfortable, friendly overall feeling from staying here.
Lots of perks including $20 to spend at the coffee shop and free admission to the foundry music venue. My kids loved it. Will definitely be back!