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The Highland Inn in Atlanta, GA

The Highland Inn in Atlanta, GA

Specialties

European boutique style hotel with tons of charm! We are located in the Poncey-Highlands neighborhood of Atlanta moments from Downtown Atlanta. Our lively neighborhood is full of entertainment, shopping and dining. We also have our very own Ballroom Lounge with live entertainment and full bar.

History

Established in 1927.

Prior to The Highland Inn, the building has formally been called several different establishment names. Originally known as the Wynne Hotel & Tea Room, the inn was built in 1927 by the Wynne family. Originally hailing from Wales in the late 1700's, the Wynne Family was responsible for constructing many properties in Georgia including The King And Prince Hotel in St. Simon's Island.

 

Company Info:

Rating: 3.74

Address: 644 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA, 30306
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Comments (57):

1. Kimberly K.
We were in town for a show at the Variety Playhouse in Little 5 Points. The Highland Inn was within walking distance. Kind of a homey, hipster charm.Clean. could walk to all sorts of great shops, eateries, and a walking/running/biking trail. had a great time.

23/11/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
2. Heather D.
We were in Atlanta for a wedding (all the wedding party was staying there) so this was not necessarily our choice to stay here. The neighborhood is cute and quirky and is close to restaurants and shops. We checked in really late or really really early depending on how you look at it. The front desk lady was very nice. Our first thoughts were....hmmmm this is.....um interesting. The inn is apparently very old (built in 1927) and is advertised as Atlanta's only European boutique style hotel. I'm not sure what that means, but I wasn't necessarily digging it. We requested a room towards the back of the hotel after reading reviews that it's very loud into the wee hours of the night because of the club downstairs. Our room was on the first floor all the way towards the back of the hotel. Walking down the hallway made you feel like you playing a part in the movie "The Shining" and I would dare not walk around this place intoxicated with the floors being quite warped. As we approached our room I noticed right off that there was a half inch gap between the door and the frame (so no loud hanky panky) and the only way that the door would stay shut was if it was locked. We got a double room with two beds. The bathroom required you to step up 5-6 inches and the toilet was not anchored to the floor so it rocked as soon as you sat down. As we were getting ready to go to bed I happened to notice one very disturbing aspect about the bed....there was hair on it that was NOT mine, not only on the sheets, but on the pillows. Everything appeared to be clean, but this makes you think otherwise. At that point besides being completely disgusted about the hair, the hot water pipes started making this lovely and very loud clanking noise that continued throughout the night. To all those that says this place is full of charm....to each their own. We checked out the next day and went to stay at a hotel that recieved a 5.0 out of 5.0 rating on Hotels.com . I think we'll skip this one the next time we're traversing thru Atlanta.

15/03/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
3. Deborah D.
This place scared the @&!* out of me!  After reading the reviews and looking at the pics I thought this was going to be a quaint pleasant visit.  Negative!  Plastic blinds on windows, dirty carpets from 50 years ago, creaky clanking pipes all night, bathroom was small and dated, bed was very uncomfortable with inadequate linens, and I felt as though intruders could burst in the room at an given moment from the loud crowd downstairs.  Needless to say, do not waste a dime (much less $100) checking into this hell hole suited for pimps and prostitutes.

10/12/11 | Link | Rating: 1.0
4. Nena G.
A great cozy room with sweet staff and great location! I went here after my flight got canceled and I had been up all night on a red-eye. I was DEAD TIRED. I got a great deal on a travel website ($40 I think?). The cab from the airport was about $35. I should have just taken the metro but I was too tired. I went and asked the staff to just point my body in the direction of the bed. They were so helpful and gave me a nice quiet room to rest up. The room was spotless clean. I'm not sure what the other reviewers are talking about. Maybe they've never stayed in a boutique hotel? I have pretty high standards when it comes to hotels and cleanliness is at the top. It's cleaner than a Motel 6 or the like and so much freakin' charm. It reminded me of staying at my grandma's house when I was a kid. There are great restaurants around to choose from too. All in all I would definitely recommend this place for the price concious and I will definitely be going back when I'm in Atlanta again.

16/12/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
5. Ike J.
I'm here tonight .... w

01/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
6. Chad R.
I sometimes make the trek to Atlanta to attend concerts so I always stay at the Highland Inn in midtown Atlanta.  Its in a central location in the city where its easy to reach the venues where I attend concerts.  The hotel is near the Little 5 Points area which I love.  I have been staying at the Highland Inn since 1999.  The value for your money is very good and the rooms are always nice and clean.  Each room also includes a small refrigerator which I really like because I can cool my drinks and snacks in it.  The bathrooms are usually pretty tiny but they are good enough to get a nice shower done in them.  Some of the rooms have an unusual arrangement but I think it just adds charm to the place.  There is a small, pleasant dining area where you can eat your free continental breakfast.  The staff has always been very nice, friendly, and helpful.  If you want a cool hotel experience unlike your typical hotel rooms then you should stay at the Highland Inn.

29/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
7. Laura F.
Hey for the money it was great. I stayed there for a week.  Now if you are high maintenance then this is not the place for you. The location is great!  Coffee not so great but a great coffee place is right next door.  

The charm of the old inn is great and the people there are really nice and aren't up your ass as you come and go.

The rooms downstairs can be noisy as the ballroom bellow has live music and drunkards :)...The bathroom is a little dark...and the beds are a tad small for taller folk.

Overall I'd stay there again!

13/05/09 | Link | Rating: 4.0
8. Eric E.
I had an unforgettable time here. I was traveling on work and staying in town for the weekend on my own dime. I asked the people at the wrecka stow in L5P where to stay. They told me to check the Highland and to pretend I was playing an in-store in case it got me a discount. Turns out I didn't need the acting as I checked in right behind a European goth-dance band and the desk person assumed I was part of their crew. (they were sweet guys and did guest-list me -what can I say? I am blessed)
My room was tiny and I got rained in as there was a huge storm. Seriously, the streets were shin-deep! It was all I could do to trudge up to the provisions store for supplies. I cozied up in my little bed and watched the tv that was awkwardly mounted in one of the tiny corners. The storm reports were entertaining. I guess you really do high-tail it for a bathtub during these bad girls.
Anyway I loved this place. Great location, sweet staff. I hope it's there when I return.

02/05/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
9. Babs H.
This place is so adorable. I don't even care that the beds aren't that comfortable and it smells a little (keep in mind this place is almost 100 years old). If when you stay at a hotel, you want valet parking, room service, a gym, dry cleaning service, and bottled unicorn tears, this is not the place for you.
The hotel has cute southern charm, the girl at the front desk was very friendly, there was a cat roaming around in the lobby area, there's cool stuff going on almost nightly in the lounge, and it was super cheap. Win!

11/02/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
10. Leo T.
Yelp has several favorable reviews of the Highland Inn and I can't really argue with what they say, but it's necessary to emphasize that this hotel isn't for everyone. We had two rooms, and I'll say up front that when the clerk saw that I had my 80-year-old mom with me he apologized that he couldn't move us to better rooms.  So I guess we didn't see the best.  But what we did experience was this:

The "lobby" is just a narrow space.

Most places in the rooms and halls have many many coats of paint.  Nothing wrong with that, but it gives you a sense of the character of the place.  The plumbing was old and the controls a bit balky.  There's a 5-inch step up into the bathroom that my mom stumbled over.  The tiles in the bath are irregular and in a bit of disrepair.   In one room the tv didn't work.  The other room didn't have a phone. Apparently there's no elevator for guests, which is not a big deal as the top floor is only one up from the entry level, but could be  problem for some.  

A loud rock band played in the building next door until midnight, and this was very noisy in the room.  

The air conditioning comes from  window units.

The free "light" breakfast was pretty lame: pastries still in the wrap from some store, really bad coffee, some boxed cereals and milk.  OJ.  

The free wireless internet did not reach our rooms, but there were open spaces I could sit with my laptop to browse.

The staff was friendly.  I asked for an extra blanket and it took a while for the guy to find one but eventually he did.

It seems quite safe.

I'd stay there again, because I don't care much about clean lines and amenities.  But some people (like, your parents) would not like it.

16/10/10 | Link | Rating: 2.0
11. Karen F.
This place is very simple, and oozes tons of charm!  Lots of flowers and a little koi fish pond in the front.  There's also a lazy black cat that lolls around and doesn't seem to mind if you pet him (or her).

The rooms are old and the AC is a window unit, but it's clean and safe.  The hotel is walking distance to both the Little 5 Points shopping area and the Virginia Highland bars and restaurants, which is awesome considering how spread out Atlanta seems to be.  

The staff were very helpful, friendly and often funny.  I'll definitely be staying here next time I'm in Atlanta!  :D

04/07/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
12. Jocelyn J.
If you are looking for a hotel that is not your average, every day Comfort Inn or anything like that then this hotel definitely fits the bill.  It was an apartment complex turned hotel that was built in the 20's, has a courtyard in the middle of the building and a basement ballroom and lounge where bands play on Friday and Saturday nights.  The best part of the hotel is its location in the Poncey-Highlands section of Atlanta.  This is an incredibly walkable area and I felt lucky to be so close to restaurants, bars, shops, bus stops, a grocery store and even a little second-run theater.  The second best part of this hotel is that it had a hotel cat named Jack.  The cat would wander the public area of the hotel, curl up on a chair and sleep all day, and some people would even invite the cat into their room to spend the night.  A continental breakfast is also available to patrons who can get themselves up between 7-10am.

The down side of the hotel is that is seems somewhat run down.  Our ceiling had a water spot on the ceiling, the radiator would emit a high pitched whine when the heat kicked on, and floor of the shower was uneven which caused pools of water to form around your feet.  The walls are very thin as well.  I had read other reviews regarding the noise level on nights that the bands played in the lounge.  We were in room 211 and we didn't hear a thing so I think there are plenty of rooms that will allow you to escape the cacophony.

All in all, I'm glad I stayed here.  We were within walking distance to so much, only 15 minutes away from downtown by bus, it's a beautiful walkable area, and I tend to like hotels that are a little offbeat anyway.

26/10/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
13. A B.
I've stayed there a few times now so we didn't have to drive home after a late night in the city and every time I go there I have a different experience.
The best part of the Highland Inn is it's character and every time you stay you'll be in a different room with its own charm. That's also the worst part. Some of the rooms are really grody- stained sheets, funky smells etc.  
Also, if you're staying there and plan on going to bed before 1 AM request a room that isn't on the first floor or else you will be dealing with noise from the ballroom downstairs.

Love it or hate it, you can't beat the location and I guess that is why I've put up with the noise, the smells, the stains etc.

20/04/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
14. Yelp Y.
I was stuck in a bind. I needed a place to stay. Figured this place was cheap. nope a cool $100, will land you a 1 bedroom small shack looking room.
The hotel is old, and kinda run down. They have a bar downstairs with a dance area and loud music. You have to ask for a room with no noise, otherwise the vibrations will come up to your room.
It's pretty obvious the place reminds you of where you would take a hooker to a cheap hotel type of place. Meet a girl downstairs, take her right up for the night. Or, too drunk to get a cab and go home. Crash upstairs for the night.
I don't recommend this place to anyone, and won't go back again. If you're looking for a Motel 6 type of place this would be the place.

12/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
15. Leslie S.
This place was exactly what I was looking for in my brief stay in Atlanta.  Located within close distance of loads of food and little shopping places, the location was great.  Within walking distance are some little cafes etc.  

The clientele was hip to the max, and so was their staff.  Cute black cat named Jack hangs out in the check-in area, too!

We (three gals) got a bedroom with 2 double beds.  They are also a little separated by the bathroom, which was nice for one of us three going to bed a wee bit earlier.  There were also 2 air conditioners in the room which made a huge difference in the HOT(lanta) summer conditions.  One mounted TV, mini fridge, the usual.  My one stipulation with the room was the ONLY mirror in the whole room was a thin, HORIZONTAL mirror mounted above the sink (which was outside the toilet/shower room near our bed).  I'm 5'1'' and could barely see the tip of my forehead in the mirror. yeah. made it kinda difficult to get dressed and primped for a wedding (!).  Other than that the room was great!

The rest of the inn was small and comfy, and has a bunch of character.  Oh and the prices you probably can't beat!  I know when I return to Atlanta I'll be staying at the Hippest of the Inns!

PS extra points for having the "highland ballroom" right below it, which apparently is some sort of bar/club/venue (?) that you can get down and durtay in with dance nights called "laserbeam kitty." Definitely checking that out next time.

27/05/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
16. Sande E.
I decided to stay in the area last minute and needed a cheap room. The Highland Inn is cozy and clean and I didn't have any gripes about the place. Granted I was out most of the night, only coming in to sleep and left at 5am to catch a flight. I stayed on a Thursday night and there were no loud noises to disturb me (thought the window a/c did its job of blocking out the street sounds). The staff was pleasant, the room and hotel was clean. I stayed in a corner room (336) and would recommend it. Though there is a smoking porch down the hall and you can smell the smoke in the hall, I did not smell it in my room. I also didn't use the shower so I can't attest to the plumbing :)

01/09/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
17. Mary Kay W.
I planned to spend a little more on a nice hotel at my most recent stay in Atlanta, GA. The Highland Inn seemed like a wonderful choice. The atmosphere was very homey, and the clerk was very friendly upon check-in. I was excited about the neighborhood, and planned to do a bit of exploring on foot. At first glance, I was charmed by the quirky, homey, non-Walmart atmosphere. It was more  like a higher end thrift store, with an antique, artsy feel. But then, small details caused my estimation to go down. The refrigerator did not work, so my leftovers had to be trashed the next day. There was no hand soap to wash my hands. Worst of all, when I went to my room, there was a bunch of furniture in the hallway, and what looked like a room remodel going on across the hall. Someone knocked on my door at 8AM!!!!!!! by mistake (even though I had my do not disturb on the doorknob), and then I heard lots of people, I assume they were workers installing a carpet, talking VERY LOUDLY until 11 am, while I was trying to catch up on sleep.

All in all, I didn't think it was worth the high price of the room, except for the location. They may have been undergoing some needed repairs, but I was disappointed by the Highland inn. It didn't smell, and it wasn't dirty, but I expect more for the rates they were charging.

24/10/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
18. Judy M.
Not for everyone. Many small stairs,no elevator, but full of quirky charm. Window air conditioner rather loud, but room clean and cute. Step up into bathroom tricky and shower very small, but water HOT!  In my room the sink had the hot water on the wrong side, but it was labeled correctly. Staff friendly and helpful, came right up and tried to fix cable box first night.when I returned in the afternoon,it had been replaced. Ask for a room on the south hall, it's quieter. Breakfast needs some protein, how about boiled eggs? But coffee was good. Good value.

11/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
19. Natalie A.
If one doesn't want to commit homicide & must temporarily leave their own home w/ huge mortgage so that their tenant/ not on mortgage boyfriend can have some "space to create his art without limitations," at least you can stay in a charming & safe local inn for a few days to ruminate how you got yourself into such a ridiculous spot.

The Highland Inn was built in the twenties and retains a great deal of character.  The rooms are smaller w/ window air conditioning units, but my room felt cozy, not cramped.  It was clean w/ the basics & a TV.  The concierge was polite & minded their own business.  The other guests I encountered were an eclectic bunch, all polite but respectful of privacy.  I felt safe at all times once inside, though I'd use common sense in the attached parking lot.  Nice touches like fresh flowers & a koi pond.  Overall, a very refreshing place for a good price that I'd recommend to a friend.

Edit------After reading some of the other reviews, I thought someone should clarify for potential guests that while this place is charming, it's not for everyone.  If a potential guest is someone who enjoyed backpacking around Europe and staying in hostels back in the day, then they will probably like this place and the surrounding area.  If they enjoy somewhat eclectic neighborhoods & are a bit street savvy, they will be fine at this place.  If they are on a budget, but want a basic, clean, safe place to stay, this is it.

If someone is expecting a more traditional bed and breakfast or a mainstream hotel, they are going to be disappointed.  I wouldn't send my sheltered niece to stay at the Highland Inn.  I would, however, recommend it to my artsy-fartsy friend from San Francisco.

30/01/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
20. Tj H.
Inexpensive place to stay and it pretty much is what you pay for.  The Inn was pretty old and had a good-vibe to it, but wasn't taken care of too well.  They should revamp the place to clean it up a bit.  But it was a nice place to stop over for a night (and they had a full spectrum of cable channels!).

WARNING: They had a cat and a dog running around freely.  So if you're allergic, be careful!  They should probably post about this fact.

25/12/11 | Link | Rating: 2.0
21. Christina G.
The rooms are very cute and cozy at this hotel.  Had a small issue with our room but it was handled immediately.

05/03/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
22. Graham R.
Very groovy environment. As many others have observed, while it lacked certain accoutrements that larger chain hotels may provide, it had a charm all it's own. Location is also ideal if you are into the "hip" side of ATL. Complimentary breakfast was all I could expect- bagels, english muffins, fruit, cinnamon buns, Coffee and OJ. Staff was friendly and helpful to me, but I tend to do my best to be agreeable with hotel staff. All in all, wonderful experience!

01/02/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
23. Dana L.
This quaint hotel was well worth the small price. First, I was delighted to have a real physical key to hold in my hand again.

Second, the location cannot be beat. If you're in Little Five Points for a show or bar hopping, this is a stone's throw away. I only had to walk about five minutes down the road for a plethora of bars. And Soul Vegetarian is just across the parking lot!

It was quiet. The bed was comfy. There was internet access. And it was really cheap.

18/07/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
24. Harrison G.
The location of the Highland Inn is about as good as it gets but this is not a "boutique hotel" by any stretch of the imagination. It is quite unique, but then again so is your creepy uncle Carl.

Sadly it's back to reality once you finish dining at one of the great local restaurants and head back to your room.

It seemed that over half of this place is rented to long term tenants (students) and therefore it can get a little noisy on weekend nights if you need to catch some shut eye. The showers are quite small; smaller than a Porto-potty, and the beds are forgettable. Wifi is great but the overall experience was lackluster.
*Picture Grandma's guest bedroom with indoor/outdoor carpet.*
The staff at the front desk was polite yet unmotivated. My initial theory that soap and shampoo refills from the maid service were based upon tips was debunked by the last 3 nights of my stay. Luckily the Publix within walking distance kept me sane & sanitary.

Make sure you eat and drink enough out on the town to blur your experience before heading home. Please say hello the the cat that roams the hotel as well. He will try and follow you into your room.

14/02/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
25. Bria D.
I love the Highland Inn, and I've lost track of how many times I've stayed there.  5?  Maybe 6?  Ever since I hit the point of staying at a hotel rather than crashing on a friend's couch when I go to Atlanta, the Highland Inn has been my go-to spot.

It isn't a full-service hotel, but that's not generally what I'm looking for.  It's your basic boutique hotel without frills and with private bathrooms (which you don't tend to find in boutique hotels in pricier cities, or at least not nearly as affordably).  The continental breakfast is barebones, but that at least lets you snack on a little something before getting dressed & out of the door for Java Jive or the Flying Biscuit.

It has character, friendly staff, and a good location.  I see myself staying at the Highland Inn on a more frequent basis in the coming years.

15/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
26. Tieren S.
I'm only giving it 4 because the staff was really friendly and efficient and the location  is awesome. Minutes from downtown with free parking. What would make it a 5? Fluffier pillows. We had two flat a** pillows. Also they need parking decals. I got a boot on my car and that d**n orange sticker. Luckily the lady was nice enough to call for me. They said its because we got out the car after we parked and went to a store. It was just annoying. But it was a cool stay... Vintage looking and as clean as it could be. I wouldn't have paid regular price. We got it for $60 a night. If I had to pay more , I probably would have given it 3 stars.

12/03/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
27. Marc G.
I've walked past and driven past this Atlanta landmark may times and often thought it would be cool to stay there if the occasion came up. This past weekend was the perfect opportunity, I was attending Santacon in L5P and didn't want to have to worry about driving after partying.

Let me start by saying I didn't expect to be have all the luxuries of the Ritz Carlton. I've traveled on a budget and stayed at lot's of dives and hostels. What I was expecting for a hundred bucks was clean sheets, hot water and hospitality, after all I wasn't paying by the hour!  I got clean sheets, no hot water and major hipster attitude.

When I walked in and stepped up to the check in counter I said "Hi, how are you?, my name is_____ and my reservation number is _____ I'd like to check in" The response was a snarky  "yeah I could figure that out" Not cool, but let's assume a lot of drunk Santa's came through and got the front desk guy worked up.

I go to my room, unpack and turn on the shower, no hot water. I let it run another 10 minutes, It's an old building maybe it takes a while...no hot water. I call downstairs and nicely say " I don't have any hot water" I'm told yeah that happens sometimes. WTF!

I head out, have a great time, come home and have a good nights sleep, surprisingly the hotel is really quiet. When I wake up to take a shower, no hot water. I call downstairs again and I'm told I woke up late (11am) check out is 12 and there probably won't be any hot water.

Ok so the pluses are location, clean sheets, and a quiet room. The down side front desk people who are to cool to be bothered and NO HOT WATER. Management if you read this, I think these are two things that can easily be fixed, don't you?

17/12/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
28. M K.
Coming from Chicago, I was a bit thrown off.  The outside had the grand style entrance and reminds me of the victorian style architecture.  Inside it's a quaint, cute place that has a LOT of character.  Each room is different in furniture style, but regardless, the staff is SO sweet and accommodating.  We got this as a deal and it was a treat.  Came complete with a fridge and microwave, huge closet space, and a great staff ready to help you in any way they can.  There were also places to eat close by and things to do in walking distance.  All in all, for a get away from the hustle and bustle of the big city of Chicago, it was a wonderful place to relax and enjoy Atlanta..

09/06/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
29. John M.
A quaint hotel located in the heart of Atlanta, it lacks the amenities of chain hotels but makes up in its low nightly rates.

29/10/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
30. Josh A.
Stayed here with some friends during the hectic NCAA Final Four weekend. We managed to get a last minute room at the Highland Inn,  paying a fraction of the price we expected to.

The hotel was simple and perfect for what we needed it for. The Highlands neighborhood was one of my favorite areas I have ever been to and I can not wait to return.

09/04/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
31. Victoria C.
I loved this place. Went for a one night stay, and when we asked about staying another night they accommodated us perfectly. Very homey feeling, and friendly staff. Perfect location to local restaurants/bars.

16/10/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
32. James B.
The Highland Inn was by far the best value I've ever had in a hotel, and simply because of that I can give it 5 stars.  It was in an excellent, walkable neighborhood while staying cheaper than a Motel 6.  While we had a small room, it was clean, had a refrigerator and television, and did the job of giving us a place to sleep.  

The hotel is old, and you can tell, especially because of things like a lack of elevators.  However, you're staying in a place with character, and the few shortcomings are more than made up for by character.  

Only bummer is that the hotel bar is no longer open, but there is a pretty good bar right next door with plenty of outdoor seating.

22/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
33. Bert B.
Great location, the staff was very courteous. I enjoyed my stay here and will stay again next time I visit.

23/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
34. Julia R.
If you are young and going to a concert at the variety playhouse and want to stay the night so you can drink this is the place to do it. My boyfriend and I stayed here after a concert and it was a great experience. The room was very clean and the bed was comfortable. The price was great as well. It being within walking distance is what sold us and I'm glad we stayed!

27/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
35. Bruce C.
Alright, so this was nothing like I expected.  I didn't do my homework, however, so part of the responsibility falls on me.  Actually probably a lot of the responsibility.

Let's start with the good:

It's super quaint and really charming.  If there was ever a hotel that had charm, it'd be this one.  The place was built in 1927, so this is around the Great Depression so it's got that old timey feel.  Downstairs is the Highland Lounge where there's live music and a place to hang out from time to time.

Downstairs is Cafe 640.  We had a good afternoon snack experience!

The front desk staff is very friendly and helpful.

Wi-Fi was stable and easy to connect to.

The bad:
The beds are terrible.  Super bouncy.  The room we booked had a full sized bed in it.  We asked for a bigger bed and they said the largest they had was a queen for $20/day more.  "Okay, you got me.  I screwed up.  We'll take it."  Well, it too was super bouncy and the first night's sleep was agonizingly unrestful.  So the next night, I slept part of the night on the bed, trying not to disturb the wife and vice-versa.  Then I slept the remainder of the night on the floor.  Not as comfy, but at least I wasn't waking up the wife when I picked my nose.

The room is cooled by a window unit.  I suppose it was enough.  The wife took a shower in the evening and said, "That had to have been the worst shower I've ever taken... HOT, cold, HOT, cold, HOT, cold..."  Apparently if anyone flushed a toilet the water got scalding hot.  I took a shower in the afternoon and didn't experience anything  like it.

The door to the room needs special care in locking it.  When we first left, I turned the key, thinking I was locking it, however, the deadbolt hit the jamb and not the hole in the jamb.  It felt like it locked, so I took the key out and left.  When we got back, I pushed the door open without using the key..  Ooops.  Double check your door after locking to make sure you got it secure.

We wanted to change hotels but had already paid for this one through Orbitz.  Too bad.. =o/

Quaint, yes.  Sleep, no.

29/04/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
36. Kurt P.
I love the Highland Inn! As a traveler with a penchant for non-corporate/cookie cutter-style lodging, the Highland Inn stands alone in their level of customer service and care. The hotel was built in 1927, and sure it creaks in places, but that's what I call character!

Check-in was smooth, and the clerk gave us some great suggestions on where to dine. The hotel is in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Atlanta. Tons of independent shops and cafes are within a short stroll. I was in town for a show at the EARL, and I appreciated that the hotel was close-by.  We found a great little courtyard in the middle of the property, and even found a corn-hole game set! How cool is that?

The beds were very comfortable; so comfortable that we missed breakfast in the morning! But its cool, we were able to get our fill at the Majestic nearby.

In a day and time where so much lis corporatized, its refreshing to see a place like the Highland Inn!  Looking forward to a return visit soon!

30/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
37. Becca S.
Okay...this place is old and that's what I like about it. Lots of character, friendly staff, and in a cool area goes a long way as far as I'm concerned.

Picked my fiance up at the airport around 9am, and after his incredibly taxing journey we really needed an early check in so he could sleep. Thankfully we were able to drive straight there and check in 4 hours early (they said it was ready for us any time when I called at 8am) and then check out 2 hours late the following day with no extra charge. Then when we arrived they bumped us up to the king room, so that was nice. All staff I talked to were very helpful and friendly, but not professionally fake. I hate that.

Now, this would have been a 5, but my only gripes were:
First, that the water was not hot the first day. It was on a Friday and  I believe there was a bachelorette party kicking off there and I just assumed perhaps all the girls were getting ready and that may be why. The following morning after most people would have already checked out the water was super hot.
Secondly, and the more important one in my book, there wasn't much going on in the breakfast department. Now I love bagels, english muffins, blueberry muffins, and cereal, but I can't eat any of it. If you're celiac, wheat intolerant, or simply on a paleo diet for what ever reason you will be SOL as I was. They did have bananas. Also, it would have been cool if they had some honey for tea or something.
Oh, also would have loved a small coffeepot in the room, but, eh, not essential.

As for cleanliness, I did not find this place dirty at all. Not pristine, but that's more due to the age of the place than care taken by the housekeeper (who was very sweet btw). I'm pretty finicky, but this place did not gross me out in the least.

So, overall, while the hot water seemed more like an issue that day but probably not a usual thing, and the breakfast could be taken up a notch, I would still come here again for sure.  Really enjoyed being able to walk just next door  for lunch and dinner too.

21/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
38. Troy S.
Comfy cozy with old timey charm at a very good price. Really 3.5 stars since it definitely isn't a 4 star hotel or anything but they totally won me over and made me feel welcome.  Go check in a get a real key. When I went into my room, it made me feel like I was in a room at an old grandparents house...you know, there's just something warm and fuzzy about it. The bed was actually pretty delightful and they were happy to give me a warm down comforter since I like to bury myself in blankets at night. Some folks might be less than thrilled with the window AC unit, but the truth is, you get a great breeze up there so I just opened up my room and let the the fresh air roll through (and this was in August, their hottest month).  Another bonus...free wifi and a lazy comfy chair in the room, just plop down with your feet up on the bed and ipad away.  The next morning, I had to check out early for a job interview but wanted to change out of my suit afterwards...they were able to store my belongings and then opened up one of the rooms just for me to change in...very personalized. I got up around 4 and I was ready for my cab way before breakfast was served so the overnight guy was really sweet to offer to make me a fresh pot of coffee...while it was brewing we got to chat about him working in Savannah and shared ghost stories...LOL.  

My only 2 wishes for this place: 1) needs a full length mirror and 2) need either counter space or more appropriate shelving the bathroom. Pretty much the only 2 spots in the bathroom to lay anything down while you are trying to do your hair and makeup are the back of the potty or a shelf that is about 6 ft high next to the sink...I am 5'2" so I had no use for that shelf and things have a tendency to slide off the back of the toilet (not to mention it is just gross to have to lay your belongings on the back of a toilet)...needless to say, my brush and my curling iron almost went kerplunk into the toilet...whew, close one!

I would definitely stay here again and far better than any local Days Inn or Red Roof Inn and I'm sure they would charge you about the same price.

15/09/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
39. Molly M.
We staed 2 nights at the highland inn when we came to see a show and will definitely stay there during our next trip to Atlanta.

It is located in a  great little neighborhood that is safe and has a few cute restaurants.  Our room was clean and comfortable.   The free breakfast spread was WAY better than any continental breakfast you would get at a crappy chain.  This was a GREAT deal for the location and comforts.

Be aware this is not the place to stay if you want the lap of luxury, but it is quirky, clean and cute and imminently affordable!  The hallway smells a bit musty and old (because the place IS old) but the room was fine. The bed is not a pillow top but it was perfectly comfortable. We did not have any noise issues.  If you are sensitive ask for a courtyard room.  We overlooked the parking lot and could hear people outside or the dumpster being emptied but it wasn't so loud it would wake me out of a sound sleep.

This place is quirky and quaint!  It is unique and affordable.  If you are looking for the Hilton then pay Hilton prices if you are looking for comfort and charm and good price then head to The Highland!

05/11/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
40. Rose C.
I'd like to point out that the people there are wonderful. They were warm and friendly, made my stressful 5 night stay so much bearable. The breakfast's great though I can't say much about the rest of the meals at Italiasia. A fast internet connection too.I just wish that they change their room heating system which is very noisy, it's like having an AC blower machine inside the room. I couldn't hear the television over the noise.

20/01/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
41. Samantha M.
Stayed here with my boyfriend while I was in town for work. Loved this place. It is in an older building that is cute and charming. We stayed in a room with a queen bed and the bed was super comfortable. The room was spacious and had a unique layout. The bathroom was small and the water pressure was somewhat iffy in the evenings. The room was nice and quiet--we had no noise issues while we stayed for three days. It is in a really good neighbor hood and is in walking distance to a great little breakfast place called Folk Art.
Another awesome thing was that they didn't charge for parking and had a good sized lot for their guests. If I go back to Atlanta I will for sure be staying at the highland inn.

16/12/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
42. Janet H.
Enjoyed my three night stay at the hotel located in the Poncey Highlands near shops, stores, bars, restaurants and public transportation. The people were friendly and the free continental breakfast was good. I also discovered that the hotel is within walking distance of a park and President Jimmy Carter's museum. This hotel offered everything the larger hotels offered. Since I love older buildings, this place was perfect for me. The room with tub/shower and cable TV was very comfortable. I am sure you would enjoy your stay too.

03/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
43. Ashley T.
i'm giving this 4 stars because i love and appreciate the charm of old buildings. it's nothing too fancy, but i really liked this hotel. it's located in a great location so we were able to walk almost everywhere we wanted to go. my husband and i stayed here with 6 of our friends in 3 rooms; 2 single rooms and 1 double. the rooms are small and our room had a full size bed rather than the typical queen size i'm used to in an average hotel room. but honestly it was cozy and affordable and i will definitely stay here the next time i'm in atlanta.

16/02/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
44. Ee Vonn Y.
Do not expect to have the same luxuries as you would in a Best Western. However, this hotel has a historic charm to it that you can learn to appreciate after checking in late at night and seeing that the hallways look like they were straight out of a deteriorating dormitory. As long as you can get over that, you can appreciate the amount you paid for this hotel and recognizing you won't be here any more than a couple hours anyway. There is plenty to do in this little neighborhood that'll distract you from your room.

They have a continental breakfast but don't expect too much. It's basically some muffins, bananas, and hot coffee but it feels like you're going to your grandmother's old kitchen. They have a very lovely lounge area and a large bookshelf that if you're supremely bored, you can read any one of their old collection of novels that look like they've been there since this building has been around.

You get what you pay for with this hotel. I just wish we got a little bit more.

15/06/13 | Link | Rating: 2.0
45. Sharisma R.
The best and longest hot showers i ever had were here. I swear it cures hangovers.

Perfect place to stay after a crazy nite out.

29/01/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
46. Deahna C.
My husband and I stayed a night at The Highland Inn this past weekend, and absolutely loved it! We came from Nashville for a date night and could not have asked for a more hospitable stay. We had to change our date a couple times because life kept throwing us curveballs, but the staff was lovely and had no problem updating our reservation a couple times for us.

Our room was everything we needed. I laughed at the sink being right in the middle of the room. It gives a very European vibe. I would not agree with anyone who says this place is trashy, or even a dive. It's an independently run hotel, and that is hard to come by. There's so much charm in this place. They've also updated to flat screen TVs (at least in our room), so don't be alarmed by the tube televisions you may see in older pictures. Although, with so much to do around the hotel, there's really no need for TV at all!  

This gem is right in the heart of a really lovely neighborhood FULL of all of the most delightful restaurants, bars, antique shops, boutiques, parks, diners, you name it. There's even an INCREDIBLE strip club within walking distance (The Clermont Lounge) if you are feeling adventurous and want to potentially brush shoulders with a celebrity. This is not your typical strip club though, so do some reading up to understand what you are getting into. Such an adventure!

We had brunch next door at Café 640 and it was delicious. Their bacon bloody mary cured my hangover in a jiffy. We also ventured down the road to the Diesel bar for a couple pitchers of mimosas and a few rounds of yahtzee. The Majestic Diner gave us a really scrumptious late night spread. I would have loved to try to Orleagian Snowball truck, but we waited and waited for their "1:00" opening time, until we finally gave up around 1:20.

My husband and I plan to recommend the Highland Inn to all of our friends, and we are so excited to make this "our spot" as we come back for more adventure in the future.

09/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
47. Brit V.
My husband and I stayed here for a week during our getaway to Atlanta. This hotel had great reviews, was reasonably priced in the location we wanted to be in, with free wifi, breakfast, and parking.

The check in was fast and efficient. The rooms and beds are smaller than your typical chain hotel. Everything is clean and well kept, allowing us a quiet and restful night sleep. Housekeeping was also fast- made our bed everyday, fresh towels available, as well as any other amenities you need.

Know that it is not your typical chain hotel. It is old. The staircase is crooked. You may get stuck in your bathroom like I did because the foundation is off and the layers of paint on the doorframe and the humidity of the shower glues your door shut, necessitating someone to open it from the outside. But, with all the quirks, we had a great stay with no other complaints.

Stay here if you are willing to forgo your plush towels and pillow top bed at the Westin or Hilton. This is just as comfortable at less the price, as well as historically cool.

19/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
48. Mia P.
Pros: Super easy to walk to Little Five Points (and didn't feel uneasy walking back at 2am), cute old building feel, easy check in, 24 hour desk service, inexpensive!

Cons: heater smelled like it was burning when we turned it on, room was quite small

01/11/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
49. Alex O.
I've been to a couple weddings here and stayed for a night or two a few times.Tthe basement is a great place for a party or event. The rooms are small, but clean and nice. It feels like you're staying in an old European Hotel. Not a bunch of frills but the price is great and it's in a very walkable area surrounded by food and nightlife. Very charming, but I wouldn't say it is for everyone.

05/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
50. Lauren D.
A clean, cute hotel with friendly staff. The rates are reasonable and the rooms are charming. It's within walking distance of so many awesome places to eat and shop. Anytime we come to Atlanta we book here. Also, a kitty roams the halls! It's the best.

16/03/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
51. Ashlee W.
I love this place. I first stayed here for a few nights with my guy. We love the charm. We stayed in a king room I believe. It was great. The one thing I would complain about is how wishy washy the showers can be. One day the water can be hot with low water pressure, the next day it's an icebox! But we worked around it, and now have funny memories. With that said, the shower didn't keep us away. We stayed here again just last week. I have to say this is our favorite inn and it's in such a great location!

13/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
52. Bevi K.
I stayed here for three nights while on a business trip. I was very suspicious because it was a lot cheaper than many of the chain hotels in the area but all the reviews seemed good. It was close to my meetings so I gave it a shot. Upon entering, you notice the Highland Inn is a rustic older style hotel. It's got a small porch and you walk up to its reception area. The carpets are old and the paint is outdated, but its still got this southern charm to it.

My room was small, nothing special, a large bed, a flat screen tv and a small desk. There wasn't too much room to walk around. The bathroom was actually a large step higher than the rest of the room, it was awkward. The bathroom definitely needed work, the tub was rusty and missing paint, a small shower and sink. The towels were clean however. One big complaint, there was no outlet in the bathroom, even with a hairdryer there. It made it uncomfortable that i had to find a outlet underneath the desk in the room and dry my hair.

After the second night after some exploring I found that they actually serve complimentary breakfast. While its nothing special, I wish it was advertised more.

There are rumors this hotel is haunted, i could see why, it seems like its seem some things. There is also a black cat that likes to wander the halls, it doesn't help its haunted feel. She was nice though, just walked me to my room and then went away.

Don't come here expecting the Ritz, but if you're visiting Atlanta, it was a awesome place to get the Southern feel. Plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance as well.

06/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
53. Justin W.
After driving 13 hours all we wanted to do was check in, get our key, take a shower, and go to bed.  If only it was that simple.

1.  We arrived! That ends the excitement.  Trying to check in was a twenty minute exercise, and not because they were busy (see image).  The person working at the counter was sleeping.  I don't mean "sleeping" as much as I mean "passed the fuck out".  At first we tried knocking on the counter.  Next, we tried banging on the window.  After that failed.. The following ensued.  We began taking the pens from the cup on the counter and throwing them at him.  One by one we hit him in the face and chest, repeatedly, until running out of pens. At this point, over two dozen pens were scattered amongst the attendant and the floor.  Eventually my girlfriend climbed onto the counter and violently shook the person by the legs until he awoke.  Upon his awakening he mumbled " woah, man I'm ready for another drink ".

2.  We got a key.  I'm still not sure we got the key we were intended to get, but fuck it, at this point we just needed a room.  

3.  The A/C was as loud and worthless as a hooker in county jail.

4.  We decided to shower.  This would forever be known as mistake #2 (#1 being staying here).  The shower had as much water pressure as an infant peeing on me.  It took an hour just to rinse off the soap (not provided) I had lathered on my exhausted body.  This was easily the worst showering experience of my adult life.

TL;DR drunk employees, random rooms, loud help, horrible showers.  Not recommended, ever, ever.

The only reason for the 2 stars... My room key worked, and it was surprisingly clean.

13/10/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
54. Lisa E.
My husband and I loved our visit to this quirky-cool historic Atlanta hotel. We just stayed one night, on a quick anniversary jaunt to ATL, and it was just what we were looking for.

I hate chain hotels. Their rooms are sterile, monotonous, little boxes of boring. The Highland Inn is the opposite! Beyond the gorgeous 1920's front portico, twisty,funky corridors lead to the guest rooms. They are small spaces, perfect for a couple, with vintage crystal doorknobs and Art Deco prints on the walls.

Our room was clean and the bed was quite comfy. There was a flat screen tv on the wall, a little closet, a little desk. Simplicity.

Yes, there is a step up to get in the bathroom - this is because they didn't have in-room plumbing back in the 20's when the place was built so they had to find a way to give everyone a bathroom - and the corners weren't perfectly square...again it is nearly 100 years old! But to me, that isn't a flaw, this means the place has history and character.

Other pluses: It was right off Ponce near the Highlands so it made a great jumping off point for our other activities, it has a big FREE parking lot - just about every other hotel in ATL makes you pay to park - and the room rates are seriously half that of all the big, boring chain hotels nearby.

They also serve a free continental breakfast in the morning but it was our anniversary, so we kinda made other plans for breakfast that involved staying in bed...

Interesting place and a great value. We will be back for sure.

10/10/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
55. Laura R.
I'm in love--hardcore--with this place! It appeals to the lover of the old and creepy, while being so dang charming at the same time. A hard thing to do, I might add.

Even though I'm an Atlanta local, some friends and I decided to rent a place near the Masquerade for the Wizard's Ball that took place at the beginning of December. Yeah, we're a bunch of nerds yadda, yadda, yadda. I used Expedia to book a place, so it was pretty cheap and less than $80.

We checked in a little late, around 3pm and 4pm, and that was pretty easy. There's a private lot to the right (when facing the building) that is small and quickly fills up, but hey, it's free. You just tell whoever's out there you have a reservation at the Highland Inn, and they don't give you any problems.

When you first enter, you pass a fountain and go up a set of stairs to a small, creaky check-in area. There are still mail slots being utilized to the left of the desk! That was my first hint about how charming this place would be (also, the carpet=old as fug). Sure, you see them in older hotels from time to time, but they're rarely ever actually STILL being used.

They have old fashioned keys, instead of keycards, and they our room was situation on that same floor, the furtherest room. The doors are old and wooden, and the room itself was just... Soooo adorable. First off, it was two rooms, which I was really not expecting. The first room was smaller, but had a queen or king sized bed, as well as the bathroom and TV, and a desk and arm chair. The second room had a full sized bed, along with an arm chair, but also a kitchen. The kitchen had a large sink, microwave, mini-fridge, and even a four burner stove! This is definitely the kind of place you could stay a few nights in, and have somewhere to store and cook food (I didn't look to see if there were any dishes, but there's a chance there may have been).

I'm glad they haven't attempted to do a heavy haul/renovation of this place a lot (except with the additional of bathrooms in each room), since that's exactly what makes it so unique and charming. But it's also true that you have to be of a certain countenance to appreciate the beautifully old and slightly stale.

PROS:
It's absolutely THE most charming place.
It's near one of my favorite antique places in all of Atlanta--Highland Row Antiques.
Great location--near many restaurants, concert halls, and a short drive from interesting Atlanta staples like The Plaza and The Majestic.
So spacious! Our two bed place was also a two room place, complete with a kitchen.
Within walking distance of The Masq (about 20 minutes), and through a residential neighborhood, so I didn't have to contend with the usual rabble and homeless issue that is rampant in most of midtown.
The continental breakfast was very lacking, but had cereal and some muffins. And it's free, so I can't complain much.

CONS:
Despite the fact that I love the old world charm and I wouldn't want it updated, I think the bathrooms could do with an update. I don't mind that it's a step up, but the toilet and tub are VERY out of date.
Parking lot filled up faaaaast. I feel like that definitely needs an extension.

THE VERDICT:
It's old, charming, and full of history since it originates from the 1920s. Personally, I adore places like this, and it is exceptionally quaint and even sort of mysterious. The hallway creaks when you walk down it, and you can feel how old the place is just by walking to your room. I was giggling madly with delight as I walked there--literally. Mad, delightful laughter.

If you can stand that awesome old feel, you also get the benefits of reasonable pricing, an awesome location, and free parking, so if you're of that certain mindset who can appreciate all of this--you'll enjoy yourself. But it's NOT the type of place for someone who is expecting something fancy schmancy, who wants to be waited on hand and foot by a staff who will bend over backwards for them. The staff here keeps to themselves, and lets you do the same. Also, I've heard rumors that it's haunted. So, there's that. :)

RECOMMENDED FOR:
Someone who appreciates old buildings and old architecture.
Students who enjoy adventures, and are open to staying somewhere out-of-the-box.
People who will be staying multiple days--request a room with a kitchen and stovetop (these may be the two bedroom rooms).

16/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
56. Corky's D.
My reaction to the negative comments on for this place was, "They must have been expecting The Ritz.

I was expecting an old classic urban hotel, but the Highland was disgusting. My room smelt of backed up sewer and the sink was filled with some sort of black filth. I counted three mouse turds in and on the bathtub. The lamp cord that the t.v. was plugged into was being suspended by the t.v.'s cord, which is totally against code.

My room was non-smoking, but when I walked out in the morning I could smell cigarette smoke from other rooms. I will never go back here.

13/02/15 | Link | Rating: 1.0
57. April H.
Clean
Mid tier hotel

Finding a reasonably priced hotel was becoming a nightmare until I found the highland

Folks dont waste time at the other joints the highland is your best option...

21/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0