The most unique hotel

During our recent trip to Georgia to visit Barry’s parents we stayed at the most unique hotel. They advertise “hand-crafted accommodations”–and, my goodness, that is so true. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Graduate Hotels, please consider it. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

They advertise that “we are all students” so I am studying that chemistry equation in the above photo. (I would flunk chemistry if taking the class now…and, hmmm, may have flunked it back in the day, too, as I am not a scientific whiz.)

They have at least 30 hotels in the US, and I believe most of them are located in college towns.

The theme is studying and “reliving your glory days” in college. See the bulldog lamp above? That’s the University of Georgia’s team mascot. It was a big weekend down there in Bulldog territory. Their football team played in a championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide last Saturday. I’m not a big football fan, but guess who watched most of the game last weekend? Yep, we did. (Unfortunately the Dawgs did not win…)

Look at these cool retro pics in the bathroom. Everywhere you turned–in every nook and cranny–some student-oriented gidget, gadget or knickknack took you back to college days.

Here we are parked in front of our room. Please note the rental car, a Nissan Rogue. Barry and I have never rented a car while traveling to visit his parents–usually we take a shuttle and stay at their house. But this year we opted to rent a car and enjoy a hotel during our time in Athens.

Another cool touch–look at these room keys. We each received our unique Student ID. Barry was UGA football player Chargin’ Charlie and I was Dominique Wilkins of the NBA. I let Charlie unlock the door most days.

Instead of your usual “Do not disturb” sign, you hung a pendant outside your door that announced “Studying”.

This Graduate Hotel in Athens attaches to The Foundry, a venue for live music, dinner and drinks. We didn’t check it out and preferred to hang out in the room before bed. The kids asked if we visited any breweries. Nope, not this trip.

Every morning at 7 a.m. we walked to the lobby with its coffee shop and drank a long (very strong) cup of fresh-brewed coffee. You could sit in student chairs or unique retro furniture. We lingered here for a half hour talking about where we’d eat breakfast and what we might do before going to his parent’s house.

See the old library card file? Just another example of the distinctive touches sprinkled through this boutique hotel.

We would definitely choose to return to a Graduate Hotel again.

P.S. Hope to write another blog and show you more pictures from our trip soon.

P.S.S. It’s also very good to be settled back home in our Little House in the Woods!

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39 Responses to The most unique hotel

  1. leelah saachi says:

    What fun, Kathy – I thoroughly enjoyed that, and wanted to BE there and explore. What creativity – they must have had so much fun, decorating!

  2. Dale says:

    What a wonderful place to stay! This is my kinda joint 🙂

  3. Debbie says:

    Glad you had such a good experience (and they ought to pay you for this glowing review!!). I like all the vintage touches and suspect this place never wants for customers. Happy settling-in again!

  4. jeffstroud says:

    Oh my! That looks like so much interesting fun.

  5. rehill56 says:

    Very cool! Love that you chose it!

  6. jodiczt says:

    Fun! I wonder if there are any graduate hotels in the Bay Area?!

  7. A most interesting place. I can see wh you would want to return. But ahh yes, home is the heart and the hearth of one’s life.

  8. Nancy Besonen says:

    I wore an ugly yellow uniform–button up dress–and punched meal tickets as students entered the caf at NIU. I also had to slam the entrance door shut when food fights erupted so diners could be locked in until they’d cleaned the cafeteria afterwards. Your caf looked nice and clean. The lady in the yellow dress approves. Cool vacay stay.

  9. What a great idea for hotels — I never heard of them before. I see there’s one near my daughter in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Hmmm… I like all the vintage décor and those room keys.

    • Kathy says:

      When and if you go visit them, you will have to enjoy a night there. Although maybe you will prefer to bunk down at your daughter’s. We usually like to stay at Barry’s parents, but this wasn’t the year for that–for multiple reasons.

  10. I’ve never heard of this hotel chain – but I appreciate their atmosphere! Happy to see you becoming interested in organic chemistry.

  11. Val Boyko says:

    You cool hipsters you❣️Thanks for sharing your trip and meme our lane

  12. Tilly travel says:

    That sounds like an interesting place to visit/stay.

  13. Ally Bean says:

    This looks like fun. Your photos do it justice. A perfectly charming idea for a hotel. I’m tucking this name away for when we start traveling again.

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks Ally Bean! I see that you have some new posts–will come over and read soon. It’s been a crazy week…we got our booster shots and spent a couple days down & out.

  14. LaDonna Remy says:

    It sounds like a fun and interesting place and visit

  15. That’s really fun. I happen to like themed hotels, and you don’t find them much anymore. Usually they’re so monochromatic. Adorable place. Thanks for sharing! I’m impressed you watched a college football game too. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Pam, I was wondering if themed hotels might be a thing of the future? But mayhaps not. And ha ha about that college football game. It wasn’t half bad. 🙂

      • Way back when we used to take the kids to the Madonna Hotel in San Luis Obispo which had a different theme for each room. They loved it! Not sure if it’s still around. Go Pats!! (Weirdly, I do enjoy watching professional football…) 🏈 😂

  16. Reggie says:

    What a cool hotel!! I love it! Soo many little quirky touches too… Thanks for telling us about it, Kathy!

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