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!