Layover Atlanta airport
Replies: 14 - Last Post: Feb 6, 2013 10:42 AM Last Post By: smartcookiee
Feb 4, 2013 4:35 AM
Layover Atlanta airportHi Guys,
I have just booked a ticket from Europe to Belize via Atlanta.
We have a layover of 15 hours.
We would like to know if we are allowed to leave Atlanta airport and stay in a hotel nearby. I cannot find a hotel at the airport.
I assume we need an ESTA travel authorization in any case?
I hope to hear from you soon!
Feb 4, 2013 4:48 AM
This process will leave you outside security when finished, so there is nothing stopping you from heading into the city, or getting a hotel room.
Feb 4, 2013 5:43 AM
2You also will need to claim your luggage once thru Immigration/Customs, and recheck it, keep this in mind if you plan to take with you to a hotel, as you will need to recheck in the luggage upon arrival at the airline check in, the proceed to gate thru security.
There many hotels near ATL airport, the best deals looks to a new Garden Inn, for $79, includes Breakfast and Wifi.
Feb 4, 2013 7:41 AM
3Have you considered renting a car for the day and staying in a more active area in Atlanta so you can explore a bit and have some decent good? Staying at an airport hotel doesn't sound that appealing to me.
Feb 4, 2013 8:39 AM
Feb 4, 2013 9:36 AM
5The layover is from 7pm to 10am. I'd get a hotel somewhere in the city (not airport), get late dinner somewhere nice, sleep, wake up early early (thanks to jetlag) and take a brisk 1 hour walking tour of the city before taking a taxi/shuttle to the airport.
To answer your questions, yes you can always leave the airport. As noted above, remember to pick up your bag and bring it with you. And yes, you need an ESTA or visa.
Feb 4, 2013 12:06 PM
Feb 4, 2013 3:34 PM
7OP, if this were my trip, I would go online and book an airport hotel with one of the chains (Hilton, Marriot, etc.) Try Hotwire, and select at least three stars, and specify the airport. All of the chains will have shuttles to and from the hotels. I wouldn't recommend going into Atlanta. I've been there at least a half-dozen times, always on business, and I think you'll be more entertained watching TV in your hotel room than going into the city.
Feb 4, 2013 3:55 PM
8Well I dont like Atlanta that much either, reminds of Dallas/Houston. The Virginia Highland area is a nice area, more bohemian/old school and hip...
Feb 4, 2013 8:31 PM
9Even if were landing in a city that I liked, I'd be inclined to give the same advice. It's a 15-hour layover, but when you subtract the amount of time it takes to get through customs & immigration, and pick up bags, and then get back to the airport and check in, and add the prudent slack time just in case, they really only have nine or 10 hours and maybe less. And that ought to include sleep. Or maybe I'm getting too old.
If #5 is correct on the times, that argues even more so for heading to an airport hotel. Leaving aside my general dislike for Atlanta, I don't think it would be a good idea for the OP to try to venture outside of the airport zone. OP, you'd certainly live to tell the tale, but I think you'd wind up concluding that you saw a bunch of tall buildings with lights that could have been in 200 other cities.
Up to you, obviously, but this ex-road warrior, multiple-times Atlanta visitor, and world traveler says: Head to an airport hotel and chill out.
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Feb 5, 2013 10:45 PM
13How do you get a corporate rate? They are tourists from Hungary.
Feb 6, 2013 10:42 AM
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