I am attending a conference at the World Congress Center on a weekend in January. We will be staying on a Saturday night and Sunday night and leaving Monday morning. However, we are a group of college students and are looking to keep costs as low as possible since we will be driving from Wisconsin and gas will cost us quite a bit of money. This means that staying downtown is likely out of the question. The only good price I could find was the Motel 6 downtown for 65/night on Expedia, but noticed it is still appears to be a little way away from the GWCC. Is it within walking distance? This would be probably the only thing that would be a major plus, as anywhere else we stayed away from downtown we would have to pay for parking at the conference.
We were also looking at hotels in the Cumberland Mall area, the Perimeter Mall area, and by the airport. There was also a La Quinta in Lenox/Buckhead. If we stayed in either of the mall areas, we could stay at a little bit better of a place for the same money, but would be a little bit further from downtown. The distance shouldn't be a problem, but would traffic be a problem? I'm assuming that the weekend traffic should be OK, but I don't know Atlanta very well.
Finally, since we will be headed back north Monday morning, I'm thinking that the areas on the north/northwest side would be better as compared to the airport, so that is another thing to consider.
Does anyone have any advice for us? Thanks in advance!