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The Shellmont Inn is an award-winning premier Atlanta, Georgia bed and breakfast offering all the luxurious amenities found in an upscale boutique hotel. Located in Atlanta's theater, restaurant and cultural district, this crowning jewel is an urban oasis just steps from Atlanta's Midtown Mile and bustling Peachtree Street.
Business travelers find us technologically savvy, while leisure travelers find our Inn romantic and tranquil. Whether here on business or pleasure, Shellmont Inn offers outstanding personal service in a sophisticated, elegant atmosphere. Indulge in a sumptuous breakfast. Relax in a spa tub. Unwind on a wicker- laden veranda. When your travels bring you to Atlanta, Shellmont Inn will always exceed your expectations.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Ed & Debbie McCord for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
We are located in an Urban area. Guests stay for a number of reasons, convenient location and the atmosphere we provide.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are National Register Property Individually listed, One of thirty-five City of Atlanta Landmark Buildings and we were given the Mayors Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Re-Use. Guests enjoy staying at an inn run by the owners in residence. We are know for our Southern hospitality, food and gardens, the entire package.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We have wonderful tourist attractions. The number one is the Georgia Aquarium. Unique restaurants within walking distance. You can walk to the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Margaret Mitchell House, The High Museum of Art, Piedmont Park, Fox Theatre. Also we have several universities and colleges, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia State University, Emory University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Morehouse and Spellman to name just a few. Other attractions are just a short train (subway ride 3-4 stops).
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The best compliments are "We have stayed in Inns, Bed and Breakfasts around the world and you are the BEST," "One of the best Breakfast we have ever had".
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
The best kept secret is our vast knowledge of restaurants in the area. Rocking in our front porch you can see high-rise and the city skyline. Rocking on the back verandas overlooking our gardens and fish ponds and you will think you are in the country - the best of both worlds!
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
We have the following attractions:
Georgia Aquarium, CNN, World of Coke, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Zoo (we have Pandas in our zoo) Fernbank Science Center, Stone Mountain, Atlanta History Center, Fox Theatre, Margaret Mitchell House, High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park, Olympic Park. Shopping at Atlantic Station, Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza, Perimenter Center. We also have boutique shopping areas nearby.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Atlanta has wonderful restaurants from Southern Food at Mary Mac's Tearoom to 5 star dining at Bachanelia.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
If guests are coming to Atlanta they should look at our website and click on Within Walking Distance of the Inn, Nearby also follow our Blog.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 5 rooms/suites.
Do you accept pets?
We do not allow pets as we have an Inn kitty. There are Vets nearby that will board your pet.
More About Shellmont Inn
Listed individually on the National Register of Historic Places, the Shellmont Inn was built in 1891 and is located in Midtown Atlanta GA. Since 1983, Debbie and Ed McCord have been the innkeepers of this Historic Mansion and Atlanta Landmark.
Our magnificent two story entrance foyer reflects the architectural genius of W.T. Downing, the original architect and designer. The nine foot tall mantle with hand made mosaic tile in the greek key pattern compliments the ornately carved staircase with choral bench and music box. Italian artisans further embellished the foyer with hand carved shells, flowers, ribbons and mythical figures. The two story, five panel set of original Tiffany stained glass provides a kaleidoscope of colors for those early rising guests.
The dining room is graced with a floor to ceiling hand carved mantle and triple leaded glass windows. An original pewter and brass light fixture provides the ambiance for the your breakfast experience. William Morris wallpaper frames a corner alcove with a statuary niche, a perfect setting for an intimate breakfast. The living room is a favorite gathering spot for our guests.
The parlor, originally the Music Room, has hand carved musical instruments on the fireplace mantle. To further compliment the architectural richness, there is a coved ceiling, corinthian columns, greek key and egg and dart moldings and beveled plate glass windows flanked by curved windows. It is the perfect spot to read the newspaper and have a cup of tea by the fire. The Library features a beautiful inverted dome ceiling, replicated wall and ceiling stenciling, triple leaded glass windows and Moorish inspired hardware provide the perfect backdrop for a game of chess, reading your favorite book, or perusing the DVD library.
Unwind on the sun filtered verandas furnished with a collection of wicker and oak rockers. Relax and indulge in reading your favorite book, surf the internet or simply people watch. Enjoy your favorite beverage as you watch twilight fall as Atlanta's skyscrapers sparkle against the evening horizon.
Wicker laden verandas overlook manicured lawns and gardens - including Victorian fish ponds. Relax in our gardens accompanied by the sounds of gently trickling water and soft classical music. Indulge in the fragrances and aromas of the seasonal varieties of luscious landscape provided by nature. Unwind on your favorite garden bench while entertained by some of our frequent garden visitors - hummingbirds and butterflies.
Guest rooms are furnished with antiques, oriental rugs and period wall treatments. Many have unusual architectural features which distinguish them, however, all are equipped with private baths, queen beds, generous lighting and living spaces, and numerous other luxuries which we will surprise you with upon arrival. The Inn has 5 Rooms and a Carriage House Cottage.
Business travelers find us technologically savvy and our Midtown location ideal. As innkeepers celebrating our 25th Business Anniversary and combined with our traveling experience, we understand the unique requirements of the discerning business traveler.
"I stayed at the Shellmont Inn on a business trip and had to leave too soon. Am already thinking of an excuse to return for pleasure--for another chance to stay at this inn and to spend more leisure time in Midtown Atlanta."
Business Amenities & Services
- Complimentary high speed wireless internet available in each guestroom
- Armoire with cable remote control flat Screen HDTV and DVD player
- Clock radio with iPod docking station
- In room phone - complimentary local calls
- Desk for writing and computer use
- Plush robes
- Luxury linens and towels
- Iron and ironing board
- Hair dryers
- Choice of to go breakfast or full gourmet breakfast
- Conveniently located to MARTA (Rapid Rail)
- Premier midtown location
- Upscale and casual restaurants, just steps away
- Business services available
- Frequent guests loyalty travel program offered by select registry
- Concierge services available
- Corporate rates available upon request
Atlanta features the world’s largest aquarium, the Georgia Aquarium, which officially opened to the public on November 23, 2005. The aquarium features more aquatic life than can be found in any other aquarium, in tanks holding approximately eight million gallons of water. Adjacent is the World of Coca-Cola which opened in May 2007, featuring the history of the world famous soft drink brand and its well-known advertising. Pemberton Place, the 20-acre (81,000 m2) site which houses the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola is within walking distance of Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, the CNN Center and other downtown Atlanta tourist attractions. Underground Atlanta, a historic shopping and entertainment complex is situated under the streets of downtown Atlanta. In addition Atlantic Station, a huge new urban renewal project on the northwestern edge of Midtown Atlanta, officially opened in October 2005. While not a museum per se, The Varsity is the main branch of the long-lived fast food chain, featured as the world’s largest drive-in restaurant.
The arts are represented by several theaters and museums, including the Fox Theatre. The Woodruff Arts Center is home to the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony, and High Museum of Art. The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center is the city’s home for challenging contemporary art and education geared toward working artists and collectors of art. Museums geared specifically towards children include the Fernbank Science Center and Imagine It! Atlanta’s Children’s Museum. The High Museum of Art is the city’s major fine/visual arts venue, with a significant permanent collection and an assortment of traveling exhibitions. The Michael C. Carlos Museum, located at Emory University, houses the Southeast’s largest collections from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, and the ancient Americas. The Atlanta Opera, which was founded in 1979 by members of two struggling local companies, is now one of the fastest growing opera companies in the nation and garners attention from audiences around the world.
Atlanta hosts a variety of museums on subjects ranging from history to fine arts, the Olympics, natural history, and beverages. History museums and attractions include the Atlanta History Center; the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, which contains the preserved home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as King’s final resting place; the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum, a huge painting and diorama in-the-round, with a rotating central audience platform, that depicts the Battle of Atlanta in the Civil War; the Carter Center and Presidential Library; historic house museum Rhodes Hall; the Wren’s Nest, former home of Brer Rabbit author Joel Chandler-Harris; and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum.
Piedmont Park hosts many of Atlanta’s festivals and cultural events. In 1887, a group of prominent Atlantans purchased 189 acres (0.76 km2) of farmland to build a horse racing track, later developed into the site of the Cotton States International Exposition of 1895. In 1904, the city council purchased the land for US$98,000, and today it is the largest park in metro Atlanta, with more than 2.5 million visitors each year. The grounds were part of the Battle of Peachtree Creek – a Confederate division occupied the northern edge on July 20, 1864 as part of the outer defense line against Sherman’s approach. Next to the park is the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Zoo Atlanta, with a panda exhibit, is in Grant Park.
Stone Mountain is the largest piece of exposed granite in the world. On its face are giant carvings of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, and Stonewall Jackson. It is also the site of laser shows in the summer. A few miles west of Atlanta on I-20 is the Six Flags Over Georgia Theme Park, which opened near the city in 1967, and was the second theme park in the Six Flags chain.
Awards and Accolades
Select Registry Member Since 1994
Celebrating 25 years of Innkeeping Excellence
Listed on National Register of Historic Places
City of Atlanta Landmark Building
Mayor's Award for Excellence For Historic Preservation
Featured in Numerous Media &National Publications
"The Shellmont Inn -- The Peak of Perfection! The location is great too, a lovely neighborhood with superb restaurants within walking distance. It's the absolute perfect place to stay in Atlanta. I wouldn't want to stay anywhere else!"
"Staying at the Shellmont Inn was an incredible experience. The property, an impeccably restored and maintained 1891 mansion in midtown Atlanta is beautifully appointed, yet makes one feel relaxed and at ease."
"...fit for the Queen, the Shellmont Inn is the exemplar for B&Bs. The service was thoughtful and friendly, the bed was as comfortable as my own, and the bathroom, with a huge fanlight and a large, spanking-clean claw-footed tub, was a delightful reward."
How To Find Us
Shellmont is located in Midtown, the theatre, restaurant and cultural district of Atlanta. We are just two blocks from the "Miracle Mile" of Atlanta and about one mile north of the center of downtown Atlanta. The High Museum of Art and the Atlanta Civic Center are a short stroll from the Inn. Our location is ideally suited for both business and pleasure travelers.
- Interstate 75 and Interstate 85 merge approximately 7 miles south of downtown Atlanta
- Continue north toward downtown Atlanta past Turner Field (baseball stadium) on right, proceed northbound and go under I-20 overpass
- Get in right lane and exit 248-C (International Blvd.)
- Go straight to the 2nd
- Traffic light (Ellis Street)Turn left, go over bridge and turn right at traffic light (Piedmont Avenue one way northbound)
- Proceed North about 1 mile to the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and 6th Street
- Shellmont is located on the right on the corner
- Park on 6th Street until you check-in
Note: If your vehicle contains 2 or more persons, you can use the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) lane, or express lane, the extreme left lane marked with a black and white diamond symbol. Follow the directions above but after going under the I-20 overpass, exit the next HOV left lane exit with sign stating Piedmont Avenue Exit. It will yield into Piedmont Avenue going northbound. Go north to Piedmont and 6th Street.
- Interstate 75 and Intersate 85 merge about 2 miles north of downtown Atlanta
- Go past Georgia Tech basketball dome on the right and get in the extreme right lane
- Exit at North Avenue/Georgia Institute of Technology Exit
- Turn left at end of exit ramp on North Avenue. Go to 5th traffic light, turn left on Piedmont Avenue (one way northbound)
- Proceed north about 1 mile to Piedmont and 6th Street. Shellmont is located on the right on the corner
- Park on 6th Street until you check-in
MARTA (Rapid Rail) from Atlanta Hartsfield- Jackson Airport
- Access MARTA trains in terminal adjacent to baggage claim
- Go to the Northbound Platform Side (Downtown Atlanta)
- Proceed to N-4 (Midtown, Northbound, 4th Station from Five Points)
- Exit Station on 10th Street Side
- Turn right (East) go three blocks to Piedmont Avenue
- Turn right and walk 4 blocks (South) to the Intersection of Piedmont and 6th Street
- We are on the left corner
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Please call us at 404-872-9290 should you need further directions. Address: 821 Piedmont Avenue, NE., Atlanta, GA. 30308