Here are some popular places to stay in Athens:

The Holiday Inn Express in Athens is 3 blocks from downtown and a 15-minute walk from the Boyd Graduate Research Studies Center, where the conference is being held.
The Holiday Inn (706-549-4433) is located on the corner of campus very close to Downtown Athens. It is about a 15-minute walk to Boyd Graduate Research Studies Center.

The Georgia Center for Continuing Education (800-884-1381) is on campus, only 5 minutes' walk to Boyd. It is always the first to become completely booked.

Other hotels within walking distance of campus:
Hotel Indigo
Hilton Garden Inn
Courtyard by Marriott
Days Inn
Best Western
Foundry Park Inn

Other hotels in the city of Athens in an ever-expanding radius, starting at 3 miles from Boyd:
Hampton Inn
Country Inns & Suites
Howard Johnson
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