About Us

Benson's Hospitality Group was formed by several generations of experience in the hospitality business. We have assembled an experienced team with talents encompassing all aspects of hospitality that has meant measured success for our clients, loyalty and pride from our employees and recognition in the industry.

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Our Story

In 1960, Benson’s Hospitality Group was formed in order to build and open the original, iconic Holiday Inn in downtown Athens next to the University of Georgia’s historic north campus. By 1996, BHG had acquired the Ramada Inn just a few blocks away from our first hotel – and eventually converted that location to the Holiday Inn Express that it is today.

We followed in 2006 with the opening of the Hilton Garden Inn across the street from the Classic Center and then opened our first SpringHill Suites by Marriott in West Athens in 2008. Our most recent hotel is our second SpringHill Suites by Marriott located in downtown Athens, which we opened in 2018. And to bring it all full circle, we are now in the process of redeveloping that original Holiday Inn property for a stunning new hotel which we will be announced in the near future.

Currently Benson’s Hospitality Group now operates four high-quality, award-winning hotel properties in the Classic City – Holiday Inn Express, Hilton Garden Inn, SpringHill Suites by Marriott/West Athens and SpringHill Suites by Marriott/Downtown Athens.

Whether your company is looking for a meeting site or you are planning to explore the city of Athens, Benson’s Hospitality Group has a great selection and convenient location for your stay in Athens, GA. Our properties offer you outstanding amenities and superb service in order to make every stay with us a wonderful experience.


Our management team has more than 100 years of experience within the hospitality industry with a remarkable ability to focus on customer satisfaction and customer service. Our mission is to please customers at a profit and to provide a pleasant and safe work place where every employee has the opportunity for continuous personal and professional development

We are well aware that we must always look to the future by upgrading and renovating current assets, incorporating the latest technology, and blending innovative strategy with efficient and effective execution.


Strong partnerships with the hospitality industry’s leading brands have given us the opportunity to develop consistently award-winning hotels. That, combined with the focus on excellence across all areas by our leadership team determines the most appropriate design and brand affiliation to best address customer demand within the market.

Throughout our history, our development philosophy has been characterized by a commitment to excellence, resourcefulness and high quality.

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