We are taking our kids up to Stone Mountain next summer. Trying to decide whether to stay at the Marriott Conference Center or the Marriott Stone Mountain Inn. Is one in a better location than another? If we stay at the Inn can we use the facilities at the other? I think the Inn is a cat 4 and the conf ctr a cat 5. Is it a big difference in quality? How many days are really needed to see it all?
The Stone Mountain Inn is literally across the street from the park. It is an older facility. The rooms are quite spacious but very dated. It is arranged around a courtyard/pool. The rooms have exterior doors. When I was there this summer, the restaurant only offered buffets, all three meals. The furnishings and bed are not up to current Marriott standards. But the location cannot be beat, especially if you want to take a break during the day. You can do the park in one day for the highlights. Or take two days to see (almost) everything.
We ate a great Friday evening seafood buffet at the conference center. It is a typically nice Marriot conference center. But several miles from the park entrance.
As Rainbow mentioned, it really boils down to location. Depending on when you go to/from the park traffic can be a little bit of an issue. Having such a short commute could be nice depending on how much of a day you spend there at the park. Its not the nicest property in the chain but it definitely great to have a close place to collapse after a full day of fun :)
As for the park, there is a fair amount to see/do and depending on how busy it is, you might want to target specific areas and spread it out over a couple of days. For example, the tram to the top is a great way to get up there but its quite packed when the park is busy. You can always walk up but walking down is so much easier LOL and you can catch the train back to the parking lot.