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Steeped in the history of the Civil Rights Movement, Georgia’s capital is loved for its famous hospitality and balmy weather. Today, Atlanta boasts a vibrant cultural and culinary scene. Downtown has trendy nightlife spots and business headquarters rub shoulders with iconic attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, while the upscale Buckhead area is the destination of choice for discerning shoppers and gourmets. Whatever draws you to this former Olympic city, we’ve put together a list of the best hotels Atlanta has to offer - from quaint B&Bs to luxury boutiques.
Best Overall: The St. Regis Atlanta
The St. Regis Atlanta is located in Buckhead, an affluent area known for its fine-dining restaurants and upmarket boutiques. With its historic façade and elegant soft gray interior, The St. Regis Atlanta is steeped in Southern charm. Keep an eye out for important original artworks, both in the public spaces and in the luxurious guestrooms or suites. All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, exquisite furnishings, a marble bathroom complete with a deep soaking tub, as well as a sumptuous bed with a feather duvet and pillows.
The St. Regis Atlanta has a choice of gourmet restaurants and bars. Sample seasonal American cuisine in top-rated restaurant Atlas, or explore more than 500 vintages in the Wine Room. Every Thursday, the hotel hosts live jazz evenings, while sunset is greeted with a traditional champagne sabering ceremony. At the heart of the hotel lies the Pool Piazza, where poolside butlers cater to your every whim. Other stand-out hotel amenities include an athletic club and decadent massages at Remède Spa.
Best Budget: La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North
If you’re traveling to Atlanta by air, La Quinta Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North is a particularly good budget choice with a fitness center and an outdoor pool. It’s a convenient six-minute drive from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and a 15-minute drive from the tourist attractions of Downtown. Choose a room with two Queen beds or a single King bed with an ensuite bathroom and a 40” HDTV. Accessible rooms are also available.
In each room, a coffee maker, fridge and microwave allows for basic self-catering. You can buy supplies from the on-site market - or, if you feel like eating out, there are plenty of budget restaurants nearby. You should have plenty of hard-earned dollars left over, thanks to an impressive range of freebies, including high-speed Internet, local calls, parking and an airport shuttle. Best of all, the hotel offers a complimentary breakfast buffet stocked with tasty hot and cold options.
Best Boutique: Ellis Hotel
Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta, Ellis Hotel is a four-star boutique surrounded by major attractions such as the World of Coca-Cola and Centennial Olympic Park. It dates back to 1913, although its interiors offer the best in contemporary comfort. Each of the hotel’s 127 rooms and suites includes a stone-floored bathroom with Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, a 32” LCD TV and a pillow-top mattress. Dedicated pet-friendly, allergy-sensitive and ladies-only floors help Ellis Hotel to stand out from the crowd. Terrace Bistro Restaurant & Lounge features farm-to-table cuisine made using the finest locally sourced ingredients, as well as an extensive cocktail menu. Free Wi-Fi and valet parking are also available.
Best for Families: Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is located in Midtown, near the family-friendly Atlanta Botanical Garden. Although room rates are pricey, they are made more affordable by the fact that children under 18 years of age can share their parents’ room for free. All rooms include free Wi-Fi and an LCD TV with a DVD player. Cribs and rollaway beds can be requested from reception, while suites offer plenty of extra space.
Child-friendly amenities include miniature bathrobes, bedtime cookies and babysitting services. You can also ask for your room to be child-proofed ahead of your stay. The indoor pool is a big hit with families, while Park 75 restaurant has a dedicated children’s menu. You can even show your little ones where their food comes from at the hotel’s honey farm. Top features for adults include a spa, a fitness center and sophisticated Bar Margot.
Best for Romance: Artmore Hotel
Sandwiched between the High Museum of Art and Center Stage Theater, Artmore Hotel is the perfect choice for cultural couples in central Midtown. Its restored Spanish Mediterranean façade dates back to 1924 and evokes the romance of a past era. Inside, the hotel’s white and red theme is similarly charismatic. All rooms include a minibar, a Keurig coffee maker and plush bedding perfect for cozy evenings in.
Kick things up a notch with the hotel’s “That’s Amore” package, which includes breakfast for two, champagne, sweets and a dozen red roses delivered to your room. The Gallery Café serves an indulgent Southern-inspired breakfast, while the Studio Bar & Cocktail Garden offers craft concoctions and gourmet light bites. After dinner, spend a moment stargazing with your loved one by the fire in the romantic central courtyard.
Best Luxury: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
The five-star Mandarin Oriental presides over the luxurious Buckhead area of Atlanta, in between designer shopping centers Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square. The theme is contemporary Southern sophistication blended with touches of Asian elegance. The rooms are decadently spacious, and all categories are equipped with goose down bedding, an HD TV and a marble bathroom complete with a walk-in shower and soaking tub.
For the ultimate luxury experience, book a night in the Mandarin Suite. Enjoy sweeping floor-to-ceiling views, two private balconies, a working fireplace, a living room and a separate dining area. The Café & Bar serve exquisite Southern cuisine and craft cocktails, with a Dim Sum Brunch on Sundays. Other highlights include a high-end spa, beautiful private gardens and a free car service within a two-mile radius.
Best for Nightlife: W Atlanta Downtown
Surrounded by the vibrant nightlife of the city center, W Atlanta Downtown is the top choice for those that like to party. Lobby bar Living Room offers relaxed drinks in a lounge setting, while Drinkshop is available for private functions. The hotel’s highlight, however, is WETBAR, located next to the 16th-floor infinity pool. Order cocktails and light bites overlooking the skyline. Saturday pool parties draw Atlanta’s cool crowd with lively guest DJ sets. All rooms offer an edgy design, cable TV and a W Signature Bed with a goose down duvet and 350-thread count linens. Recharge after a late night at the spa or fitness center, then sit down to American-Asian fusion cuisine at W Kitchen.
Best for Business: Loews Atlanta Hotel
Conveniently close to the business centers of Midtown and Downtown, Loews Atlanta Hotel offers more than 40,000 square feet of event space - making it an excellent choice for corporate functions. Wi-Fi is free in the guestrooms and public spaces, while the business center is open 24/7. In between meetings, de-stress with a fitness center workout or with a visit to the spa. Rooms and suites are modern and luxuriously comfortable, with a 37” TV, a Keurig coffee maker and an ergonomic work desk. Egyptian cotton sheets ensure that you get plenty of sleep before that important meeting. At Saltwood restaurant, enjoy charcuterie small plates and micro-brews.
Best B&B: Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast
At the heart of Atlanta’s historic Inman Park district lies Sugar Magnolia Bed & Breakfast, a beautiful Queen Anne house built in 1892. Find yourself transported back in time by the property’s sweeping grand staircase, welcoming fireplaces and atmospheric porches. There are two rooms and two suites, including the blue-and-cream-themed Royal Suite with its king brass bed, private balcony and sunken Jacuzzi tub. Every morning, sit down to a full breakfast in the elegant dining room. Cocktails can be enjoyed in the living room, where the B&B’s owner sometimes entertains on the baby grand piano.