Where to Stay in Buckhead
Generally speaking, if you want to check into a luxurious, five-star hotel, you’ll want to stay in Buckhead (the exception to this rule is the Four Seasons Atlanta, which is in Midtown). Staying in Buckhead is best for leisure travelers and shopping enthusiasts, as both Lenox Mall, Phipps Plaza and Buckhead Atlanta are located in the within walking distance of many of the hotels, making it a no-brainer for romantic getaways or girls’ weekends. Some of our favorite Buckhead hotels include the JW Marriott Buckhead, W Buckhead (don’t miss their rooftop pool), the InterContinental Buckhead (home to celebrity chef Art Smith’s restaurant Southern Art) and the Grand Hyatt. To up the luxury ante, we recommend checking into one of Buckhead’s five-star hotels:
- Mandarin Oriental Atlanta blends Southern hospitality and Oriental charm, complete with attentive service (we love being greeted with hot towels and tea) an elegant lounge featuring live jazz and the largest hotel spa in the city—don’t miss the 60-foot indoor lap pool, sauna and steam rooms and a terrace perfect for sipping champagne.
- St. Regis Atlanta is the perfect hotel for foodies—not only does local restaurateur Gerry Klaskala operate Atlas inside the hotel, but the property is smack dab in the middle of a courtyard where culinary champions like Umi, Chops Lobster Bar and Ford Fry’s King + Duke are also located. Need more reasons to check in? Expect signature butler service, one of the only outdoor hotel pools in town and afternoon tea service.
Where to Stay in Midtown
Appealing to both business travelers and tourists alike, Midtown is a prime location for easy access to the best of Atlanta—it's one of the most walkable areas in Atlanta and visitors can get to The Fox Theatre, The High Museum (and the rest of the Woodruff Arts Center), The Atlanta Botanical Gardens, and Piedmont Park all on foot. Plus, the variety you’ll find in the hotels here is unparalleled. While Buckhead hotels lean more toward leisure and luxury, and Downtown hotels tend to be better for conventions and tourist groups, Midtown hotels cover the gamut from five-star accommodations to trendy, hip hotels like the W Midtown and Twelve Atlanta Station, to boutique properties like the Artmore Hotel, The Georgian Terrace Hotel and Hotel Indigo, plus charming B&Bs. To really take advantage of Midtown’s prime location, we recommend checking into one of these three unique hotels:
- Four Seasons Atlanta - Walking distance from some of Atlanta’s tourist attractions, the Four Seasons is a five-star, five-diamond hotel in the city. Bar Margot, the hotel’s restaurant (serving lunch and dinner), was conceptualized by Ford Fry and is now helmed by executive chef Michael Patria. Diners can choose from seasonal dishes, including grilled Spanish octopus, cacio e pepe, and a dulce de leche cake with pretzel ice cream.
- Loews Atlanta Hotel - Not only is this business-friendly hotel walking distance to the city’s top attractions and restaurants, but it’s also home to a chic on-site restaurant, Saltwood, with a fabulous charcuterie program, and Exhale, one of the largest spa and fitness centers in town. Guests receive complimentary access to all 20,000 square feet, including the 9,000-square-foot fitness studio offering classes like barre, yoga and cycling, a sauna and the only hammam room (Turkish bath) in Georgia. Traveling with the family? Take advantage of the hotel's Loews Loves Families program, Loews Loves Families, which offers special discounts to guests traveling with children year-round.
- Stonehurst Place - This eco-friendly retreat (it’s the first EarthCraft-certified B&B in the state) is housed in a restored 1896 bungalow overlooking Midtown’s tree-lined streets. Expect all the charms of a B&B with all the amenities of a five-star hotel: Original heart-of-pine flooring and crown molding, cozy gathering spaces adorned with vintage furniture and ornate fireplaces alongside free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, luxurious linens draping designer beds, marble-clad bathrooms outfitted with soaking tubs, heated floors and spacious walk-in showers. Don’t miss innkeeper Lori’s breakfast—her sumptuous cornbread and Eggs Benedict may be the best in town.
Where to Stay Downtown
Conveniently located near the city’s top tourist attractions (CNN World Headquarters, Phillips Arena, the Georgia World Congress Center, the brand new College Football Hall of Fame, the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, the Georgia Dome, Centennial Olympic Park, and America's Mart), Downtown hotels are decidedly less luxurious and boutiquey than Buckhead and Midtown, but that’s not to say they’re not without merit (and there is the Ellis Hotel or the Glenn Hotel for boutique hotel lovers and the four-diamond Omni Hotel at CNN Center). Host to most of Atlanta’s conventions, there are many affordable options for Downtown lodging, many of which are home to some of the best hotel restaurants in Atlanta (a blessing considering that most of Downtown's restaurants are large chains). We recommend checking into one of these three unique hotels:
- W Atlanta Downtown - This trendy hotel stands out among the sea of convention hotels littering downtown—expect a lively oasis complete with jungle-inspired “Living Room” perfect for cocktails, one of the city’s top steakhouses BLT Steak, the legendary Bliss Spa and a scene-and-be-scene rooftop outfitted with a swanky wet bar and infinity pool, where postcard-worthy views are complemented by live DJs on the weekends.
- Hyatt Regency Atlanta Downtown - Conventions never looked as good as they do at this historic property—not only did the hotel recently receive a $65 million makeover complete with energy-efficient rooms and an expanded club level, but there’s more than 180,000 square feet of meeting, boardroom and exhibit space (plus the largest hotel ballroom in the state), and a signature rooftop restaurant, Polaris, sure to wow your clients.
- Hilton Atlanta - Like many downtown hotels, this convention property is just a 15-minute drive from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, not to mention home to 129,000 square feet of flexible function space. But aside from its business travel perks, there’s also an outdoor pool, tennis courts, basketball court, and jogging track, plus one of the city’s top fine dining destinations, Nikolai’s Roof, where the Eastern European-leaning bites are dished out over a view of the downtown skyline.