Atlanta, Georgia, boasts a legendary restaurant scene, a stellar skyline and abundant green spaces. It was also the home city of Martin Luther King Jr, making it a key part of the Civil Rights Movement. The reasons for coming are many, while places to stay are equally numerous. Quirky boutiques and luxury hotels are what Atlanta does best, but whichever you choose, a dose of Southern hospitality is never far away.
From the grand chandeliers in the lobby to the afternoon tea at Astor Court, there are luxury touches throughout the St Regis Atlanta. It offers a butler service and free transportation in a luxury car within a 2mi (3km) radius. Rooms feature controls allowing you to adjust window sheers and curtains, lighting options and room temperature. Fine-dining menus come complete with a wine list of more than 500 American varietals.
This sophisticated hotel lies in the Buckhead district, very close to the Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square shopping malls. When you’re not flashing your plastic, you can swim in the indoor pool or visit the hotel’s three-floor spa and yoga studio. You can also enjoy afternoon tea, American dishes and cocktails in the all-day restaurant, complete with a terrace overlooking the garden.
In the pulsating center of downtown, the Ritz-Carlton provides a luxury base minutes from the Georgia Aquarium and College Football Hall of Fame. AG steakhouse utilizes regional flavors, ingredients and growers, while Lumen Bar features signature cocktails and live music on select evenings. The rooms and suites feature panoramic views and integrated technology, with stylish modern gray hues dominating and 24-hour in-room dining available. Fitness fanatics will find hundreds of virtual classes to choose from in the Movement Studio.
Loews Atlanta Hotel lies in the heart of Midtown, just two blocks from the Midtown MARTA station. Rooms in this elegant, modern tower have floor-to-ceiling windows for views of Piedmont Park, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium or the twinkling lights of the city’s skyline. If you need some pampering, pop over to the award-winning Exhale Spa, offering signature treatments and fitness classes. Pets under 75lbs can stay in the hotel for an additional fee.
The Candler Hotel Atlanta’s building is a design marvel, from its Beaux-Arts façade to its hand-carved marble staircase. Commissioned by Coca-Cola founder Asa Griggs Candler in 1906, its place in history is secured. It offers an on-site fitness center with a variety of equipment and room service. Nearby downtown sights include the Georgia Aquarium, State Farm Arena, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
This five-star hotel is close to the High Museum of Art, Peachtree Street and Piedmont Park. At the lively Bar Margot, you’ll find creative small plates and an enviable vinyl collection – the impressive drinks menu also features assorted handcrafted cocktails. Each of the guest rooms has a striking full marble bathroom with a deep bathtub. The three-tiered lobby has a marble staircase, huge columns and eye-catching chandeliers. You can also saunter over to the indoor saltwater pool and whirlpool.
Stay in a design-led boutique hotel on Ponce de Leon Avenue. Hotel Clermont’s decor eschews the conventional to bring a characterful getaway with eye-catching patterns on the walls and carpets, and rooms come with views of the Poncey-Highland neighborhood. Tiny Lou’s, the lively French-American brasserie, whips up dishes utilizing seasonal and local ingredients, while you can tuck into street food and drinks on the AstroTurf lining the rooftop while admiring the skyline views. There’s also a lively lobby cocktail lounge and a cafe.
The Burgess is a boutique hotel in the Buckhead district and tantalizingly close to fabulous shopping venues such as Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. Custom-made furniture, art pieces and found objects from Asia and beyond color the design. Fia Restaurant puts on a spread of fresh, locally sourced ingredients heated over a wood-burning fire. There’s also a pool in the courtyard and a fitness center.
The award-winning Stonehurst Place is one of the more refined boutique hotels in the city, making its home in a late-19th-century mansion filled with art. The Midtown home belonged to the same family for more than 100 years, and it retains many original features. Breakfast here is something extraordinary – try the bread pudding with a buttery pumpkin-nutmeg sauce. There are eight unique rooms and suites, with mahogany furniture and marble bathrooms.