Atlanta's Top 10 Hotels
Our recommendations on where to stay in Atlanta.
By: Kate Parham Kordsmeier
10. The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
Starting Rate: $229/night
Highlights: Though each of the 510 guest rooms at this 30-year-old hotel is beautiful, it’s worth it to upgrade to the exclusive Spa Level, where you’ll find a personal spa concierge, relaxation lounge, convenient access to the spa and in-room amenities such as spa-inspired snacks, Tempur-Pedic mattresses and yoga mats, anytime check-out, sound machines and eco-friendly bamboo bath accessories.
Best For: Shopaholics. With both Lenox Square mall and Phipps Plaza just across the street from the hotel, the Ritz is the perfect place for retail enthusiasts.
Don’t Miss: Though afternoon tea and live jazz in the Lobby Lounge are favorites, the Sunday brunch and bubble bar is a standout — more than 100 desserts anchor the festive meal, which is rounded out with a Champagne cocktail from the interactive bubble bar.
9. The Georgian Terrace Hotel
Highlights: Affordable luxury is the name of the game at this historic icon, where elegant crystal chandeliers, white marble columns and floor-to-ceiling windows perfectly complement the modern and vibrant Proof & Provision, the hotel’s lively watering hole.
Best For: History buffs. The hotel, which opened in 1911, has played host to President Calvin Coolidge, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tallulah Bankhead, not to mention the premiere gala for Gone With the Wind in 1939.
Don’t Miss: A show at the fabulous Fox Theatre, which is directly across the street from the hotel.
8. W Atlanta Downtown
Starting Rate: $200/night
Highlights: The sleek and modern hotel may be in the heart of downtown, but inside, you’ll find a verdant sanctuary ready to pamper you, whether you opt for cocktails in the “Living Room,” an indulgent steak dinner at BLT Steak (go for the truffle mac & cheese!) or a massage at the beloved Bliss Spa.
Best For: Scenesters. The hip vibe of this hotel makes it a true place to see and be seen for trendy visitors and posh locals alike.
Don’t Miss: The rooftop, home to the city’s only hotel helipad, a swanky wet bar and a gorgeous all-weather infinity pool, complete with panoramic city views and live DJs on the weekends.
7. Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Starting Rate: $179/night
Highlights: One of Atlanta’s oldest hotels just got a $65 million makeover. Expect a refresh of the hotel’s soaring 22-story atrium lobby, energy-efficient rooms outfitted with the latest technology and an expanded club level.
Best For: Business travelers. With more than 180,000 square feet of meeting, boardroom and exhibit space (including the largest hotel ballroom in the state), the hotel has plenty of options for conferences and on-the-go meetings.
Don’t Miss: Polaris, the hotel’s signature rooftop restaurant (you’ll likely recognize the iconic blue dome), which is a city landmark in its own right — it was Atlanta’s first rotating restaurant when it opened in 1967.
6. Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
Starting Rate: $435/night
Highlights: Southern hospitality meets Asian charm at this contemporary stunner. Superlative service (expect to be greeted with hot towels and tea) is delivered around every corner, from the elegant Taipan lounge featuring live jazz to the pet-friendly and luxuriant English gardens.
Best For: Couples and groups. The spa and the hotel’s proximity to Buckhead’s incredible shopping make it a no-brainer for romantic getaways or girls’ weekends.
Don’t Miss: This ultra-luxe hotel is home to the largest hotel spa in the city, a 2-story retreat with 13 treatment rooms (including a VIP couple’s suite), a 60-foot indoor lap pool, plus sauna, steam room, vitality pools and a charming terrace.
5. Four Seasons Atlanta
Starting Rate: $240/night
Highlights: While most of Atlanta’s high-end hotels are found in Buckhead, travelers looking for a more central luxury experience will revel in the Four Seasons, which is walking distance from notable city landmarks, including Piedmont Park and the High Museum of Art.
Best For: Luxury seekers. The 5-star, 5-diamond hotel has a level of service and sophistication that is unmatched.
Don’t Miss: The fifth-floor apiary, where more than 500 pounds of honey have been produced for use in the restaurant, Park 75, and spa.
4. Loews Atlanta Hotel
Starting Rate: $159/night
Highlights: The newest hotel in Midtown is not only walking distance to the city’s top attractions, but it also boasts a modern Southern-meets-French restaurant, Eleven, and is revered for its exemplary service.
Best For: Business travelers. There’s free in-room Wi-Fi and more than 40,000 square feet of flexible meeting space (more than any other Midtown hotel), plus a 4,800-square-foot terrace with views overlooking the city.
Don’t Miss: Exhale, one of the largest spa and fitness centers in town (20,000 square feet, including 9,000 square feet of gym space), is free for hotel guests. There’s even a sauna, the only hammam room in Georgia, and yoga, barre and core classes.
3. St. Regis Atlanta
Starting Rate: $650/night
Highlights: The St. Regis’ signature butler service is just the tip of the iceberg at this AAA 5-diamond property, which is also home to one of the few outdoor hotel pools in town — in a 40,000-square-foot piazza with waterfalls, cabanas and poolside service, no less. (Hint: In the cooler months, the piazza is transformed into a magical ice-skating rink.)
Best For: Foodies. Not only is local restaurateur Gerry Klaskala opening a restaurant inside the hotel, but the property is situated in a courtyard housing some of Atlanta’s best restaurants, including Umi Sushi and Ford Fry’s King + Duke.
Don’t Miss: Afternoon tea, which is hosted daily from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Expect nearly a dozen teas alongside beautiful towers piled high with savory petite sandwiches, freshly baked scones, pastries and petit fours.
2. Artmore Hotel
Starting Rate: $155/night
Highlights: One of Atlanta’s only boutique hotels, the Artmore, which is located in the city’s cultural arts district, is full of unique details, such as a cozy cocktail garden, historical architecture and Old Hollywood décor.
Best For: Families. The hotel is one of the few in town to offer 2-bedroom and loft suites, complete with in-room kitchens.
Don’t Miss: The “Bark” More package at this pet-friendly hotel, which includes a doggie treat package and custom bedding for Fido.
1. Omni Hotel at CNN Center
Starting Rate: $159/night
Highlights: The 4-diamond hotel’s location can’t be beat — not only is it located within CNN’s world headquarters, it’s also adjacent to Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center. As of October 2014, it is attached to the brand-new College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience as well.
Best For: Sightseers. The hotel is in the heart of the city’s top tourist attractions, walking distance from the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Dome.
Don’t Miss: The outstanding views of Centennial Olympic Park and the Fountain of Rings from the hotel’s Prime Meridian restaurant.
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