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The five things we love most about Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta speak to its cultivated sense of style and place — part Art Deco grandeur, part contemporary European mansion that looks right at home among the grand houses of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood. Here are five things we love about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star luxury hotel:
1. The sunlight. Natural light fills Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta due to its large windows. The sunlight livens up the soft beiges and plays off the Italian black and white marble floors, creating a peaceful at-home feel.
2. The décor. The sleek contemporary Macassar ebony furnishings in guest rooms are still approachable enough for you to kick up your feet — and you should because you may not want to leave your room after you discover the hidden TV. Hint: The framed piece of art on your bed-facing wall retracts (the remote is on the bed stand) to reveal a 37-inch LCD flat-screen. Turn it on for your personalized welcome message.
3. The love of seasons. The Forbes Trave Guide Four-Star hotel minds the seasons. At their peak, peaches fill bowls at the front desk of the hotel, accentuated by a peach-scented candle burning throughout the lobby. In the spring, dogwood and magnolia blossoms adorn the foyer (which you’ll catch a whiff of when first entering the hotel). No matter the season, you can count on expertly tended orchids year round.
4. The spa. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is the place to go if you’re looking to completely relax. The menu features the signature treatments that Mandarin Oriental is known for, many of which are based on ancient relaxation and healing rituals that have stood the test of time. Book a therapy in one of the 14 treatment rooms and you’ll get access to the secluded whirlpool, sauna and steam room, too.
5. The garden. The luxury hotel’s English Garden is a sublime space to steal away during your stay. The courtyard-style garden features a stone path, greenery-covered arches, seating options, the chef’s herb garden, a peaceful pond and stunning panicled hydrangea flowers pruned into the shape of trees.
One thing that I love the most about the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is having breakfast at the hotel’s Café & Bar. The sophisticated restaurant is located in the lobby (on the first floor) of the stately hotel. When I was there, I opted for a window seat, which was perfect for enjoying my Belgian waffle topped with strawberries and a side of applewood smoked bacon. My friend ordered the rock shrimp and logan turnpike grits with tasso gravy (she can’t stop raving about it!). The restaurant’s comfortable white armchairs made it easy to settle in and savor the filling meal while catching up with a college crony.