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In a city synonymous with Southern hospitality, it’s no surprise that Atlanta’s best hotels excel in making guests feel at home. Here’s where to check in for the warmest welcomes and sweetest stays.
Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is your best bet in Midtown. Just blocks from popular Piedmont Park — not to mention a wealth of restaurants, shops, museums and theaters — the luxury hotel occupies the first 19 floors of a sleek 50-story tower and treats you to a state-of-the-art fitness center and Four-Star restaurant Park 75.
Five miles up Peachtree Road, Atlanta’s tony Buckhead neighborhood is a mecca for top-tier hotels. Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead fills its prestigious address with a warm and inviting atmosphere — and is just steps from the city’s famed Lenox Square shopping area. Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotels Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, InterContinental Buckhead and The St. Regis Atlanta are additional options nearby, each with its own unique charms and amenities. The English garden at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, will make you feel far from city limits. InterContinental Buckhead boasts a restaurant from celebrity chef Art Smith. And The St. Regis Atlanta’s signature butlers are available 24/7 on their BlackBerries.
Downtown Atlanta, home to attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, is also home to The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta and Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel TWELVE Centennial Park. Both are luxurious respites from the busy streets below.
If you’d like to spend one night of your trip away from the city lights, head for the hills — we recommend Barnsley Gardens Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills or Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation on Lake Oconee.
My personal preferences are Four Seasons Atlanta in Midtown and The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta downtown. They’re centrally located, and they just have great service.
Like most major cities, hotels in Atlanta range from elegant suites with stellar service, to one-of-a-kind rooms in a boutique setting.
Our luxurious picks include the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead, the Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta in Midtown, the Four-Star Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, the Four-Star InterContinental Buckhead and the Four-Star Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta (formerly the Mansion on Peachtree) also in Buckhead. Service is stellar at all of these hotels, so expect to be pampered in high style.
If something a bit more low-key is your speed, there are plenty of boutique hotels to choose from. We especially like to stay at the Ellis or the Glenn, both located Downtown, and the Loews, which we adore, in Midtown. All three have lively lobbies, and unique rooms.
Several spots outside the city include the Inn at Serenbe and the Four-Star Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation at Lake Oconee, which exude rustic elegance.