Kim Atkinson

Correspondent

  • Atlanta, GA, USA

Kim Atkinson is a correspondent who lives in Atlanta and covers numerous destinations for Forbes Travel Guide. Her love for travel took hold when her family moved to London, where she graduated from high school. Since then, she's visited more than 40 countries and almost every U.S. state. She was the founding editor of Niche Media’s Boston Common magazine, executive editor at Boston Magazine, and covered travel as an editor at More Magazine. Atkinson has contributed travel and lifestyle stories to Cosmopolitan, Parents, Ladies’ Home Journal, The Chicago Tribune and other outlets. In addition, she's taught news and magazine writing and editing at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

  • On October 5, 2012
    Kim Atkinson is now following Jeffrey Arnold
  • On October 5, 2012
    Kim Atkinson answered the question: Kim Atkinson

    What makes Hotel Bel-Air different from other hotels?

    Hotel Bel-Air is one of Los Angeles's—and America's—most unique and special hotels, thanks to its amazing location, its incredible, recently refreshed design, and the outstanding service delivered by its staff. First, about that location—Hotel Bel-Air is tucked away on a hilltop above Beverly Hills in the tony neighborhood of Bel-Air. It doesn't get more secluded, monied and elite than this lush, manicured enclave, and Hotel Bel-Air is the only hotel inside the neighborhood's gates. The hotel dates to the 1940s, when it was created on the grounds of the real estate offices that were the headquarters for the company that created the neighborhood of Bel-Air. It's intimate, secluded and elegant—you would never guess that the traffic, noise and excitement of Beverly Hills is just a short drive away. You'll find Mediterranean-style, stuccoed buildings with spacious rooms and suites that were completely refreshed in late 2011 following a multi-milion dollar renovation. Each of the 58 rooms and 45 suites is now decked out in muted earth tones with splashes of color (a crimson pillow here, a bunch of lavendar calla lillies there) with high-tech amenities you'll marvel over (including in-room iPads that do everything from manage the music in the room to let you order room service, as well as the amazingly automated Toto toilets, with heated seats and motion-sensing lids). You may be tempted to hide out in your incredibly comfortable room, but you'll want to make time to explore the lush, manicured grounds of the hotel. There are ponds (home to Bel-Air's resident swans), blooming flowers, and the striking outdoor patio of the signature Wolfgang Puck restaurant. This may just be L.A.'s most alluring dining room—with a Cal-cuisine menu crafted by the star chef.
  • On October 5, 2012
    Kim Atkinson posted:

    I'm planning a November weekend trip to Philly for the marathon, and am researching where to find the best cheese steak. All opinions welcome--and watch this space in November for the winner!

    On October 5, 2012

    I'm impressed that you are running a marathon. For the best cheese steak --- Tony Luke's and John's roast pork get the highest rankings.

  • On October 5, 2012
    Kim Atkinson is now following Tom Fazio