Atlanta Family Hotels

by Tricia Chaves

Even though Atlanta is often referred to by its moniker “Hotlanta,” the southern city offers plenty of warm and cold weather family-friendly fun. Atlanta is home to the world’s largest aquarium and salutes all things sports—Olympic and professional. A hotel that caters to your family’s unique needs with its accommodations and extras can make the difference in your trip.

Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort

The sprawling Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort property will enchant young travelers with its castle-like appearance. Lively guest rooms have geometric-print flooring and gold-toned walls and draperies. Play a game of life-sized chess next to the outdoor pool, or lounge by the spa-like indoor pool. A casual buffet serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. At Christmas, the hotel offers packages that include admission to the nearby Stone Mountain Park Christmas Adventure with a 4D Polar Express experience and more than two million holiday lights.

Four Seasons Atlanta Hotel

The concierge at the Four Seasons Atlanta Hotel is at your disposal to make arrangements for family-friendly attractions and restaurants. When you arrive with your kids, your check-in agent will present them with a welcome gift, newsletter, toiletry products and a kid’s-sized bathrobe to use during your stay. The restaurant on site offers a children’s menu and a butler delivers milk and cookies before bedtime nightly. Your guest quarters have designer-styled interiors with luxurious furniture in neutral colors. The whole family can lounge by the hotel’s indoor pool, which is four feet deep, sun-drenched and surrounded by palm trees. Nearby attractions include the World of Coca-Cola museum and tours of the CNN studios.

The Inn at Serenbe

“Frommer’s” recommends the Inn at Serenbe among its list of top family friendly hotels. The picturesque farm resort offers a variety of lodging choices to suit your style and family size. You can choose from a guest room in a 1905 farmhouse, three-bedroom house made from a 1930s horse barn, one of two cottages with fireplaces, cottage with a whirlpool bathtub or lake house. Your children can join the staff in caring for more than 100 farm animals like chickens, bunnies, goats, pigs, horses, donkeys, llamas and calves. The Farmhouse on-site restaurant serves a menu that changes weekly based on the local organic harvest.

Westin Peachtree Plaza

When your family checks into the Westin Peachtree Plaza, your child will receive a tote bag stuffed with gifts, his own room key and a kit for making postcards. If your family is traveling with babies, the hotel’s Service Express can help you arrange rental of bulky items like bottle warmers and high chairs. Luxurious rooms and suites have a color scheme of brown and beige shades with pops of navy blue. The Sun Dial Restaurant offers an exciting panoramic view of the city skyline from 73 stories high. The 11th floor pool has a domed retractable roof for year-round enjoyment. The Westin Peachtree Plaza is just steps away from Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome.

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I was editor of the newspaper in college & on the yearbook staff in high school. I'm learning to speak Brazilian Portuguese.