Buckhead, Atlanta, Hotels

by Tricia Chaves

The chic Buckhead area is popular lodging choice for its proximity to popular Atlanta-area attractions. The neighborhood's website says there are a whopping 5,000 hotel rooms available in the area, yet travel guide books and editors recommend a select few that stand out from the rest. Whether it's for a business meeting, family vacation to the world's largest aquarium or shopping trip at the upscale Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, Buckhead's best lodging options won't disappoint.

Conveniently Located

The J.W. Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, adjacent to Lenox Square Mall and within walking distance of the Buckhead and Lenox MARTA stations, earned a Frommer’s nod for the city’s best lodging location. If you tire of the area’s ample dining, entertainment and shopping choices, you can access surrounding areas easily using convenient public transportation. Guest accommodations are decorated in gold and ruby hues and include overstuffed bedding and marble bathrooms. Terrace and presidential suites offer roomier home-type living. See the night stars or get some sun under the glass ceiling of the indoor pool. Other amenities include a fitness center, day spa and trendy lobby bar.

Executive Class

Travel & Leisure rated the InterContinental Buckhead among its list of the world’s best business hotels in 2009. Enjoy separate check-in, complimentary lunchtime snacks, nightly cocktails and appetizer and a fully equipped business center when you book a room on the executive club level. Guest rooms include roomy soaking tubs for post-work de-stressing. Highlights of the French restaurant Au Pied de Cochon include a private chef’s table and a lover’s booth with an outdoor terrace. The full-service spa uses only certified organic products. The hotel’s meeting facilities include more than 22,000 square feet of space and eight rooms. Amenities include an outdoor pool and spacious fitness center renovated in 2004.

Modern Luxury

Travel & Leisure calls the pet-friendly Ritz-Carlton Buckhead "the grande dame of Atlanta's luxury hotels" for its exceptional dining, service and decor. It is one of the state's only two AAA five-diamond hotels. Guest rooms receive housekeeping visits twice daily and nightly turn-down service. Choose from a menu of bath products delivered by a bath butler. Plush feather beds are dressed in goose down and hypoallergenic pillows and 400-thread count cotton bed linens. Look out over the city skyline while taking a dip in the enclosed pool on the second floor. Other amenities include a business center, fitness center, dry-cleaning service for a fee, complimentary nightly shoe shine and a boutique. Make reservations ahead for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch at The Cafe and have afternoon tea or a cocktail in the Lobby Lounge.

Family-Friendly Boutique

Choose from three room and two suite types at The Mansion on Peachtree, which offers a selection of residential-style accommodations. Rooms have a silver-and-black color scheme, marble baths and fireplaces, and sweeping views of the Atlanta skyline. Frommer’s promises super service in this hotel, where the employee-to-guest ratio is three to one. The hotel has two restaurants and two lounges -- Craft received the James Beard Award in 2002 for best new restaurant. Marble walls and cushioned wood seating surround the tranquil indoor pool, and spa treatment rooms spill into an adjacent private bath. The property’s Rose Buds program caters to travelers with kids and offers complimentary baby toiletries and necessities; diaper pail, baby bath, bed rails, bottle warmers, crib with linens, baby monitors and baby-proofing; child-size terrycloth robe and slippers; and a kid menu at NEO and for room service.

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