The luxury hotel chains have a presence in Atlanta. The Mobil Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton is situated in trendy Buckhead (3434 Peachtree Rd). Meanwhile, the Mobil Five-Star Four Seasons Atlanta (75 14th St) has a prime location in Midtown to go with its first-class service.
©2006 Ritz-Carlton Hotels
Situated in Buckhead,
the Ritz-Carlton is known
for its elegant setting
and upscale clientele.
The Glenn Hotel (110 Marietta St) in downtown is a boutique hotel with a specialty bar and a rooftop garden that has become a favorite hangout for many Atlantans. The rooms are small but unique, and the trendy atmosphere makes it seem like the place to be.
The Mobil Four-Star Ritz-Carlton Buckhead is also a place where people go to be seen. The lobby bar is huge and is always packed with locals and the occasional celebrity. And, of course, anyone staying at the Ritz-Carlton is treated to luxurious accommodations.
If you are leaning toward a bed and breakfast, the best bets are in Midtown or the historic Inman and Candler Parks. A favorite is the King-Keith at 889 Edgewood Avenue. One of the most photographed homes in Atlanta, this Queen-Anne-style home is at the heart of a national historic district for those who want to walk and see the neighborhood architecture.
Another grand option is the Ansley Inn at 253 15th St NE in the heart of Midtown. It's a 100-year-old, 22-room English Tudor mansion that features crystal chandeliers, massive fireplaces, and oriental rugs. This elegant inn is conveniently located within walking distance to MARTA and most Midtown attractions.
Atlanta's Apparel, Gift and Merchandise Marts have quarterly events that bring thousands of buyers to the city. Couple that with a wide variety of conventions and you might find yourself among a lot of conventioneers during your visit. If you have a particular time frame for visiting, you may want to check with your hotel to make sure you won't be there with 30,000 cardiologists or fabric manufacturers. That said, most hotels offer weekend packages that will include tickets to events and/or the Georgia Aquarium.
While New Year may seem like a fun time to visit, the city is usually packed with sports fans who are in town for the Peach Bowl and a host of other events. The key, then, is to plan accordingly.
In addtion to lodging, food is a key part of a visit to any city. We'll provide an overview of Atlanta's dining options in the following section.