5 luxe hotels in the heart of Hotlanta

Atlanta, Georgia seems to be a city in a constant state of flux, growing and contracting seemingly at will while continuously redefining itself as a shining beacon in an otherwise nascent Southern landscape. And nowhere is that evolution more apparent than in the spate of luxury hotels gracing the skyline over the past two decades. From shining mod towers to stately in-town spa resorts rising from revamped turn-of-the-century warehouses, hotels are at the forefront of a movement signaling the city’s emergence as a luxury vacation destination for business and pleasure travelers.

Book a room at one of these five swank properties for a long weekend of romance, a night of sheer relaxation, or as a base for exploring the fun and frolic around town.

Westin Peachtree Plaza

The 75-story circular tower steps from CNN headquarters and the Georgia Dome has dominated the Atlanta skyline since 1976, and has thankfully kept pace with other luxe offerings sprouting up around it. Floor-to-ceiling faux convex windows are a hallmark of the property, as are unbelievably soft beds and leather appointments. After dinner and late-night cocktails are best enjoyed from the revolving Sun Dial lounge on the top floor, and the mahogany-encased Lobby Bar is perfect for an afternoon meeting or light bite.

Ritz Carlton Atlanta

Few hotel groups scream luxury quite like Ritz Carlton’s properties, and their 444-room downtown grande dame is no exception. Over-the-top adornments and stately elegance—marble, marble everywhere—envelop you within the sprawling suites, and dedicated concierge service sees to your every whim and wish. Cleverly hidden tech hookups do much to retain the character of each unique room and suite, and the lobby bar Lumen is itself a destination for movers and shakers from around the city.

Four Seasons Atlanta

As the only five-star, five-diamond hotel in the city, the 50-floor beauty in the heart of midtown sports European style throughout its 244 (surprisingly large) rooms, fitness and spa amenities, and bright and airy indoor spaces. Four-star lobby dining and easy access to the amazing shopping scene in Buckhead are also huge perks, but it’s the Southern hospitality and graciousness of the staff that will truly capture your attention. Be sure to take full advantage of the views from within the property, especially the cityscape vista enjoyed from the hotel’s ballroom.

W Hotel Midtown

Stylish mod converges with vintage architecture at this Piedmont Park address, which Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Southeast Asian Spice Market restaurant, Rande Gerber’s Whiskey Park, and the 4,000-square-foot Bliss Spa call home. Over-sized rooms guarantee you won’t be tripping over one another, and the property’s slightly more scenic location puts guests in the ideal location to explore outside the city perimeter. Expect more glam than at other hotels—you’re in the heart of club country here, but fortunately service and Southern grace still reign.

Glenn Hotel Autograph Collection

No doubt the quirkiest of the bunch, this downtown Marietta Street property boasts “Personal Host” service that customizes each guest’s visit. The rooms, while a bit smaller than aforementioned offerings, are nevertheless extraordinarily comfy and cozy. Wander up to the Sky Lounge for unparalleled city views, or down to Glenn’s Kitchen for a casual farm-to-table meal. Expect a see-and-be-seen atmosphere here amidst a decidedly more hip and happening aura.

Peter Rerig is a Senior Writer for Vacations.com.

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