601 E. Bay St., Historic District
What’s cool about the Brice Hotel is that it’s located in the city’s historic district, just off cobblestoned River Street and the Savannah River, but the chic interior feels both Southern and modern. Also, they have an outdoor pool, which is nice for the kids or anyone looking for a reprieve from the Savannah heat—while it’s family friendly, just note that the pool is adults only from 8am-10am. The hotel is pet friendly, too (they give out water bowls and pet beds, leashes and plastic bags). And you’ll find a yoga mat in every room.
Mandarin Oriental Atlanta
3376 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead
This grand Buckhead Hotel was originally a Rosewood, but it’s been under the operation of Mandarin Oriental since 2012. You’ll find all the amenities you’d expect at a Mandarin, including great service, comfy beds, and Asian-inflected decor, plus a cushy spa and a 60-foot indoor lap pool. While rooms on the building's exterior have gorgeous views of the city, the interior rooms look out onto a lovely courtyard garden—perfect for a stroll with your morning coffee.
Stonehurst Place Bed & Breakfast
923 Piedmont Ave., Midtown
A stone’s throw from the Fox Theater in Midtown, Stonehurst is a restored, 19th-century residence with six guestrooms. Rooms are surprisingly modern, done up in a neutral palette; some feature a working fireplace. The Gables Suite, originally the residence’s nanny quarters, comfortably sleeps three, meaning it’s good for traveling with a little one. The main wraparound porch is a highlight, particularly scenic given the Stonehurst’s perch on a tree-lined block, and the homemade pastries at breakfast are worth indulging in seconds.
The Glenn Hotel
110 Marietta St., Downtown
The Glenn building—which was built in 1923—sat vacant in one of downtown Atlanta’s most vibrant districts until the Legacy Property Group initiated a major remodel in the early 2000s and turned the building into one of the city’s first (and still one of its only) boutique hotels. The rooms are spacious, many with views of Centennial park, and in addition to a great restaurant and cozy living room bar for casual drinks, there’s a rooftop bar that gets a big crowd on weekends.
The Marshall House
123 E. Broughton St., Historic District
If you’re after old world charm, The Marshall House (also in historic Savannah) is your best bet. The hotel dates back to the mid 19th-century: In 1851, a French cabinetmaker named Gabriel Leaver built the four-story Marshall House; his daughter, Mary Leaver Marshall became the first proprietor. The house served as a hospital for soldiers at the end of the Civil War, and as a hotel on and off for years until closing in 1957. Forty-plus years later, The Marshall House was restored and reopened, with stunning original features, like the 19th-century doors and staircases; and carefully reconstructed spaces like the classically Southern veranda (complete with wooden rocking chairs and green shutters) off the hotel’s popular Broughton rooms, and bathrooms with antique claw-foot tubs.
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Rd., Buckhead
Situated in Buckhead opposite Lenox Square (read: in close proximity to much of the city’s high-end shopping and fancier restaurants) this Ritz has a classic, grand lobby with gilded-frame paintings and dark wood. Upstairs, the guest rooms are light-filled and modern with mahogany floors, custom cabinetry, a walk-in shower and marble vanity. A wellness level, on the 9th floor, features decadent treatments like a honey and rose facial and a lavender body wrap. A rooftop, glass-encased Olympic-sized swimming pool is a great place to unwind in cooler months.
The St. Regis Atlanta
88 West Paces Ferry Rd., Buckhead
The St. Regis in Atlanta is situated in Buckhead, conveniently walking distance from Whole Foods—in case you want to pick up some snacks for the room (or forgotten toiletries). The hotel has a grand lobby with a soaring ceiling, crystal chandelier, impressive, winding staircases—with a tea room, meeting spaces, restaurant (Atlas is great), and bar spinning off of it. Suites here are grandly appointed, as can be expected, and really generous on space, with particularly luxurious powder rooms. Their 40,000-square foot “Pool Piazza” is flanked by inviting red-and-white striped lounge chairs—and transformed into an ice skating rink for a few months of winter fun.
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