Atlanta's Best Hotels: Luxury, Beauty, Style and Fabulous Amenities Prevail

Though a posh hotel needn't be the central focus of your vacation, it can certainly boost your overall experience from good to exceptional, particularly when it means you're staying in one of these 10 fantastic Atlanta hotels.

First, consider where you're apt to spend the majority of your time when you're in Atlanta. (Will you be shuttling between a trade show and the hotel or hopping around in your rental car every chance you get?) Then, plan accordingly. Though these hotels vary on their prices and offerings, all share a similar emphasis on providing a luxury experience.

Those looking to settle into historic accommodations in Midtown, for instance, will adore the glitzy ambiance and delicious restaurant at The Georgian Terrace, uniquely located across the street from the Fox Theatre. Fans of the W hotels should consider the downtown, Buckhead and Midtown locales of the modish chain. Midtown and Buckhead locations are particularly popular among the local crowd for their upscale drinks and picturesque views.

When considering accessibility, The Loews Atlanta hotel is within walking distance of a slew of award-winning restaurants in Midtown, and is just a short drive from the Woodruff Arts Center and the High Museum of Art. Meanwhile, both the St. Regis Atlanta and The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead both put posh accommodations--and convenience--at a premium in Buckhead. 





The Glenn Hotel is a 110-room boutique hotel located in the downtown Atlanta area. Located near the World of Coca-Cola, CNN, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park and Turner Field, it is extremely convenient for those wanting to take advantage of these downtown attractions. For those traveling on business, the hotel is equipped with 2,000 square feet of convertible meeting spaces and has free, wireless Internet throughout the hotel. If you're traveling for leisure, you'll want to partake in a meal or two at Southern gem, Glenn's Kitchen followed by memorable cocktails at the stunning rooftop bar, SkyLounge. Rooms and suites are stylishly appointed and feature warm hues. Note that the "peek-a-boo" showers offer little in terms of modesty (so may not be the best option if you're rooming with the kids, or a business associate).

Recommended for Best Hotels because: It's a beautiful boutique hotel close to multiple downtown attractions.

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A Midtown icon, the Georgian Terrace Hotel is located a prestigious Atlanta building steeped in history. It is conveniently located just across the street from the Fox Theatre. Everything is luxurious from the moment guests enter the hotel. Envision floor-to-ceiling windows, crystal chandeliers and white marble columns. This is Southern hospitality at its finest. The hotel is perfect for those visiting from out of town or for those conducting meetings. There are huge modern suites and versatile event and meeting spaces. There is a world-class conference center, an impressive boardroom, classic ballrooms. Just off our lobby, Livingston Restaurant + Bar serves award-winning American cuisine.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Livingston restaurant is absolutely delicious, the hotel's digs are historic and Fox Theatre is directly across the street.

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W Atlanta Buckhead
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If shopping and people watching are of interest, stay at the W Atlanta-Buckhead. You can walk to both malls and are a short car ride to various Buckhead and area attractions. If you anticipate you'll be visiting a range of Atlanta neighborhoods, get familiar with MARTA (you're right next to a stop). Accommodations and environs are decidedly polished, and give any venture a note of regalia (be it an overnight visit, or a quick visit to the pool, bar or restaurant). Cook Hall restaurant is a beautiful display in clever cocktails and creative Southern dining and is worth a trip in itself (get the cocktail kit and play mixologist at your table). The rooftop bar (Whiskey Blue) and pool both offer phenomenal views.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Indulge and enjoy Buckhead like a local. The pool, restaurant and bar are all popular spots for Atlantans.

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Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead
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There's much to love at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead. Located in close proximity to area shopping and the Buckhead business district, it's a smart choice for the leisure traveler or the business traveler. Besides a pristine pool (which offers a family-friendly poolside movie series in the summer), the hotel also boasts a scenic Zen garden, a business center and a fully-equipped fitness center as well. Cassis, the hotel's signature restaurant, combines a relaxed setting with innovative cooking; meanwhile, the Onyx at the Grand Bar is perfect for an evening of cocktails and music. An added perk in the quality service is the hotel's complimentary shuttle service within two miles of the hotel. This is a pet-friendly hotel.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Besides the solid locale, the hotel offers an outstanding pool, convenient shuttle service and fine-dining.

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This expansive, 466-room Midtown hotel offers ample space to relax and rejuvenate. An immense bottom floor features the polished Whiskey Park bar, which serves delicious cocktails (take the party outside for views of Peachtree Street), and various nooks for sipping and socializing. The forthcoming restaurant, Trace (opening June 2014) offers ingredient-driven farm-to-table dining. Rooms dazzle with contemporary furnishings and sleek color palettes. The Bliss Spa will get all of the kinks out with its extensive menu of body treatments, while a leisurely rest at the hotel cabana-dotted pool is sure to ease the weary. Can't leave home without your dog? He/she is welcome here!

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Enjoy fabulous surroundings and amenities. Whiskey Park is one of the best bars in Midtown.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
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Another posh, Buckhead hotel, this oasis is often referred to as a hotel within a hotel, where a dedicated concierge attends to individual needs. Details like fresh flowers permeate the lobby. The dark wood and detailed paneling and chandeliers in the elevators are nice touches that you would expect to encounter at the Ritz. The epitome of luxury is in the soft beds and extra soft towels. Make sure to take advantage of their afternoon tea during your stay. For some, it is a mother and daughter tradition. The Ritz offers a complete business center, 24-hour secretarial services, a conference concierge and a technology butler.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Lenox Square Mall and Phipps Plaza are across the street!

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The St. Regis Atlanta
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Buckhead's opulent hotel sets the bar high for high-end accommodations in the city. The lobby is visually stunning with its twin staircases and glimmering chandeliers, while the handsome The St. Regis Bar is a permanent fixture on Atlanta's social scape (a glance around the room will reveal a range of top business leaders). Take advantage of their patio with a fire pit and the tranquil pool. A butler is provided on each floor of the hotel and gives your entire visit an added sense of luxury. Guests will be wowed by the state of the art surprises in the beautifully decorated rooms - like a television inside the bathroom mirror so you can watch as you brush your teeth. Remede Spa and the onsite Athletic Club add to the experience.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This hotel is outstandingly beautiful. If you don't stay here, at least grab a cocktail at the bar.

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Located downtown, The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta feels like it's a world away from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. Showcasing the brand's characteristic attention to class and high-end service,the staff will pamper you from the moment you enter the hotel. Suites are large and well-appointed, and blend Southern stylings with upscale accoutrements. The onsite restaurant,the Atlanta Grill, is a lavish American steakhouse with a Southern twist. Make a reservation and enjoy dining alfresco on the veranda overlooking Peachtree Street. Night owls will want to begin (or end) their evenings at the decidedly modern Lumen bar in the lobby. Staff is gracious and friendly.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Classically beautiful, this hotel is convenient to a wide range of downtown attractions including the Georgia Aquarium and the CNN Center.

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The Loews Atlanta Hotel exudes Southern elegance with a modern twist. Situated in the heart of Midtown, the hotel is a convenient place to stay for those looking to enjoy the vast eating, entertainment and nightlife options in these parts (we suggest Empire State South, Cucina Asellina and STK for dinner, followed by a comedy show at Laughing Skull Lounge). Though really, chef Olivier Gaupin offers a phenomenal meal at the onsite restaurant, eleven, (the menu is stacked with plates inspired by Gaupin's native France and the South). The state-of-the-art Exhale Spa Atlanta will serve as a home base for the health-conscious traveler. Indulge in a deep-tissue massage or book one of the challenging fitness classes, like Core Fusion Barre + Cardio.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The Loews Atlanta Hotel offers it all: convenience; luxury dining; posh accommodations; a fantastic fitness program and spa; and incredible service.

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This gleaming, 50-story hotel offers wow-worthy views of the city's skyline. The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is just steps from the acclaimed High Museum of Art and Woodruff Arts Center (home to the award-winning Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra). While the location is centrally located, The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta can also provide an oasis for calm if you'd like to spend the majority of your visit devoted to R&R. The Spa at Four Seasons in Midtown Atlanta features 10 treatment rooms, all soundproofed for a secluded retreat. The hotel is dedicated to serving locally sourced ingredients in its Park 75 Restaurant.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A convenient location paired with a luxury spa setting set this Midtown hotel apart.

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