Just blocks from the shopping meccas of Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza you'll find this modern suites-only high-rise. There are several different kinds of suites—from fairly basic sleeping-and-sitting-room combinations to more deluxe units with amenities like wet bars. All of the rooms open onto a sunny atrium that towers 16 stories above the lobby. Rates include afternoon cocktails.
Each of the 316 accommodations are a two-room suites with a bedroom and living room area equipped with coffee makers, video game consoles, microwaves and mini-refrigerators. Upgrading to a Premium Suite includes complimentary Wi-Fi, iHome docking station and a variety of in-suite snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Overall, the decor is a bit dated and could use refurbishment.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Book a room on the higher floors to escape the sounds of busy Peachtree street traffic. Again, rooms are pretty dated and could use significant upgrades to remain on par with other Buckhead area hotels. Also, wifi costs $6.95 unless you're part of Hilton Honors.
Bathrooms are appointed with faux-granite countertops and tight shower/tub combos. The hotel offers Neutrogena bath products.
The lobby area is airy and bright thanks to multiple skylights, and has a somewhat oddly placed tropical feel due to lush green potted plants and palm trees that stretch toward the tiered ceiling. There are even quaint planters with leafy overhangs that line the balconies of each floor, overlooking the lobby seating area.
Don't miss the nightly evening reception with complimentary snacks and alcoholic beverages.
There's a small indoor pool and whirlpool, and a larger outdoor pool with pool chairs and tables. Both pools are heated.
Small fitness center with all the basic equipment: ellipticals, treadmills and free weights.
Taking advantage of the free breakfast is a must, where you'll find a full continental spread of fruit, oatmeal, pastries and yogurt, along with a hot bar of breakfast potatoes, eggs, bacon and made-to-order omelets. There's also coffee, milk and a variety of juices. For dinner, try the on-site Ruth's Chris Steak House for the classic American steakhouse experience.
Ruth's Chris serves a "Sizzle, Swizzle and Swirl" happy hour menu of original an classic cocktails, beer and wine, alongside bar bites from 4-6:30 pm.
The Buckhead MARTA station is only 2 blocks from the hotel, but the hotel itself is a short walk from many shops, restaurants and activities in Buckhead. The hotel also provides complimentary shuttle service to a one-mile radius. If you drive, self-parking is steep at $28.00 to park in a garage and $35.00 for valet per night.
Buckhead Diner is a cute retro spot for classic yet upscale American comfort food (11-min walk). Maggiano's Little Italy is a favorite chain for family-style Italian fare (7-min walk), and Chops Lobster Bar is a gorgeous spot for a fancy night out of specialty steaks, seafood towers and delicious steakhouse sides (5-min drive). Buttery Maine lobster potato mash, anyone?
Southern Art Bourbon Bar within the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta has a curated selection of more than 70 bourbon offerings, as well as live music and entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays (2-min walk). Industry Tavern is a nearby casual bar and restaurant for craft cocktails, inexpensive beer, sangria and wine (6-min walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
With all accommodation options including two-rooms, there's plenty of space for families or friends traveling together. There are a lot of added freebies as well like daily breakfast and nightly nightcaps for added value. Plus, the location in the heart of Buckhead is excellent.