Done in a modified Prairie Style, this hotel is surrounded by 26 acres of forest preserve near Emory University and about 6 miles from Downtown Atlanta. Guests praise its sprawling size, accommodating staff, eco-friendly approach, and quiet location.
If you need quick access to Emory University's campus or hospital and don't want to deal with your car, you can request a complimentary shuttle by calling the front desk. Also, if you find that you do need a car, there's an Enterprise rental car facility onsite.
The 325 spacious guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows for unobstructed views of the natural setting, pillow top mattresses, complimentary Wi-Fi, and mini-refrigerators.
Expect plush bathrobes, dark granite countertops and PAYA organic citrus-scented bath products.
Stone columns, wooden furniture and glass walls overlooking the surrounding wooded area give the expansive lobby a cozy and serene feel. Guests can opt to sit on burgundy leather couches watching a fire pop and crackle in the stone and brick fireplace, or kick back on oversized chairs relaxing to the sounds of the nearby grand piano.
There's an indoor pool large enough for swimming laps and a hot tub as well, but no outdoor pool facilities.
The fitness center is larger than most and equipped with cardio equipment, free weights, stability balls and floor mats. There are also hiking, biking and jogging trails around the property. Although not technically a part of the gym, you could try breaking a sweat at the onsite six-lane bowling alley.
The main Dining Room offers a hearty breakfast and lunch buffet and outdoor patio seating is available. For dinner, the sole restaurant is The Club Room, but they've got a fairly robust menu of starters, salads, sandwiches and entrees including house-made hushpuppies, a short rib burger and shrimp and grits. All of these options are available on the in-room dining menu, served from 6:30 am until 11 pm.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The hotel is pretty secluded so if you're looking for dining options that are a bit fancier than fast-casual, you're going to have to drive for at least 12-20 minutes.
The Club Room has a bar area serving your basic list of wines, beers and cocktails.
No sugar coating, this hotel is far from Atlanta's most well-known attractions so it's probably a good idea to rent a car or invest in a ride-sharing app. If not, at least getting to the hotel from the airport is easy. From Hartsfield International Airport take MARTA rail system to the Lindbergh Station. From the Lindbergh stop, the Emory Cliff #6 bus stops directly in front of the hotel. Emory Cliff Busses run Monday through Friday from 5:30 am until 7 pm and are complimentary.
Fast-casual restaurants like build-your-own poke bowl and sushi burrito spot, BORUBORU, or hipster-chic, New York Style delicatessen, The General Muir, are only a 6-minute walk from the hotel.
It depends on how you define nearby, but your best hope for bars are within area restaurants. Tin Lizzy's Cantina is in that same 6-min-walk shopping center and has a full menu of signature margaritas, cocktails and shots. Maggie's Neighborhood Bar & Grill (10-min drive) is a smoking-is-allowed dive bar with beer, bourbon, pool tables and weekly poker nights.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you want to be accessible to Atlanta attractions but feel like you're worlds away from the haze and traffic congestion, this is the hotel for you. Families will appreciate the indoor pool and 26-acre forest preserve ripe for exploration. For business travelers and meeting planners, there's more than 32,000 square feet of conference space including two elegantly appointed ballrooms.