By far Atlanta's most prestigious and regal hotel, the St. Regis is adorned with impressive touches, including the etching on the elevator doors and the crystals dangling from the hotel's many chandeliers. It also indulges guests with the swift but careful service that this luxurious hotel chain is known for. Afternoon tea is served daily in the mezzanine's Astor Court.
151 rooms (including 31 suites) are adorned with a soothing color palette of cream, gold, pewter and pale seafoam green and feature distinct design touches like handcrafted chandeliers and dark leather-wrapped writing desks. Rooms have an airy feel thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows, the luxurious pillow topped St. Regis bed with 300-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and large bathrooms separated from the sleeping area by sliding barn-style doors. Some suites offer furnished private balconies over the European-style Pool Piazza. All room styles include complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, evening turndown service, twice daily maid service and bottled water. Suite guests also have access to the revered St. Regis Butler Service for tasks like beverage service, unpacking and packing, garment pressing and shoe shines.
Elegant white marble bathrooms have double vanities, huge separate soaking tubs and glass showers, and Laboratoire Remède bath amenities.
The spacious, bi-level lobby features high ceilings with intricate crown molding, and an enormous crystal chandelier right at the center. The decor is stark white but it feels more chic and elegant than sterile, thanks to cream and brown area rugs over dark wood floors and tasteful flower arrangements on various tables throughout the lobby and seating areas. There's a fireplace and seating off to the left, as well as a grand staircase with wrought-iron railings leading to the second-floor restaurant, Astor Court.
The hotel offers complimentary transportation within a two mile radius in a luxury car with driver, when available.
The hotel guest and residents-only 40,000-square-foot Mediterranean-style Pool Piazza is a relaxing oasis in the heart of Atlanta, so much so that you may feel transported to the south of France. There's a cascading waterfall and cushioned, candy-cane striped pool lounge chairs under bright magenta umbrellas. Even though the water is heated, the pool is strictly seasonal and only open from the Saturday before Memorial Day until Labor Day weekend.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Most likely because of its address in the upscale Buckhead neighborhood, in addition to the top-tier nature of the St. Regis brand, the hotel can feel overly formal at times so you may not want to stroll around in your swimwear and cover-up unless you're solely heading to and from the pool area.
Remède Spa on the 6th floor offers fully customizable facial and massage services, as well as body treatments, hand and foot treatments, waxing and nail services. There are ten beautiful treatment rooms, but in-room spa services are also available.
The 24-hour fitness center is located on the 7th floor and has cardio equipment ranging from treadmills and ellipticals to stationary bikes and stairmasters. There are also strength training machines, free weights, a fitness assistant should you need help, locker rooms and towels.
Astor Court serves English-style breakfast, lunch and the St. Regis' legendary Afternoon Tea, a traditional experience featuring a menu of savory sandwiches, freshly baked scones with Devonshire cream, pastries, and of course a variety of tea. Tea themes change monthly, so check the website for upcoming themes. The Pool Piazza offers a poolside menu of lighter dishes like grilled vegetable wraps and shrimp cocktails, as well as beer, wine, frozen cocktails and adult snow-cones. Atlas is the place to go for an upscale dinner meal. There's a menu of southern-inspired small plates at The Tavern at Atlas, starting at 4 pm, but for a formal meal, visit the Tavern Dining Room after 5:30 pm for dishes like pan-seared Virginia sole, George's Bank Scallops with buttermilk Parisienne gnocchi or sorghum-glazed duck breast with hazelnut whey-braised farro.
The St. Regis Bar is all moody and dark wood panels, the perfect sort of place for secret-sharing over a great cocktail. The space is equally known for its famous mural of a Phoenix rising from the ashes, as it is for serving the best Bloody Mary in Atlanta. In addition to original cocktails, four styles of Bloody Mary's, and a large beer and wine list, there's an exclusive to St. Regis Atlanta Woodford Reserve bourbon, and an exclusive to St. Regis Atlanta Herradura Private Selection tequila.
The St. Regis is located on the outskirts of the most popular areas of Buckhead, which can be a positive or negative depending on what sort of experience you want to have. On the positive side, it's peaceful and quiet since no major attractions are nearby, on the negative side, there's not much within walking distance besides a few restaurants, Whole Foods and the Shops at Buckhead. Utilize the house car to get to attractions within two miles, like Lenox Square, Buckhead Theatre and Phipps Plaza. You may need a car (or ride-share) to get to downtown and midtown Atlanta attractions, but valet parking at the hotel is steep at $40 per night. The closest MARTA station is the Buckhead Station and is an 8-minute drive away.
The literary-themed King + Duke serves wood-fired American dishes prepared over a 24-foot open hearth in the center of the restaurant from celebrated Atlanta chef, Ford Fry. Selections include coal roasted onion soup, hearth baked lasagna and grilled swordfish (4-minute walk). Head to Shake Shack Buckhead for freshly made burgers, fries, hot dogs and thick milkshakes and custards (8-minute walk).
Himitsu is a reservations-only Japanese craft cocktail lounge focused on the art of Omatenashi culture, a uniquely Japanese approach to hospitality. Reservation are requested by email and we suggest making the request as early as possible. Try asking the concierge at the St. Regis for additional help getting in (5-minute walk). The Southern Gentleman gastropub has an extensive whiskey program with more than 120 American bourbons and ryes, as well as Irish, Taiwanese, Japanese, Canadian and Scotch whiskies.
WHY WE LIKE IT
What's not to like when it comes to the St. Regis Atlanta? The property hits all the marks when it comes to a comfortable stay in Atlanta, with nearly every amenity you can imagine, plus it's easily the most beautiful hotel resort in the city. The European-style Pool Piazza is unlike anything else in the greater Atlanta area, the dining options shine, the spa is intimate yet offers a variety of treatments and the service is top-notch. Of course the hotel is on the pricier side, but when you consider all of the included amenities and services, the value is high as well. The only possible downside is the location if you've chosen to come to Atlanta to actually see Atlanta, but if you're in search of a relaxing getaway that just happens to be in the ATL, this is it.