Kiwi Collection’s Regional Director of the Americas, Andrea Lemon, recently visited Atlanta on business. Read about her trip and about one of Atlanta’s best hotels.
Atlanta is considered a top business city with headquarters for top brands like Coca Cola and AT&T; and it has the country’s third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies.
However, the city is now very well known as a leisure destination and is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the US. Atlanta has an active live music scene and home to the Fox Theatre, which is a historic landmark. You can also find the largest indoor aquarium, the Georgian Aquarium.
The city is divided into three distinct areas; Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead; all areas boasting incredible shopping, restaurants and nightlife.
On the short ride from the airport, I was able to see the entire skyline on the way to check in at the St. Regis Atlanta in Buckhead. My driver was keen to tell me all about the positive effects Atlanta received with the 1996 Summer Olympics after learning I was arriving from Vancouver, host to the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics.
The St. Regis Atlanta is one of the newest hotels in the city.
Pulling up to the hotel, you see the lobby lit brightly from within. Walking through the doors, you are greeted by a winding staircase on either side and a grand crystal chandelier.
The Long Gallery can be found upstairs where afternoon tea and beverages are served – the space is elegantly decorated with soft creams, pale blues and hints of dark wood.
Further down the hall you’ll find the St. Regis Bar with two distinct areas, a main area that is dark and sophisticated, and The Wine Room, which is filled with light from the bay windows and the walls are flanked with bottle upon bottle of fine wine. Here in The Wine Room you can taste one or many of the 80 wines by the glass!
I was able to experience the Caroline Astor Suite. Much like the rest of the hotel, the room was beautiful with warm cream, champagne and blue colors, touches of silver and dark wood. Had it been sunny, I would have enjoyed the large 400 sq ft terrace right outside my door that overlooked their incredible outdoor pool area. I can imagine it was a happening place this past summer. The en-suite had an impressive deep soaker tub and separate walk in dressing area.
During my time in Atlanta, it was unseasonable cold. Had there been typical weather, hot and sunny (the city is known as Hotlanta afterall); I would have been able to enjoy the Pool Piazza. This outdoor area has a waterfall, outdoor fireplace, poolside bar and plenty of lounge chairs to enjoy the heat.
Although my stay in Atlanta was short, I was able to visit all three of the areas in a whirlwind of meetings and dining experiences. However, I was glad to be calling the St. Regis Atlanta home after a long day of meetings!
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