Southern charm and Asian aesthetics meld seamlessly at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. Guests’ Zen experience begins at check-in when they’re welcomed with peach tea—an ode to the Peach State—and an o-shibori, a Japanese steamed towel. Small touches like these extend to the rooms, where you’ll find decorative 19th-century Chinese fans, high-definition televisions hidden behind art, and mandarin tea–scented bath products. In the evening, rooms get turned down with local Cacao chocolates and peachtree, rose, or orchid petals scattered across the bed.
Whether you want to take a bath in your soaking tub or unwind in the property’s English garden, Mandarin Oriental helps you escape the outside world. Business travelers will appreciate the light-filled meeting rooms, while young visitors will be excited to go on a scavenger hunt that ends with a prize. And all guests can take advantage of twice-daily cleaning and free car service within a two-mile radius of the hotel.
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Located north of downtown Atlanta, the chic Buckhead district is home to luxury designer stores, cultural attractions, and fine dining. For prime shopping, head to Phipps Plaza, where you’ll find Céline, Prada, Dior, and Jimmy Choo. Afterward, give your credit card a break and check out the Atlanta History Center, where you can learn about Georgia’s storied past and visit the Centennial Olympic Games Museum. In the evening, options abound at Andrews Entertainment District, home to eight restaurants and bars that surround a large courtyard. Attend a comedy show, drink vodka at an ice bar, go clubbing, or just kick back with a pint.
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Rooms: 117 rooms, 10 suites. From $475. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:The Café & Bar serves modern American fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Try the signature burger with bacon, avocado, and cheese at lunch or the Georgia-raised lamb at dinner. Brunch specialties include buttermilk chicken and waffles with apple compote, as well as shrimp and grits. Taipan is a lounge that overlooks the hotel’s English garden and mixes signature cocktails like the Mandarin Mint Julep (rye, orange-mint syrup, and fresh mint) and the Georgia Peach (jasmine-infused gin and peach puree). Spa and gym details:Guests can access a fitness center, yoga studio, lap pool, and sauna. You can even request a personal trainer or sign up for a class. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental—awarded “best spa day” by Atlanta magazine—offers a range of treatments, from facials and hot-stone massages to body scrubs and manicures.
Who's it for: Luxury travelers and couples seeking a Zen escape; families wanting to take advantage of the area’s shopping; corporate groups. Our favorite rooms: The 2,340-square-foot Mandarin Suite defines opulence. Panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline, a fireplace, two balconies, tall ceilings, and art from local galleries have made it a coveted space—and a set for major Hollywood productions. In addition to a king bed, a marble bathroom, and dark-wood accents, the Mandarin Terrace Rooms boast stunning views of Stone Mountain and Buckhead. Pet priorities: Even four-legged friends get special treatment at Mandarin Oriental. For a $100 fee per stay, dogs 25 pounds and under are provided with a bed and receive a welcome letter, organic cookies, a “Keep Calm and Carry Treats” hoodie, a dental kit, and bottled water. Owners will get maps that highlight the best dog-walking routes in the neighborhood.