The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Ritz-Carlton tops our list for its location in Downtown Atlanta, the city's principal business and financial hub. The 441-room hotel is one of the most luxurious hotel choices in this neighborhood, and offers big rooms with plenty of natural light, as well as modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. The warm, Art-Deco-inspired room decor is luxurious, if lacking some wow factor, but bathrooms are on the smaller side and most have shower/tub combos (no separate tubs). The property does deliver the top-of-the-line service travelers expect from the Ritz brand, as well as impressive features -- a sleek lobby, a trendy bar, a fine dining restaurant, a fully equipped business center, and a full-service spa.
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The 244-room Four Seasons Atlanta certainly looks grand -- the exterior and entryway have the scale and decoration one would expect from a southern Four Seasons. The rooms, though not quite as luxe as those at other Four Seasons properties, feature down pillows, plush bathrobes, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and Wi-Fi (for a fee). Business travelers stay at the hotel for its convenient location in the Midtown business district and its many amenities, which include a great fitness center, a 24-hour business center (with free Wi-Fi), 15,500 square feet of meeting space, and numerous dining options such as a highly-acclaimed restaurant (great for impressing clients), free afternoon tea, and 24-hour room service.
The St. Regis Atlanta Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This grand, French Baroque-inspired resort is one of Atlanta's premier options and it tops our list of the best luxury hotels in Atlanta. However, Buckhead's business district isn't as large as those in Downtown or Midtown, which puts this hotel lower on our list than it would be otherwise. The St. Regis is a top-notch choice for business travelers looking to stay in Buckhead, with spacious rooms featuring big, comfortable beds, marble bathrooms with soaking tubs, and modern amenities. Other business-friendly amenities include free transportation within a two-mile radius, a 24-hour fitness center, the signature St. Regis butler service, a business center with secretarial services, gorgeous meeting rooms, and 24-hour room service. Wi-Fi requires an additional fee.
The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead Rating: 5.0 Pearls
The outstanding service and glamorous design at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead fall in line with customer's expectations of this luxury brand. The 517 rooms are mostly luxurious, with bright bay windows, iPod docks, plush linens, and warm colors, but feel slightly dated, with popcorn ceilings and run-of-the-mill wood furniture. Bathrooms have marble vanities and, in most, rainforest showerheads. Property highlights include a big indoor pool, a high-end cafe, an ornate lobby, and a regal dining room. Business-friendly amenities include 24-hour room service and 25 elegant meeting rooms. In Buckhead, it's bested by the St. Regis, however, and due to its size, it can't offer the same extensive list of amenities and dining options as the Hilton.
Loews Atlanta Hotel Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The Loews has a convenient location in Midtown Atlanta, bright rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows, and spacious bathrooms with soaking tubs and TVs. Overall, the hotel definitely has an upscale vibe, with ritzy amenities including a modern spa and fitness center along with a swanky cocktail bar in the lobby. Business-minded amenities include 24-hour room service, 40,000 square feet of meeting space, free transportation within a three-mile radius in a stylish Audi Q7, and free Wi-Fi in the lobby (though in-room Wi-Fi requires a fee, the Loews's offering of free Wi-Fi in the lobby is a step above the services of most similar hotels in the area). Convenient dining options range from an innovative restaurant to a gourmet snack bar, but many restaurants and bars are in walking distance as well.
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Rating: 4.5 Pearls
The 422-room InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta is classic and elegant -- from the bright, grand lobby with fireplaces and marble columns to the upscale and comfortable rooms. Marble bathrooms in all rooms offer soaking tubs and separate showers, and upper-level rooms have great skyscraper views. There are nine meeting rooms -- a slim offering compared to the extensive meeting spaces at some of the less luxurious hotels lower on the list -- but the hotel does feature a well-equipped business center, staffed from morning until night, and its close proximity to Lenox Square Mall and the MARTA transit system are convenient.
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Rating: 5.0 Pearls
This elegant, 127-room luxury hotel is located in a quiet area in Buckhead appeals largely to couples, and with only four meeting rooms (totaling 6,360 square feet), it's not as business-oriented as the other options lower on the list. But its level of luxury puts it a cut above. The spacious, high-tech rooms are the main draw here, but there's also a wonderful spa (a destination for locals), a great indoor lap pool, a big, bright fitness center, a casual but stylish restaurant, and a lounge overlooking the beautiful gardens.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The huge, 1,070-room Omni Hotel at CNN Center is a typical four-pearl business hotel, but features some nice extra perks -- an outdoor pool, a delicious restaurant, and a large fitness center. The large rooms are plain and a bit drab, but the location can't be beat -- in the heart of downtown, connected to Phillips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center, and across the street from Centennial Olympic Park. Plus, with a whopping 120,000 square feet of meeting space (which no other hotel in the area can boast), a 24-hour business center, free Wi-Fi for Select Guest Members (membership is free), and numerous dining options (which includes a fine-dining restaurant, a coffee shop, and 24-hour room service), it's a solid choice for business travelers.
Hilton Atlanta Rating: 4.0 Pearls
With 1,242 rooms, the behemoth Hilton Atlanta features the quality amenities travelers expect from the Hilton brand. In this towering hotel the spacious rooms are contemporary (if a tad generic) and have flat-screen TVs, and all the amenities of a big hotel are present: a well-equipped fitness center, outdoor pool, tennis courts, and even a rooftop running track. There's fee for Wi-Fi, but the downtown location is convenient for business travelers and extra perks include numerous dining options, an on-site FedEx office, a boarding pass kiosk, a 24-hour mini-mart, and 41,000 square feet of meeting space.
Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Grand Hyatt Atlanta is an upscale chain hotel geared toward travelers with business in Buckhead. But the hotel's pool and the large, contemporary rooms (equipped with flat-screen TVs, iPod docks, and mini-fridges) make it a fine choice for all travelers. Business-oriented amenities include a large, 24-hour fitness center, 30,000 square feet of meeting space, 24-hour room service, free car service within 2 miles, and a large 24-hour business center with extensive secretarial services. Wi-Fi, however, requires an additional fee.