Oyster knows what travelers look for in their hotels. When we review properties around the world, we evaluate how every feature stacks up against the competition, from the rooms to the pools to the restaurants. So if you’re planning a family trip and need a place to start, you’ve come to the right place. Take a look at our top kid-friendly picks in Atlanta, and get inspired!
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. It attracts all types of travelers, including families who appreciate the large rooms, many of which offer cribs and rollaways; adjoining rooms are also offered. Other family-friendly services and amenities include a beautiful indoor pool, babysitting services, child-proofed rooms on request, child-sized robes, and kids' menus, available even in the hotel's chic Park 75 restaurant. Though some other hotels in the area offer similar amenities, none are as luxurious -- or offer as extensive a list -- as the Four Seasons. After all, kids not only receive free bedtime cookies, but they are also allowed to visit the hotel's beehives that provide the restaurant with fresh honey.
The outstanding service and glamorous design at the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead fall in line with customer's expectations of this luxury brand. Conveniently located in the upscale neighborhood of Buckhead -- within easy reach of public transportation -- the hotel offers rooms with large bay windows, iPod docks, and plush linens, and rollaway beds and cribs are available upon request. Tots may enjoy the hotel's large indoor pool, as well as free goodies such as ice cream in the hotel's cafe and self-guided scavenger hunts around the property. Family packages, which include breakfast for the entire family, are also on offer.
The Westin Buckhead is a fairly typical four-pearl chain hotel that offers a slightly more laid-back vibe than the Four Seasons and the Ritz. The whole place is a bit more dated, but appearances aside, it ticks all the boxes a large four-pearl hotel should -- with a few nice extras for families. Not only is the location convenient for sightseeing, but the hotel provides a free car service within a two-mile radius. Babysitting services are available, and rooms feature video games and can accommodate cribs. The room service menu offers a kid-friendly section, and children receive welcome goodies upon check-in. And of course, it couldn't stack up to the competition without its peaceful indoor pool.
The huge, 1,070-room Omni Hotel at CNN Center has a great location for families -- in the heart of downtown, connected to Phillips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center, and across the street from Centennial Olympic Park. Plus, it offers several (if not a ton) family-friendly amenities, including cribs and pullout couches available in most rooms, and the signature Omni Sensational Kids program which offers kids milk and cookies during their first night's stay, backpacks with fun items on check-in, and lender toys, games, and books. The rooftop pool is a bit small, however -- especially in comparison to the pool at the Westin.
The 441-room Ritz-Carlton Atlanta is one of the most luxurious hotel choices downtown, and offers big rooms with plenty of natural light, as well as modern amenities such as flat-screen TVs and iPod docks -- certainly spacious and modern enough for families. Though it's more upscale than the Westin and the Omni, it comes in behind them on our list because it offers fewer freebies for young ones. Nonetheless, it's a solid option for families, with a pool; kids' menus in the restaurants as well as a kiddy meal plan, where children eat for $25 a day; numerous family packages; adjoining rooms; and many rooms in which cribs and rollaways are available. The hotel's downtown location is also within walking distance of numerous kid-friendly attractions.
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 families as well, as long as they don't mind being a bit removed from downtown's attractions. A free car service is available for sights within a two-mile radius, and families can request babysitting services, cribs, rollaway beds, and baby products in the room -- available through the Babies Travel Lite program. The highlight, however, may be the hotel's pretty outdoor pool, which hosts dive-in movie nights during the summer.