Those who travel are increasingly familiar with the highs and lows of tourism infrastructure and hotel offerings in various world markets. Asia has taken the lead in luxury, a standard which the Western markets have much to catch up on. Still there are good manifestations from time to time and St. Regis in Buckhead Atlanta is certainly a place worth holding up as an example. As Atlanta reinvents the urban luxury experience in places like Buckhead, wonders like the St. Regis are defining characteristics of a strong and confident city with a clear identity.
Whether one has experienced St. Regis before or not, the Buckhead hotel is a good place for first impressions. The building occupies a commanding presence in this up and coming neighborhood. As one approaches it is obvious to see that this shapely tower is part of a sharp looking complex that features beautiful stone, glass and metalwork. On the inside the settings are tastefully refined, polished floors, rich carpets and majestic dark wood are all integrated to bring furnishings to life. The furnishings and decor are not so out of touch as to think you are in a historic building, rather they are modern and ornate at the same time.
As we entered the hotel we were immediately welcomed and received warmly. Guests should be aware that there is only valet parking for $30+ per day or local parking which runs around $25 per day. At check in a special accommodation was granted upon request and the staff were familiar with our names and details for the rest of the stay. Certain St. Regis traditions like the afternoon Champagne ceremony are an included part of any stay, however one must remember to ask about the place and time as it was not relayed to us at check in.
There are 151 rooms in the hotel as well as a section of residences. Hallways are well lit with creme colored carpets, white paneling adorns the walls and elegant lamps and furnishings can be found all around. The rooms are spacious and very well appointed. Everything seems balanced and in its proper place. The deluxe rooms come with a King size bed with a plush down comforter. The bathroom is a place of relaxation with white marble walls, two marble sinks, a deep soaking tub and a marble shower with a mounted rainfall shower head. The excellent technology system, large TV, and ornate writing desk make work and leisure space versatile. In all one feels that time spent in the room is time best spent. The only drawback for the experienced St. Regis guest is that Butler Service is only available for those who book suites. It is a decision the company has made in the U.S. Having experienced the butler service abroad we can say we were truly disappointed the company standard is not uniform on this point.
There are wonderfully alluring opportunities once you step outside your room. The Spa is not included in the regular room rate, but with a treatment or by paying an access fee, one can enjoy a relaxation room with healthy snacks, a steam room, sauna and direct access out to the pool and garden area. The pool sits in the garden area and it offers the privacy of a resort in the heart of a big city. There are outdoor jacuzzis and attendants regularly circulate looking to attend to any needs. The athletic club enjoys panoramic views of the Pool Piazza and comes complete with all kinds of exercise equipment in a modern gym area.
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Guests may have breakfast included in their rate, but it does not come automatically. A helpful alternative is knowing that complimentary gourmet coffee/tea is set up at the Astor Court which is also the site of daily dining and afternoon tea. The St. Regis Bar and the Wine Room are two exquisite social spaces decorated with ornate carpets, leather furniture and beautiful artwork that will set the mood for great conversation and socializing. Overall St. Regis Atlanta is a superb spot from which to enjoy the city life of Atlanta and a destination of good taste, good service and the enjoyable privacy of an urban getaway.