Let me start with a simple truth. The W Atlanta – Buckhead pretty much rocked my 3-night early summer stay. In the interest of full disclosure, they obviously read my blog that I would be staying. Maybe they read the part about how I almost spent these 3 nights at a (gasp) Marriott property. How do I know? No, I didn’t get upgraded to some rocking’ suite, my room was pretty basic W. Each night of my stay, I returned from dinner to a nice note and an amenity of some sort. Nothing crazy, but certainly appreciated. A couple of drink coupons that still haven’t remembered to use, a couple of beers that I did use, and on the last night, 2 bottles of water and a cool little compass so I’d “find my way back.” An insightful choice, because I will be back. In short, I love the place.
I’m a believer in public transportation, so MARTA rail was my chariot of choice for getting to the hotel. The Buckhead MARTA station is just a short walk away from the hotel. Cabs to Buckhead from downtown are in the mid $30 dollar range and a little more than that from the airport. MARTA is what it is, but it’s really not a bad option to get to the hotel from the airport or to and from downtown for work, though the trip is noticeably longer that my relatively short usual commute from the Midtown area.
I arrived at the hotel around 6:00pm and was actually the third of 3 guests making the trek from the MARTA station. Two gentlemen were working the front desk and there was a little line, but I would estimate I waited no more than 5 minutes for my turn to check in. I was ably assisted by Ross who welcomed me to the hotel, thanked me for my Starwood Platinum status, and checked me into a W “Fabulous” room, an upgrade from my “Wonderful” room. Ross mentioned that no suites were available. We SPG Platinums must be a demanding sort. 🙂 Soon enough, I was on my way to my 10th floor room.
If you’re more accustomed to the typical W darker (to me at least) decor, the W Buckhead will be a change. The room just seemed brighter to me, complete with flowers on the furniture! A little much for a guy, perhaps, but no worries in reality. The decor is just a little different than most W’s I’ve stayed in. My Fabulous room was equipped with a comfy King bed, reasonably well-lit work area, a table for whatever (whenever?), and a great LCD television. The closet wasn’t big enough to live in, but plenty big for a business traveler. A laptop safe was hidden behind the door that also contained the minibar fridge. The most unique thing about the room was the bathroom setup. Not quite sure what the right word is, but think European. The whole thing was certainly very functionally designed. I took a few pictures.
Around the Hotel
When staying in Buckhead, you won’t suffer from boredom unless you like it that way. There are some great restaurants very near the hotel, not to mention in the hotel! Lenox Mall is next door if you’re looking to do a little shopping. There are 3 great steakhouses within an easy walk. The easiest of all,
Morton’s is literally right out the door (now closed). Ruth’s Chris is nearby as is Prime, which I unfortunately, did not have the opportunity to try. I’ll rectify that during my next visit, and hopefully venture out a little further from the hotel. I just didn’t have time this visit. Another Atlanta favorite of mine, Dantanna’s is located steps from the hotel as well. You don’t have to leave the hotel for great food though. Jean-Georges Market is located in the hotel. Give it a try. It’s worth a visit.
During this stay, I managed to meander up to the rooftop Whiskey Blue to hang out with all the pretty people. If you’re looking for a pretty hot spot for a cocktail, head to the rooftop of the W Buckhead and imbibe. I got my black t-shirt and jeans look on 2 nights in a row even! 🙂 Cigars are available (to smoke outside). Just sayin’.
The Bottom Line
I loved the hotel. The last time I stayed here, the hotel had just opened, and wasn’t even complete yet. I’m glad I tried it again. Buckhead is a little far from my downtown worksite, but sometimes, that’s a good thing. Having the mall, and several excellent restaurants within a short walk offers an interesting array of diversions. The W Atlanta – Buckhead gets the MJonTravel seal of approval!