Some of the best things in life aren’t nearly as good without a W in them.
The focus of this quick trip was mostly to experience these two hotels, but we did manage to sneak away to a few of Atlanta’s many LGBT bars and enjoy food at some fantastic places, but we’ll save all that for a more in-depth destination story after our inevitable return.
Until then, if you find yourself traveling to Atlanta for work or vacation, it will always be a pleasure trip if you book a stay at one of these two hotels. And as our policy dictates for all our Pink Traveler reviews, we will never recommend a place we don’t absolutely love—no matter how much they beg us. Or offer us for free.
The W Atlanta Midtown rises up 27 floors above the central part of the city, close to many world-class attractions, including Piedmont Park, Woodruff Arts Center (High Museum, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Alliance Theater), Ponce City Market and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Because as well-equipped as the 24-hour FIT gym may be, we prefer to get our exercise exploring the neighborhoods and its attractions.
Whatever way you choose to get your heart rate up, make it a point to book a spa service at The Spa at W Atlanta-Midtown, a small-but-well-appointed facility that includes a separate locker room for men and women with steam showers and saunas in each.
The rooms, like at every W Hotel we’ve ever visited, feature creative design elements and even the smaller accommodations combine luxury and whimsy in memorable ways. The pillow-top mattresses at W properties are always a place we like to hang out—with or without new friends!
Special packages are always available and an excellent way to do more than use the hotel as a place to sleep. Because as much as we love it, sleep is the last thing we care about on vacation. Well, that and work e-mails.
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If “chic neighborhood” lands at the top of your wish list, it doesn’t get much ritzier than Buckhead and the W Atlanta-Buckhead sits smack in the middle of all the high-end action. Shop for the latest fashions at The Shops at Buckhead, Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square, all close enough to walk—or even shorter by limousine if you’re in a more Hermès state of mind than a TJ Maxx one.
How ever you spend your day, make sure you hit the rooftop bar, Whiskey Blue, which opens at 4:00 p.m. Like many bars and lounges at W Hotels, this one draws a see-and-be-seen crowd that will keep you as entertained as the craft beers, creative cocktails and exhibitionist-pleasing bottle service. When the weather’s great, outside definitely wins our vote over being tucked away indoors.
Rooms offer the same, melt-into-the-mattress pillowtop beds of the Midtown property, as well as their own unique, vibrant pops of color and pattern. And the bathrooms always lure us in with their walk-in showers and top-notch amenities, which if you aren’t aware have just switched from Bliss to Davines products, including three formulations exclusively for W Hotels.
Because cleanliness is next to godliness. And we love to put our cleanliness against someone’s chiseled godliness whenever possible.
All hotel photos courtesy of W Hotels Worldwide