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Pink Traveler: Elcome To Atlanta

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Some of the best things in life aren’t nearly as good without a W in them.

Luckily, Atlanta, Georgia has not one, but three W Hotels, two of which we visited recently to check out their spectacular, multi-million-dollar renovations.

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.

W Atlanta – Midtown

The Living Room is a perfect place to rendezvous before a night out—or as your night out.

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 King Fabulous room is just as advertised—fabulous.

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.

Book now at marriott.com

W Atlanta – Buckhead

Whiskey Blue has views for days (and nights).

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.

The only thing better than two Queens in a room? Three!
Wait, are we still talking about beds?

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.

Check out the special offers and book today at marriott.com

All hotel photos courtesy of W Hotels Worldwide