St. Regis Atlanta – Hotel Review
After a journey of more than 22 hours, including Atlanta’s downtown evening rush-hour traffic, I was more than relieved to pull up the driveway of the St. Regis Atlanta, located in Buckhead at West Paces Ferry Road. Buckhead resembles an independent city with its skyscrapers, malls and of course its heavy traffic more than it does the financial heart of Atlanta and the third largest business district in Atlanta after Downtown and Midtown.
Upon arrival, and a warm welcome by the entrance staff, I found myself fascinated by the entrance hall and its two big, curved staircases. A typical Southern atmosphere had again captured my emotions as I headed to the front desk for a quick check-in. It seemed that everything was perfectly prepared for my arrival. After check-in formalities had been completed, I was escorted to my room on the eighth floor and introduced to all of the features and amenities it had to offer.
My 440-square foot Superior Room, one of 115 rooms the St. Regis offers, was equipped with state-of-the art features, including a 37” LCD flat-screen television, but most importantly, it had easily accessible power outlets near the bed and at the writing desk for charging all my gear.
The king-size bed was supremely comfortable and made for a relaxing night’s sleep. I woke up refreshed and ready for my meetings at the next day.
The bathroom, with an integrated 17” LCD television in the left mirror, was the highlight of my stay at the St. Regis. While I know my colleagues at Frequent Business Traveler have stayed in rooms with this feature, I hadn’t encountered it before. It turned mundane tasks such as brushing teeth a bit less of a chore and I made a note to ask the contractor building my new house about adding this feature at home. The bathroom featured two marble sinks, a large soaking tub, and a separate shower with a rainfall showerhead.
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The leather covered writing desk provided enough space for my laptop, the guest room phone and a small tray with welcoming water and fresh vegetables. The very comfortable chair was good for settling in and reading or just relaxing, but unfortunately did not provide an ergonomically correct seating position for longer work times.
WLAN internet access is available from $4.95 for one hour of “high speed lite,” up to $54.95 for three days of “high speed enhanced.” For my two-day stay I chose the “high speed lite” option for $23.95 and found it to be sufficient, with roughly 1 Mbps down- and upstream. For SPG Platinum members, internet access is complimentary.