Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta – Hotel Review

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Several well-equipped and comfortable boardrooms are available, RCATL062many with windows and views of the city. Additional meeting space was ample, with function rooms up to 2,400 square feet (223 square meters), and a lower-level ballroom with over 6,300 square feet (585 square meters). The latter connects to the neighboring atrium at 191 Peachtree Street through a lobby decorated in platinum with portraits.

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta has one of the best locations in Atlanta for business travelers, and is one of exceedingly few that eliminate the need to drive in the city’s notorious traffic congestion. MARTA, Atlanta’s subway system is located just across Peachtree Street from the hotel and makes for a short trip to the airport. Within walking distance (or a short cab ride) are major business, governmental, and cultural attraction including the Georgia State Capitol, the CNN Center, Turner Field (the home of the Atlanta Braves) and the World of Coke. Construction of a streetcar line is currently underway and will make access even more convenient.

DINING

It’s difficult for a dieter to visit a Ritz-Carlton. RCATL057In addition to the Ritz-Carlton Club  the Ritz-Carlton has two options for on-site dining, Lumen, the lobby bar, and the Atlanta Grill, which is known throughout the city for its gas lighted veranda overlooking Peachtree Street. The Atlanta Grill is a steakhouse offering a varied menu, many of the dishes with a southern twist, and provides two formal private dining rooms, as well as a private “Cheaters Booth” (an apt designation for a more intimate venue). Murals and vintage photographs of Atlanta cover the walls.

Lumen, the lobby bar, is named for the vibrant colors that it dons after dark. Nestled below street level, and separated from the entrance by the hotel’s staircase, it is an elegant place to meet for a cocktail or to enjoy a snack, and in the evenings there are often performances by a musician. In addition, the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta has an in-house Pimentologist, who can teach you all there is to know about the southern delicacy, should you so desire.

CLUB

Access to the Ritz-Carlton Club can be added to any room in the hotel.  RCATL104It offers five food presentations per day from breakfast to after-dinner sweets, with complimentary beverages and a staff of knowledgeable concierges at the ready all day. Despite visiting the club only occasionally during my stay, they always seemed to recognize and greet me (and every other guest) by name, and as with other Ritz-Carlton Clubs, their beverage of choice as well.

BOTTOM LINE

The Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta is somewhat of a hidden gem in downtown Atlanta. With over 400 rooms, it is smaller than many hotels in Atlanta, including its Buckhead sibling, which fits in with its decidedly boutique character. Because of its location, it is far more accessible from the south and from the Airport, and is a rare instance where using public transportation in Atlanta is actually feasible.

THE DETAILS

Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta
181 Peachtree Street, N.E.,
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Tel. +1 (404) 659-0400
www.ritzcarlton.com

 

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