by Lissa Poirot
Atlanta is a sprawling city with many different neighborhoods, each with their own flair and style. Buckhead has long been touted the upscale neighborhood of Atlanta, with fine dining and shopping and a Rodeo-Drive-of-the-South mentality. Standing along Peachtree Street are a number of luxurious hotel skyscrapers, providing views of the city, each upscale, but different in its offerings and dÃ©cor. The InterContinental is one such luxury high-rise, with oversized guestrooms, plush bedding and an expansive main floor lobby, restaurant, bar and conference center.
It’s not a hotel where families want to spend their days relaxing. Instead, it’s one that provides quiet and peace after a long day exploring Atlanta’s many sights and attractions. Its Buckhead location near Georgia 400, I-75, I-85 and I-285 makes it a centralized hotel that is within minutes (barring Atlanta’s notorious traffic) from any destination.
Our Editor Loves
- Convenient location
- Oversized bathtubs
- Pet-friendly hotel
- Connecting Rooms
- Onsite Dining
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There are 21 suites, all with double or king beds. Suites begin at 600 square feet and some include a separate living room, sofa beds and dining tables. They are also outfitted with a CD player and a stereo sound system.
Executive Rooms are available on their own floor, with a fully staffed club lounge offering free continental breakfast and lunch and dinner, plus snacks and beverages, as well as a DVD library.
Standard rooms are available with two double beds or one king bed. All rooms are equipped with 47-inch flat-screen TV's, iHome docking stations, coffee makers, mini bars and DVD players.
Cribs and connecting rooms are available upon request and must be reserved in advance.
Handicap-accessible rooms are available and the hotel is well equipped to handle guests with special needs -- communication kits with visual alarms and notification devices are available upon request.
As soon as I arrived at the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel, I felt welcome. From the valet to the front desk, all of the staff was knowledgeable and courteous. The room was comfortable and luxurious. Care has been given to ensure that guests have everything they need. The bathroom had excellent lighting as well as every amenity you could wish for including a soaking tub and a walk-in shower. The gym is perfectly located where guest can exercise and take in the hustle and bustle on Peachtree. The Southern Art restaurant in the hotel served up a scrumptious breakfast to get the day started. The hotel was conveniently located near fine dining and amazing shopping. I will definitely stay here again, and when I do, it will feel like coming home.
We dropped in to the InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta after being squeezed out of the Grand Hyatt across the street. (Our stay needed to be extended but they were sold out.) This gave us an opportunity to compare these fine establishments, and the InterContinental was the clear winner. Better mattresses, quieter sensibly designed rooms, and the staff was clearly interested in my stay. We needed nothing from anyone, so I can't say how the staff would have performed if I had a serious need/request, but my impression is that they would have really gone out of their way to assist. Check in /check out/ bell staff were first class, friendly, accomodating and trained. In both establishments we were residents of the 'club level', and that lounge experience really highlight some differences that favor the Intercontinental: I relaxed and felt like doing business immediately upon entering; the concierge was helpful, not intrusive. The decorating/colors I wish were in my office at home. The were sections of the club lounge for small groups to talk over wine/drinks, tables for 2 for snacks or breakfast, table (1?) for 4 further away, etc. Well thought out and NOT CRAMPED; the Grand Hyatt Club Lounge made me feel cramped and everyone was in my laptop screen. The IC Club Lounge also had a nice Board Room which I wish I considered in advance for a small group. I could go on, but it was a notch above. All that said, prior to Buckhead we had been in the Fairmount Plano, TX and that club lounge was yet above the InterContinental with a huge buffet at all hours of the day, and a chef for breakfast. I would definitely return to the InterContinental on my next Atlanta trip. (we usually use the gym but did not, so cannot comment.)
The hotel features an outdoor, heated pool that is open seasonally, along with a pool bar where refreshing drinks and lite bites can be found. The hotel also offers a hot tub.
It is also located within minutes of Atlanta's most popular family attractions, including the Center for Puppetry Arts, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca Cola and Centennial Olympic Park.
This restaurant features Southern classics for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant's Bourbon Bar provides a cocktail lounge for parents to enjoy at the end of the day. Room service is also provided through the restaurant.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Pets, 25 pounds or less, are welcome at the hotel (one pet per room) for $100 per night.
Internet is available for $10 per day, or you can become an IHG Rewards Club member to get it for free.
A business center is available daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., with copiers and printers, and you'll find an ATM and gift shop in the lobby.
The Art of Smart Timing
In the summer, Atlanta's temperatures can reach into the upper 90's. Mild winters can result in snow and ice in January and February, which the city is not adept to handle, and streets and attractions will close. The best time to visit the city and hotel is during its long, flower-filled spring, or its even longer and more climate-friendly fall.
If flying into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, Buckhead and the InterContinental can be reached by car or the train system, which connects directly to the airport with a stop in Buckhead. When driving, take I-85 from the airport north to Georgia 400, which has an exit just a few blocks from the hotel. Parking at the hotel is available for a daily garage fee (self or valet options).
You'll need a rental car to get around Atlanta, which is a large and sprawling city with many of its attractions spread across various regions. The hotel does, however, offer complimentary shuttle service to select attractions.
For Mom and Dad
The hotel offers babysitting services for an additional fee -- take advantage of this offering for a few hours and visit Spa InterContinental, which provides day-spa experiences for visitors, as well as a health and fitness center with ellipticals, treadmills, stationary bikes and free weights.