The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta

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The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
Stay on Peachtree Street in Georgia’s state capital.

By Hope S. Philbrick

If you have a butler, a maid and a valet, this recommendation may not mean quite as much to you as it will to those of us who don’t.

If you always get an excellent night sleep and wake up happy, chipper and eager to face the day, this recommendation may not mean quite as much to you. If not, read on.

I have to keep my own house clean. I scrub the toilets and tile, change the sheets, wash and fold the towels. I park my own car. Me. I do it.

When I crawl into my home bed I typically have to push a cat out of the way and then try to ignore my husband’s snoring.

So when given the opportunity of an overnight “staycation” at The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta, located Downtown on Peachtree Street, I never hesitated. And I told my husband to stay home. I wanted that king-sized mattress with crisp white sheets all to myself.

It was heavenly.

I left home around 3:30 p.m. on a Sunday evening and by 4:30 I was soaking in a deep bathtub in one of the two bathrooms of my executive suite. The whole space was sparkling clean and I hadn’t needed to lift a finger to get it that way. I could just soak in warm water and let the ahhhh really soak in.

Once sufficiently relaxed, I toweled off, pulled on a robe and strolled through the bedroom into the living room to plop on the couch and channel surf. Sole possession of the remote control is very luxurious.

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Eventually I got dressed and rode the elevator downstairs to meet my husband at AG for dinner—I’d welcomed him to share at least that part of the fun. Afterwards, time permitting we might have lingered in Lumen, one of our favorite bars, but he had to get going for an early morning of work the next day. Before departing, he rode the elevator up to check out my guestroom and, ultimately, proved the benefit of a two-bathroom suite: He used the one I hadn’t touched which meant the one I’d originally claimed was still all mine.

Lumen @ The Ritz-Carlton AtlantaHe left and I once again had the suite all to myself. I could have checked out the fitness center, Lumen, or the Club Lounge, but I preferred to sit in pajamas and watch TV. Permission to be lazy is an inherent benefit of being a guest at an upscale hotel: There is staff to attend to things. Relax.

When tired, I slipped between the crisp white sheets on the feather bed and sprawled out knowing I was free from the risk of kicking or being kicked by any creature. My head sank into a non-allergenic foam pillow and I drifted off to sleep. Sometimes in city hotels there’s a risk of being awakened by sirens or other noise, but on the 19th floor of The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta I heard no outside disruptions.

I woke up refreshed, reinvigorated. When I was ready to check out, I left the bed unmade, knowing a maid would be along to prep the room for the next guest.

That guest, whoever it happens to be, is lucky. I know.

Essentials…
  • 444 rooms and suites
  • All guestrooms non-smoking
  • Wireless High-Speed Internet Access (daily fee applies)
  • iPod docking stations
  • Club Level available
  • AAA 4-Diamond rating
  • On-site dining at AG, Lumen Bar and 24-hour room service
  • Twice-daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary overnight shoeshine
  • 17,000 square feet of meeting/event space available
  • Fitness facility with weight training and cardio equipment; complimentary workout attire available
  • Valet parking
  • Business services available
  • Concierge can arrange limousine and car rental services
  • Located near Georgia Aquarium, Georgia Dome, Philips Arena, Turner Field, Georgia World Congress Center and AmericasMart
  • Located near Peachtree Center Station (N1) MARTA station—ride from the airport to the station and the hotel is steps away
  • Odds of Encountering Children: The hotel welcomes families (there’s a Ritz Kids program), but generally most weeknight guests at this Downtown Atlanta location are business travelers
More Information…

The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta
181 Peachtree St. NE
Atlanta GA 30303
404-659-0400

Read our interview with Chef Josh Fryer of the hotel’s restaurant, AG.

– Photos courtesy Phase 3 Marketing & Communications for The Ritz-Carlton Atlanta

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HSP15Hope S. Philbrick is founder and editor-in-chief of Getaways for Grownups. She became a freelance writer and editor because she believes that work and fun should not be mutually exclusive. Her work has appeared in dozens of publications nationwide. When not writing, she can usually be found on the road or savoring something tasty.

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