Relax into luxury, jazz and spa bliss in Buckhead.
By Hope S. Philbrick
The St. Regis Atlanta is home of what surely must be the swankiest women’s restroom in Atlanta, Georgia. (The men’s, too, I assume.)
Hand your keys to the valet, stroll through the hotel’s front door, tip your hat if you’re wearing one to the kind staff member who held the door open for you—this is the sort of place where it’s not out of place to wear a fancy hat—and head up the stairs. Or take the gilded elevator if you must.
The restroom is easy to spot and once you enter it’s bound to take your breath away—in a good way, not in the way you might reasonably expect of most public restrooms. There’s enough room to waltz and the whole marble décor is simply eye-popping wow. There’s a lounge area that rivals most living rooms, private stalls with plenty of room for elbows and knees, sinks galore.
It offers a glimpse of the over-the-top luxury to which all guests of The St. Regis Atlanta are treated. Since they have private options, overnight hotel guests might never notice these public facilities, which is a shame (though of course guestroom bathrooms also impress with space, style and thoughtful amenities).
Recently, I spent the night at The St. Regis Atlanta for the first time and the experience lived up to expectations fueled by previous shorter visits. My guestroom was upscale and stylish, clean and spacious, beautifully appointed with luxurious furnishings, considerate details and modern technologies. But before I hit the mattress for a restful night of sleep, I spent the evening in the hotel’s elegant Wine Room savoring cocktails and bites while listening to a jazz performance.
On Thursday nights from 7 to 10 p.m., The St. Regis Atlanta now hosts Jazz Legends featuring renowned jazz artist Theresa Hightower.
The St. Regis’ jazz performances pay tribute to the fact that during the Jazz Age The St. Regis New York hosted some of history’s most beloved jazz greats including Count Basie and Duke Ellington. This legacy inspired the new Jazz Legends series, which aims to present the next generation of jazz artists via live performances at The St. Regis hotels around the world.
Beverages and bites are available throughout the performance. Executive Chef Joseph Trevino and Beverage & Bar Manager David Mason aim to present seasonal menu items. Don’t miss the bourbon-based “The Heart of Darkness” cocktail; it’s worth crossing over to the dark side for this deliciousness.
It’s easy to be cheery in the morning when a 60-minute massage appointment awaits.
Remède Spa recommends arriving 30 minutes prior to the appointment time so you can enjoy the amenities and steam room; it’s solid advice worth heeding.
The Remède customized massage recognizes that each guest is unique, so let your therapist know your pressure preferences, trouble spots and tender muscles and his or her skilled hands will erase tension and ease you into bliss.
Recline on the cushioned heated table and let skilled hands erase stress. Once the stroking and kneading is finished, you’ll feel more relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated than when you arrived.
Remède Spa offers a range of services including facials, body treatments, massages, waxing and nail services, based exclusively on the Remède skincare line.
On a cloud of contentment, you’ll float out of the spa when it’s time to leave.
But whatever lures you to cross the threshold into The St. Regis Atlanta—whether it’s to enjoy a spa treatment, dine, imbibe, listen to jazz, or just show off your fancy hat—you can’t help but adapt a swankier stride.
- AAA Five Diamond boutique hotel
- 151 spacious guestrooms including 31 suites
- St. Regis Butler Service
- Check in at 3 p.m., check out by Noon
- Free internet
- Valet parking only
- Fitness center
- Twice daily housekeeping service
- Billiards room
- 10 spa treatment rooms
- Odds of Encountering Children: Very low, especially at jazz performances and in the spa.
The St. Regis Atlanta
88 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30305
Check out “Tapas on the Terrace,” The St. Regis Bar’s new outdoor event series that runs through the summer every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $25 per guest which covers unlimited food offerings. A featured beverage that pairs with the dishes is available for an additional charge. The series includes Southern Oyster Grill (May 25), ATL’s Best Burger (June 1) and more themed events to come.
– Photos courtesy The St. Regis Atlanta
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