I traveled to the Atlanta area to do site visits for an upcoming meeting. I decided to stay at the Ritz, because the pictures on-line were beautiful and I wanted to be on that lake!
I am not sorry at all, that I choose to stay at Ritz Reynolds. Opening my drapes every morning, or sitting on the balcony every evening and looking at the lake, was beautiful and so relaxing! Watching the boaters, jet skiers and people enjoying the water, was fun to watch. Make sure you get the lake view room! The resort view rooms (I believe) look into the wooded areas.
I only had a few meals in the hotel, but all food was good. Room service breakfast, was hot and on-time. Gaby's by the Lake was casual and nice to sit out by the water to dine. The food was very good, and not over-loaded to where you couldn't eat it all. Cudo's to the chef! I only had the breakfast buffet in Georgia's the last day of my stay, and it was very good as well. Omelette's made right before you, so you could see how fresh everything was. I did not dine there in the evenings because it is a little more up-scale, and I didn't want to change out of my shorts, tank top and flip-flops :).
I never made it to the beautiful infinity pool, which overlooks the lake. And I never got in the indoor pool at the spa. Also, never made it to the gym, but in passing, it look very well stocked compared to other places!
The grounds are great for enjoying the walking/biking paths, and while I am not a golfer, all courses looks in top condition.
My room was nice - nothing overly special for the price. Stocked mini-bar, should you so desire; snacks too. Bathroom was large with a separate tub and shower. But, the shower stall was SMALL! I, as woman, had to stick my nose in the corner of the stall just to be able to bend over a bit to wash. Not sure how a man would fit. Not good, compared to other places I have stayed, for much cheaper $$$. The service by all staff was superb! Everyone spoke to you when passing,addressed you by last name, and everyone had a smile, and nothing was beyond their job description when asked. The valet parking is great, but honestly, why should a person be made to pay for the service, if they don't want to? I have no problem with parking my own car.
The spa was nice, but I have been in better. The quiet room (at least on the ladies side) was anything but, with everyone chatting away. The services I got - the facial was fair but not as good as the one I received at The Umstead in Cary, NC. The technician just seemed a little rough. But, the Swedish Massage I got was wonderful! Twice I almost fell asleep, and I am a very hard person to get to sleep. The steam room and sauna were great.
Ritz Reynolds is a family spot, lots to keep the kids and parents occupied. Every evening, they do s'mores for anyone that would like to make one. I did get a little irritated one evening, when it was close to 11pm, and there were kids outside yelling and running around. Just a bit late in my mind, especially when one is trying to relax and enjoy the solitude. That is poor care taking by the parents, and when I did complain finally to the front desk, they basically said nothing we can do about it, but will alert security. HUMPH There should be a no noise after 10pm rule.
It is a bit older in decor, but then again, goes well with the Southern charm and the lodge atmosphere. All-in-all, I would stay again for sure. While I was there on business, it was like a mini-vacation when I was finally able to enjoy the scenery. Certainly made me see, that the Ritz name is one I will search out again, for my stays around the country.
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