From the moment we were met at our car by the valets to finding a handwritten card in our room from the manager wishing us a happy anniversary along with a beautiful chocolate mouse with shimmering sugar, this hotel experience was an education in "how the other half lives" (more like the half a percent!). It was simply flawless. One must accept that the entire experience is going to gouge your pocketbook and gouge it very well, but if you can suspend your horror and enjoy every little luxury, you will have a full time job because there are so many luxuries to enjoy! One of the great joys - and great pocketbook gougers - was room service. They have a wonderful menu of popcorn and snacks like terra chips to accompany (the also pocketbook gouging) movie selection. We also indulged in a spa treatment each. I could have left after just putting on the luxe bathrobes in the spa and felt pampered, but I got a facial with Angela which was just envigorating and lovely. My husband, a spa virgin when we arrived, had a very civilized experience having the exfoliating pedicure. We were jello after that and returned to our room and dropped into those gazillion count sheets to recover. The hotel has such a tranquil and pampering that to have a spa treatment feels like serious exertion. Later in the afternoon we discovered the cool breezy porch off the bar and had some bellinis and mojitos. The hotel is in walking distance to fantastic shopping (both Lenox and Phipps malls) as well as tons of restaurants. We had sushi at MF Buckhead and then had drinks at Whiskey Blue across the street at the W. Every single hotel employee seemed to have mastered the art of courtesy and attentiveness all while respecting your space and not being intrusive or over the top. All in all it was an altogether divine way to part with a nice chunk of change in honor of our ten year anniversary.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Housed in an iconic building designed by celebrated American architect Robert A.M. Stern, Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta soars 42 stories above the Atlanta skyline and offers sophisticated, residential elegance in its 127 spacious rooms and suites. The intimate hotel features a blissful 15,000-square foot spa, indoor lap pool, fitness center, extensive meeting and event space, The Cafe & Bar for exquisite dining and Taipan, serving specialty cocktails. The sought-after Buckhead location is steps away from the region's top dining, chic designer boutiques and cultural attractions. The hotel is 35 minutes from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 10 minutes from the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, which accommodates private aircraft. ... more less
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