I live in metro Atlanta, but needed a mommy time out/alone time and decided to try out Loews for a little staycation. I had a great time and would recommend this hotel to anyone visiting Atlanta.
LOBBY and CHECK IN: The design of the hotel is aesthetically pleasing--clean, modern, and elegant. The lobby is beautiful in a simple way, and feels very lively, welcoming and homey. The front desk staff were friendly and efficient. To be asked, "what kind of room would you like--up high, low, in the middle?" is quite refreshing, when my experience with most places is unless you speak up or ask for something specifically, you will get stuck with the least desirable room. I asked for "as high and as quiet as you can get" and that is what I got! 25th floor (out of 26 floors)and on the quieter side of the hotel.
One note, I have to mention: when I looked on the Loews website to book a room for that night, it had plenty of availability. Inexplicably, when I called to book (I had some questions I needed a local person to answer), I spoke first with a local at the hotel then was transferred to a central reservation line. The person at central reservations said the hotel was booked. I told her I had just looked at the Loews website and there was plenty of availability. After some struggles and sighs on her end, she finally found a room. This led me to believe the hotel would be at or close to capacity, but obviously when I arrived to check in at 5:30pm it was far from it (see comments above about being given my choice of room). Strange. Loews--you need to work on this. You could be turning away guests when there are plenty of rooms open!
MY ROOM: As I entered my room, I was greeted with a pleasant fragrance--not overpowering, but just enough to make it feel fresh and inviting. The room was generously sized (a King Superior, which is the lowest priced room). There was a floor to ceiling window that was a nice size as well, and the view was not great, but not as bad as I had been told by the reservations person on the phone. Perhaps because I was up so high. My view was to the southeast, so I didn't get much Atlanta skyline, but it was not obstructed by any other buildings.
The bathroom was specatcular. It had a separate tub and shower stall, a lovely vanity, plush towels, and a TV! Some reviewers have complained the water pressure and the shower head, and I think the issue is with the shower head, not so much the pressure. It wasn't a problem for me, though.
The bed was super comfortable. I ordered room service breakfast and it was a nice, if pricey, treat. But isn't room service always pricey?
AMENITIES: Fitness/Yoga buffs take note: If you want to get a workout like you get at home (or better) or enjoy a great yoga class while staying at a hotel, you must stay here. Exhale, the fitness center and spa right in the hotel, is the real deal. Since I am a local and in the industry, I know a few of the class instructors here, and they are outstanding. I took a class called Core Fusion Barre (I did not know this instructor) and it was a great workout. I also used the cardio equipment in the fitness center and it is all state-of-the-art, better than what is in my own gym and not even in the same league as most hotels' poor excuses for fitness centers. I did not have any spa services, but I did wander around a bit (locker room and corridors around and between the class studios, gym, and spa area), and it was beautiful. I could see myself spending a couple more days just to take advantage of all of it. Speaking of taking advantage, the spa gives a discount to hotel guests for all spa services and group classes. Very nice!
LOCATION: Note this hotel is in a bustling area, and it will not be totally quiet. There will be some street noise. I was not bothered by it as some reviewers were, though. The nightclub near my room stopped playing loud music by 1am on the Saturday I stayed. All I could hear was the bass, anyway, and it did not bother me at all.
The hotel is in a prime location, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs. There is something for everyone, and although there are gay clubs and a large gay population in Midtown, there are just as many if not more mixed (hetero/gay/whatever) clubs and bars. If you are homophobic, you'll feel safer if you head to the Crescent Avenue area west of Peachtree Street. If you're gay or enjoy gay culture, head toward 10th and Piedmont. If you don't care, venture out in any direction and you'll find something you like.
There are restaurants with about any cuisine and price range you can imagine nearby. As a single female walking alone at night, I was a little on guard, but no more than I probably would have been anywhere else. I never felt unsafe or threatened.
The hotel is also near the Fox Theatre (less than 1 mile, easy walk), the High Museum, Piedmont Park, and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. A long walk/short drive (1.4 miles) away is Atlantic Station, which has a huge movie theater and lots of shops, and is where Cirque du Soleil sets up for a couple of months (each year?). It's also near Georgia Tech and not too far from all the great shops and restaurants in the Westside (Howell Mill and 14th).
HOTEL BAR/RESTAURANT: Live music! Both nights I stayed (Fri-Sat) there was a live band. Jazz the first night and Spanish/Latin Jazz the second. Very lively scene, pleasant and friendly staff and guests. I enjoyed a couple of drinks at the bar and had dessert. I was not impressed at all by the dessert, but the drinks were good and the atmosphere was great. One of the better hotel bars I have visited. I would consider going back, even if I weren't staying at the hotel.
PARKING: there is $20/day self park and $30/day valet. Somehow I got around this. I have my ways, I guess. It seems absurd to pay that much for parking, but it is standard for a hotel in a city, and even here in Atlanta. You can come and go as many times as you like, though.
OVERALL: I will definitely stay at Loews Atlanta again. I will also recommend it to any out of town visitors!
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