I stayed at the Doubletree Atlanta Buckhead for a week's vacation in back in November. Am happy to report that the sevice and rooms were of the same high standard as my previous visits. Anyone who wishes to find out about this hotel in more substantial detail may refer to my previous two reviews.
My main reason for writing about this property at the present time is to alert future guests that
a complete renovation of the hotel is in progress - all rooms and public spaces, and was already well under way when I arrived in mid-November. The staff had informed me that the work is expected to be completed in March or April 2013, so here is what I found and what you should expect in the near future. All rooms and public spaces will be given a contemporary, modern look - on my arrival the lobby was almost completed, the bar and lounge were done, with the breakfast restaurant and rooms slated to be next. There is an artist's rendering in the lobby (with fabric samples) of what the renovation will entail which shows me what is to come, and my personal reaction is mixed at best. Why? Read on.
Let's start with the rooms first. The aesthetic of the rooms had been sort of French Provincial, which I found to lend a comfortable, homey atmosphere (and my room was in good condition to
be sure). With the new renovation the rooms will have the same cookie-cutter design one can
find in just about any hotel anywhere one travels - modern and sleek to be sure, but with no individual identity, and it is this loss of identity that will be lost. One of the joys of staying in a hotel had been to enjoy how different each property was - but no more, I feel. When work on the Doubletree is completed, it will look no different than most hotels in town (or anywhere, for
The new look of the lobby, public spaces and restaurants would matter to me less since I spend
the least amount my time in those areas, but the rooms will definetely be different. Whether or
not you will like them is to to your own individual tastes. It also remains to be seen how the
rates are affected by this renovation. Till now they have been extermely reasonable for often
pricey Buckhead, but I for one will keep my eye on this, as this hotel had been a favorite of
mine and one which I hope to keep considering when I visit Atlanta. I wonder whose idea it ac-
tually was for this renovation - the hotel itself, the Hilton head office, the guests, or all of the
So, to quickly summarize, the hotel renovation will totally transform the hotel - you decide whe- ther the new product is to your tastes; hopefully the rates will not be too affected by this. The location is perfect, in a great. safe walkable neighborhood with lots of great restaurants and shopping and less than two blocks from the Buckhead MARTA (subway) station - the bus stops there as well. So we shall see what the future brings to the Doubletree Atlanta Buckhead - and whether it will still figure in my future travel plans. Stay tuned!
P.S. During my stay, the business center was dismantled and guests were invited to use the
business center at the Courtyard Hotel across the street. Inquire about this if it is a priority
to you. Again, you may read my two previous reviews (2009 and 2010) for more substantial
descriptions of this hotel - keeping in mind all of the above of course.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree Hotel Atlanta Buckhead
- Doubletree Atlanta
- Atlanta Doubletree