by Wendy Irvine
Buckhead, a district of Atlanta known for its vast wealth, brims in award-winning restaurants, high-end shopping, and multi-million dollar mansions. A stay at the towering 16-floor Embassy Suites in Atlanta Buckhead means sleeping in the heart of this luxurious land, giving you a 10-minute walk to the Lenox Square Mall (250 stores, four levels), a 6-minute drive to a white-hot comic book store for the kids, and minutes to the Rolls Royce dealer (should you be in the market).
Embassy Suites in Atlanta Buckhead serves up every amenity you expect from this hotel chain: a complimentary made-to-order breakfast, an all-suites property with that lovely thing called a closing door between the bedroom and living room, and a kitchenette. The property also sports a lovely second-floor, medium-size outdoor pool and a fun indoor pool with an adjacent whirlpool.
Our Editor Loves
- Glam location in Buckhead
- Indoor and outdoor heated pools
- Hot breakfast and evening receptions
- Connecting Rooms
- Family Room 5+
- Free Breakfast
- Onsite Dining
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This Embassy Suites, with 308 standard suites, several specialty suites, and a premium floor (with extra amenities) all comfortably sleep five to seven people (depending on your suite and bed choice). Suites come with two rooms with a closing door between the living room and the bedroom, and either a king-bed or two double beds. Standard suites also deliver a 32-inch, flat-screen TV in the living room, a desk/dining table, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a coffeemaker. Suites have irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, and a second flat-screen TV in the bedroom.
Suites are decked in muted golds, browns, and greens. Cribs are available free of charge and six suites have connecting rooms (king room to a king room). Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations.
View-wise, the Peachtree Road view is the most popular, but keep in mind that a Peachtree view also puts you closer to the elevators. Others prefer a downtown Atlanta view, which is beautiful with trees galore carpeting the way from Buckhead to Atlanta.
The premium level suites puts you on the 10th floor and come with fast Wi-Fi, two packed vending machines in the hallway, a Keurig coffee machine, and an ihome docking station in your suite.
One King Bed Suite
This spacious king suite is perfect for parents wanting a king bed. Each suite includes one king bed and a full-size sofa bed. When making reservations, inquire about larger corner and premium king bed suites that offer more square footage.
Two Double Bed Suite
Perfect for families, this suite features two double beds in the bedroom and a full-size sofa bed in the living room. Add a crib and you can fit seven people in this room. When making reservations, inquire about corner and premium double-bed suites that offer more square footage.
Additionally, the Embassy Suites offers specialty suites that are mainly for business professionals with conference tables, but the Presidential Suite is ideal for families.
Presidential Suite with a King Bed and Two Double Beds
The spacious Presidential Suite is the largest suite offered on property with two full bedrooms and, with a crib, sleeps seven comfortably. The suite comes with two bedrooms: one with a king bed and two double beds in the second bedroom. The suite also has two bathrooms, a dining space with table and chairs for six, a kitchenette (a microwave, full sink and mini-fridge), and a living room with a queen-size sofa. Both bathrooms come with a shower/tub combo.
This hotel is undergoing renovation and I took this into consideration. However, it was dirty, service was horrible and staff was rude. No excuses for this. I will not stay here again even though it is in a great location.
It is a shame to have to give them even one star. The issues with this hotel go far beyond the current lobby renovation. The guest rooms themselves are in serious disrepair. They are old, dingy and in desperate need of upgrades. I changed rooms due to the smell of mildew that was not much different in the second room. The bathroom door looked as if a wild animal had gnawed at it and paint was the attempted cover up. There were holes in the carpet, missing nobs on dressers, peeling wallpaper, broken tiles, a leaking bath (more like running), and a shower diverter that did not work. For some reason there is a sink in the bedroom. Customer service related to the maintenance issue of the bath was nonresponsive. “Would you like for us to fix it?” Seriously if you have to ask that question then you need to be retrained. No please, I love leaking faucets and laying down in the bath to wash my hair. Makes me feel so nimble. This hotel charges a lot of money per night for such crappy service and quality accommodations. Stay away.
Several kid-activities call to the little guys in Buckhead, including the LEGOLAND Discovery Center, the Atlanta History Center, and Oxford Comics. When your darlings start the drop-and-whine, pick up your own glass of wine or a mixed drink at the hotel's evening reception, and toss the crankies into one of the property's two pools. (Kids emerge friendly.)
The hotel has a delightful koi pond that children love to "ooh and ahh" over. Koi are hilarious to watch as they vie for incoming treats. Staff feed the Embassy Suites koi at about 8 a.m. every day, but ask staff for specifics on the serving time.
The hotel has both an indoor pool with a whirlpool and an outdoor pool that sits on the second floor. Both are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Complimentary Cooked-to-Order Breakfast
A cooked-to-order omelet made with your favorite fillings is the highlight of the complimentary breakfast, and plenty more. Fill your plate with pancakes, waffles, potatoes, eggs and bacon. Fruit, oatmeal and pastries are also on hand. Breakfast is available from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on weekends.
Complimentary Evening Reception
Relax in the utterly comfortable atrium and enjoy a glass of wine or a mixed drink. Kids love the soft drinks and lemonade and everyone digs the light snacks -- chips and salsa, pretzels, and veggies. Available from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Ruth's Chris Steak House Buckhead sits inside the hotel and is a treat for your eyes - the dining room and bar are clubby luxurious - and a raucous party for your taste buds. Enjoy a menu made for adults: steak, shrimp, lobster, chicken, enormous sides and desserts. Tip: Share the huge sides.
Don't feel like moving a muscle? Order from the Ruth's Chris Steak House menu and enjoy an excellent meal delivered straight to your suite (from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.).
Planning & Tips
Basic Wi-Fi is $6.95 and high speed is $9.95 (Hilton Honors members automatically receive the fast Wi-Fi).
The property has an exceptional fitness center with cardio machines, weights, towels, cold water and a scale. Adjacent to the indoor pool, the fitness center is open 24 hours a day (talk to a security guard after the pool closes at 11 p.m. for entrance to the fitness center).
A business center is located on the second floor and is open 24 hours a day.
The hotel's gift shop brims with all kinds of snack foods, Atlanta souvenirs, and Starbucks coffee.
The Embassy Suites has a laundry room on the 16th floor with washers and dryers. Bring quarters. Soap can be bought in the gift shop.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
The world has discovered Atlanta. The city is often ranked in the "Top Ten" of cities for visitors in the U.S. If you prefer your popular cities on the quiet side, spring and fall both drip in seasonal beauty, but beware of Atlanta's penchant for parades, fairs, and festivals. If you really dislike crowds, avoid Labor Day weekend unless you want to meet the Dragon Con fans (65,000 Star Wars types flood Atlanta). Summer is busy and hot, so plan to play outside in the mornings; head for the pool or museums in the afternoons. Winters can be warm, chilly, and occasionally snowy.
The world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, is a breeze -- seriously. This airport has received the "Efficiency Excellence" award from the Air Transport Research Society for 12 years in a row. (And Atlantans would be much obliged if you'd use the airport's full - super long - name. Mayors Hartsfield and Jackson were much loved Atlanta mayors and locals want them remembered.) The airport is about a 30-minute drive from the hotel without traffic.
The Embassy Suites offers valet parking at $27 per night and self-parking at $22 per night. Great news: this Embassy Suites has a shuttle operating from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and will chauffeur you within a 1-mile radius of the hotel.
For Mom and Dad
Mom and dad can definitely check out Ruth's Chris Steak House on property at the Embassy Suites, but if you can enjoy an evening without the kids, consider slipping off property and dining at the awesome Maggiano's Little Italy (excellent for kids too; huge, delish meals) or Chama Gaucha (a high quality steakhouse receiving standing ovations from the high-expectations Buckhead crowd).
If you'd love to mosey through the Buckhead neighborhoods with the opulent mansions and historic estates, set your GPS for these sleek routes into the fancy digs: West Paces Ferry Road NW, Habersham Rd NE, and Blackland Rd NW.