Few hotels in Georgia can rival the Intercontinental Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia for style, atmosphere, luxury, and amenities galore.
The Buckhead Intercontinental is one of Atlanta, Georgia’s flagship luxury hotels. Grand and elegant, it has some southern flair but is mostly very cosmopolitan and tony. The hotel has a health and fitness center on-site, a spa, and an incredible pool with a more incredible view. There is a popular bar called XO and a French restaurant called Au Pied de Cochon attached to the lobby of the hotel. There is a charming little gift shop.
The hotel provides limousine service to anywhere in the Buckhead area you wish to go. When you desire to return, simply call the driver’s cell phone and he will return to pick you up and take to you back to the hotel. It usually takes less than ten minutes for him to arrive for the return trip.
Buckhead Community of Atlanta
Buckhead is a ritzy but friendly part of Atlanta, Georgia. Be prepared to see Bentleys, Porches, and other expensive automobiles wheeling around town. The sitting Governor of Atlanta lives in Buckhead. The Governor’s mansion is located on West Paces Ferry Road, which is typically the ‘dream’ address in Atlanta. This is in the residential section where homes sell in the millions. Brand new mansions reside side by side with the older historical ones.
The other part of Buckhead is a shopping and office area. Here, tall luxury condominium complexes stretch to the sky, countered only by the tall hotels and office buildings. Shopping rules in the Lenox Square Mall area and at Phipps Plaza. Here, you can find flagship stores big and small for all the top designers and large upscale department stores. You will find Lord and Taylor, Gucci, Neiman Marcus, and Michael Kors, amongst countless others. The only thing I have really found missing is a decent toy store.
Buckhead Intercontinental is a Holiday Inn Property
Don’t let the Holiday Inn moniker fool you. The Intercontinental Hotels Group is absolutely nothing like a Holiday Inn Express. Still, you have the backing of Holiday Inn and you will earn the much-coveted Priority Club points. If you are a member of the Priority Club, you can earn Reward Nights at this and other Holiday Inn Property.
The XO Bar
This is a hotspot in Buckhead, especially on the weekends. The bar itself is rather small, but it pours into the grand marble lobby. There is nothing rustic or particularly homespun about this bar. It is sleek, chic, and sophisticated. We recently stayed on a Saturday evening with the kids, although I will say you rarely see children at the Intercontinental. Yet, I revel in exposing my young children to this type of environment so they will know how to feel comfortable in it as an adult one day.
It is worth hanging out in the lobby during this time. Live music is provided via a pianist on a grand piano and some weeks there is also a guitarist or bassist. The crowd is well-heeled and well-dressed. Often during the evenings, they provide a nice hors d’oeuvres bar with sophisticated snacks.
Au Pied de Cochon
This is truly a luxury dining experience. Decorated in hues of mahogany and deep dark red, this restaurant is more than a restaurant—it is a dining experience. Moreover, it is open 24 hours per day, so if you crave French food at 4:00 am, Au Pied de Cochon has you covered. The restaurant is located directly across the lobby from the XO Bar and both are serviced to street traffic by a beautiful glass revolving door.
The Executive Level at the Intercontinental
Nothing at the Buckhead Intercontinental is cheap or budget. But do you receive accordingly for what you pay? I believe so, at the Intercontinental Buckhead. It is well worth upgrading in price to the Executive Level. By doing, so you will be allowed to go to the Executive Club Level lounge all day long.
This is a very large, well decorated comfortable room located near the top of the hotel. They have incredible snacks but they really do go beyond snacks—they are exquisite little appetizers served on glass plates, with cloth napkins and real silverware. There is a refrigerator stocked with soft drinks, premium mineral waters, beer, and wine. There is no charge for this courtesy. Your room key will be programmed to provide access to this level of the hotel and also to your room floor. Other guests who are not staying on the executive level floors cannot access this area.
Also in the lounge are DVDs you can check out to watch in your room, and a private computer to check email. Keep in mind that internet service and Web TV begin at $12.95 and then is charged by time. There are books, magazines, and all the current newspapers. I have stayed at the Intercontinental on several occasions both on the Executive Level and on the regular floors. The rooms themselves are not that different, but you get a higher and better view on the Club Level floors. Yet, I think I will always stay at the Executive Club Level from now on. The amenities spoiled me that much.
Continental breakfast is also served in the lounge. But it goes beyond the typical continental breakfast. Everything is served on silver trays and the menu includes scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, gourmet coffees, freshly diced vegetables, pastries, and freshly squeezed orange juice and grapefruit juice served out of crystal pitchers. There are no throw away plastic jugs in this room. This breakfast is complementary to those staying on the Executive Club level and you can watch the sun move overhead the Buckhead skyline. All those staying in the room are included. As in our case, our children ate well over the weekend we were there.
For More Information on the Intercontinental Buckhead
You can access the Intercontinental through the main website of Holiday Inn, or directly.
Buckhead Intercontinental Hotel
3315 Peachtree Road
Atlanta, GA 30326