Firmly situated in northeast Georgia, Atlanta is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Downtown and Midtown Atlanta are chock-full of fine dining, theater, shopping, and entertainment and sports events, while the surrounding metropolitan area offers more of the same, topped off with fun outdoor activities – if one is so inclined – like camping, hiking, and swimming. Why keep all the fun to yourself? Why not take the family pet along for the ride?
Kennel boarding is so over. These days it’s totally feasible to pack up the pooch and the kitty and head to Atlanta as one big, furry family.
The Westin Buckhead
In the midst of Atlanta’s trendy Buckhead district, the Westin Buckhead is 22 floors of luxury for guests and their pets. This centrally-located hotel affords easy access to high-end shopping at Lenox Square and Phipp’s Plaza, gourmet dining, night clubs, and theater. The hotel is also just a few short miles from popular tourist attractions such as the Atlanta History Center, the Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Center, and the World of Coca-Cola. Of course, one needn’t even leave the property to enjoy a calming escape. Amenities include fine dining, fitness, pool and spa facilities, babysitting, dry cleaning, wireless access, and shuttle service. Guests are welcome to bring along two furry pals (limit 50 lbs.) and good news for Fido: no pet deposit is required.
Ritz Carlton Atlanta
Located just 20 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson airport, Atlanta’s Ritz Carlton (“ritz(y)” is built right in) welcomes pets up to 25 lbs. and requires a $300 pet deposit, half of which is returned at check-out. Guests and their pets are invited to enjoy HDTV, a fully-stocked food and beverage center, 24-hour room service, wireless access, luxurious Italian Frette linens and Bvlgari bath products, dry cleaning/laundry/seamstress services, babysitting and a private safe deposit box. And while kitty luxuriates on the soft foam pillows, mom and dad can take advantage of the spa, fitness center, shopping and fine dining within the hotel. Right outside the doors of the Ritz Carlton, visitors can easily access the World of Coca-Cola, Centennial Olympic Park, the High Museum of Art, the Georgia Aquarium, the Georgia Dome and Turner Field.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center
Located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta inside the CNN Center Complex, the Omni Hotel at CNN Center is directly connected to the Georgia World Congress Center and Phillips Arena. It also offers convenient access to some of the best dining in the city, theater and sports events. Guest services include spa and fitness facilities, heated pool, tanning deck, fine dining, shopping, beauty salon, dry cleaning/laundry services, children’s activities and 24-hour room service. Rooms and suites, which range from the Deluxe Rooms all the way up to the super-luxurious Presidential Suite, are equipped with a fully-stocked refreshment center, wireless access, coffeemaker, CD clock radio, complimentary newspaper and evening turn-down service. For a $50 fee, visitors are welcome to bring along one pet up to 25 lbs.
Sheraton Atlanta Downtown
Situated within walking distance of the Rialto Theater and Underground Atlanta, the Sheraton Atlanta Downtown welcomes two furry guests (up to 85 lbs.) with a $150 deposit that is refundable upon check-out. Suitable for family vacations or business events, this right-downtown hotel boasts banking, currency exchange, conference and meeting rooms, banquet facilities, secretarial services, catering, laundry/dry cleaning, spa/fitness facilities and 24-hour room service. In-room amenities include wireless access, designer bedding and bath supply, coffeemaker, movies/TV/clock radio/video games and cribs/infant beds upon request. The location is also just minutes away from Turner Field, the World of Coca-Cola, Georgia State University, the Georgia World Congress Center and the world-famous Georgia Aquarium.
Hotel Palomar Atlanta-Midtown–a Kimpton Hotel
The self-titled “luxury boutique hotel” is located in Atlanta’s artsy Midtown district, just miles from Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Tech University, the historic Fox Theatre and the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum. Guest services include in-room spa treatments, fitness facilities, salon services, conference rooms, banquet facilities, children’s services, laundry/dry cleaning and 24-hour room service. In-room amenities feature cable, voice mail, LCD-TV, wireless access, designer linens, and bath products, minibar, and, upon request, infant beds. As far as Rover and Kitty are concerned, at the Hotel Palomar, they hit the proverbial jackpot. There is no limit on weight or number of pets, and there is no additional fee. Upon arrival, each pampered pet receives a bowl, bed, leash, personalized silver tags and plastic bags for outdoor deposits. Pet services include pet sitting, walking and grooming, and, for those especially stressed-out fuzz-balls, professional pet massage. Woof.