Dino Michael, global brand head for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts — Hilton's luxury hotel brand with 31 properties across the world — said the company is "incredibly excited to debut the brand in Atlanta and welcome this beautiful property to our portfolio."
“The highly sought-after Buckhead neighborhood, home to fantastic restaurants and designer boutiques, is the perfect location for our iconic Waldorf Astoria brand,” Michael said in a statement.
The building, designed by American architect Robert A.M. Stern, includes 47 private residences that are now branded and managed by Waldorf Astoria. It has 127 guest rooms and 10 suites, including the Presidential Suite with dual balconies, and also has an enormous spa, meeting and event space and dining options.
The hotel will “be reimagined with signature brand touches,” but the overall look won’t undergo any dramatic changes, a press release said.
Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead is managed by Hilton Management Services but was acquired this year by Xenia Hotels & Resorts, an Orlando-based company that owns 41 hotels across 17 states. Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.
The identity change is not the first for the decade-old building, which opened as a luxury condo-hotel project called Mansion on Peachtree on May 1, 2008. At that time, the main portion was called The Rosewood Hotel.
Less than two years later, in the wake of the Great Recession, the property was sold in foreclosure auction for $66.1 million to iStar Financial, an affiliate of the building's lead lender. It was rebranded as the Mandarin in 2012.