The circular lobby of the Georgian Terrace.
Photo: Georgian Terrace
Photo: Georgian Terrace

3 memorable Buckhead places for an Atlanta staycation

While travel options abound, you might be surprised to find some truly unique and spectacular staycation options right around the corner.

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These classic and modern Atlanta hotel spaces might be as significant and fresh as a trip across the country.

AC Hotel

One of the newest additions to the list of beloved Atlanta hotels, the AC Hotel Atlanta Buckhead at Phipps Plaza opened its doors in 2016. The cutting-edge hotel chain is known for its minimalist-modern decor and European elegance. This fresh lodging experience is known for its emphasis on design, art and technology with co-working spaces, a new take on “room service” (they have replaced it with in-room snacking and evening tapas plates), and integrated lounging areas for work, play and more. What makes this location desirable is one special activity: shopping.

Located alongside Phipps Plaza (at Peachtree and Wieuca), the 166-room modern space is a hop and skip from the newly renovated Simon Mall known for high-end stores such as Valentino, Gucci and Jeffrey as well as restaurants like the Tavern and Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse. 

3600 Wieuca Road N.E., Atlanta. 470-231-3030,

Georgian Terrace

Since 1911, the Georgian Terrace has been an iconic gem in Midtown, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986. The floor-to-ceiling windows, marble floors and opulent chandeliers have only been enhanced over the past 100 years by beautiful modern updates in rooms, suites and throughout — blending the old with the new and charming effortless style. 

There are two elements of this notable locale that make it particularly staycation-worthy. First, many of the oversized suites, which feature sitting areas, kitchens and cozy amenities, make it spacious enough to house the entire family. The second is its proximity to the cultural delights of Midtown, namely the Fox Theatre, which is directly across the street. There’s also a wide range of restaurants in walking distance. Staying here puts you in good company: Noteworthy guests include Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Warren Harding, Walt Disney, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley and Rudolph Valentino, to name a few. The rates start around $190 a night and increase by suite and date.

659 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. 1-866-845-7551,

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This is the Mandarin Terrace room at Buckhead’s luxury hotel Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta. CONTRIBUTED BY MANDARIN ORIENTAL, ATLANTA

Mandarin Oriental

The Mandarin Oriental name enjoys a five-star reputation for luxury worldwide, but the Atlanta locale steals the heart of anyone with a penchant for Southern charm and Buckhead affluence. Hidden just a few feet back from Peachtree Road, it’s in the center of this uptown shopping and dining district, with the privacy to still feel like you’ve escaped the hustle and bustle. The Mandarin is also walking distance to both Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square and features its own private garden. 

3376 Peachtree Road, Atlanta. 404-995-7500,

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