If you’re in Midtown Atlanta book a suite at:
TWELVE Atlantic Station
One of two locations in Atlanta, midtown’s Twelve is a 26-story hotel and residential high-rise situated right in the heart of Atlantic Station, an outdoor mall crammed with just about everything: swank restaurants, boutique stores, a movie theater, a grocery store, and even a bowling alley. The immediate access to all these amenities is great news for you, no matter how long you’re staying. Upstairs, the layout of my one-bedroom suite was definitely designed for entertaining, primarily in the massive, state of the art kitchen with a marble-topped breakfast bar. This extra space did come with a trade off: My living room area was so small I could almost touch the TV from the couch. For one person, it was cute. For two, it might have been a bit constricting, unless we spent all of our time in the kitchen. Overall, the hotel was decent but the poor level of service didn’t mesh with its high-end presentation. For example, one of my colleagues complained about room service attendants who hovered in the room while she was packing. Meanwhile, I encountered a waitress in the lobby-based restaurant called Lobby (natch) who claimed they couldn’t make iced coffee, even though there was both ice and coffee on hand, because the ice would melt– it was almost amusing. Speaking of coffee, another plus for guests at Twelve is the Starbucks located just off the lobby. Sadly, the service there wasn’t much better. Hopefully, the surly employee who snapped at me after getting my order wrong will have moved on by the time you stop in. For a one-night stay, Twelve was pretty decent– three-star looks, two-star service– but I think it’s a bigger winner when it comes to long-term living. By the time I left, I was already pricing condos over on the residential side.
361 17th Street NW
Suites from $169 per/night