It’s midnight on a Friday and I’m staring out the floor-to-ceiling window in my Loews Atlanta suite at downtown Atlanta. The lights of the city are enticing, yet oddly peaceful.
I’ve only been at the hotel for twelve hours, and yet, I feel like this is perfect place from which to explore the city. Its Midtown location is close to all the action downtown, yet, just enough removed that it doesn’t feel as hectic.
I arrived early in the morning, but the Loews Atlanta was still able to accommodate my early check-in. I had decided to do this trip without renting a car, and the hotel turned out to be the perfect home base for my explorations. It was a quick Uber ride to hotel, and I arrived just as actor Kurt Russell was leaving.
In the morning light, the Loews gleamed as the sun reflected off the glass building. The air was crisp and a chilly 30 degrees, so I didn’t stay outside long to appreciate the view. Inside, I made my way through the spacious lobby to the check-in desk, opposite the doors.
The process from start to room key cards in hand was less than five minutes – love the efficiency! I then headed up to my one-bedroom suite, and not long after I explored the room, a welcome tray of fruit, juice, water, and delicious muffins arrived. A nice touch!
I roamed the suite, which had a living area with a sleeper sofa, a dining table, a desk and a wide flat-screen TV, plus those wonderful windows with views of the city. The bedroom had a king bed, a small walk-in closet, and another wide flat-screen TV. The bathroom featured a glass-door shower, twin vanities, and a soaking tub, along with a smaller flat-screen TV embedded in the wall.
I had set up a property tour prior to my arrival so I could fully check out this hotel, about to celebrate its sixth anniversary, and I learned more about what the Loews Atlanta has to offer guests.
Our first stop, Exhale, the award-winning spa and fitness center, was so massive and comprehensive, it seemed to take up the bulk of the 7th floor. The fitness center portion is complimentary to Lowes Atlanta guests, and has great views to enjoy as you use the equipment. Guests are also welcome to enjoy the his-and-her dry sauna and Hammam steam rooms.
If you want to ramp up your fitness, classes in Core Cycling, Barre, Yoga, and more are available for purchase, starting at $25. There are also a bevy of spa treatments from manicures to massages, available to purchase for post- or non-workout pampering. Unfortunately, neither the Loews nor Exhale have a swimming pool, but unless you’re dedicated to your laps, you won’t miss it.
Another highlight of the tour was Saltwood restaurant on the ground floor, just off the lobby. This place elevates the normal hotel restaurant into a foodie must-eat place. I’ll be doing a separate review, because it’s just that good, but I can tell you even if you weren’t staying at the Loews Atlanta, a visit to Saltwood should be on your list.
Chef Oliver Gaupin has crafted a menu that emphasizes in-house cured meats and locally sourced ingredients. My lunch was a Saltwood Grilled Cheese, featuring a perfectly gooey grilled cheese, a pile of thinly-shaved house-cured smoked speck ham, an heirloom tomato and red onion salad, and a dollop of jam for dipping the sandwich into. Pure heaven in my mouth. I still have cravings for it over 600 miles away. I also sampled their breakfast menu on another day, and all I can say is Red Velvet French Toast and bacon cheddar grits. That is the way to start a day of exploring Atlanta!
For quick bites and refreshment, the ground floor hosts Market Eleven, as well, featuring a Starbucks and made-to-order sandwiches. There is also 24-hour room service if you simply can’t leave the room. And if you want to leave the hotel, there is a plethora of cuisines available within a few block radius. I enjoyed the Mi Cocina happy hour across the street, as well a a dinner at STK Atlanta, at the other end of the block.
If you’re there on business, there is a 24 hour Business Center, along with complimentary Wi-Fi in the rooms and lobby. Plenty of meeting room space, too, but I didn’t tour those.
Perhaps my favorite amenity (besides the awesome shampoo and conditioner in the suite), was that the Loews Atlanta offers complimentary Mercedes GL450 car service within a 3 mile radius of the hotel. I used this to explore the Centennial Park area downtown (CNN, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, etc). It made going car-less while visiting Atlanta so much easier.
Cheaper, too, since not only did I not paying for a rental car, I’m also didn’t pay the hotel’s daily parking fee of $26 for self-parking or $36 for valet. Hey, parking space is at a premium in Midtown.
Oh and all Loews hotels participate in the Loews Loves Pets program, so your cat or dog are welcome at Loews Atlanta. I made a few four-legged friends in the lobby while waiting for the car to pick me up during the weekend.
Overall, I not only enjoyed my stay at the Loews Atlanta, I found it to be very convenient for my weekend explorations of the city. I would definitely book another stay on my return to the city. I also found out they are also the host hotel for the annual Atlanta Food & Wine Festival in Midtown (June 2-5 in 2016), which might be a good time for a return visit.
For more information on the luxurious Loews Atlanta, or to book your stay, visit loewshotels.com/atlanta-hotel. Be sure to click the “Special Offers” tab to check out the latest stay packages.
[Disclaimer: I won a two-night stay at the Loews Atlanta in a consumer contest. I then took the opportunity to request a tour so I could have more info about the hotel to share with you. As always, my opinions are my own, and completely honest.]
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Tagged: Atlanta dining, Atlanta hotels, Exhale Spa & Fitness Center, Loews Atlanta, luxury hotels, midtown Atlanta, Saltwood
Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are so delighted to know how much you enjoyed your time with us in Midtown and can’t wait to welcome you back again soon.
I will keep them in mind when I am in Atlanta.
i love Loews
Looks so nice and luxurious! Would love to stay there myself 🙂