Things To Do At Atlanta Hotels Even If You Aren’t Staying There

Put an Atlanta hotel on your list of places to grab a bite or a cuppa, enjoy a cocktail or de-stress at a spa.
  • Stop in at Livingston Restaurant & Bar (Georgian Terrace) before or after theater at the Fox.
    Stop in at Livingston Restaurant & Bar (Georgian Terrace) before or after theater at the Fox.
  • Enjoy a rotating view of Atlanta from the Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View (Westin Peachtree Plaza).
    Enjoy a rotating view of Atlanta from the Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View (Westin Peachtree Plaza).
  • Leave your worries on the doorstep when you visit Remède Spa at the St. Regis Hotel.
    Leave your worries on the doorstep when you visit Remède Spa at the St. Regis Hotel.
  • Take some time for You at InterContinental's Jurlique Spa.
    Take some time for You at InterContinental's Jurlique Spa.

There’s a world of fun things to do at Atlanta hotels, and not all of it is just for guests. Anybody can pop in for a drink, a bite or, perhaps, a visit to the spa. What with the myriad of fabulous hotels in the ATL, it’s a shame not to take advantage. Take a look and see what we mean.

Artmore Hotel

  • Morning and Evening – Start your day with breakfast at Gallery Café or unwind at day’s end at the Studio Bar and Cocktail Garden.

Hotel Clermont

  • Be Brave – OK, these tips are meant to be for people who aren’t actually staying at the hotel, but we had to tell you about the “Here’s Johnny” experience at the Clermont. Referencing, of course, Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining,” the hotel describes its “Here’s Johnny” experience like this: “We slip you a bottle of bourbon, a glass, and some ice. You make it through the night in room 237. You can handle that, can’t you ?”

  • Wake Up – Revelator Coffee is available starting at 6 a.m. daily in the 1924 Hotel Clermont Café.

  • French-American Brasserie Ooh-La-La – That’d be Tiny Lou’s, where, in addition to regular meals, you can stop in for late-night bites in the Lobby Bar.

  • Up on the Roof – Go up, up, up and have a drink.

The Ellis

  • Right on Peachtree Street – Enjoy lunch or dinner at the Terrace Bistro or visit the Terrace Bistro Lounge for a light menu plus cocktails. In nice weather, sip and munch al fresco on the Peachtree Street patio.

Four Seasons

  • Spa-ah – Take a day off and head to Four Seasons for a midtown massage, O2 lift facial and hot stone pedicure before having a spa lunch.

  • Spinning Vinyl  – Go to Bar Margot for the handcrafted cocktails and return Tuesday through Saturday for the Charcuterie Station. On Friday and Saturday nights, during Vinyl DJ from 9 p.m. until midnight, groove to the tunes as a DJ spins vinyl records

The Glenn

  • Chowing down – How about organic steel-cut oatmeal for breakfast at Glenn’s Kitchen or chef’s daily tacos or an Atlanta harvest salad for lunch? You can get dinner there as well.

Georgian Terrace

  • Cuppa Joe – Buffalo Bayou is the place to find Batdorf & Bronson coffee plus pastries.

  • Before the Theater – If you are going to the Fox Theatre for a show, remember that,  just across the street, Livingston Restaurant & Bar offers a pre-theater brunch buffet and a pre-theater dinner.

Grand Hyatt Buckhead

  • Jolt of Joe – Onyx at the Grand Coffee Bar serves java from Starbucks and pastries, too. In the evening, return to the Onyx for cocktails and small bites, including a wow-worthy selection of flatbread.

Hilton Atlanta

  • Nostalgia or a New Experience – Trader Vic’s. Need we say more?. Whether you are old enough to remember Trader Vic’s in its heyday or young enough never to have been there, you will love the tropical retreat and its island cuisine, plus – of course – the Mai Tais.

  • All Day and Night – Stop in at the Marketplace, open 24 hours for sandwiches salads and, OMG, Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

  • Fancy – If it’s a special occasion you want to commemorate, then put Nikolai’s Roof at the top of your list, either the restaurant or the Nikolai’s Roof lounge. People make reservations a year in advance just to experience Nikolai’s.

Hyatt Regency

  • Tradition – Atlanta’s legendary rotating blue dome, also known as the Polaris, is an Atlanta tradition for special meals with your family and favorite friends. An Atlanta beacon for half a century, this iconic restaurant has served presidents and prom queens, royalty and rock ‘n’ rollers. Atlantans agree it’s a great place to make memories.

  • Pretzels – Did you know you can get amazing pretzels plus Georgia brews, ales, and dinner at the Twenty-Two Storys gastropub?

InterContinental Buckhead

  • Relax – Jurlique Spa is the place to get a revitalizing rose facial, an aromatherapy massage or a calming lavender mud wrap.

  • Bourbon and Ham, Yes Ma'am – Southern Art, InterContinental’s acclaimed restaurant, features both a Bourbon Bar and a Ham Bar. The Bourbon Bar focuses on small-batch producers and features Four Roses, a select bourbon available only at the Bourbon Bar. Chase your Four Roses by sampling from the 14 hams from across the South at Southern Art’s Ham Bar.

J.W. Marriott Atlanta Buckhead

  • Dark Chocolate Chip Pancakes – No joke, you can get these for breakfast at J.W. Marriott’s Nox Creek restaurant, where you can also have lunch. Try the Nox Creek Lounge for a cocktail and Southern-inspired dinner.


  • Take a Deep Breath – Among the services at Exhale Spa, try acupuncture, cupping or Reiki. You can get acupuncture treatment for pain relief, stress reduction, organ detox, and facial rejuvenation. Cupping benefits the lungs and treats coughs and asthma. Reiki heals with a spiritual lift.

  • Say No More – Saltworks Charcuterie & Bar has it all – breakfast, weekend brunch, salad bar, burger bar, and dinner.

  • Coffee Break – Duck into Market Eleven for Starbucks coffee and pastries.

Omni Hotel at CNN Center

  • Take a Break – Head to Serenity Spa for a strawberries and cream facial and/or a pomegranate and fig massage.

The Ritz-Carlton – Atlanta

  • Steak and More – AG, an all-day-dining steak house serves waffle-fried chicken and specialty iced tea.

  • Music and Drinks in the Lobby – Sip signature cocktails and share a plate while relaxing to music in the Lumen Bar.

  • Jittery Joe’s – A cuppa Joe doesn’t get much better than at this Athens, Ga.-based coffeehouse.

St. Regis Hotel

  • Time for You – At Remède Spa, indulge in a fruit scrub, a clay wrap or an anti-aging facial.

  • Afternoon Tea – Tea? Did someone mention afternoon tea? At a fancy hotel? Count us in. In addition to tea at the Astor Court, you can get breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Atlas Buckhead, serving farm-fresh American food, is another dining option at the St. Regis.

W – Atlanta Buckhead

  • Sky High Evenings – The Whiskey Blue lounge is perched 125 feet up. Two outdoor terraces provide a view of Buckhead on one side and Midtown on the other side. Sip cocktails while guest DJs spin the tunes. It’s worth visiting if for no other reason than to zoom up in the glass elevator outside of the hotel. (Note that Whiskey Blue is closed for a couple of months this fall for renovations.)

  • Bliss – That’s the name of the spas at W Hotels. There are several in Atlanta, so, um, find your Bliss.

Westin Peachtree Plaza

  • Look, Look, Look – See the city from all angles as you eat or enjoy a cocktail at the rotating Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View. This is one of those places that you might want to add to your Atlanta bucket list.

The Whitley

  • Calm Down – Among a relaxing lineup of spa services, perhaps try the Whitley signature facial or the Whitley signature manicure and pedicure. After a tough week at the office, consider a calm down massage.

  • Good Morning – For a pick-me-up, visit the Coffee Bar for caffeine plus juices and grab-and-go  items

Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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