Good Grit's Hotel Guide
These are just a few of our favorite southern hotels to visit when we are struck with the desire to travel or just need some rest and rejuvenation. It’s time to pack your suitcase and get ready for your next adventure!
WALDORF ASTORIA ATLANTA BUCKHEAD
3376 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA
Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead blends contemporary style with irresistible Southern charm. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern, the property is located on Peachtree Road in the upscale neighborhood of Buckhead.
The 127 spacious guestrooms and suites, many with outdoor terraces, provide guests with expansive city views.
The hotel boasts an acclaimed 15,000-sq. ft. spa with holistic products and award-winning signature therapies; relax in our heated indoor pool or work out in the state-of-the-art fitness center complete with yoga studio.
Insider Tip: Waldorf Astoria Atlanta Buckhead boasts an acclaimed 15,000–sq. ft. spa with award winning signature holistic therapies. The hotel also houses the largest hydrothermal facilities in Atlanta.
UMSTEAD HOTEL & SPA
100 Woodland Pond Dr, Cary, NC
Experience unparalleled service, breathtaking views, exquisite dining, and luxurious spa treatments at the place where art and nature beautifully unite. As North Carolina’s most highly rated hotel, The Umstead Hotel and Spa is a destination.
Tucked beside whispering Carolina pines on 12 acres of naturally crafted landscapes and overlooking a shimmering three-acre lake, the hotel features 150 guest rooms and suites with stunning interiors punctuated by a 95 piece art collection throughout.
The Umstead’s signature emphasis on art, nature, and wellness can be felt throughout the hotel.
The Umstead has a dog park on property called “Dogwoods.” The Art Tour Menu (the chef’s tasting menu), is inspired by the art collection at the hotel. With each dish correlated to a different piece, it changes seasonally.
WINDSOR COURT HOTEL
300 Gravier St, New Orleans, LA
An elegant escape in the heart of a legendary city, Windsor Court offers the quintessential four-star New Orleans experience. Committed to classic luxury, its 316 guest rooms and suites, all of which offer private balconies or bay windows with Mississippi River or city skyline views. Onsite amenities at the pet-friendly hotel include a museum-worthy art collection, an on-the-go eatery, fine dining fare – from afternoon tea to weekend brunch – a classic cocktail lounge, and a full-service, luxury spa. With a central location just steps from the French Quarter, Windsor Court encompasses the full range of what it means to be in New Orleans.
Windsor Court’s British influence is undeniable, and perhaps the most obvious tip of the crown to our British inspiration is the traditional pastime of afternoon tea, served every Friday through Sunday in Le Salon.
15 E Liberty St, Savannah, GA
Perfectly located in the heart of the Historic District, The DeSoto is only a short stroll from Savannah’s celebrated squares, art museums, boutiques, restaurants, and the city’s largest green space, Forsyth Park.
Each of the 246 guest rooms is thoughtfully designed to make you feel right at home. A beautiful pool terrace with sundeck and seasonal bar offers the perfect oasis to relax and enjoy breathtaking views of Savannah, and the statae-of-the-art fitness center boasts latest generation cardio and strength machines.
The Desoto features a professionally curated gallery of works by students and alumni of the renowned Savannah College of Art and Design.
FOUR SEASONS HOTEL ATLANTA
75 14th St NE, Atlanta, GA
Located just minutes from Piedmont Park, your stay at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta is an opportunity to explore the neighborhoods that connect to the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile loop of multi-use trails, parks, restaurants and things to do.
Enjoy breakfast at Park 75 before heading out to explore the city, or stay in for a healthy dose of self-care in our serene Spa. However you spend the day, make sure to end your night at Bar Margot. Our top mixologists will pour your favorite cocktail and serve up signature dishes such as Cacio e Pepe–a must for lunch or dinner.
Don’t miss Sunday brunch at Four Seasons Atlanta! The first Sunday of every month is a new themed brunch featuring regional cuisine from around the world. Remaining Sundays of the month, visitors enjoy the hotel’s award-winning buffet offering of nearly 100 items.
ELYTON HOTEL, AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION
1928 1st Ave N, Birmingham, AL
This architectural and historical treasure enjoys an ideal location on the celebrated "Heaviest Corner on Earth," combining incredible convenience with an unrivaled heritage.
The exquisite lobby featuring lovingly restored marble walls and bronze fixtures creates a compelling atmosphere that blends classic and contemporary. Each of the 111 guest rooms and 6 suites provides a true urban sanctuary with tall ceilings, immense windows, and a bright, loft-like ambience. The hotel also offers exciting culinary possibilities including the signature restaurant, The Yard, featuring a richly creative Southern progressive menu.
Moon Shine, located on the rooftop of the Elyton Hotel, is a true social experience, boasting views of downtown Birmingham with space that is innovative with a playful twist. We like to think of it as Birmingham’s very own legal speakeasy.