Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
What We Love
- Strolling around the manicured English-style garden
- Swimming laps in the 60-foot indoor pool
- The leather chairs and garden views at the Taipan bar
- Being shuttled around in the hotel’s Tesla
What To Know
- Traveling with kids? The hotel provides cribs, strollers and even baby monitors for free
- The hotel is far from downtown Atlanta
- There’s a fee for WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
They say everything is bigger in the south. That definitely applies to the rooms at the Mandarin Oriental and goes double for the bathrooms, which will inspire serious envy. Plush fabrics, a palette of beige, white and brown—these rooms are designed to soothe, so sink into the velour armchair or the deep-soaking tub and let them do their job. You can re-up the effect with a treatment at the much-lauded spa, which is a favorite spot for locals. It has 14 rooms, a “vitality pool” with enthusiastic jets, and a yoga studio. Top it all off with a “Georgia Peach” cocktail at Taipan, made with jasmine-infused gin and fresh peach puree.
In the Area
Exclusive Buckhead is known for its shopping options and the Mandarin Oriental is close to nearly all of them. Just across the road is Lenox Square, an enormous mall with enough shops to keep you busy for days. A few minutes down Peachtree Road is Phipps Plaza, which has slightly more upscale stores and a movie theater. Book ahead for dinner at St. Cecilia, a modern Italian restaurant with a fabulous five-course pasta tasting that carb-addicts will love. It’s an easy ten-minute stroll from the hotel, but build in time for a craft cocktail made with Gunfighter rye, salted cinnamon caramel, and fresh cider. A 15-minute drive south brings you to downtown Atlanta, where you’ll find the Botanical Garden and the High Museum of Art; if possible, try to schedule your drive for non-rush hours, when Atlanta’s traffic is less brutal. Or, hop on the MARTA at Buckhead Station, just a two-minute walk away.
How to Get There
The Waldorf is the perfect little hotel in Buckhead. Feels secluded from all the bustle even though it is but a very short walk from Lenox Mall. Be prepared to be pampered by the wonderful staff. Chareka at front desk, Carlos the manager and Janice the beaming concierge just to name a few. Breakfast staff, bellhops and valets. They are all stars.
The room is just lovely, clean and well maintained. Loved the bathroom and comfy bed.
Awesome hotel and great. I stayed at the Waldolf in France as well and the experience was similar. I love this hotel. I truly enjoyed my experience here. This property apparently was a mandarin hotel. The property was and still is very well maintained.................................
Waldorf bulkhead is really nice and conveniently located across the street from the mall, Weston, W.... All premium brands in the area.. Talk about entertainment from one property to another on a Friday night..I live the area!
I didn’t stay overnight at the hotel but I want to share my experience today at the Waldorf Astoria Spa.
In a word, it was absolutely terrible. I was very happy when I received a mandarin oriental spa gift card for $200. I was nervous when the ownership changes but the advised that they would honor the Mandarin's gift cards until 12/31/19. I finally had some time to enjoy the card today and what a let down. First, the showers in the women's locker room were barely a drizzle. I'm not talking low pressure, I'm talking drizzle. They have 3 showers and one had an out of order sign on it. I checked both of the other two and both were a drizzle. I was scared I wouldn't get the shampoo out of my hair because the water flow was so minimal.
The whirlpool and steam room were good, hence the one star. However, I went for the $175 massage with a 20%.
The masseuse was very nice be he disregarded my request to just work on my neck, back and shoulders. When he went for my legs I asked him to please spend more time on those areas. He definitely felt the knots I had but he didn't try and work them out. He did the rocking thing, he massages my ear lobes etc. I was very disappointed.
For $175 I think they should have really good therapists. Massage Envy, massage heights and relax center are all better. They don't have the "spa" but their massages are much,much better.
Tub leaked all over the floor. The gym is pretty sad and with 3 nice gyms within 1/2 a mile, they could easily offer passes considering the price of the room. There are much nicer hotels at a lower cost next door.
Almost all the staff we encounter were fantastic, friendly & helpful. The bartenders/servers were ok but not great. Hotel is beautiful and understated. Bar is tight almost like an afterthought. Room was very nice. Had a long delay in getting ice in the evening. In our opinion the hotel is lovely and rooms are nice but there is nothing special about this hotel.