Learn why Long Weekend Traveling Mom thinks the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta is an ideal location for families, couples or girlfriends to experience the best of Atlanta. This five-star luxury property is located in the Buckhead shopping district. If visiting from out of town or opting for a staycation, families with children are more than welcome to bring their “Little Fans.” Plenty of child friendly amenities, including an on-property scavenger hunt, make the Mandarin Oriental a perfect place for kids.
Luxury in The City: Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta provides the highest level of customer service and that means warmly welcoming all guests. I stayed over for a girlfriend staycation to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday. But honestly, more than once during the weekend, I wished I had brought my family along. I’m sure they would have had enjoyed the service just as much as I did.
It is a five-star property and that would usually give me reservations about bringing along my four- and eight-year old boys. After seeing the children’s menus and talking with other guests, I knew that children are not only welcomed. They’re celebrated!
What Works For Families
- The hotel is located in the Buckhead district of Atlanta. It’s located close to plenty of shopping, dining and family-friendly attractions including Legoland Discovery Center.
- The rooms and bathrooms are very large and perfect for families to spread out.
- Rooms are soundproofed (even between connecting doors) so I wouldn’t be concerned about traveling with young children.
- Families will love exploring the enclosed English Garden.
- Mandarin Oriental offers a children’s menu via room service and in the dining room.
- In addition to family-friendly packages, they host special weekends of events specifically for families seasonally.
- They have a pet amenity program, so pets are welcome to come along with the family.
What Doesn’t Work for Families
- They do not offer pay per view programming and the television options are limited for children’s channels.
- The indoor swimming pool is a lap pool and only accessed through the spa.
Room cost: $$$ for a standard two queen room during our visit in November 2016.
The Details on Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Our main objective for this staycation was to celebrate the birthday girl, provide her (and ourselves) a little relaxation and reconnect as girlfriends, not just three busy moms. Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta helped us exceed this goal in every way. It was a full multi-sensory luxury experience. From the dining and the spa services to even just walking through the public areas and viewing the art, we found ourselves immersed in calm and beauty.
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta proved they are all about the details over the course of our stay. The staff at the property wished our honoree a “Happy Birthday” at every turn, making her feel truly special. Knowing that we had three people in our room, the Mandarin Oriental provided three robes, three slippers and even three shower caps in the vanity drawer.
Location, Location, Location
The convenient location in the Buckhead shopping area of Atlanta makes the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta an ideal location for an Atlanta staycation or homebase luxury hotel in Atlanta. To truly explore the area, there are several restaurants within walking distance at all price points and levels of formality. And it is a true haven for the mom looking for shopping; stores in the area range from Target to couture shopping at The Shops of Buckhead, featuring shops like Christian Louboutin and Dior!
TravelingMom Tip: The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta has a special packages with nearby businesses. Seasonal offers may include gift cards for shopping or tickets to the Atlanta Ballet.
Over the course of the weekend, I came to appreciate just how wonderful its location was. We started the weekend off with a dinner party at a nearby restaurant and were only a three-minute drive to the hotel. The next morning after visiting the Spa, we were able to take advantage of a crisp Fall day and walk a few blocks for shopping, leaving our cars in the valet and not fighting Atlanta traffic. If the weather hadn’t been so nice, the hotel offers a complimentary car service that would have dropped us for shopping as well.
Luxury in the City – The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta Hotel
Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta opened in 2012. It is one of 29 hotels worldwide operated by the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. The hotel has 127 rooms and suites as well as a 15,000 square foot spa, onsite dining in The Café & Bar and private event space for meetings and conferences or social events. From the moment you walk in the door, be prepared to be wowed with the highest levels of customer service.
Don’t overlook the attention to details in the design and décor of the hotel. My personal favorite details were the welcome aromatherapy based upon their own signature line of scents as well as the curated art collection found throughout the hotel public spaces.
Rooms at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Rooms in the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta reflect its luxury status but aren’t pretentious. I felt welcome to come in and treat it as my own home away from home. The décor is a mix of traditional and contemporary, with special details like gallery lighting over the art above the beds and velvet wingback chairs.
When my girlfriend, the honoree, came in, she asked if we had been upgraded because of the room size. We weren’t. Even the standard sized room is a very generous size.
The layout is also a non-traditional hotel space that works for more than one person sharing the room. We entered by walking through a large foyer. There’s an entrance to the bathroom directly to the right. Walking into the bathroom hallway is a countertop and drawers for storing clothing. I appreciated this because if you’re getting dressed after taking a shower, you don’t have to enter the main sleeping area to get clothes.
Sleeping in at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Our standard room with two queen beds also included a sitting area with two chairs and an ottoman, a writing desk and a large open space that is perfect for families traveling with children. The room was large enough that each of us had our own space for spreading out. I could easily see myself working at the desk while one son played with a set of Legos on the floor and the other played on his tablet and my husband watched a game on the plasma TV.
The bathroom was easily a reason that I’ll never wanted to leave. Its double vanities and a separate soaking tub with a TV-view were pure luxury. The design of the bathroom is an easy wow factor. Granite countertops provided plenty space on the vanities for the multiple shampoos, lotions and other products. What do you expect when three women travel?
Five Star Kids at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Children are more than welcome here. The staff wants to make a family stay as easy as possible. Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta provides each child a Little Fan’s Passport at check in. Children are invited to explore the property and learn more about the property on a scavenger hunt.
After completing the hunt, children can show their stamped passport for a treat from the Kid’s Menu in The Café or toy prize at the front desk. The hotel also offers complimentary items for babies/toddlers use. Cribs, bathtubs, bottle warmers, strollers, high chairs and baby monitors are all available upon request.
The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta offers a fully equipped fitness facility with free weights, treadmills, seated bikes and areas for stretching. Guests are also welcome to use the spa pool. The indoor 60-foot lap pool looks out on the English garden. It opens at 5:30 a.m. so if you’re up for it, you can start the day with a swim.
For guests who like to start the day with a walk/run, there are several trails in the area that the doormen shared.
The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta offers an onsite spa, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental. In its 15,000 square feet of luxury, The Spa offers a full suite of services. There’s even a special couples suite for services.
During our visit, my girlfriends and I experienced the signature Oriental Massage, a 50-minute full body massage. The massage was one of the best I’ve ever experienced. A plus – their treatments rooms are very insulated. The temperature of the room was adjusted to each person’s desires and the masseuse did an amazing job working out my stressful like.
Other nice details in the spa include indoor and outdoor (balcony) relaxation areas. The outdoor relaxation area is just comfortable as the indoor, with chaise lounges in groups for sitting with friends and catching up pre- or post-services.
Dining Options at the Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta offers dining onsite The Café & Bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu reflects the luxury and character of the property. A modern American approach highlights the local, organic produce of the region. The Café has plenty of natural light to wake you in the morning but transitions into a sophisticated space for dinner. A children’s menu is available at all meals as well.
The Bar is adjacent to the Café. It’s the perfect spot for relaxing with seasonally inspired cocktails. If staying in and enjoying the room for the weekend is more your style, there is a full service room service menu for your delight as well.