I have travelled to Atlanta many times and I have always stayed at the St. Regis.I thought I would try The Mandarin for a change after reading the high marks. Having now stayed at both, I feel it is an apples to apples comparison. They are both really top notch high-end hotels. It just depends on the style you are looking for.
The Mandarin is sleek. The design is clean lines, black and white décor with a slight Asian flair and modern art . It would fit beautifully in NYC, Tokyo or Beijing. The room was spacious. The toiletries were generous and high end. The restaurant had a lovely breakfast.
The St. Regis is oozing Southern charm. You will envision Scarlett O'Hara walking down the grand staircase in the lobby. The décor is luxe and very feminine with lots of extra touches on every pillow and drape. The toiletries are also high end and the restaurant is very good.
While I prefer the décor of the St. Regis if you are new to the American South, I will say that the Mandarin has a slight edge due to its walking distance to the great shopping and restaurants. I have also had some customer service issues at St. Regis which drop it down a few points.
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- Housed in an iconic building designed by celebrated American architect Robert A.M. Stern, Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta soars 42 stories above the Atlanta skyline and offers sophisticated, residential elegance in its 127 spacious rooms and suites. The intimate hotel features a blissful 15,000-square foot spa, indoor lap pool, fitness center, extensive meeting and event space, The Cafe & Bar for exquisite dining and Taipan, serving specialty cocktails. The sought-after Buckhead location is steps away from the region's top dining, chic designer boutiques and cultural attractions. The hotel is 35 minutes from Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and 10 minutes from the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, which accommodates private aircraft. ... more less
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