When our daughter was accepted as a Sophomore into SCAD last year, we honestly had never been to Atlanta before. Where do we stay? That was the first question. Searching the internet, we finally decided to book a room at the Artmore through Expedia after having read so many favorable comments from savvy travellers in Trip Advisor.
Initially apprehensive since the hotel was more than 100 years old, our fears quickly dissipated when we first stepped into the hotel in early September 2011. Not only were the lobby, courtyard and bar chic and modern looking, but the rooms were clean, spacious and quiet. To be honest, we booked the 2-bedroom suite at the corner of the top floor and it had the living room (with nice sofa) and open kitchen on the first floor and 2 bedrooms on the upper floor. We were glad that there were 2 bathrooms for the three of us, although the bathroom doors tended to be sticky whenever we closed them and they had to be forced open every single time after use. I reported this to the front desk and they did send someone over to fix it after the first night. Whether or not it was a co-incidence or a case of long term problem, when we went back to the hotel again in November we faced the exact same problem. Mind you, this was in a different room, but of a similar type and layout. Other suggestions for improvement? Well, the retractable shutter screens covering the skylight in the loft rooms were not working well in almost all the bedrooms that we'd ever occupied. Due to gravity (and, probably rough handling), they tend to fall off their tracks easily and do not perform their intended function quite as effectively. Perhaps, the hotel should see to a more permanent solution. One more suggestion, if it is not against Building code, a nice ramp for the wheeling of luggage at the front entrance from kerbside to the front door would be a welcomed addition! Right now, it is no fun (not to mention a strain on our backs) having to lug like a million bags that weigh 50 lbs each up and down the stairs whenever we arrive or depart the hotel.
Other than the above hiccups, we really enjoyed staying at the Artmore for all its unbridled charm of a truly grand, old Dame. It's like coming home away from home after traveling half way round the world to Georgia from Singapore. The beds were comfortable, the wireless internet a breeze, the free drinking water replenished everyday really thoughtful, the MARTA station right across the street a great convenience for getting around the city and seeing the sights. In fact, we liked it so much that we have been back twice as you might have guessed by now.That being said, the highlight of our stay each time must surely be the friendliness and helpfulness of the front desk staff! From sending over to our room more pillows, to giving us directions to SCAD, to offering us tips on where to find the best steaks at the Atlantic Station, hotel staff like Pamela, Annie, Rick and all the guys were simply wonderful and absolutely helpful! Kudos to all of you!
One more thing to share. Due to an administrative mix-up by Expedia, we had to move to the Marriott Atlanta Suites Midtown for just one night in September. It was nice, very modern compared to the Artmore, but we kind of missed the spaciousness and cosiness of the room at the Artmore. Nothing beats character and the warmth and friendliness of the staff when we compared both hotels. Oh, by the way, one of the upside about staying at the Marriott is the proliferation of nice restaurants and F&B places around the hotel like the Bagel diner and the South City Kitchen (southern cuisine) on Crescent Ave. But, you all must come to Singapore because we have the greatest foods in the world, in the cleanest city in the world...even Southern Fried chicken, except, and even I must admit, our bagels are not as nice as the one in Atlanta!
Yes, we will be back at the Artmore again to watch the old movie replays on their TVs starring Audrey Hepburn, James Stewart, Bruce Lee and Gregory Peck sooner than you can say "where in the world is Singapore?".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Boutique Hotel in Midtown Atlanta across the street from the Arts Center MARTA station. Near the High Museum, Fox Theater, Museum of Design & Architecture, Piedmont Park, Atlantic Station, Atlanta Botanical Garden and Center Stage performance venue. Close proximity to Downtown Atlanta and Buckhead. Renovated, dog Friendly, and LGBT-Friendly, with a great courtyard for relaxing or lounging. The Studio + Bar is a great place to gather and the Artmore Hotel is the place to stay in midtown Atlanta. For a unique experience also try our cocktail garden serving delicious bites along with Artmore's signature drinks. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Artmore Hotel Atlanta
- Best Western Atlanta Downtown
- Atlanta Best Western