As I let the warm water and bubbles in the marble soaking tub envelope me, I knew that I'd made the right choice.
I am a firm believer in the idea of staycaytions. Sure, some folks think, "Why spend money to stay somewhere just down the road from your home?" But for me, it does my mind good to get away from the routine and live in the lap of luxury — even if I'm only going a few miles away from home.
So why the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta? It has been a second home to me for years. It's the place where my mom took me after a breakup in high school, where I had lunch after finalizing my divorce, where I've celebrated many a birthday — a place filled with memories for me. And it has become my go-to place for a staycation.
I checked in after work on a Friday and settled into my large room, which included the soaking tub I've mentioned, as well as the signature comfy Four Seasons bed, a DVD player, and turndown service, which means there will be a chocolate on my pillow when I come to bed. Love.
Although the food at Park 75, the hotel's restaurant, is fabulous, there are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance. (So, you have options if you'd rather not spend a lot of cash on meals.) But if you eat in, order the filet and the truffle fries. They are my favorite indulgences.
After a good night's sleep in my cloud of a bed, I spent Saturday enjoying the state-of-the-art fitness center, the sun terrace, and the saltwater pool. That afternoon, I took one of those amazing bubble baths in the soaking tub before meeting friends for dinner and drinks.
FYI, I didn't make it to the spa on this visit, but I'd highly recommend it, if you're interested. The relaxation room is one of my favorites, and the snuggly blankets are hard to beat.
On Sunday morning, I enjoyed a nice walk in nearby Piedmont Park. Afterward, my stomach said that I should indulge in the amazing brunch that the hotel offers — but my head said that a chai latte and spinach and feta wrap would be a better (healthier) idea.
After making my way through the complimentary Sunday New York Times and packing my things up, it was time to depart and head back to reality. But I left the hotel feeling more relaxed and at peace than I would have had I stayed at home that weekend. The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta — forever a "fit."