Atlanta for Business Travellers
Atlanta offers a variety of diversions that are perfect for the business traveller with limited free time.
There’s a reason why it’s called “Hotlanta,” and it doesn’t have much to do with the weather. Rich culture, dining, shopping and nightlife maintain Atlanta’s diversity and vibrancy. All of these draws and more are just minutes or steps away from Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta the only five-star, five-diamond luxury hotel in the city. Even business travellers with just a small fraction of free time can leave Atlanta feeling like they’ve experienced its proverbial heat.
Ernest Zenarosa, Head Concierge, and Chad Merced, Guest Services Manager, recently shared their favourite Atlanta hot spots with us. Here’s what they divulged.
A local restaurant established in 1945, Mary Mac’s Tea Room is an Atlanta institution. On the menu is Southern-style cuisine that has hardly changed in 60 years—and that’s a very good thing. Businesspeople, celebrities and families all feel at home in Mary Mac’s. South City Kitchen is another excellent local restaurant. Southern and upscale, South City features a Southern hospitality–like atmosphere.
Nationally acclaimed Bacchanalia in West Midtown offers contemporary American cuisine, farm-to-table ingredients and a twist—everything is served with something bacon. The ingredients are primarily sourced from chefs/owners Anne Quatrano and Clifford Harrison’s farm. And don’t miss Park 75, voted as one of the best steak restaurants in the city.
Atlanta is a world fashion capital, and the shopping destinations are a reflection of that. Named a “Southern Best” by Southern Living magazine, Phipps Plaza offers high-end shopping from Gucci to Tory Burch. The Tavern at Phipps and other local restaurants can also be found here. Also nearby is Virginia Highland, which offers local dining, shopping and entertainment. It’s luxury with a charming, small-town feel.
High Museum of Art Atlanta is the leading art museum in the Southeastern United States. From a stately home on Peachtree Street to its new home in buildings designed by world-renowned architects Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the High Museum showcases classic and contemporary art.
Tap, a gastropub, is so named for its extensive offering of draft beer and barrelled wine—21 beers and 16 wines on tap. Tap doesn’t serve typical bar food—bronzed scallops, house-cured salmon—and they’re open for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as lunch and dinner the rest of the week.
Opera Nightclub is housed in an old opera house. It’s perfect for private events and A-list celebrity sightings. Aurum Lounge in Midtown on Peachtree Street is bedecked in golden décor and has a blissful ambience. The upscale Gold Room on Piedmont and Lindbergh hosts popular celebrity events.