Four Seasons Hotel, Atlanta
A grand, sweeping, chandeliered stairway right inside the entrance of this hotel lets you know as soon as you arrive: old-school opulence with a southern flourish is alive and well. The public spaces—including the lobby, a mezzanine lounge, and the elegant Park 75 restaurant—all gleam with burnished rojo Alicante stone, gilded mirrors, and leather-upholstered chairs; attentive staffers, many of whom have been at the property for more than a decade, stand everywhere at the ready. A 2007 renovation enhanced all 244 of the hotel's rooms, giving them golden yellow walls, silky, earth-toned fabrics, and crisp white bed linens. There's also a new ground-floor spa, where a fleet of aestheticians provides peach manicures and chocolate-truffle body wraps in the nine treatment rooms; on the second floor is a spacious indoor pool with an adjacent sun terrace for lounging. Just across the street is the High Museum of Art, one of the city's don't-miss attractions.
Tip: For a terrific weekend brunch, try South City Kitchen, just a couple blocks away on Crescent Avenue. The southern-style eggs Benedict—with smoked beef brisket and Creole-spiced hollandaise—are excellent.
Room to Book: Premiere Rooms, while no bigger than Deluxe (both are 450 square feet apiece) have enormous double corner windows that make them feel much bigger.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.