W Hotels Buckhead Atlanta Review With Photo Gallery
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W Hotels Buckhead Overview
Buckhead is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Atlanta. Located north of downtown, Buckhead was described to me by a local as the "Beverly Hills of ATL".
What's that mean?
Well, first it means it's pretty up-scale. Everything here is new for the most part. Everything is nice. Everything is expensive.
Geographically speaking, Buckhead is bordered on the south at the convergence of Interstates 75 and 85. It doesn't stretch quite to I-275 in the north. Check out this map for a visual.
W Hotels Buckhead Location
The W Hotels Buckhead location is in the north-east portion of the area. The hotel is surrounded by other hotels, office space, upscale condos and walkable restaurants and bars.
While staying at the W, I explored part of the area on foot, including the Lenox Marketplace just to the east.
The streets and spaces around the W Hotel felt safe to me (aside from slightly scary traffic) and I really enjoyed walking around the area. If I get a chance to make it back, I'll be sure to venture out further on foot.
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W Hotels Buckhead Room Quality
The rooms at the W Hotels Buckhead make a great first impression, I have to say. They're bright, well decorated, modern and clean.
The hotel is fairly new, so the quality issues I experienced were a bit unexpected.
My first room upon my arrival was on the 6th floor. It took me a few minutes to figure out the elevator. As a security feature, you have to swipe your room key before you choose a floor. If you wait too long between swiping and choosing, you'll have to start over.
I was impressed with my room, and always make it a point to take photos of the room before I settle in. I guess it's the travel blogger in me.
First Issue - Working Air Conditioning
After I got settled, it was dinner time. So, I buttoned up my room and headed out to find something local. I distinctly remember setting the thermostat to 70 degrees before I left. It was set at 72 degrees when I first got to the room and I remember thinking it felt a bit muggy and humid. So, I turned it down a bit before I left.
When I returned to my room, it was around 10:30pm. My room still felt a bit stuffy, so I bumped the temperature down again - this time to 69 degrees. I turned in for the night because I had a busy day ahead of me the next day.
Second Issue - An Unwanted Nightlight
The second issue I noticed was that the light over the snack bar area had a dimmer switch and a button. Push the button, the light turns on. Push it again and it turned off. Or that was how it was supposed to work.
I didn't notice there was an issue until I was in bed for the night. I turned off all lights and got into bed and noticed a faint glow from near the front door. The light wasn't turning off all the way. It wasn't a huge issue, but if you prefer a blacked-out room, it may keep you awake longer than necessary.
W Hotels Buckhead Service
My stay was limited to only two nights this time, so I didn't get a chance to spend much time in various parts of the hotel. I'm hoping to get a chance to experience the rooftop pool, the top-floor bar and the hotel restaurant on an upcoming trip.
Every W Hotels staff member I encountered during this stay was very nice and went out of their way to assist.
When I experienced the issue with my room, I was offered the opportunity to change rooms. I went from the 6th floor to the 11th, and someone personally helped me relocate rooms. I really appreciated the service I received during my stay at the W Hotels Buckhead location.
W Hotels Buckhead Management
The W Hotels Buckhead feels like a well-run facility to me. I've stayed at enough hotels to know a hotel that's intelligently managed and one that is running off the rails.
I can tell that both managers and staff are well-trained, empowered and encouraged to do the right thing when it comes to their guests.
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W Hotels Buckhead Value
Despite the expensive nature of this popular Atlanta neighborhood and high prices of almost all hotels in the area, I found the W Hotels to be a good value overall.
The W has a few areas to improve, and there are a number of experiences I still need to have to provide a complete picture of the hotel. But in my short stay, I was very encouraged by my experience and I would definitely like to stay here again.