This June, The Whitley, a Luxury Collection Hotel in Atlanta Buckhead, owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, will officially unveil its multi-million-dollar transformation.
The Whitley’s renovation includes a redesign of all 507 rooms (including 56 spacious suites) and a remodeled reception and lobby area that reflects a traditional Southern front porch.
In addition, a 5000-square-foot Legacy Ballroom has been recently added with space for 300 guests, Trade Root Restaurant and Lounge has been renovated and its menu updated to include more Southern-inspired dishes and handcrafted cocktails, and The Spa is being restored to enhance the guest experience with the addition of a Himalayan salt room and expanded dressing areas.
Located in Atlanta’s coveted Buckhead neighborhood, a hub for world-class shopping, art galleries, and live performances, The Whitley began renovations in Autumn 2018 which will debut in June 2019.
Formerly The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, the hotel reopened its doors in late 2017 as The Whitley, paying homage to Buckhead’s legendary founder and trailblazer, John Whitley, a farmer, hunter, and tradesman who migrated to the area in the 1800s seeking a place for gathering, conducting business, and sharing ideas.
Whitley settled on the side of the Chattahoochee River where he mounted the area’s namesake “buck’s head.
“The Whitley’s stunning transformation reinforces The Luxury Collection’s commitment to restoring iconic hotels in the U.S. and across the globe,” says Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “We are thrilled to deliver enhanced accommodations and public spaces while still allowing guests to experience the authenticity of one of Atlanta’s most storied cities.”
In re-envisioning the new Whitley, the Boston-based interior design firm, Parker-Torres Design, sought to capture the “wild” land of Buckhead prior to becoming the metropolis it is today.
The firm used refined furnishings accented by organic touches as a nod to the farming heritage of the land, and cool muted Earth tones of taupe, soft greens, and grey balanced by black.
In addition, thoughtful metal and craft-artisan details are reminiscent of Whitley’s blacksmithing forge. The design also incorporates art and custom wall coverings, as well as glass and metal antique chandeliers from Currey & Company and custom sconces by Alger Triton.
With the transformation underway for all guest rooms and suites, which range in size from 720 to 1,800 square feet, every room will offer guests the opulent comforts of a luxurious living area and marble bathroom.
Visitors can enjoy sweeping city views from the hotel’s spacious rooms, elegantly appointed with rich mahogany hardwood floors, Italian marble vanities, luxury Frette linens, Byredo bath products, refreshment centers, honour bars and The Luxury Collection feather beds with 400-thread-count linens.
Club-level rooms and suites have access to The Whitley Club Lounge where guests can enjoy chef-created breakfasts, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, cocktails, wine and beer.