Atlanta's hotel penthouses are a diverse slate of uber-pricey lodges fit for heads of state and/or Tommy Lee. The perks range from an in-room, high-tech gym to an orgy-ready, multi-person master bath with something called "peek-a-boo glass doors." (If you've personally experienced this downtown bathroom, please describe in the comments.) Before you ask, none of the prices for these primo suites were offered online, and frankly we're not in the mood for haggling with hoteliers over the phone on a Friday afternoon. Anyhow, here's the creme de la creme of Atlanta's overnight options ...
Of all the grandest penthouses around Atlanta, the St. Regis' Empire Suite is the biggest, by a long shot (according to our tireless research, anyway). It's 2,800 square feet of ultimate luxury and everything else a wealthy lodger could want, courtesy of a bespoke St. Regis Butler. Included is the suite's own TehnoGym-equipped exercise room and a deep soaking tub in a white marble bathroom.
The Ritz-Carlton Presidential Suite
This 1,440 square foot penthouse with panoramic Buckhead views defines understated elegance. There's a formal dining area with seating for eight, a luxury walk-in shower with wall-mounted body jets and a separate powder room. Not exactly the Red Roof Inn.
You probably won't find an in-room "Munchie Box" at the Ritz, but you will at the W Midtown's sleek Extreme Wow Suite. It's like a Warhol-esque flashback with lavish 350-thread-count linens, a goose down duvet and sunrise views to Stone Mountain. There's an office, eight-eater dinning room and, of course, a wet bar.
The W Downtown's Extreme Wow Suite is Atlanta's schadenfreude headquarters, where guests can soak in Bliss Spa amenities, sip bubbly and laugh at the thousands trapped in Connector traffic below. Clocking in at 1,750 square feet, the place is packed with floor-to-ceiling windows, artistic room dividers and "a free-standing contemporary bathtub for bubble bath fun (with) flirty peek-a-boo glass doors, cheekily built as a multiple-person walk-in shower." Splash, splash, y'all.
The Four Season, Presidential Suite
The third largest of the Largesse Kings is perched high in the The Four Seasons, offering panoramic Midtown views from the 19th floor. Strangely, the 2,200 square-foot Presidential Suite includes only one full bathroom, but there's an extra powder room and plenty of more buttoned-down space for strategizing national security and things like that. Added bonus: a rollaway bed and crib!
Mandarin Oriental Atlanta, Mandarin Suite
High within the Mandarin Oriental is this elegant, 2,300 square-foot palace with 11-foot ceilings and two spacious balconies. Other perks: goose down bedding and linens by Rivolta; twice daily housekeeping with complimentary water (!); free car service with a two-mile radius and, vitally, a Nespresso coffee machine. Not enough? The suite can be easily connected to an adjoining room for even more lavish room to roam.