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Photos: Buckhead’s The Whitley redo aims to channel a ‘Southern front porch’

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After multi-million-dollar renovation, former Ritz-Carlton property to debut redesign next month

The revived indoor pool at The Whitley.
The indoor saline pool, with a whirlpool and skyline views.
Photography courtesy of The Whitley

The redo of one of Atlanta’s most celebrated (if formerly dated) lodges is almost ready for its closeup, and several aspects are meant to lean more Southern than before, in the hippest possible way.

Like W-Atlanta hotels in Buckhead and Midtown farther down Peachtree Street, the former Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead—rechristened The Whitley in 2017—has undergone a multi-million-dollar update.

Renovations by Parker-Torres Design began late last year, and the Luxury Collection Hotel, owned by Host Hotels and Resorts, is set to officially unveil the changes in June, hotel reps announced today.

The Whitley is named in honor of John Whitley, the Buckhead founder (and hunter) credited with mounting the district’s namesake buck’s head on the eastern side of the Chattahoochee River in the 1800s.

The redesign aimed for overarching “Southern sophistication” and included all 507 rooms and reception and lobby areas, which are said to now reflect “a traditional Southern front porch,” according to a press release. Elsewhere, the spa area counts a new Himalayan salt room, and the restaurant has been updated, from the menu outward.

Rates vary widely, but single king or double queen rooms can generally be had for $240 per night and up this summer, per posted availabilities.

The renovated property “will set a new benchmark for luxury in chic Southern style,” Michael Miner, HEI Hotels and Resorts senior vice president of operations, said in the release.

Have a gander below.

The lobby’s hearth, with artwork that’s decidedly not staid.
Intricate ceiling designs highlight the concierge lobby.
The Whitley Bar.
Entering the Trade Root Lounge.
An art-bedecked social space in the Trade Root Lounge.
The Trade Root Restaurant. This renovated space counts an updated menu with more “Southern-inspired dishes and handcrafted cocktails,” per a hotel announcement.
The Sanctuary Lounge, with a buck sculpture.
Another angle on the Sanctuary.
A typical Whitley hallway.
What’s considered a “Superior Double” room.
Superior Queen bathroom, with marble.
The Legacy Ballroom, with expanded space for 300 more people. The hotel’s total meeting space, officials noted, is now 40,000 square feet.