Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Intercontinental Buckhead- Atlanta hotel review

I was recently in Atlanta for business and had the chance to visit the Intercontinental Buckhead for a one night stay.  Since I'm still a IC "Royal Ambassador" I wanted to see how this property treated elite guests.  I qualified for a government rate @ $133 and booked the basic level room.  A few days before my stay, my online reservation showed an upgrade to an Executive Suite, but the day before I arrived, I was downgraded to an Executive Club King room.  I would have fought it if I'd thought to print the confirmation page showing the suite.  Unfortunately, I hadn't taken that precaution.

In the end the room was perfectly fine for a one night stay.  The Executive Club floor rooms are fairly typical for an upmarket hotel.  The bathroom is just off the entry hall:
It features a single vanity, tub and separate shower.
The toiletries are Agraria branded:

The bed was comfortable and the room had a large flatscreen television:

Surprisingly, the IC Buckhead does not have pay-per-view movies, so I wasn't able to use the free movie perk that comes with Ambassador status.

The hotel does have a pretty good minibar, though:
Not pictured here was a bottle of red wine and two miniatures of Patron Silver tequila that were in an area above the minibar.  Among the shortcomings of the minibar are the absence of any local beer (despite Atlanta offering some good ones) and the substitution of sparkling white wine for Champagne. 

I guess that this was my Ambassador gift, though other reviewers have reported receiving a full bottle of wine:

I was given Club access so I popped in for a visit.  The club is fairly small, but was not crowded while I was there.  There is an open (but modest) bar in the evenings:

There are also two fridges stocked with beer and soft drinks.  The club offered a better selection of beer than the minibar, including Stella Artois.  The food spread was surprisingly good, though my picture of it is not:
The best thing was some really good shrimp "ceviche" (steamed shrimp, so not really ceviche).  The single hot offering were some mediocre empanadas.  Also on offer included was the usual cheese, bread, crudites, and crackers along with a number of small salad plates.
Breakfast in the morning was decent, but not memorable:
There is, however, a good selection of teas on offer along with an espresso machine.

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