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As you head down this stark metallic hallway, perhaps you're wondering if a series of doors are going to slam closed behind you á la Maxwell Smart. You're going to encounter plenty of mysteries in this edifice, but this corridor coated in a delicate aluminum appliqué merely serves as a stylish passage to a hotel's lifts and a garden.
The property you've just checked into opened more than two decades ago and was updated earlier this year by a widely admired and famously enigmatic fashion designer. An architect responsible for a number of sumptuous bourgeois residences built the main house in the mid nineteenth century for a duchess who served as a mistress to an empress. By now you've noticed that the place employs a bit of marketing trickery: You're not on the illustrious avenue you might have expected given the name. Soon you'll be living large in a so-called golden triangle within a district packed with fashion houses and boutiques, embassies and a grand palace. And you'll be thrilled to discover that a tale whose kyphotic theme entranced you as a youngster was written on this very street (which honors a little-known Renaissance sculptor).
The hotel redo is pure theater, and arbiters of taste have raved about the sweeping staircases, the coal-dark reception walls, the waxed concrete floor in the restaurant, and the rooms swathed in lots and lots of white. One reviewer even gushed about a parallelepiped (good luck wrapping your tongue around that one). The suite complete with black-stained oak parquet floors, a cabinet of curiosities, and giant mushroom carvings is sure to provide great nightmare material. With diamond-shaped chandeliers, mirrors, and trompe l'oeil at every turn, you may well get dizzy in this surreal atmosphere, like the lady who at the opening festivities confused a real set of stairs for faux ones and took a tumble (talk about a face plainte ). Agent 86 would be right at home in this house of chaos.
Where are you, anyhow?
photo by Thierry Bouët
The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead in Atlanta is setting the standard for elegance. With impeccable attention to detail, each of The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead in Atlanta hotel's luxurious rooms and suites are inspired by the timeless appeal of Southern gardens and provide guests with an exceptional array of amenities. Located in the city's finest neighborhood, this Atlanta-Buckhead hotel is four miles from Midtown's cultural epicenter and nightlife.
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