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Georgia Hotels

$200-$299
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Avia
14 Barnard Street
Savannah , Georgia
31401
Tel: 866 644 2842 (toll-free)
Tel: 912 233 2116
www.aviahotels.com/hotels/savannah

The Avia is the hip new outsider that's subtly stirring things up among the grandes dames and drag queens who have long dominated Savannah's hotel scene. But that's not to say it doesn't have a colorful backstory: The hotel occupies the site of the old Savannah Daily News building, and its design pays homage to the region's heritage without going over the top. The restaurant's chandeliers could have been plucked from a nearby Victorian mansion, while the wicker furniture on the second-floor pool deck seems inspired by the palmetto baskets of the local Gullah people. Otherwise, the lines are clean and lean, with just the occasional splash of bright color. All the mod-cons are present (plasma-screen TVs, iPod docks, walk-in rain showers), and nouvelle Georgia cuisine is the forte at the low-key Kitchen & Wine Bar restaurant, with dishes like Sea Island crabmeat tacos and Vidalia onion soup that's thick enough to cut with a knife. All of this washed down with locally brewed Sweetwater pale ale, which the hotel encourages guests to take out onto the streets in good Savannah fashion for a moonlight stroll around the square and the nearby riverfront.

$200-$299
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Barnsley Gardens Resort
597 Barnsley Gardens Road
Adairsville , Georgia
30103
Tel: 877 773 2447 (toll-free)
Tel: 770 773 7480
www.barnsleyresort.com

Meandering, landscaped walkways lead to individually decorated cottages with claw-foot tubs in this resort centered around an Italianate villa in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Rooms and suites are split among other buildings. The upscale Rice House serves prime beef, wild game, and a "rave-worthy lobster bisque" in a former farmhouse whose walls remain pocked with bullet holes from the Civil War. Staff are "neighborly, unassuming, and friendly." The Jim Fazio–designed golf course is "well maintained." An on-site museum features Civil War relics, many found on the grounds.

(74 rooms)

$300-$399
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The Cloister
100 Cloister Drive
Sea Island , Georgia
Tel: 912 638 3611
Tel: 800 732 4752
www.seaisland.com

Originally opened in 1928, this hotel in architect Addison Mizner's signature Spanish-Mediterranean style has terra-cotta roofs and sunlit garden patios. Rooms come with handmade Turkish rugs and stone baths with deep-soaking tubs, and look onto the Black Banks River or the Atlantic. The sophisticated Georgian Room serves refined Southern cuisine amid gold and crystal chandeliers—"their truffle scones are my favorite." Colt & Alison's dry-aged fillet is "the best steak I've ever had." The Ice Cream Parlor serves fountain sodas.

(175 rooms)

$200-$299
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Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
75 14th Street
Atlanta , Georgia
30309
Tel: 800 332 3442 (toll-free)
Tel: 404 881 9898
res.atlanta@fourseasons.com
www.fourseasons.com/atlanta

From the dramatic staircase at the entrance to the rose-marble public spaces, this 244-room hotel epitomizes gracious Southern living. You can't go wrong with any one of the hotel's guest rooms—all have handsome mahogany furniture and spacious marble bathrooms—but first-time visitors to Atlanta should try snagging one of the corner suites on the 19th floor for the sweeping city views. The Park 75 restaurant and classic hotel piano bar, on the mezzanine level, attract an eclectic crowd: On any given night, you can see well-to-do residents (part of the building is made up of condos and offices), touring hip-hop stars, or trustafarian hippies kicking back. A 12,000-square-foot spa opened in February 2006 with a menu of Georgia-inspired treatments, such as the Peaches and Cream manicure and pedicure.

$200-$299
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Georgian Terrace
659 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta , Georgia
30308
Tel: 800 651 2316 (toll-free)
Tel: 404 897 1991
gtsales@thegeorgianterrace.com
www.thegeorgianterrace.com

This stately hotel comes with an impeccable Southern pedigree: It hosted the premiere after-party of Gone With the Wind in 1939 and has been rightfully placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The elegant lobby has graceful columns and a light-filled atrium, and the lovely outdoor terraces and cavernous ballroom are popular venues for wedding receptions. All 307 guest rooms are suites (with up to three bedrooms), and most come with full kitchens and washer-dryers. However, like most historic buildings, the Georgian's interiors have a patina of age, so if you're looking for brand-spanking-new digs, this is not your hotel—at least not until a planned renovation is completed. Its central location is near Midtown attractions, including the historic Fox Theatre across the street.

$400 or more
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Greyfield Inn
8 North Second Street
Cumberland Island , Georgia
Tel: 904-261-6408
www.greyfieldinn.com

The "old Southern home" on a barrier island is a four-story frame structure decorated with antiques, Asian rugs, and Tiffany lamps. All-inclusive meals made with organic produce grown in the garden are "quite outstanding." Activities include kayaking, biking, and jaunts with the "fantastic resident naturalist." Cabins away from the main house are "rustic but comfortable," with Audubon prints, Native American artifacts, and William Morris wallpaper.

(16 rooms)

$199 or less
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Hotel Indigo
683 Peachtree Street N.E.
Atlanta , Georgia
30308
Tel: 866 246 3446 (toll-free)
Tel: 404 874 9200
indigomidtownhotel@ichotelsgroup.com
www.midtownatlantahotel.com

Right next door to the Georgian Terrace, Hotel Indigo is the cool complement to its neighbor's classic charm. This 140-room property—the first in the InterContinental Hotels Group's new contempo boutique chain—compensates for its no-frills facilities and cramped spaces with playful design: The guest rooms are outfitted with whitewashed furniture, plush beds with lavender-colored duvets, colorful murals (of irises, beach grass, blueberries, or cable-knit sweaters), and spalike bathrooms. Light sleepers should request a room that faces away from Peachtree, one of the city's noisiest streets. The hotel's bar-restaurant, the Golden Bean, is a nice place to unwind and meet other guests—just skip the microwave-meals menu. Indigo is close to various Midtown restaurants, bars, and attractions.

$200-$299
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Hotel Palomar
866 W. Peachtree Street
Atlanta , Georgia
30308
Tel: 678 412 2400
www.hotelpalomar-atlantamidtown.com

Opened in 2009, Kimpton's first Atlanta address stylishly mixes business and pleasure, with its Midtown location (close to Piedmont Park and even closer to the city's airport-connected rail system) and movers-and-shakers scene. The Art Deco–inspired design of Hotel Palomar's 304 guest rooms feels a tad corporate, but cranberry-colored accents liven up the otherwise subdued brown-on-taupe palette, and there are some playful touches, such as animal-print bathrobes. (Traveling with kids? Request pint-size versions of the robes and playing cards from the front desk.) At Pacci, the hotel's slick burgundy, glass, and brocade dining room, Kobe beef carpaccio and short-rib gnocchi are recurring favorites on the ever-changing modern Italian menu. And to cap it all off, there's Altorex, the year-round rooftop lounge with cocktail cabanas, a covered bar, and cityscape views that keep local scenesters and socialites coming back for more, overnight reservation or no.—Tiffany J. Davis

$200-$299
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Mansion on Forsyth Park
700 Drayton Street
Savannah , Georgia
Tel: 888 711 5114
Fax: 912 238 5146
info@mansiononforsythpark.com
mansiononforsythpark.com

A splashy newcomer in staid Savannah, the Mansion on Forsyth Park had tongues wagging the minute it opened. Its big-city-style restaurant, which gussies up Southern cooking (where else would you find grits-encrusted veal chops?), is in an 1888 mansion that was previously a funeral home. Next door, a brand-new building houses all 126 guest rooms, a small pool, a full spa, and hundreds of pieces from owner Richard Kessler's art collection. The art, like the decor, is a pastiche of styles, mediums, and colors: gold-and-black-print Louis XV–style chairs, teal curtains, and marble sculptures of nude bathers. Rooms are more subtle but still fun, with white baroque headboards and green crushed-velvet chaises. Yet for all this attention to bold design, the Mansion excels at old-fashioned hospitality: Staff are unfailingly polite and, most important, know where to find the best fried chicken in town. 

$200-$299
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Mansion on Peachtree
3376 Peachtree Road NE
Atlanta , Georgia
30326
Tel: 404 995 7500
www.rwmansiononpeachtree.com

You are in the heart of the city's best shopping—Phipps Plaza is a quarter mile north—but this hotel has a sense of remove, starting with the entrance, a half-block off Buckhead's clogged main artery of Peachtree and buffered by the latest outpost of Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurant. At 42 stories, the Mansion is 15 floors higher than any other building in the area, with unparalleled views to the North Georgia Mountains, yet the footprint is slender, prescribing intimate spaces inside. The 127 generous-sized guest rooms, located on the first 15 floors, are plush, with all the high- and low-tech comforts including a fine-art-concealed flat-screen TV and personal butlers. The sconce-lit lobby bar, with its dramatic draperies, mahogany cheater's booths, and library-esque ambience, is a subdued scene that is unmistakably Atlanta: a mixed executive/music mogul/thirtysomething socialite crowd. In the European-inflected NEO restaurant, staff have the white-glove touch, and at Lydia Mondavi's 29 Spa, you'll find every excuse not to leave this in-town retreat.

$400 or more
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Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead
3434 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta , Georgia
30326
Tel: 800 826 0708 (toll-free)
Tel: 404 237 2700
Fax: 404 239 0078
www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/atlanta_buckhead

This perennial favorite subscribes to traditional paradigms of luxury: fresh-cut flowers, fine art, and Oriental rugs. The 510 rooms and suites have bay windows overlooking the Buckhead community's stately homes and wooded areas. Other perks include proximity to some of the city's best shopping venues (both the Phipps Plaza and Lenox Square malls are across the street) and a professional staff that can deftly accommodate guests' needs with minimal drama. When booking, be aware that the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta (181 Peachtree St. N.E.; 404-659-0400), the Buckhead property's downtown sister, may be a more attractive option for business travelers and vacationers who wish to be close to the Georgia Dome or the Georgia Aquarium. Southern scene–seekers will feel right at home at the Buckhead property.

$300-$399
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Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation
1 Lake Oconee Trail
Greensboro , Georgia
Tel: 706 467 0600
Fax: 706 467 7124
www.ritzcarlton.com/resorts/reynolds_plantation/

Set on "sprawling grounds," this "country club hotel" has slate floors, antler chandeliers, and stone fireplaces. "Request a room facing the lake—the views are superb"; amenities include feather beds, marble baths, and European bath products. Dine on Atlantic salmon with shrimp grits at Gaby's by the Lake, which is "expensive but gorgeous," its deck looking out onto pine trees and the water. Service is "up to Ritz standards." The 26,000-square-foot spa has 19 treatment rooms.

(251 rooms)

$200-$299
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St. Regis Atlanta
88 West Paces Ferry Road
Buckhead
Atlanta , Georgia
30305
Tel: 404 563 7900
stregisatlanta@stregis.com
www.starwoodhotels.com/stregis/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1714

One of a handful of high-end hotels to have sprung up in this Southern capital in the past two years, the St. Regis merits its own hyper-luxury status. The massive lobby with a sweeping, double stairwell (fit for Cinderella's descent), the 40,000-square-foot pool piazza, and private butlers might seem over-the-top to some, but the 151 guest rooms are a study in world-class appointments and offer an amazingly good night's rest. (A tip: Even if you plan to sleep in, be sure to schedule a late wake-up call, as it will be accompanied by in-room French press coffee service.) Located in the posh west Buckhead neighborhood, with some of the city's best boutiques only blocks away (take advantage of the hotel's Bentley car service, complimentary if within two miles), the 26-story high-rise is the gracious new playground of choice for visitors and locals, with lindulgences small and large, among them a welcome snack of chocolate truffles and top-quality treatments at Remède, the exceptional in-house spa. Do skip the unmemorable fare at the hotel restaurant and opt instead for dinner elsewhere at the long-standing Atlanta favorite Chops Lobster Bar, literally ten steps from the fourth-floor exit and connected by a breezeway.

$199 or less
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Twelve Hotel & Residences
361 17th Street NW
Atlanta , Georgia
Tel: 404 961 1212
hotelsales@twelvehotels.com
twelvehotels.com

The appeal of Twelve, a high-tech hotel/condo hybrid, is the central location in Midtown's new Atlantic Station retail development and the refreshingly modern look of the accommodations. All 101 suites in this 26-story high-rise have around-the-clock concierge access, plush bedding, and a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances and stylish black tiles. A wall of floor-to-ceiling windows allows sweeping skyline views and lets you take in the action on the streets below. Lobby at Twelve, the restaurant and bar, keeps a buzzy scene in-house. 

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