The grande dame of Atlanta's luxury hotels, the Ritz has pride of place on Buckhead's main drag, where fabulous shops and department stores abound (a trio of shopping centers adjacent to the hotel house Neiman Marcus, Saks, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdale's, among others). The 510 rooms underwent a $38 million renovation in 2008; newly updated units have gleaming mahogany floors in the entranceway, custom millwork cabinetry, 400-threat-count sheets, flat-screen TV's, and iPod docking stations. Many have updated bathrooms too, with glass step-in showers and rainfall showerheads. At The Café, chef Travis Robinson whips up Mediterranean-inspired coastal cuisine; be sure to book your dinner table when you make your room reservation. And the hotel's enclosed second-floor junior Olympic-size pool and companion hot tub are just the thing to take the edge off after a long day—especially now that they were both renovated in 2012.