Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta
Located in the affluent enclave of Buckhead, this tower hotel is set in the first 15 floors of a striking high-rise. But there's no missing the elegant Mandarin Oriental style: the polished entrance, with marble floors and a grand staircase, is a nod to the brand's Asian style. Guest rooms are some of the city's largest—the smallest is a spacious 482 square feet—and create a soothing, residential feel: think neutral tones, soft fabrics, and a brushed velour chair and ottoman. The 14-room spa sports a 60-foot indoor lap pool that's illuminated by natural light, plus a yoga studio, and a VIP Couples Suite with a soaking tub and shower. For entertainment, the hotel is walking distance to posh shopping centers Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza, and on weekends, travelers enjoy cocktails and live music at the Taipan lounge.