By Lesli Peterson
What makes a hotel family-friendly? It could be the in-room amenities, like refrigerator or bathtub. It could be special touches, like children’s programming or a babysitting service. For this family, the number one rule of thumb is a pool. Our city-exploring happens during the day, but pools provide entertainment for my kiddos in early morning and late evening, when we would otherwise be stuck in the room. It helps to start the day by getting the wiggles out, and it relaxes and calms them before bed…also ensuring they sleep through the night. You’ll find numerous hotels around Atlanta with pools, but the number dwindles a bit for winter guests looking for an escape from the cold. Here are details about our favorite family-friendly Buckhead hotels with indoor pools, and a list of additional hotels as well.
Ritz Carlton Buckhead’s pool is one of my family’s favorites. It is a saline pool, heated to perfection. The ceiling is glass, and while the cold outside weather created a dew on the ceiling that prevented us from star-gazing, we did enjoy the open feeling that came from a view of the sky. You’ll find boogie boards and noodles strategically placed around the pool deck, which our boys enjoyed. Guest services even provided the kids with rubber ducks, as swim partners.
The pool is attached to the fitness center, so we were able to leverage the locker rooms. There were lockers, showers, plastic bags for holding our wet suits, extra towels, and fruit for the boys to munch on. I must also admit that hubby and I tried out the sauna and hot tub, as well. Heaven!
See more photos of our pool adventures here.
Mandarin Oriental is one of Atlanta’s most beloved hotels, with inescapable opulence and grandeur. Don’t let this fool you, though; they love children. Strollers, cribs, and even baby monitors are available on request. Be sure to inquire about the Little Fan’s Passport program, also. But the real fun is at the pool. Through a beautiful hallway, and down an elevator, kid’s will love the secret entrance to the swimming area. The heated pool is only steps away from an extra restroom, perfect for little one’s “emergencies.” In warmer months the doors open to a view of the sunken courtyard and garden, as well as the views of Buckhead.
Learn more about our stay at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta here.
There are many things to love about JW Marriott Buckhead and its conveniences. One of my favorite: it is adjacent to Lenox Mall. That small detail opens a world of family-friendly options for shopping and dining. Until September 1, 2015 Marriott is offering complimentary valet parking to ease your unloading, and a free kids’ meal at the onsite restaurant with the purchase of an adult meal. Kids will also enjoy the heated pool and whirlpool for exerting the leftover energy that kid’s pack during vacation. You’ll also enjoy the glass ceiling, allowing in ample light for your swim.
See their site for more details about this Kids Eat Free package.
Additional Atlanta hotels with indoor pools:
Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta
Renaissance Atlanta Waverly
Staybridge Suites Atlanta – Buckhead
Wingate Inn & Suites Atlanta Galleria