Buckhead Boutique Hotels Lure Locals with Top-Tier Restaurants

Photo by Rob Knight

Three boutique hotels have opened in Buckhead in the past year: The Kimpton Sylvan, The Thompson Buckhead, and the Hyatt Centric. Each has a unique style, but they all bet on their restaurants to entice locals and visitors alike.

Kimpton Sylvan

The Kimpton Sylvan is housed in a 1950’s residential building at 374 E Paces Ferry Rd, and it takes design cues from it’s mid-century roots. Willow Bar’s outdoor garden party and rooftop lounge St. Julep offer distinctive menus and cocktail options. Outdoor terraces make St. Julep the perfect spot to enjoy Buckhead’s many warm nights.

The Betty

The Betty is the Kimpton Sylvan’s classic supper club, and it is a place to see and be seen. The Betty was designed to be a more refined dining option for the modern day Don Draper, and I’d say mission accomplished. You’ll find lots of deep rich colors, blue velvet banquettes, and lots of playful details throughout the dining room. The bar features classic “spirit-heavy” cocktails with a modern Sylvan spin. Executive Chef Brandon Chavannes creates elevated versions of classic fare using local, seasonal ingredients.

Visit buckhead.com/kimpton-sylvan for full details.

Thompson Buckhead

The Thompson Buckhead is across E Paces Ferry from the Sylvan. The building is new, but the vibe definitely leans toward mid-century minimalism. Like the Sylvan, The Thompson Buckhead has a rooftop lounge, although this club is private. Access to the Tessarae Club is limited to members and guests in one of the Thompson’s suites.

Dirty Rascal

Chef Todd Ginsberg and the Rye Restaurants team built the “old-school Italian-American” restaurant, known as Dirty Rascal, on the hotel’s ground floor. A look at the menu reveals classic pasta dishes, seafood, steaks, and probably everything you would expect with that description. Ginsberg is a two-time James Beard Foundation semifinalist at The General Muir. Rye Restaurants include local favorites like West Egg, Yalla, and Wood’s Chapel BBQ. Josh Hopkins is the executive chef at Dirty Rascal.

Visit buckhead.com/thompson-buckhead for full details.

Hyatt Centric Buckhead

The Hyatt Centric is perched on the edge of GA400, along PATH400 next to Lenox Square Mall. While the exterior is more modern than the other two hotels we mentioned, the interior design was inspired by Georgia’s pottery artisans from the 1800’s. On the roof you’ll find Chef Hugh Acheson’s Spaceman restaurant and lounge, with 360º views from 2 outdoor terraces.

Mount Royal

You will find Mount Royal next to the lobby on the ground floor. The rich colors and layered textures of wood, tile, and fabric bring to mind a Moroccan bizarre, but with a decidedly high-end vibe. The outdoor terrace seating expands the restaurant’s seating during warmer months. Mount Royal is a Montreal Steakhouse, where guests are encouraged to share a great meal. “Chef Hugh is not about the showmanship of “Chef”. He wants it to all be in the food. That tells the story, and also the vibe.”

Visit buckhead.com/hyatt-centric for full details.

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