The swanky Buckhead district of Atlanta has been a destination for fashion and design for decades. And while there’s no shortage of luxe hotels in the area, the new Kimpton Sylvan is undeniably the most stylish of the moment.
Originally a 1950s midcentury-modern residential building, it recently underwent extensive renovations, reopening in 2021 as a 217-room boutique hotel. It’s just steps from Buckhead Village District, home to designer brands, art galleries, and shops like Ferguson, Ligne Roset, and Interior Define.
The name Sylvan is derived from the Latin word for “forest,” which feels especially appropriate as you enter beneath towering old oaks and magnolias. Subtle wood finishes in the living room–style lobby and hues of sage and forest green in the guest rooms weave this verdant theme throughout.
Make reservations for at least one dinner at The Betty, Kimpton’s onsite restaurant and self-proclaimed New American Supper Club, which has already received accolades for both its Old Hollywood ambiance and its fresh take on classic fare. Blue velvet banquettes, penny-tiled floors, and dramatic art set the midcentury glam scene. The menu is seasonally driven and features elegant dishes like whole salt-crusted fish seasoned with leeks and turnips and pillowy ricotta gnocchi topped with fragrant lamb ragu.
After dinner, catch the elevator up to the ninth-floor colorful rooftop lounge, St. Julep. It’s as playful as The Betty is moody, with an Instagram-worthy terrace that features a hand-painted mural on one side and sweeping Buckhead skyline views on the other.
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The famed Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) is less than three miles from the Kimpton Sylvan and is a must-see while
in town. ADAC is open to the public on weekdays and filled with designer showrooms such as Kravet, Schumacher, Pindler,
Tritter Feefer, and more, which are always worth a visit to get the creative juices flowing.