Make your American Girl Atlanta trip into a truly special vacation by turning it into a themed weekend getaway with your daughter, granddaughter or special little girl. The Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta has a fantastic American Girl Package that doesn’t break the bank.
The American Girl experience is a rite of passage for little girls today. I know moms that planned a trip to the American Girl store NYC or American Girl Chicago for years, of course that was before we had an American Girl store at North Point Mall in Alpharetta.
Since I don’t have girls, I visited the Atlanta store with my niece Kate. See the bottom of this post for a look at our American Girl store visit, our lunch at the American Girl restaurant, as well as some events (including a few FREE ones) at the American Girl Atlanta store. But before you do that, take a look at the oh, so fun experience at the American Girl Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta.
Celebrate Your American Girl: Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta Experience Adds Fun
To make a trip to the American Girl store Atlanta even more special, spend the night and make it a mini-vacation. You don’t have to fly to Chicago or NYC, just drive to Alpharetta Ga. The American Girl Hotel Experience at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta starts as soon as you walk in the door. There is a special, very pink check in for your little girl and her doll. The staff does it up right too. Anglea Flynn started at the front desk, but now she only handles the American Girl hotel reservations, and goes out of her way to make it special for the girls, and easy on the parents.
Angela made us do our best diva walk down the pink plush carpet before presenting our welcome letter and explaining our stay. The credit card is good for one free dessert in the restaurant or a candy bar or chips in the gift shop. Then we choose a purple flower lollipop and headed to the elevators. On the way there, fill out an adoption form for a chance to win an American Girl doll. The hotel draws a winner every three months.
The Deluxe Experience at the American Girl Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
We were on the deluxe package, so once we entered the room, we were greeted by an explosion of pink. Bath towels, duvet, clock, pencil and pad, even a pink bean bag chair. In the closet is a pink bathrobe to use during your stay. On the bed, an American Girl doll-sized travel bed your little girl can keep.
Each evening, there is an American Girl movie. Girls are encouraged to wear their pajamas, just like a regular sleep over. During the movie enjoy complimentary popcorn and soda, or milk and cookies. Moms can watch the movie with the girls (there are chairs in the back of the room for adults), or wait outside and enjoy a cocktail in Vidalia’s restaurant. Afterwards, let the kids work off all that sugar in the indoor or outdoor pool. Enjoy breakfast the next morning in Vidalia’s restaurant as part of the package before heading to the American Girl store Atlanta for some shopping.
American Girl Hotel Upgrades at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
The Deluxe American Girl Hotel Package can be purchased for one, two or three girls. Each child receives the special check-in experience and amenities like the welcome letter, credit card and lollipop. In the room, each girl has a bathrobe to wear during her stay, the doll’s bed to take home, and the movie experience, as well as breakfast.
The Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta also offers a birthday upgrade. For a mere $18, the birthday girl receives a very special birthday card, and specialized check-in where she will get a tiara for her and her doll, plus a wand. Staff knows the tiara means it’s your birthday, so expect lots of well wishes when you wear it throughout the hotel. In the room, little princesses will find a Happy Birthday balloon floating above the bed.
Good to Know about the American Girl Hotel Packages at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
- American Girl hotel rooms are only available on Friday and Saturday nights, and are limited. Book early.
- Be sure to guarantee the room type you want. The American Girl hotel rooms come with either a king or two doubles. Be sure to specify what room type you would like when you make your reservation and guarantee it, otherwise, you may end up with something different than what you were anticipating.
- The Marriott Alpharetta has connecting rooms, but the only configuration is one king bed connecting to two double beds.
- Rollaways are not allowed in double bed rooms, it violates fire & safety codes for Alpharetta.
- There are no discounts for the American Girl hotel rooms, and unfortunately, you can’t use Marriott points to purchase them.
- The nightly movie starts promptly at 8 pm. Arrive a little bit early to get settled and to enjoy the milk and cookies and popcorn and drinks.
Other Hotels in Alpharetta, Ga. with American Girl Packages:
The Residence Inn Alpharetta has an American Girl hotel package for a less expensive trip
Other American Doll Store Locations:
The American Girl Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta experience is unique and you won’t find the exact package in other cities. However, if you’d like to visit another American Girl store location, ask them if they know of a similar package at a nearby hotel. You may find something just as fun in a city near you. Here are the other American Girl store locations:
- American Girl Store NYC
- American Girl Chicago
- American Girl Dallas
- American Girl Houston
- American Girl Tysons Corner (Washington D.C.)
- American Girl Natick
- American Girl store Los Angeles
- American Girl Palo Alto (San Francisco Bay Area)
- American Girl Boston
- American Girl Scottsdale
- American Girl Denver
- American Girl Orlando
- American Girl Miami
- American Girl Kansas City
- American Girl Minneapolis
- American Girl St. Louis
- American Girl Charlotte
- American Girl Columbus
- American Girl Nashville
- American Girl Seattle
Take a Trip to the American Girl Store Atlanta
One year before Christmas, I visited the American Girl Atlanta store at Northpoint Mall with my niece. All I can say is…Thank goodness they didn’t have American Girl when I was young. I would want EVERYTHING and my mother was not the kind to spend money on dolls clothing, especially at those prices. I can’t even begin to imagine her response to the doll hair salon where you’ll spend the equivalent of a child’s haircut to have your doll’s locks groomed. Or the spa where you can get a mani-pedi for your doll!
Beyond Shopping at the American Girl Atlanta Store
Although I think it is ridiculously overpriced, I do like American Girl. They’re great role models for girls and I’ve heard rave reviews about the books. We ate at the American Girl restaurant and it was very tasty. I love how you can get a seat and drink for your doll. If you don’t have your own American Girl doll yet, you can invite one of the dolls at the restaurant to join you for lunch.
In addition to the store and the American Girl Bistro, there are also lots of events going on, either in the store or through the store, including some FREE ones. Below the video of the store and the American Girl restaurant, is a sampling of upcoming FREE events at American Girl Atlanta. Check the website for additional events, as they change frequently. Call the store for exact times 877-247-5223.
Event: Celebrate the WellieWishers!
Discover the world of the WellieWishers: five sweet and silly friends who wish to do good deeds. At this free event, your girl will learn about the new characters, enjoy hands-on crafts, go on a scavenger hunt, and decorate her own cookie to eat! (limit 1 per child, while supplies last) Free and open to the public. For girls ages 5 and up
Date: Jan. 24-26, 2016
Event: Doll Hair Salon Spectacular at American Girl
Your girl can learn new tricks to style her doll’s tresses at our Doll Hair Salon Spectacular! At each hour-long Friday session, girls will learn how to create two cute new ’dos and receive insider tips from our professional stylists, plus get hair accessories for their dolls. Afterward, each girl and her spruced-up companion can pose for a photo op in our “Princess Chair.” Pink lemonade and popcorn will be served. The event includes a goody bag with a Truly Me™ craft and tee, a recent issue of American Girl magazine, and a $10 coupon for an upcoming visit to the Doll Hair Salon. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up and an accompanying adult. $28 per person, Reservations required, For girls ages 8 and up
Date: Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26 & Sept. 9, 2016
Disclosure: I received a night at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta to review this package. It was so much fun, even as an adult. Of course, I only recommend places I would visit again.