During the Thanksgiving break a few years ago, we went on a tour of ice skating rinks in Atlanta, including the Astor Rink at the St. Regis Hotel in Buckhead. This rink is located on the 7th floor of the hotel above the pool area. The price of admission includes skate rental.
The St. Regis is an intimate rink and limited to only 30 people per hour. Reservations are recommended, but when we went, there were only a few reservations that evening, so don’t assume they’re booked. However, as you get closer to Christmas, things do get a bit more crowded, especially on the weekends.
When we went the ice was hard and well frozen. (this can be a problem for outdoor rinks in the South) The St. Regis Atlanta partners with Ice Rink Events, the company responsible for New York’s Bryant Park rink. There is a 100-ton chiller that pumps glycol gel refrigerant through coils that lay below the ice rink which freeze the ice down to -6 degrees. It’s also the smallest of all the outdoor rinks, which I’m sure helps to keep the ice at the right temperature.
In addition to ice skating, don’t miss the hot chocolate ($8). It’s made with chocolate shavings, real whipped cream, more chocolate shavings, sprinkle beads and marshmallows.You literally need a spoon to eat the topping (the beads give it a nice crunch) and when you get down to the hot chocolate, it’s so thick, you can see lumps of chocolate at the bottom.
You can also purchase a s’more kit for $12 and roast the marshmallows in the fire pit on the pool deck. If you’d rather, relax with an adult beverage while the children skate.
Leave a little time to explore the lobby of the St. Regis Hotel as well. In addition to a beautifully decorated tree, the year we went there was a life-sized gingerbread house that makes the lobby smell delicious. As you walk through you’ll notice gummie bear lights, lollipop flowers and even a chocolate dipped gummie dog!
Want to find out about other ice skating rinks in Atlanta, Visit our post on a comparison of Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in Atlanta.
Disclosure: Field Trips with Sue was provided tickets to the skating rink in exchange for a review of the rink as is common in the travel industry. The views expressed here are our own.