The Loews Atlanta Hotel is a sleek, cosmopolitan hotel in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. It’s only a few miles from my house, but staying here with my son meant getting out of my car to discover the neighborhood from a new perspective, with some surprising results.
Loews Atlanta Hotel: Kid Friendly in the Heart of Midtown
Modern. It wasn’t just the design of the Lowes hotel Atlanta Ga., but the vibe in the lobby too. Maybe it was the guests walking past with little dogs in their arms, or the silver planters with manicured grass growing at a perfect one-inch high.
No sooner had I checked in, I received a text welcoming me and letting me know assistance was only a tap away. Since I’ve lived in Atlanta so long, it doesn’t really feel like a big city to me, but inside the Loews Hotel reminded me of Midtown Manhattan, not Midtown Atlanta.
Loews Atlanta Hotel for Kids
Although I would consider Loews one of the hotels in Atlanta for a great romantic getaway or the perfect place for a girlfriends getaway, our stay was with the family. Our room had two big double beds, and a killer view toward downtown Atlanta. We could clearly see the new Falcon’s stadium going up. My son always loves the robes in the room. We did need to be extra careful with the mini-bar snacks. They were set out in an inviting way, and it took me a couple times reading the menu to realize those candy bars were not an amenity, but $4 each!
Since my older boys were off on their own adventures, just my tween and I set out to explore Atlanta. What drew me in was the promise of a local scavenger hunt. We picked up our sheets and headed out. Guests can pick up a scavenger hunt at the concierge’s desk. Although our scavenger hunt was a bit different than the one available to guests, we did get to pick a prize out of the hand painted prize chest after completion, just like other guests at the hotel.
From now through Sept. 5, 2016, all Loews Hotels are running a Summer of Loews Scavenger Hunt on Instagram. Post photos of one of the Scavenger Hunt locations with the hashtags #LHSweepstakes and #LoewsAtlanta, you’ll then be prompted to visit a site for a chance to enter to win a grand prize vacation from Loews.
Our scavenger hunt was designed to get us walking around the Midtown neighborhood to realize how many wonderful attractions are located within a mile from the hotel along Atlanta’s famed Peachtree Street.
We visited the High Museum of Art, touring their latest exhibits. If you think an art museum isn’t for kids, you are wrong. The High Museum of Art has lots of kid-friendly programming, as well as the Greene Family Gallery for when the kids just need to touch things, and Discovery Backpacks to help guide them through the museums permanent collection.
For small children, the Alliance Theatre, located across from the High has a Theatre for the Very Young series that is fantastic.
MARTA Station Surprises
On the way to the High, we passed several Midtown photo ops, like the new multi-colored MIDTOWN sign, and a sculpture that changes outfits with the holidays. My favorite discovery was at the Arts Station MARTA station. It was a simple piano, painted in an elaborate and colorful design. Sitting at the piano and playing beautifully from memory was a man. At first I thought this was someone hired to play, but he wasn’t. He had been at the High and was walking back to MARTA when he saw the piano and began to play. We chatted for a few minutes. He was from Atlanta, but was now a grad student at UNC. He was back for a visit. He’d been playing piano since he was in fifth grade. As I listened to him I thought, “maybe if we just put pianos around the world people would stop fighting and just enjoy the music, and maybe talk to each other.” Wouldn’t that be nice.
South on Peachtree
If we had ventured a mile the other way on Peachtree, we would have passed the Federal Reserve Building, where you can take a free tour to see how money is made, and the Margaret Mitchell house, where the author wrote Gone with the Wind.
A little farther down is the Fox Theatre, a historic movie house built in 1928. The building itself is worth visiting with it’s ornate gold leaf details, and Far East theme. This is also where you can see a Broadway show, concert, and in the summer vintage movies.
Venture east out the hotel doors and you’ll find Piedmont Park, or as some like to call it, Atlanta’s Central Park. Piedmont Park has several playgrounds, including an art inspired playground built by Isamu Noguchi, a sculptor and landscape garden designer that includes triangles, circles, squares and rectangles that kids can crawl over, under and even through.
For a hot summer day, the Piedmont Park pool with a lazy river and zero entry is perfect. For a free option, head to the Legacy splash Fountains, near the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The Children’s Garden at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens is one of my favorite Atlanta attractions for kids anytime of year.
After a day exploring Atlanta, we were treated to a delicious dinner at Saltwood, the hotel restaurant. Unlike many hotel eateries, locals, as well as hotel guest frequent this one.
My son decided to be a bit adventurous with his dinner, after tasting several of the items on the charcuterie plate, including pickled seaweed, which he didn’t really enjoy and Saltwood smoked speck which he loved. Normally a chicken fingers kind of guy, he decided against the kid’s menu (that includes normal kid fare like pizza and chicken fingers) and opted for the paella, where he tasted his first oyster, then proceeded to eat most of my whole fish, ignoring the eyes and tail still attached.
He didn’t go without fried chicken long though; Saltwood has started serving brunch, where my tween was able to order fried chicken and waffles. I was very impressed with the mini cinnamon rolls that came in a cast iron skillet stuffed with pecans, topped with bacon and a buttermilk glaze. I felt ok eating them because I knew we were going to be walking around the city afterwards.
Exhale Spa Atlanta
Lowes Hotel Atlanta is one of several hotels in the Atlanta area that have a spa, but in addition to treatment rooms, this award winning flagship Exhale Spa Atlanta also has a host of exhale fitness classes. The large barre studio intrigued me; I’ve never taken a barre class, but it sounds like fun. Stay tuned. I may head back to check it out. Exhale Spas are located around the country. You can purchase a single class, or multiple classes, however, they are only transferable within the same city, so you won’t be able to use a multi-pack if you travel.
Other Exhale Spas in Atlanta are located in Avalon and Inman Park. Across the country you’ll find Exhale Boston, Exhale NYC, Exhale Battery Wharf, Exhale Central Park South, Exhale Upper East Side, Exhale Spa Dallas, Exhale Spa Back Bay, Exhale Santa Monica, Exhale Sap Miami, Exhale Dallas, Exhale Spa Chicago
Loews Atlanta Hotel – Ultimate Southern Road Trip
The “Ultimate Southern Road Trip” package at the Loews Atlanta Hotel includes two tickets to the High Museum, complimentary valet parking, a $50 food and beverage credit and deluxe accommodations. This package is also being offered at our Loews New Orleans and Loews Vanderbilt Properties, with different amenities of course. The offer runs through Sept. 30, 2016.