InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta – Admiring Atlanta’s Roots


August 18, 2022

As the first major renovation since the hotel’s inception in November 2004, the full redesign of the 422-room InterContinental Buckhead invites a new chapter of luxury by elevating the hotel guest experience while maintaining the warm Southern hospitality for which the property has long been known. For the property’s redesign, KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group was inspired by the pillars of Atlanta’s Southern roots—the state symbols of the peach, honeybee, and Cherokee rose—with stately architecture of the classic manor house woven throughout.

The hotel’s sophisticated design sets an idyllic scene from the moment travelers step through the entryway and into the lobby. The newly renovated great hall on the ground floor features iconic rose marble floors, memorable light fixtures and oversized windows to capture the natural light coming in from the private outdoor garden. A carefully balanced combination of traditional meets contemporary, the space draws guests in with upholstery in tones of rose and red and lush plantings against a white setting, while a custom ceiling fixture showcases hundreds of hand-blown crystals. Large-scale abstract paintings by local mixed-media artist Niki Zarrabi adorn the walls, creating a mesmerizing focal point. The check-in parlor is a beautiful complement to the lobby, featuring a quartzite countertop and a rose-and-gray toned rug as well as soft, white-colored walls and stone flooring.

When designing the ballrooms and meeting spaces, KTGY SDDG incorporated themes of elegance, culture and serenity. Gray textured birds-of-paradise wallpaper accents the pre-function space, complemented by brass lanterns, large mirrors and custom floral displays that serve as added decor elements. Drawing inspiration from the locale’s southern roots and the honeybee state symbol, these public spaces offer a refined aesthetic with poetic purple wallcoverings and custom carpeting featuring a pattern that mimics the flight of a honeybee. The Club Lounge offers the contrast of ebony wood flooring against crisp white walls, in addition to eye-catching green accents throughout the space. Large rugs, inspired by the texturing of natural stone, decorate the floor with garden-like, flowing shapes in shades of green, gray and charcoal.

The Signature Suites are designed around the concept of the archetypal Southern Belle while the Presidential Suite reflects characteristics of the Southern Gentlemen. Rooms range from a Deluxe Room all the way to the Presidential Suite with five luxe options in between. Upon entering the suites, guests discover a space flanked by art and mirrors as well as an upgraded bathroom vanity, new flooring, custom living room and dining furniture as well as lighting. The Signature Suites feature a soft palette of crisp whites, touches of warm taupe and a signature pop of jeweled emerald velvet. The Presidential Suite is characterized by darker accent metals, wood texture and stone throughout with honey-toned finished floors, an upgraded fireplace and iron canopy bed.

The state-of-the-art InterContinental Buckhead takes pride in its luxury progressive features while maintaining a classic hospitality approach for both business and leisure travelers alike.