Tony, you can't hide your Four Seasons love with a topiary. C'mon.
Layover Hotel Episode 6:The Four Seasons Atlanta: Oh look, It's the Four Seasons! Again! This is more than a trend, huh, Tony? It's a full blown love affair with this brand, wethinks. Now, in this episode he doesn't do the usual brag about the swank accommodations (surprise!), but dollars ($449 per night to be exact) to donuts this is where he spent the night.
Honorable Mention 1: The Georgian Terrace Hotel: This historic hotel, built in 1911, has hosted classic guests such as Clark Gable and Vivian Leigh, who attended the "Gone With the Wind" premiere at the nearby Loew's Grand Theatre. Even Walt Disney stayed at the Beaux-Arts building during the launch of The Song of the South movie. There have been several refurbs, including one in 2009, just in time for the filming of "The Change-Up" with Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds. Remarkably enough, rates still stand the test of time, starting at $126 in January.
Honorable Mention 2: The Ellis: This is another historic hotel on famous Peachtree Street. We've spoken at length about it here in the past. Seems today they are undergoing upgrades, and have introduced a half hour wine tasting for $1 (um, they could do better and follow Kimpton/Andaz on this one) but they do add complimentary hors d'ouevres as well. Also free internet access is part of the $160 per night rate as well.
Apparently locals say downtown isn't the “cool” place to be if you’re looking for good hangout spots. But we’re going to assume the FS suited Bourdain just fine—separating his slumber from his slumming (more on that later).
No matter that he was light on hotel banter this episode, it was still a delicious plate of food porn as we watched him hop in his red Mustang and tour Atlanta, which one of the locals describes as “the new Singapore.” That would suit Bourdain just fine, given he’s the unofficial ambassador of the country.
The episode was like a Food TV Who’s Who as well. Richard Blais, Season 4 Top Chef contestant shows Bourdain around the huge Buford Supermarket which has every global grocery known to man. Even bow-tied, Food Network host, Alton Brown joins Tony at Miller Union's farm-to-table restaurant and then a vintage strip club with dollar bills in hand!).
We were so distracted by the fried foods, barbecue, strip clubs, and that sweet ride we nearly forgot about the hotels. We think maybe this time Tony didn’t do much sleeping after all, so Atlanta really did turn him out!
[Photos: TravelChannel.com/Ellis Hotel]