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The multi-million dollar makeover of Buckhead’s The Ritz-Carlton into The Whitley is nearing completion.
The transformation into the Luxury Collection brand kicked off in fall 2018.
Boston-based Parker-Torres Design, Inc. was tasked with designing an interior for the hotel that feels like a “traditional Southern front porch,” a spokesperson in an email Monday told What Now Atlanta.
Work is expected to commence in June 2019 including a redesign of all 507 rooms and a remodeled reception and lobby area.
A 5,000-square-foot “Legacy Ballroom” has been recently added with space for 300 guests, Trade Root Restaurant and Lounge has been renovated and its menu updated to include more Southern-inspired dishes and handcrafted cocktails, and The Spa is currently being restored with the addition of a Himalayan salt room and expanded dressing areas.
Key elements of the guest room renovations include mahogany hardwood floors, Italian marble vanities, Frette linens, Byredo bath products, refreshment centers, honor bars and The Luxury Collection feather beds with 400-thread-count linens.
The expanded lobby is modeled after a Southern home with areas for “reading, learning, relaxing or mingling,” including the Hearth Lounge, the Front Porch Lounge, the Explorers Library, and the Sanctuary Lounge.
Formerly The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, the hotel reopened its doors in late 2017 as The Whitley, paying homage to Buckhead’s founder John Whitley, a farmer, hunter, and tradesman who migrated to the area in the 1800s seeking a place for gathering, conducting business, and sharing ideas.
Whitley settled on the side of the Chattahoochee River where he mounted the area’s namesake “buck’s head.”
The hotel joins a growing portfolio of more than 100 Luxury Collection hotels and resorts worldwide under The Luxury Brand Portfolio of Marriott International.