My mom came to visit for Thanksgiving and I needed to book her into a hotel for 5 nights (Tuesday-Sunday). She doesn’t stay with us as we have cats and she’s allergic. In any case, both our kids were visiting too, so there’s no room at the inn. Last year, I had her stay at the The Hotel at Avalon, Marriott Autograph Collection but it was a bit of a disaster, as the hotel had started their fireplace without opening the flue, leading to the whole hotel stinking like smoke for the entire weekend. We did get a partial refund, but decided she wouldn’t stay there again.
There’s a new boutique hotel in downtown Alpharetta affiliated with the Hilton Curio Collection and I found that although cash prices were high ($300+ per night plus resort fees and taxes), I was able to book a standard award with the 5th night free for 239,000 Hilton points. As I am fairly flush with Hilton points, this seemed like the best deal for her stay. I like to put her up in a nicer hotel in a nicer area as she’s traveling alone.
I checked her in before I headed to the airport to pick her up on Tuesday evening. I (she) had been upgraded to a King Studio Suite thanks to my Diamond status. I find that upgrades like this are more frequent over holidays and weekends, but I was still fairly surprised that a five night stay would get a nice upgrade like this. I took some pictures of the room before I left for the airport.
Mom ended up liking the suite and enjoying the extra space. She never quite figured out the coffee-maker, but she also couldn’t figure out our microwave in four days, so I won’t hold that against the hotel. The suite had two windows with a view of the surrounding area. She said the hotel was quiet and the staff were all friendly and helpful.
As part of the stay, we received $30 per day in food and beverage credits that could be used at any time at the hotel restaurant or sundries store. She had breakfast a couple of times during her stay.
I joined her for breakfast one morning and the food and coffee were good. Prices were OK for a hotel restaurant at around $14 for an omelet or avocado toast, etc. Specialty coffees were $7 or $8 so you won’t really get away with breakfast for two under the $30 credit amount.
Overall, this hotel is a solid (if expensive at the cash price) option in downtown Alpharetta. It’s walking distance to many great restaurants and bars. Valet parking is available at $33! so Uber or Lyft is a better option if you have visitors staying here. I would recommend this hotel for visiting friends and family members, especially if you/they can use Hilton points.
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