Stonehurst Place in Atlanta, Georgia is truly a one-of-kind hotel. The 19th-century mansion turned new bed-and-breakfast maintains the architectural character of the house with warm, contemporary design elements and modern amenities to give it that updated appeal. The best part for couples looking for a romantic weekend away, no children under the age of 16 are permitted. It’s truly an oasis in the heart of Atlanta!
A authentic peak into the past
The house was built in 1896 by Atlanta contractor and engineer George Burch Hinman. The house remained within the family for over 100 years and thus retains most of its original charm, layout, and hardware. In 2007, the house was purchased by its current owner, who painstakingly worked with architects and designers to transform it into the eco-friendly, contemporary stay that it is today. Their efforts have been rewarded with accolades from the US National Park Service and the Georgia State Historic Preservation Office. Stonehurst Place is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
A central location
Unlike most historical bed-and-breakfasts that are located far from city attractions, Stonehurst Place is located in the heart of Atlanta in the city’s hip Midtown neighborhood. Many of Atlanta’s top attractions are mere blocks away, such as Piedmont Park, Fox Theatre, and the High Museum of Art. Midtown Atlanta is also known for its many shops, restaurants, and bars that are all walkable from the hotel. If guests are looking for attractions further away, Atlanta’s public transportation system, MARTA, is four blocks from the hotel.
A comfortable place to stay
While Stonehurst Place may lack amenities found in larger properties like a pool or a gym, the bed-and-breakfast still has plenty to offer. Each of the six rooms and suites are individually designed with a modern, chic styling and a collection of museum quality art from the owner’s collection. Each room comes standard with iPod docking stations, free WiFi, flat screen TVs, and all natural toiletries. The accommodations are completed with individual thermostats, something that’s not often found in historical mansions. Outside of the rooms, guest can enjoy a glass of wine in the landscaped gardens, a cup of coffee in the front parlor (complete with grand piano), or a lazy afternoon on the Sleeping Porch.
A green stay
Not only has Stonehurst Place received accolades for its historic preservation, but the hotel has also been recognized for its green efforts from EarthCraft Home and Southface. The property’s many green efforts begin with water conservation. The hotel uses rainwater harvesting for a potable water system, solar heated hot water tanks, and a greywater recycling system for garden irrigation. This is important in drought-prone Atlanta. The hotel also uses all natural, biodegradable toiletries in guest bathrooms and energy efficient HVAC systems.
A taste of elegance
Perhaps Stonehurst Place is best known for its gourmet, made-to-order breakfast offerings that are included in the price of the hotel room. Some of the many tasty dishes include baked grits casserole, a crab and artichoke egg puff, and sweet potato stacks. End your meal with a sweet treat selection like earl grey tea cookies or Pecan Tassies. If you prefer healthier options for breakfast, there are plenty of choices like bruleed grapefruit and fresh fruit scones. The hotel does not serve lunch or dinner, but complimentary homemade snacks, coffee, tea, and wine is available throughout the day.