InterContinental Refresh

The INTERCONTINENTAL BUCKHEAD ATLANTA ( enters the fall with a new contemporary look, thanks to the luxury property’s first major transformation since it opened in 2004. The hotel’s signature restaurant is now the second U.S. location of The Americano, a modern Italian steakhouse by celebrity chef Scott Conant. KTGY SIMEONE DEARY DESIGN GROUP, based in Chicago, updated the lobby lounge with rose marble floors and abstract paintings by Atlanta artist Niki Zarrabi, as well as the breakfast cafe and 422 signature suites and guest rooms. The Club Lounge on the 21st floor also was redesigned. The “traditional with a twist” concept is influenced by the state symbols of the peach, honeybee and Cherokee rose. A palette of black and white features pops of green in the furnishings, artwork and accessories. Birds-of-paradise wallpaper and brass lanterns are among details in the revamped 31,000 square feet of meeting and event space. A spa rebrand was also planned.

General manager GERASIMOS FERENTINOS says although occupancy has not rebounded to prepandemic levels, he is optimistic by the demand for group and leisure customers seeking an elevated experience. “2023 could be probably the best year in the history of the hotel,” he says.