When you stay at the new Nobu Hotel Atlanta there will be a Porsche on-hand should you need to run an errand (within three miles), but given the property’s prime location in heart of Buckhead and the flawless cuisine at Nobu, the hotel’s eponymous restaurant, you likely won’t need a car at all.
The hotel’s 152 guestrooms and suites, designed by The Rockwell Group, reveal the subtle, elegant influence of Japanese style while also incorporating the forested, leafy-green vibe that defines Atlanta. The interiors pay homage to Atlanta’s magnolias, dogwoods, Southern pines, and oaks with dark wood accents throughout, pocket gardens, and ikebana, the Japanese art of flower arranging.
Rooms and suites create a sense of harmony with nature, with leather furnishings, natural-toned textiles, neutral wall coverings and wood accents. Darker shades of live edge wood (a recurring material in Nobu restaurants and hotels) are used for the headboard and bed frame. Pops of color come from rust-hued upholstery or a playful indigo blue luggage bench. Walls of windows (with remote-control operated shades) bring in abundant light and offer big city views.
In the suites you’ll find beautiful walnut slatted wood paneling and hand-painted paper wallcoverings, both of which evoke Japanese shoji screens. The minibar unit and shelves are clad in a high-gloss deep blue, reminiscent of Japanese lacquer.
As welcoming and restful as these rooms are, the real attraction here is the dining. The property opened in late 2022 and the hotel’s eponymous restaurant is already a buzzy destination. The dining is without question extraordinary – slivers of pristine sashimi and nigiri, savory umami-laced sauces and the essential Japanese focus on balance ensure that every plate you order delivers on purity and flavor.
A simple dish of grilled baby gem lettuces served over a silky tofu hummus is truly delicious. Slices of yellowtail laced with a sliver of jalapeno and a bit of ponzu are perfect, but if you want a hot dish, pivot to the rock shrimp tempura with a butter ponzu or creamy spicy sauce. For some real dinner theatre, order the show-stopping dish of wagyu from Japan’s Miyazaki Prefecture – it arrives tableside on a searing hot stone that cooks the beef at the table.
If you want to avoid depleting your wallet, consider ordering a round or two of their tuna tacos – tempura-like taco shells brimming with fresh ruby red chunks of tuna and drizzled with a spicy sauce. The usual suspects are beautifully executed people-pleasers: California rolls, shrimp tempura and spicy tuna. The squadron of sushi chefs in the open kitchen never stops hustling and the restaurant stays full, even on a rainy Tuesday night, so make a reservation if you want to dine.
In other news, dogs are welcome at the hotel and later this spring look for the hotel’s rooftop pool and bar (for hotel guests) to open. They also have two private spa rooms, and in-room spa service available upon request – perfect for recovering after a day of luxury shopping and dining on sushi.