My husband and I stayed at Stonehurst Place for two nights while traveling through Atlanta. We loved it for these reasons:
-Paul greeted us warmly, even though we arrived close to 10 PM, and still gave us a brief, quiet tour of the lovely home at that late hour.
-Parking is convenient– in the back or side of the house
-The house is an oasis in the middle of downtown Atlanta
-We stayed in the Piedmont room because it was the least expensive, and it was lovely. The curtains puddled gently on the wood floor, which I understand, from my interior designer friend, is a southern concept. The bed and pillows were comfortable. The bathrobe was cozy. There was a fire gently burning in the gas fireplace in front of our bed as it was unseasonably cold. My husband and I sat by the fire, warmed our toes together, and read. Fresh purple flowers with stylish green accent leaves livened up the room. There was complimentary water that was refilled each day in an Anthropologie/hipster-type glass bottle. There were also 2 pieces of complimentary chocolate, one white and one milk, by the water, on the loveliest, smallest, silver colored tray. There were 4 mirrors in the room for the vain;) One full length mirror was on the pack of the room door, which was helpful. There was a pretty circle shaped mirror above the dresser. There was another mirror near the desk, and then a small lit vanity mirror on the desk. I also liked the white serving tray on which the water was placed, the heavy silver tissue box cover, the mirrored nightstands (absolutely loved those!), and the see through lamps on the nightstands.
-Since we were staying at a bed and breakfast, we were excited to eat breakfast. From the Piedmont room, the dining room was directly outside of our door– maybe 5 steps away. The first morning, Paul served us first a warm peach cobbler type of sweet to start. It was delicious! Then Paul removed that plate and brought us an egg frittata with pepper bacon and Greek yogurt. Paul also brought us our choice of juice- including grapefruit, orange, apple. French pressed coffee and hot tea were also available in addition to the juice.
The second morning, Paul served us a warm lemon poppyseed muffin with lemon curd or jelly in the middle- again, delicious! It was served with a side of fruit. Then Paul removed that plate and served us berry cream cheese filled French toast with a side of a sausage patty. It was fantastic. Each morning, my husband and I left stuffed, unable to finish the breakfast, and fully satisfied. That might be because…
-During the day, Paul and Lori set out sweets in the dining room for guests to taste as they wished. There were chocolate chip walnut/pecan cookies, a vanilla and almond type of cake, hot chocolate/tea/coffee from a Keurig, sodas and wines. One day, Lori and Paul set out a decadent chocolate mousse and cheesecake layered cake with a thick, moist chocolate crust. It was delicious! My husband and I enjoyed the sweets on a rainy afternoon in the upstairs sitting room while reading Town and Country magazines. It was a wonderful afternoon treat.
-Paul and Lori walked the right line of being warm and welcoming without overwhelming us with conversation.
-The house is pretty– there is a screened in back porch, which would be nice when the weather is good. There is an indoor front living area where guests can sit and have a drink- it has a piano, fireplace, and a self serve drink cabinet with wines and sodas and a rice cracker mix. The sitting room upstairs was cozy, with two couches, a self serve drink cabinet, magazines, and many windows. There are tea bags and sweets in the dining room for self serve nearly all day. At the head window in the dining room is a beautiful huge shell where several real orchids are planted– very pretty.
-the location downtown is great! We were able to drive a few minutes to go to Alma Cucina,a modern Mexican restaurant, Bar Meatball, a newly opened meatball restaurant, and Tap, a two floor beer and American cuisine restaurant. I recommend all of these places!
There were a few things that perplexed me, such as:
-the artwork in the Piedmont room. Not my style, as it involved a lot of photos of an unpleasant looking female costume designer.
-was never sure where to leave our little plates once we were finished eating the afternoon sweets. We ended up just leaving them on the communal coffee table.
-the Piedmont bathroom is small– like a European bathroom. I couldn’t put the towel mat on the floor next to the bathroom and open the bathroom door at the same time, as the door then wouldn’t open. So I’d have to kick away the floor towel to the sink in order to open the door. It’s an old house, so I understand that this was just the style. But I think it’s worth noting.
-The Piedmont room is right outside of the dining room, as mentioned above. In the morning, the conversation and laughter can easily be heard while lying in bed.
-During weekdays, breakfast only goes until 9am, and until 10 am on weekdays. For those who like to sleep in on vacation, this requires an alarm clock:(
That’s it. We’d definitely stay here again and would heartily recommend it!
Posted on TripAdvisor by Lea A, San Francisco, California, United States, April 22, 2014