Sonesta Gwinnett Place Atlanta provides excellent local getaway
This was a hosted hotel stay, but all opinions expressed are my own.
A beautiful resort-style hotel just off Pleasant Hill in Duluth, the Sonesta offers a getaway experience that’s just around the corner for those living in Gwinnett. And from the front desk to the bar, staff members are courteous and provide excellent, personable service.
The hotel has a modern feel with large windows along the halls flooding the building with natural light, making the space seem even more open and inviting. The terrace level has pool divided between the indoors and outdoors, and the deck around the outside portion is surrounded by beautiful greenery. That’s part of what allows Sonesta to feel quiet and secluded, even though it’s conveniently located right off the interstate, making travel into the perimeter quick and easy. On the weekend we visited, it was overrun by kids and families in town for a sporting competition and way too crowded for us to enjoy the pool, unfortunately.
But there’s no need to travel all the way downtown to grab dinner or drinks. You can have that at Sonesta’s on-site restaurant, ArtBar. Like the Sonesta itself, ArtBar is the meeting place between two ideas. The atmosphere is classic and stylish, with beautiful works of art adorning the walls. Yet between those paintings are a collection of flat screens tuned into the biggest sporting events of the day, while the menu boasts a diverse array of gastropub fare. Here, the ideas of a classic dining experience and adventurous, flavorful food choices coexist well.
Sidling up to the bar, customers can enjoy a variety of draught beers, including some local brews, an extensive wine list, and some excellent house cocktails. The house margarita was extremely refreshing. Sweeter options include the raspberry lemon drop and the Georgia mule, both great choices.
The tempura fried spicy crab roll is sure to convert even those adamantly opposed to sushi. The perfectly battered roll combines rich avocado with delicious crab and just the right amount of kick. I had to stop myself from eating the whole thing to leave room for the main course, and I almost regretted ordering anything else.
But I quickly forgot those regrets when the New York strip arrived. It could fool you that you’ve mistakenly wandered into a great steakhouse, not a hotel restaurant. The meat was tender, juicy and seasoned to perfection. Regardless of how you normally order your steaks, I’d recommend getting this one medium rare.
Or for a seasonal offering, perhaps try the delicious kale and mushroom ravioli with chicken and goat cheese. It’s rich and full of flavor, yet still feels lighter than most pasta dishes. For dessert, the bread pudding is the way to go. Warm and sweet with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side, it’s a wonderful closer for any meal.
The room was clean and well kept, though it seemed to be a former smoking room based on the smell that lingered in the air. The hotel is non-smoking now and if you find yourself sensitive to the smell, ask at the front desk and they will be more than happy to swap rooms. But it felt extremely spacious thanks in part to a window with a sweeping view of the lush greenery surrounding the hotel. Our bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in. Getting a good night’s sleep is no problem there.
Yet eventually you have to will yourself out from under the covers in order to enjoy a great breakfast at another on-site restaurant: Grapevine. The $15 buffet price is a little steep, but the payoff is a delicious all-you-can-eat experience. Try the waffles, or the omelet station, to get the most for what you pay.
For out-of-towners looking for a quiet, enjoyable place to stay, Sonesta is a great choice. At the same time, it’s ideal for locals looking for a relaxing getaway without the hassle of planning a massive trip out of town. By offering a little something for everyone, the Sonesta manages to appeal to anyone.
Find out more about the Sonesta Gwinnett Place here.