Photo of John Whitley
Photo of John Whitley

A Storied Past

For 30 years this iconic hotel has served the vibrant community of Buckhead. Recently elevated to The Luxury Collection, part of the luxury brand portfolio of Marriott International, The Whitley interwines heritage and new discoveries to provide memorable experiences. 

Back in the 1800s, long before Atlanta was a thriving metropolitan hub, the area was a wild and rural land. Through the years and with the help of a frontiersman named John Whitley, the community of Buckhead was established. Legend has it the hunter displayed his prize buck near Henry Irby’s tavern, aiming to create a gathering place where curious and adventurous souls could meet and socialize. This place of hospitality came to be revered as Buckhead. 

Remaining deeply rooted in our Southern history as we begin a new chapter, The Whitley’s transformation reflects Buckhead’s original purpose of meeting, doing business and trading ideas, all in a modernized space designed to capture imaginations and introduce new discoveries. What will remain the same, is our genuine hospitality and anticipatory service at every turn. 

We hope you join us in our excitement as we celebrate our storied past and the rebirth of Atlanta’s most iconic hotel. So pull up a chair, let us pour you a drink and get ready as we embark on a captivating journey. 


Photo: Atlanta History Center

Newly Renovated and Steeped in Gracious Southern Charm