The South's Best Inn 2019: Stonehurst Place
Historic character meets modern design at this beautifully renovated, adults-only bed and breakfast in Midtown Atlanta.
Convenient to Piedmont Park, the High Museum of Art, the Fox Theatre, and the Margaret Mitchell House, Stonehurst Place couldn't occupy more prime real estate. And it's rare to find an inn with this much character in an artsy neighborhood near major attractions.
Built as a private residence in 1896, the property remained in the same family for more than a century, so it was spared some of the unfortunate renos that can happen when a house passes from owner to owner. Once Barb Shadomy bought it in 2007, she enlisted a team of architects and design professionals who specialize in historic and eco-friendly properties. They spent 17 months renovating the inn so it would appeal to contemporary travelers and conserve natural resources, yet still earn a spot on the National Register of Historic Places.
Stonehurst Place has six individually decorated suites—ranging from a whopping 760-square-foot Master Suite to the Eaves, which is tucked into the second floor and so cozy that the inn doesn't recommend it for tall guests or travelers with lots of luggage. Every room has a private baths, and some offer the toasty comfort of a fireplace. Gourmet breakfast comes with your stay.
Best suited for a couples' getaway or business travel, Stonehurst Place features museum-quality art and a decidedly doily-free aesthetic. Interiors are modern and inviting. And if you'd like to do some advance planning for your trip, you can visit stonehurstplace.com to request access to the inn's private recommendations. Once you're checked in, general managers John and Grace Cardona will be happy to point you to their favorite spots.