Country Inn & Suites By Carlson Buckhead Atlanta Hotel Review – Club Carlson Award Stay

I recently completed my first ever Club Carlson stay using Gold Points. We stayed at a Country Inn & Suites in Buckhead near Atlanta, Georgia. Our goal was a cheap award stay close enough to take public transportation (MARTA) to avoid parking fees downtown. I had never stayed at a Country Inn & Suites and wasn’t quite sure what to expect.

With the Club Carlson Visa card it was a great deal though. The card gives you a free last night of a two night or longer award stay. So instead of two nights costing 56,000 points, it was only 28,000 Gold Points.

Upon entering the hotel, there was a nice open lobby, front desk and breakfast area. The front desk had cookies (we’re off to a good start) and offered us a drink and snack. The Visa also gave me Gold status, but that didn’t do much at a sold out hotel.



The hotel had decent amenities: an outdoor pool, a gym on the second floor overlooking the lobby, a shuttle to the nearby MARTA station and hot breakfast in the morning. We found it fairly convenient for getting downtown. We had the choice of the hotel shuttle (during certain hours), a MARTA bus to the station, or a short walk of a few blocks.

The room itself was nice.

Queen Bed

King Bed

There was a king sized bed, a mini-fridge, safe, and tv.

Safe, tv, fridge and microwave

Safe, tv, fridge and microwave

The bathroom was small but also nice. The shower, however, felt somewhat like a capsule and was not quite made for people taller than 6 feet. There was a little ducking going on.



Having never stayed in a Country Inn & Suites, I was pleasantly surprised. Breakfast was very good, with a nice selection of eggs, sausage, waffles, oatmeal and cereal. And the cookies at the front desk were great!

We had a nice weekend in Atlanta, and even made it to the Georgia Aquarium!

I highly recommend the Georgia Aquarium if you’re in Atlanta. Some of the exhibits are amazing. I’ve been three times and am not an aquarium fanatic or anything – the displays are just incredible.

Georgia Aquarium Whale Shark

Georgia Aquarium Whale Shark

After the aquarium, we walked to the new SkyView Atlanta. It’s a 200 foot Ferris wheel that opened this year. I’m not disappointed we did it, but the views are better from some of the nearby hotels – and this view was even obstructed by them. I wouldn’t really recommend it. But I do recommend Country Inn & Suites if you need an inexpensive option for a quick getaway.


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About Rebecca

I'm an engineer who is new to the points game. Hoping to share my discoveries as I collect points to travel the world.

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