*Disclaimer: This stay was in collaboration with the Bellyard Hotel. I am sharing my personal experience and opinions about the hotel.*
After a year of being cooped up in the house and working from home, I have been eager to be anywhere but home. So I had a staycation at Atlanta’s newest boutique hotel, Bellyard. Located in West Midtown’s The Interlock, the Bellyard Hotel is a part of Marriott’s Tribute Collection which cultivates experiences to connect people with places. Whether you are a local Atlantan, leisure or business traveler, the Bellyard connects with guests to the indie spirit of West Midtown Atlanta. From the rustic leather and canvas touches throughout the lobby to the local art and terrace, Bellyard maintains a cozy and intimate vibe for work, play, and relaxation.
So why not just go out of town? Sometimes I don’t want to lug all of my stuff to another city and what I really want is just a change of scenery in my own city. I’ve been working from home for over a year and sometimes sitting in my room all day following the same routine can affect my mindset. I get stuck and feel unmotivated. While I am super grateful to be able to work from home, I am also grateful to be able to go on a staycation. So if you are in a place where you can take yourself on a staycation, then I highly encourage it. Specifically at Bellyard Hotel.
Step off the elevator and catch a vibe. Every time I stepped into the lobby I felt like the main character of a movie. During the day, you can expect to see guests and visitors having a light breakfast, taking a business call, or just working on laptops for a change of scenery. In the evening, you can expect more upbeat music (like you’re in NYC) and intimate conversations amongst guests around the bar and lounge. And rain or shine, you will catch guests chilling on the patio at all hours of the day.
Bellyard Hotel really sought out to support women on this project by incorporating green life throughout the hotel by Jennifer Rust Botanicals and a mural by fellow GSU alumni, Lacey Longino. The mural is still in progress and will be finished by end of summer!
I felt so special walking into my room and seeing my name on the screen paired with the yummiest artisan cheese and fruit plate! Talk about a personalized touch? I stayed in the Deluxe King Room with a Skyline View (you have to select this option when booking). Even though it was raining, the skyline view was still a vibe; in fact, it was quite relaxing. I was shocked how massive the room and bathroom were, every room comes with complimentary boxed water (sustainable boujie vibes), wifi, and all TV’s offers streaming services. So I pretty much streamed Olivia Rodrigo and Doja Cat’s new albums during my stay.
Food and Beverage
As a hospitality enthusiast, I know that sometimes hotel food isn’t that great, BUT I have come to inform you that Bellyard’s dining options really show out. Bellyard has partnered with TWO local Atlanta establishments to offer a selection of cuisines.
Sometimes you just wake up and want a latte paired with a croissant or a pastry. For a pretty reasonable price, you can get all of those at St. Germain Bakery located in the lobby of Bellyard. Want more options? There is a larger St. Germain Bakery downstairs from the lobby with seating.
Drawbar is Bellyard’s restaurant which serves up breakfast and dinner everyday. I enjoyed a lovely dinner at Drawbar and was obsessed with the arancini (fried rice and cheese balls) and miso glazed salmon. The salmon was a pretty big size (enough to share) and so full of flavor! I also ordered the I Like Your Style cocktail which was a refreshing strawberry basil cocktail. To top off the meal, I had the flourless chocolate torte (not pictured and I’m still upset about that). The torte was so delicious and had a rich chocolate flavor with what tasted like a cherry glaze inside. 10/10!
Recess at Drawbar
On Monday-Thursday from 4-7pm, Recess takes over Drawbar’s kitchen serving up handcrafted cocktails and small plates.
This was a much needed staycation. Sometimes it’s nice to be alone in a different environment, but in the same city. To lay in a different bed for a night and know that a glass of water or a light bite is just one call away, can be just the self care we need. I definitely felt recharged after my staycation and I couldn’t have had a better experience than at the Bellyard Hotel.