I live with three guys. I’m swimming in a sea of testosterone on a daily basis. So, when Alpharetta asked me to come visit and check out the American Girl Atlanta scene, I was game! It meant pink sheets, high tea and plenty of “girl talk.” I fell in love with the dolls! Samantha is my favorite; her motto speaks to me.
“I’ve never met a tree I couldn’t climb, a rule I couldn’t ruffle, or a friend I couldn’t help.”
Here are our favorite ways to experience the magic of American Girl, plus tips for how to make the most of your American Girl Doll hotel stay.
Indulge in the American Girl Package at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
The American Girl experience is a rite of passage for little girls today. I know moms that planned a trip to the American Girl store NYC or American Girl Chicago for years, of course that was before we had an American Girl store at North Point Mall in Alpharetta, the only American Girl store in the state. A visit here is definitely where little girls dreams come true.
Make your American Girl Atlanta trip into a truly special vacation by turning it into a themed weekend getaway. From the moment you enter the lobby of Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta, you are swept away in the American Girl experience. Head to the special American Girl check-in where your girl receives a special welcome letter (and a gorgeous sparkling tiara for birthday check-ins!)
Sue doesn’t have girls either, but she visited the Atlanta American Girl store (which is actually in Alpharetta) with her niece Kate. See the bottom of this post for a look at her American Girl store visit, lunch at the American Girl Bistro, as well as some events (including a few FREE ones) at the American Girl Atlanta store.
But before you do that, here is a more in-depth look at the oh, so fun experience at the American Girl Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta.
Celebrate Your American Girl: Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta Experience Adds Fun
The American Girl Hotel Experience at Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta starts as soon as you walk in the door. The staff does it up right too. They even have an American Girl coordinator who handles all the American Girl hotel reservations, and goes out of her way to make it special for the girls, and easy on the parents.
As we mentioned, there is a special check in for girls and their dolls. Do your best diva walk to the desk where a welcome letter explaining your stay awaits. Each Very Important Girl (V.I.G) is treated to milk and cookies upon their arrival and a credit card good for a snack item in the gift shop later.
On the way to the elevators that will take you to your room, fill out an adoption form for a chance to win an American Girl doll. The hotel draws a winner every three months.
The Deluxe Experience at the American Girl Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
Once in the room you’ll be greeted by an explosion of pink. Pink bath towels, pink duvet, pink clock, pencil and pad, even a pink bean bag chair. Each evening, there is an American Girl movie shown in the room, or the girls can create their own adventures in the indoor or outdoor pool.
The American Girl Package can be purchased for up to three girls per room. The package includes a pink bathrobe for each girl that they can use during their stay, as well as an American Girl doll-sized travel bed the girls can bring home to keep.
Breakfast at 19 North Restaurant is also included in the package and the perfect fuel before heading to the American Girl Store Atlanta at North Point Mall for some shopping. Other awesome extras, free wifi and free parking.
American Girl Hotel Upgrades at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
The Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta also offers two upgrade packages, ‘the birthday’ or ‘Your so Special’ upgrade.
For a nominal add on, the birthday girl receives a very special birthday card, and specialized check-in where she will get a tiara for her and her doll, plus a wand.
Staff knows the tiara means it’s your birthday, so expect lots of well wishes when you wear it throughout the hotel. In the room, little princesses will find a Happy Birthday balloon floating above the bed.
The ‘You’re So Special’ package is similar.
Good to Know about the American Girl Hotel Packages at the Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta
- The American Girl Package is only available on weekends. Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta reports they regularly host 50+ experiences each weekend, so be sure to make a reservation early.
- Each package includes breakfast for up to four guests in 19 North Restaurant.
- Be sure to guarantee the room type you want. The American Girl hotel rooms come with either a king or two doubles. Be sure to specify what room type you would like when you make your reservation and guarantee it, otherwise, you may end up with something different than what you were anticipating.
- The Marriott Alpharetta has connecting rooms, but the only configuration is one king bed connecting to two double beds.
- Rollaways are not allowed in double bed rooms, it violates fire & safety codes for Alpharetta.
- The American Girl Hotel Package can be purchased for up to three girls per room.
- There are no discounts for the American Girl hotel rooms, and unfortunately, you can’t use Marriott points to purchase them.
- You can add on to your American Girl package, just contact the hotel prior to your stay and talk with the American Girl Coordinator.
Other Hotels in Alpharetta, Ga. with American Girl Packages:
The Marriott Alpharetta isn’t the only area hotel offering American Girl Doll packages. The Residence Inn Atlanta North Point has several American Girl hotel package for a less expensive trip. The Hotel at Avalon also offers a luxury package that even includes mommy-and-me manicures!
Shop Georgia’s only American Girl Store
Georgia’s only American Girl Store is at North Point Mall in Alpharetta. It includes a large library area, with books and movies; a doll hair salon; the American Girl Bistro and shopping space galore!
Take Afternoon Tea at the American Girl Bistro
We visited for tea in the afternoon, tasting finger sandwiches, mini hotdogs, fruit kabobs, yogurt cups and so much more. While you wait, make a tiny American Girl craft to take home — and don’t forget your hair tie..it’s around your napkin!
Food comes served so sweetly on a tiered tray and is followed by heavenly dessert like mini cupcakes and chocolate pudding. With so many weekend birthday parties, afternoon tea is only served on weekdays. I recommend making a reservation, it’s well worth it!
As promised, here’s a little about Sue’s visit to the American Girl Atlanta store at Northpoint Mall with her niece.
All I can say is…Thank goodness they didn’t have an American Girl Boutique and Bistro when I was young. I would want EVERYTHING and my mother was not the kind to spend money on dolls clothing, especially at those prices.
But I bet she would have splurged, especially for a special occasion like birthday parties or maybe as a holiday gift. We visited for my niece Kate’s birthday.
Although I think it is expensive, I do like American Girl. They’re great role models for little girls and I’ve heard rave reviews about the books. We shopped at the American Girl boutique (so many fabulous items), and ate at the American Girl Bistro (it was very tasty). I love how you can get a seat and drink at the Bistro table for your doll.
Pro Tip: If you don’t have your own American Girl doll yet, you can invite one of the dolls at the restaurant to join you for lunch.
Visit the Doll Hair Salon
If your doll needs a special do (or if that ponytale is so “yesterday”) then bring them by the Doll Hair Salon. Prices range from $10-25. Example styles are displayed on the wall for you to choose from. “Extras” at the salon include doll ear piercing, a hearing aid and a special pamper package with a mani-pedi for your doll. Advanced reservations are not accepted, so come by early especially on a weekend.
Reserve a spot at an American Girl Atlanta event
The American Girl Doll Atlanta location offers special events multiple times a week. In the past, kids can get a baker’s apron (plus one for their doll) and decorate cookies, or learn tips from the Salon stylists about doll hairdos, including how to use the hairclips (and you get to take some home!) I think the most exciting one was Meal & Memories with a Grandparent. Eat at the Bistro, play dice games, make a picture frame craft and more. See the website for more details on all the events.
Other American Doll Store Locations:
The American Girl Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta experience is unique and you won’t find the exact package in other cities. However, if you’d like to visit another American Girl store location, ask if they know of a similar package at a nearby hotel. You may find something just as fun in a city near you. Here are the other American Girl store locations:
- American Girl Store NYC
- American Girl Chicago
- American Girl Dallas
- American Girl Houston
- American Girl Tysons Corner (Washington D.C.)
- American Girl Natick
- American Girl store Los Angeles
- American Girl Palo Alto (San Francisco Bay Area)
- American Girl Boston
- American Girl Scottsdale
- American Girl Denver
- American Girl Orlando
- American Girl Miami
- American Girl Kansas City
- American Girl Minneapolis
- American Girl St. Louis
- American Girl Charlotte
- American Girl Columbus
- American Girl Nashville
- American Girl Seattle
Disclosure: Thank you to Alpharetta CVB, Atlanta Marriott Alpharetta and the American Girl Store in Alpharetta for hosting me. The opinions here are all my own. #keepingitreal
After 18 years in software development, Lesli bailed on the corporate scene. When she’s not traveling, she’s hiking in the mountains or checking out Atlanta’s culinary scene, whiskey in hand.
Lesli has two kiddos -Cooper and Elliot- plus two bonus kids currently at UGA, and she’s happily married to her soul mate.