As a VIP concierge, Vendrick regularly works with high-profile and celebrity guests to craft well-tailored itineraries for their stays in Atlanta. Still, Vendrick maintains that all guests at the Loews Atlanta Hotel are equally important. In fact, he treats guests like family and is eager to share his expert advice. Watch the full interview with Vendrick on Facebook Live.
‘Tis the season to warm yourself up with a Hot Toddy, where can you pick one up?
Pampering is in order. Where is a great mani/pedi salon in Midtown?
Of course I’m going to recommend exhale Spa, which is on the seventh floor of our building. You can stop in for a class, afterwards head to the hammam room, get a mani/pedi, massages, facials and even acupuncture. If you want to go outside of the hotel if we’re booked up, Piedmont Nails is a few blocks away and Beellagio Nail Bar is right up the street.
What's one of your favorite date night restaurants that emulate an old-school, classic romance?
I love, love, love, love, love— did I say love?—Pasta da Pulcinella. It’s an old house and everything is homemade. They’ve been there for over 20 years. Tanya is the general manager and she just makes you feel like family. It has this old, romantic vibe to it with candlelight and the big windows. It’s beautiful. I highly recommend the lobster ravioli.
Oyster bars...name one, two or three!
Inside Ponce City Market is W. H. Stiles Fish Camp, which is a great spot for oysters. Lure, right around the corner [from the hotel], has a happy hour oyster special, which takes place every day. There’s also The Optimist, which is on the Westside. I really love all of those places.
A few guests are looking for some help planning a ladies' night out. Can you come up with an itinerary, starting from dinner until midnight, for a night they’ll never forget?
Ponce City Market is amazing. They have different restaurants that you can hop between. You can also go up to The Roof. They currently have ice skating, a beer garden, carnival games and more.
You can always go to Sips N’ Strokes, where you can do paintings and drink bottles of wine.
From there you can head to Ormsby’s,which has a lot of games like pool, darts, shuffleboard, and more in the basement. But I really like to tailor the night to the guests. I want to know their story, so I can make a night they’ll never forget.
Name a romantic wedding venue in the city that 2018 brides should have on their radar.
We had a guest do her wedding at The Goat Farm, which was where "The Hunger Games" were filmed. A few others: King Plow Arts Center, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Summerour, even the rooftop of 999 Peachtree. Guests really are doing weddings in obscure places that aren’t really the norm. You can have a wedding almost anywhere.
Businesses are popping up left and right in Atlanta. Can you name a business that travelers and locals need to be checking out?
People are healthy, or trying to be, and Kale Me Crazy is a great spot. It’s right on the corner of 6th and Juniper. They make great smoothies and sandwiches. Mercedez-Benz Stadium opened up with the addition of Atlanta United! There’s also Mission Escape at Atlantic Station, and they now have a hotel part to it...so you have to escape a hotel!
What's new and exciting at the hotel or Saltwood Charcuterie & Bar?
I want to rave about our salad bar. It has its own room, there are three different types of lettuces, over 70 toppings, pickling done in house by our chefs, and pastries and cornbread come with it. In January, we started “Create Your Own Salad.” Every week, you can submit your salad via email to our chefs, they’ll pick their favorite one and it’ll be featured the following week. And if your concept wins, you get free salad for the week.