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The Ellis in Atlanta is Generic But Still Better Than Chain Hotels

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  Site Where: 176 Peachtree Street [map], Atlanta, GA, United States, 30303
March 9, 2009 at 9:45 AM | by | ()

The Ellis in Atlanta opened waaay back in October 2007, and we’ll admit we haven’t followed up on it much since. So this weekend we were happy to see the New York Times earn its keep with a review of the boutique hotel.

Built in 1913, the landmark building housing the Ellis is known famously as the site of a hotel fire that killed 119 people in 1946. Scary stuff, but at least the tragedy led to nationwide fire safety reforms. These days, though, the 127-room Ellis is known better for its smoking hot modern-meets-Southern-comfort vibe.

According to the NYT, the property underwent a $28-million renovation before reopening as the Ellis and is part of a wave of Atlanta revitalization efforts that promises 2,000 hotel rooms by 2010.

Highlights: The Ellis sits just one block from a Marta (train) stop, providing a “central base for exploring the city-at-large.” The bathroom features a rain shower in the curtained bathtub (though the water pressure was apparently “not so great”). Staff is “helpful and kind.”

Lowlights: The room’s aesthetic is “modern but generically so” and “looks like a page torn out of a West Elm catalog.” Apparently the Wi-Fi wouldn’t work in the room, a major demerit, though the business center Wi-Fi “works like a charm.” And though the “lovely” restaurant, E Street Grille, served tasty food in a stylish setting, the reviewer left hungry because of "modest" portions.

Bottom line: “This is a hotel that's fine for sleeping, but when it comes to atmosphere, it doesn't seem to hold much intrigue. Yet for those who want to avoid the chain hotels that surround the area, it's an attractive option,” says the NYT.

Rates start at $159, but check for discounts.

[Photo: Erik S. Lesser for The New York Times]

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