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Take a Peek at the Old Clermont Hotel Before Its Facelift

Where: 789 Ponce de Leon Ave [map], Atlanta, GA, United States
January 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM | by | ()

Back in April we told you that the Clermont Hotel, home to the much-loved Clermont Lounge strip club of can-crushing poet Blondie fame, was set to be reborn as a 98-room boutique hotel. Now, with the pesky rezoning business dealt with, things are moving ahead and the builders are set to move in, so, what better time for local writers to reminisce.

From Atlanta's Creative Loafing:

"It became universally seen as a seedy hotel where you might get shived," says Scott Henry, CL's former news editor who stayed in rooms 406 and 508 for a 2002 cover story. "It wasn't as cracked out as I expected it to be, but it wasn't a place you'd even go ironically."

Creative Loafing have also just run a photo essay depicting a final look at the hotel before it submits to its "upscale face lift" and the images and stories are insightful and definitely worth setting aside some time for:

Atlanta entertainer and drag queen Diamond Lil, who stayed at the hotel nearly three decades ago, remembers a "shopworn room" with clean sheets and towels. "[The hotel] was a little bit dreary," she says. "They had pretty nice accommodations, but not first class exactly." On the second floor's hallway, a discarded maid service sign offers a reminder that the hotel was cleaned once in a while.

The article reveals that hotel rooms at the new Clermont will cost "top dollar," while those on the two basement floors will be "more affordable hostel style." If you are impatient to spend a night in a hotel with a side of stripclub history, head up to Rhode Island where The Dean Hotel has just opened.

[Photos by Joeff Davis at Creative Loafing]

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