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Almost 50 years after it first opened in 1967, Atlanta’s famous revolving restaurant, Polaris, will rotate once again atop the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on June 10.
This is a big deal: to locals, design buffs, and to Hyatt Hotels, who are planning all kinds of pre-opening events. In Times Square celebratory fashion, the blue-domed spaceship that once had no taller buildings surrounding it was darkened, then officially re-lit in ceremonial pomp.
UPDATEA commenter below pointed out that the hotel closed on August 16, just two weeks after this incident. The building will now house GSU students.
We know it's Thursday and you've probably had a rough week and hearing about the latest grossest thing found in a hotel room is not what you want to hear right now. But you are going to want to hear this story, if only to make sure that on your next hotel stay you triple-check that the room is clean.
A family staying at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Atlanta checked into the hotel late at night on Aug. 1 and noticed that the room didn't seem too clean. The AJC reports:
[Guest Carmen] Jones said she and her cousin checked into the 175 Piedmont Avenue hotel around 7 p.m. on July 31 after spending the day with their two grandchildren at Six Flags over Georgia. Jones said the hotel room was without soap, cups and enough towels.
It's always shocking when a major hotel like the recently-renovated Atlanta Marriott Marquis isn't super convenient for business travelers. In this time of recessionary layoffs and cutbacks, the business and conference hotel is still obnoxiously charging for Internet connectivity. How hard it is to switch from broadband to WiFi, Mister Bill Marriott?
At $12.95 for noon-to-noon service in the rooms and then a discounted $9.95 around the food court on the reception and marquis levels, charging on top of the $159 to $221.95 a night for a king size bed in a city view room still seems cruel and unusual.
Guests hunched over their laptops outside the in-hotel Starbucks were not happy. We actually found some working connections not provided by the Marriott Marquis. Interestingly, from inside the Marriott Marquis we got free service from the Hyatt Regency Atlanta just across the street.
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.
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In our next profile of Original Boutique Hotels, we head on down to Hotlanta to a sensual boutique experience from Desires Hotels--the company behind Hotel Mela in New York, the Sagamore in Miami Beach and the upcoming Iron Horse Hotel in Milwaukee.
The Glenn Hotel was the first boutique hotel in Atlanta and its historic address--a renovated 1923 office building--gives plenty of Manhattan attitude to this 110-room urban retreat. And inside the guest rooms it gets even better.
The Jezebel Suite exudes a certain come-fuck-me feel best illustrated by the room's deep soaking tub (for two!) and the clear, glass walls that separate it from the actual bedroom. Remember, this is the hotel that was too sexy for the Times.
It's also worth mentioning that the gossamer curtains on the windows filter the light in a way that makes everyone look good naked (and also makes us wonder if the designer was a woman).
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Apparently, those Marriott folks know how to throw a good party. Along with the go-go girls in attendance and some fairly serious adult refreshments to make them look even better, the shindig featured a chick pouring tequila shots from a trapeze. Um, AWESOME.
The Sheraton Atlanta Downtown has announced plans to install Link@Sheraton, a new "lounge destination" in which guests can hang out while in downtown Atlanta - and stay connected at the same time.
The lounge, located on the third floor of the hotel, is going to feature free 24-hour access to computers with Internet (and webcams!), Ethernet data ports for laptops, free printing and free WIFI.
But it's not just another business center:
In addition to digital connectivity, a food and beverage component will also channel social interactions and enhance the overall benefits afforded to visitors of the Link@Sheraton experienced with Microsoft.
We say: sounds good, but -- food and beverage component? Do we have to tell you stories about how many times we've learned the lesson that cocktails and computers don't mix?
Today is unofficially Hotel Renovations day
According to Mr. M's latest post he stopped by his property's latest roll-out -- welcomed by adoring staff and the hotel's general manager.
They took a see-through elevator ride to check out the overhaul, spearheaded by architect John Portman, whose other properties include the New York Marriott Marquis, the Westin Warsaw, and the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.
Portman is a big fan of immense, dramatic atriums, and the Atlanta Marriott delivers -- according to Bill, it has a 47-story atrium, a gargantuan indoor sculpture reminiscent of an oriental letter, a unique semi-convex exterior, a lobby bar, Pulse, that sits beneath a giant blue sail that changes color throughout the day, and thousands of feet of meeting space.
It's hard to believe that there is a museum devoted to Coca-Cola but there is and a newer bigger facility for the soft drink is opening on Thursday, May 24th. Hotels are always keen to capitalize on museum openings and so the Atlanta Marriott Marquis has put together a New World of Coca Cola museum package.
Included are deluxe city-view room accommodations, two VIP tickets to the museum where you can sample nearly 70 different beverages, complimentary breakfast for two, and complimentary hotel valet parking.
Once inside the Coke museum, you can tour the soft drink through the years.
The museum is presented roughly in chronological order, with numerous examples of advertising materials and Coke-branded memorabilia. Some of the noteworthy attractions include a replica of a mid-20th century soda fountain (based on a real drugstore that was found in the city of Baxley, Georgia, in the southeastern corner of the state) and a more futuristic vision of one, where guests get a chance to try Coca-Cola products from around the world.
The hotel package is $185 per night for a weekend night and the VIP tickets are open-ended. You can book on Marriott.com by using the promotional code EW4 or you can call 1-800-834-7015 using the same code. Unfortunately, a free dental cleaning is not included in the package
As we all know, boutique hotels sometimes try so hard in their attempts to be unique that they suffer from other major oversights. The Glenn Hotel in Atlanta seems to suffer a bit from this sad phenomenon. The New York Times checked in to the hotel to find housekeeping errors, missing service, and scene pushers. The modeling agency in the building and the B.E.D. restaurant (yep, same one as in NYC and Miami) only add flame to the fire. The Times fears the Southern charm was completely lost in an attempt to let sex sell.
So if there are beds in the restaurant, what are the rooms like we ask? Sultry of course...if you can get to the right one. Check out the following major hotel miss:
My stay in late spring began with every guest's nightmare: my bed was a mess, looking as if someone had just had a romp in the sack. In disbelief, I convinced myself that it was merely a titillating ruse, a staged tableau in keeping with the hang tag on a bedside bottle of water that read "I'm wet and refreshing." (Elsewhere, a boilerplate welcome note from the general manager was signed "a k a vibemaster.") But unfortunately, the real explanation was much simpler, as I found out only later: a housekeeping oversight.
Rooms do however, happily come with WiFi, plasma TVs, and CD players. As for food, you can of course, order breakfast in bed from B.E.D.
With all these attempts to be cool (and apparently sometimes the place is as Usher and Nicky O have stayed there), the overall review is far from shining. But as the Times searched for any good quality they could, they settled on the meager idea that at least it's not a horrendous rip off.