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Get ready. It’s coming. Aloft Atlanta Downtown, formerly a Days Inn, will open in the spring of 2013 with 263 rooms and 2,000 square feet of meeting space.
This new Aloft hotel will be in a prime location in Atlanta, close to the thriving hub of Georgia State and Georgia Tech as well as tourist attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca Cola. The CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Dome are also in the neighborhood.
As with all Aloft Hotels, you can expect a room that looks like the one above, a w xyz bar, the re:fuel 24/7 pantry, the re:mix lounge, a pool, free WiFi and affordable rates. It's too early to know the specific hotel rates for this location yet, but Aloft rooms usually start at about $125 per night.
While you wait for Aloft Atlanta, the newest Aloft in the U.S. is set to open at San Francisco International Airport on August 30th. Rates there start at around $200 a night.
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The word is out: the hotel formerly known as the Renaissance Atlanta Downtown Hotel will officially become the Hotel Meliá Atlanta on October 15.
When we first heard the news that Sol Meliá was coming to America, we still weren't sure which of the company's brands would be taking over in Atlanta. But we were happy to hear it's a Meliá, since it has a good track record in Europe (especially in Spain) and in Mexico and South America.
We can't wait to see how the vacation-oriented experience of these hotels translates into a business hub like Atlanta.
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The Spaniards are coming to the U.S., first stop: ATL. Travelers in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean may recognize the Sol Meliá flag, and soon Americans will get to know it as well, with news that the company will take over management of the Renaissance Atlanta Downtown Hotel.
Marriott had already announced that it would drop the Renaissance branding from the property on September 30, but on Friday, media including the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported that Sol Meliá would make its U.S. debut with the property.
We're so focused on hotel openings around here that news of a hotel's birthday—in this case the Hotel Palomar Atlanta Midtown turning one—doesn't get us all that worked up. But when they're going to give us stuff for free? And that stuff is a bottle of wine and a cupcake? OK, then you might get our attention.
Atlanta's first Kimpton turned a year old yesterday (Happy Belated Birthday!), and they're celebrating with their 129 and Wine Anniversary Special. Yep, that means room rates starting at $129 a night and a free bottle of wine.
Some of the more playground-themed discounts and activities are:
· Game for upgrades: Try your luck at receiving a free upgrade at check-in (based on availability) by hula hooping for 20 seconds or playing Rock, Paper, Scissors.
· Sangria Happy Hour: Hotel Palomar’s wine hour is spiced up with sangria. Sip, sing and snack with complimentary sangria and bites, while listening to summer-themed tunes.
· Play dirty or play nice: Pick your fun with “Play Dirty” and “Play Nice” themed cocktails, available for purchase at adjacent Kimpton restaurants.
· Game on: Get competitive with summertime games at Wine Hour, such as a virtual Wii golf, baseball or tennis games.
· Tag, you’re it!: Grab a Playground-themed luggage tag in the hotel lobby.
Though Atlanta might seem like more of a business destination, the Hotel Palomar is close to some of the city’s more fun tourist destinations like the Georgia Aquarium, the High Museum of Art, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, bustling Peachtree Street, Centennial Olympic Park, Turner Field, and our favorite, the World of Coca-Cola.
The Summer Playground amenities are available until September 7, and package rates start at $199 per night. All you have to do is go to the Kimpton web site and enter the rate code SUMMER to book your stay.
Here’s news for you: a hotel is actually opening on its scheduled date. The Hotel Palomar Atlanta will throw open the doors to its 304 rooms.
The newest installation of the San Francisco-based chain boutique hotel has a few special features like a “floating” aquarium in the lobby, the outdoor AltoRex lounge, and pet-friendly accommodations.
Now might not seem like the best time to open a huge new 21-story hotel, especially with huge dips in occupancy and room price rates, especially in a hotel-saturated city like Atlanta. The average room rate of about $200 should help, though.
According to Kimpton Hotels, the Hotel Palomar Atlanta Midtown “will bring a new meaning to Southern hospitality.” Does that mean their iced tea will be spiked with something good? We don’t know the answer to that yet, but we’ll find out April 29, when the sixth installment of the Palomar series is scheduled to open.
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The W Atlanta opened last week and this being the ATL the hotel's opening party brought out some big-name local celebs like Big Boi of Outkast, hot country act Sugarland and some "Real Housewives of Altanta" ladies. The AJC reports:
The new hotel (not to be confused with its sister properties, the W Midtown and W Buckhead) hosted a Thursday night bash honoring Georgia’s Grammy Award-nominated artists.
"Not to be confused" is right. Who knew there was such a demand for Ws in Atlanta? Either way, despite this being the 4th W hotel in town, room rates are holding at a premium point. We checked the rates for this week and the non-refundable internet rates were going for $302 a night. With taxes, that works out to be $347.30 a night. A city view rate starts at $322 a night and a Cool Room with a king bed starts at $332 a night.
We're guessing the hotel is going after the Grammy crowd then as they might be the only ones left with a disposable travel income.
Good news for Richard Branson, John Travolta and pilot-as-hobby guys like them with their highfallutin' flying planes. If ever they need to land in the Hotlanta area, they can land on the brand spanking new The W Atlanta Downtown roof. The boutique hotel has stepped it up an amenity notch with a private helipad for whatever the reason it is that fancypants people on the go need private helipads.
While we're not sure how many people are flying their private jets in this recession, if there is one man who can eco-acceptably fly privately, it's President Obama on Air Force One. Only he and a handful of other notables can have an insane carbon footprint if insane carbon footprints must be had.
And while working this fantasy scenario of the Prez enjoying an "urban escape" at the W Atlanta Downtown, it should be noted that he can enjoy some excellent grub at BLT Steak. If Michelle is tagging along, she can unwind in the 9,000 square foot Bliss Spa. And since we all know what a fit dude Obama is, he'd totally make good use of the "ultra modern fitness facility and a glamorous zero-edge pool."
You and the Obamas can book now starting at $153.33 for a room with a king size bed and fit for a President and his First Lady. You will have to get your own room.
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For some odd reason that we have yet to figure out, Atlanta is quickly becoming the W Hotel capital of America. Next week on January 27th, Atlanta's fourth W Hotel, The W Atlanta Downtown, will open within Allen Plaza. Economy be damned!
This newest hotel will join W Atlanta Perimeter, W Atlanta Buckhead and W Atlanta Midtown, but this one promises to be totally "W" inside out, since it's the only W in Atlanta that was built from the ground up instead of a conversion from another hotel brand like the others were.
In addition to having 74 residences, the W Atlanta Downtown will have a Bliss Spa, BLT Steak restaurant and an outdoor WET pool located half way up the building on a terrace similar to the W Dallas.
But we think the ultimate W offering this hotel has is its own Whirlybird aka a helicopter. Yes, this is the first W Hotel that we know of that has it's own helicopter and helipad, complete with WH registration designation. No word yet if it's available for residents or hotel guests only.
There are plenty of rooms available for opening night, with rates starting at $285 at the internet only pre-pay rate. If you can wait two days though, discounted rates are already available, starting at $129.50 for Friday and Saturday night - non-discounted rates start at a shockingly low $185. Now who ever said W was expensive?!
There's going to be another W Hotel in Atlanta soon. When the W Atlanta-Downtown Hotel & Residences opens its doors open in 2008, it will feature 237 hotel rooms, 76 luxury residences, 10,000 square feet of meeting space, a BLT Steak restaurant, and the luxurious Bliss Spa.
The new W will offer up the typical W-branded amenities and services such as Wet® the pool, the Sweat Fitness® center and Whatever/Whenever® concierge service -- as well as two perks worth noting, the city's first hotel rooftop heliport and a 16th-floor open air "infinity-edge" pool. Finally, W has stepped it up a bit!
The downtown Atlanta W hotel will be the crown jewel of the $1.95 billion mixed-use development Allen Plaza situated at the confluence of the Downtown Connector, covering nine city blocks and including nearly 230,000 square feet of retail, 1,300 residences and 2.4 million square feet of office space.
World-renowned Pickard Chilton Architects designed the building with floor-to-ceiling glass and outdoor terraces, while BurdiFilek Interior Design out of Toronto is completing the interior spaces.
Atlanta will be getting lots of new hotels in the future. As we previously reported, Kimpton is planning a condotel that will blow the folks of Atlanta away. And the Mandarin Oriental has its sights on the Southern city. With all this future competition and a report that the existing W Hotel Atlanta Perimeter was "uninspiring" with dated, small rooms and a bathtub that "looked like it came out of a Ramada Inn," we are sure this new W Hotel will live up to expectations. Maybe W will just close that Perimeter location for good? No need for it after this one opens, is there?
Staff members from the Hotel Indigo Atlanta recently wrote in telling us about their hotel.
We remember back in 2004, when this downscale boutique project was just getting off the ground. Now, a year later, Hotel Indigo Atlanta has been open for the better part of a year, which seemed like a good time to check-in and see what folks thought of this budget boutique.
Free Internet, friendly service, happy hour for pets and humans alike, and tiny, tiny, bathrooms--that seems to be the consensus.
Here is one guest's reaction:
Free! internet access on lobby computer with free printing or copying. But, be forewarned, rooms are small and bathrooms are teeny tiny, hence the "European" descriptor used in their ads. Queen bedded room was fine for one person but two would be constantly tripping or climbing over one another, at least in my room. The decor is extremely attractive, assuming you like bold and colorful, and the bed was one of the best I've ever slept on.
Indigo also just opened its second location in Chicago. If you stay in the Chicago locale let us know.
· Indigo Atlanta Reviews [TripAdvisor]
· Corporate Lemmings Try To Create Downscale Boutiques [HotelChatter]