THE HO­TEL SCENE

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At­lanta is awash with ho­tel ren­o­va­tions, and even the oc­ca­sional new prop­erty mak­ing its de­but.

Star­wood’s Aloft brand makes its bow in Ge­or­gia this sum­mer with a $25 mil­lion re­hab to the for­mer Days Inn At­lanta Down­town. The 242-room ho­tel is sit­u­ated on 3.1 acres, and de­liv­ers 2,000 square feet of meet­ing space and an out­door swim­ming pool to con­tend with the Ge­or­gia sum­mer heat.

The $45 mil­lion over­haul of the iconic Westin Peachtree Plaza in­cludes are new ad­di­tions – for a grand to­tal of 1,073. It also in­cludes a $2 mil­lion re­vamp to the six lux­ury suites lo­cated on the 69th and 70th

a sweep­ing $65 mil­lion over­haul in 2012, with the wel­comed ad­di­tion of meet­ing break­out rooms and the dra­matic con­ver­sion of the for­mer restau­rant into a 2,600-square-foot pre-func­tion space.

The Mid­town Meliá At­lanta has un­der­gone a $35 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion that show­cases up­dated guest rooms, restau­rants and com­mon ar­eas. The 372-room Westin At­lanta Perime­ter North has $14 mil­lion in up­grades on track to be com­pleted in six months. Else­where on the Perime­ter, the old 275-room At­lanta Perime­ter Ho­tel & Suites is now Le Méri­dien af­ter emerg­ing from a $20 mil­lion makeover. And Mar­riott Al­pharetta is wind­ing up its $3 mil­lion, multi-stage ren­o­va­tions which are slated for com­ple­tion later this year.

Mean­while in the up­scale Buck­head neigh­bor­hood, May 1 marked the open­ing of a new world-class ho­tel in At­lanta, the Man­darin Ori­en­tal.

“As the ho­tel is lo­cated in the heart of Buck­head, con­sid­ered the city’s most pres­ti­gious neigh­bor­hood, we are able to pro­vide our guests with easy ac­cess to the re­gion’s shop­ping and cul­tural at­trac­tions,” says Robert Lowe, gen­eral man­ager. The 127-room, 10-suite prop­erty fea­tures two ex­ec­u­tive board­rooms, an English gar­den for al fresco events, and a 15,000 square foot spa.

Man­darin Ori­en­tal

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