THE HOTEL SCENE
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.