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Trip Report: The W Atlanta Downtown

The hotels I typically frequent for business travel aren't high end properties, but sometimes I am fortunate to have a meeting or something else that brings these hotels into my travel budget.  I recently attended a conference in downtown Atlanta, and stayed at the W Atlanta Downtown.

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There were 4 W hotels in Atlanta.  I have stayed at the W Midtown in the past, and there is also a W in Buckhead.  The former W in Perimeter Center is now simply the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel and Suites.  The downtown property where I stayed is new, and like many urban W's is a mix of hotel rooms and upscale condos. Hotel rooms are on the middle floors, and the condos are on upper floors of the tower with separate access.  The fitness center (Sweat) and pool (Wet) are located on the top level of hotel and the bottom of the condos.  The gym is well equipped, but I didn't use it other than to get some water.  The weather was nice, so I ran outside.  The hotel is about 2 miles from Piedmont Park, which is where I ran, and Centennial Olympic Park is even closer, which was also recommended to me as a running spot.

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Thanks to my platinum status, I was upgraded to a studio suite.  They also offered free breakfast in the Living Room (lobby bar) for platinum members.  This was a very basic continental breakfast consisting of juices, coffee and some pastries.  This was in addition to the points which I took for my platinum amenity.  This is the only W property I've stayed at that offered this, which was a nice touch.

 

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Living Room at the W Atlanta-Downtown

My room was on a corner facing north and east  with a view of Interstate 75/85 and midtown and and adjacent condo tower and pool.

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As is common with guest rooms in W hotels, the decor is very dark, with grey walls and floors.  There was a wall mounted flat screen TV that worked with the Lodgenet iPhone app that Sluggo discussed.

The bathroom was spacious, with double sinks, and a large walk in shower. 

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One morning for breakfast, I went to the main restaurant, BLT Steak.  I am usually anti-chain, but this is a relatively small restaurant group, and the quality has been good in my experience.  Their breakfast was a bit pricey, but tasty.

I had meetings at the Marriott which was nearby.  That hotel is rather impressive architecturally, so I wanted to share a photo of the atrium that I took with my iPhone.

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The W Atlanta downtown is a nice property for those needing to be in this area of the sprawling Atlanta metro. The room rates are a bit more than I typically pay, but I was pleased with the quality of the hotel, and in particular my upgraded room. 

 

Post updated thanks to Nick with the information he provided in the comments on the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel

Comments

#1
Jimgotkp May 15, 2012 at 01:07 pm

That Marriott reminds me of a typical Hyatt Regency...

#2
Brad May 15, 2012 at 06:45 pm

@jimgotkp: Yeah, in terms of the large atrium, its like many Hyatt Regency properties, but in person its much more impressive, my phone photo doesn't do it justice

#3
Nick May 15, 2012 at 08:41 pm

FYI, the Perimeter Center W is no more, it is now the Atlanta Perimeter Hotel and Suites because it got to old and SPG is still trying to decide what to do, since there is a Sheraton and Westin within a few miles.

#4
Nathaniel May 15, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Brad, That picture of the Marriott is far emptier than I normally see it with thousands upon thousands of people on the atrium level.. Have you had a chance to go up to the tenth floor at the marriott? It has some very nice views.

#5
Nick May 16, 2012 at 01:52 am

The Marriott atrium is impressive, but then you can't forget that the Hyatt Regency there is the first atrium hotel in the world.

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