New developments transform future meetings
Named as one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” destinations, Atlanta continues to grow as $734 million in hospitality development is expected over the next three years. 2020 will see the expansion of Atlanta’s hotel portfolio—across Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. With new and improved attractions, office and retail space, the continued transformation of the city’s convention and entertainment district will flourish with remarkable transformations.
EPICUREAN ATLANTA HOTEL
One of Atlanta’s newest site redevelopments is taking place at 1105 West Peachtree. A span of 3.5-acres are set to be transformed into a retail and office space with a 170-plus room hotel featuring conference and event facilities.
ATLANTA CONVENTION CENTER AT AMERICASMART
In 2021 AmericasMart will introduce Atlanta NEXT/AtlantaNext, a transformation of building and facility improvements to enhance the convention experience of its 7.2 million square foot campus.
GEORGIA AQUARIUM EXPANSION
Although still in the design and development phase, Expansion 2020 plans to include a brand new entrance that will change how guests enter the building, a new larger exhibit space and more aquarium for guests to enjoy.
HAMPTON INN & SUITES AT ARTS CENTER
20-story hotel including 7 levels of parking across from Arts Center on the corner of West Peachtree and 15th streets.
REVERB BY HARD ROCK
Hard Rock International will open the REVERB hotel on Centennial Olympic Park Drive next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The hotel will include 200 rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, rooftop bar and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
SAVANNA HALL AT ZOO ATLANTA
After Cyclorama relocated to Atlanta History Center, its former building was transferred to neighboring attraction Zoo Atlanta. The venue is being developed into a unique event and community space that will overlook the zoo’s African savanna exhibit. Once renovations are complete, the zoo will feature a new entryway plaza and a state-of-the art African elephant exhibit.
A new series of immersive experiences and event space will make its way to Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, May 2021. Adventurous sights include the world’s first virtual safari, outdoor cocktail bar, cafe and more.
EMBASSY SUITES ATLANTIC STATION
Atlantic Station is currently undergoing a complete overhaul and reconstruction for the mega, mixed-use property. The completion with provide a new a 181-key Embassy Suites hotel, expected to open in January 2021. The hotel will feature 3,000 square feet of meeting space, an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and a ground-floor restaurant. Upgrades will also feature creative work offices, entertainment, retailers restaurants and expanded green space.
Dream Atlanta, Buckhead will feature 200 guest rooms and suites, 90 private residences, a spa and wellness concept and five dining and nightlife venues, including a 17,000-square-foot rooftop pool bar and lounge.
COURTYARD/ELEMENT BY MARRIOTT
Totaling 282-guestrooms, meeting space and 1,000 sq. ft. terrace, this 14-story dual property will be located on Ponce de Leon Avenue across from Fox Theatre.
MOTTO BY HILTON
Hilton will debut the first U.S. location of its new micro-hotel brand, Motto, in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. The property is scheduled to open in 2021 and will feature 125 rooms.
KIMPTON BUCKHEAD HOTEL
The luxury boutique, 216-room hotel will be a transformation of a historic 1950s residential building. The property will feature a ground-floor restaurant and bar, courtyard dining and drinking venue, private pool, rooftop lounge and 3,000-square-feet of meeting and event space.
Phipps Plaza will undergo a $200 million renovation and add a 150-room Nobu hotel with a 10,000-square-foot restaurant, featuring Japanese cuisine, a 12-story office tower and a 90,000-square-foot Life Time Athletic fitness center.
On The Horizon
An InterContinental hotel is set to be built on the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport campus. This will be the only 11-story, 300-room and the first hotel within walking distance of the domestic terminal.
Newport RE US has invested more than $100 million in the purchase of 48 of downtown Atlanta’s historic buildings and development sites across eight city blocks along Peachtree, Mitchell and Broad Streets, as well as Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The project aims to revive these buildings into retail, creative office and loft apartments and offer public spaces and improved walkability.
SIGNIA HILTON HOTEL
Georgia World Congress Center Authority plans to build a luxury, high-rise, four-star hotel across from Building C. The new headquarter hotel by Hilton plans to open in 2023.
The 50-acre Gulch renovation project to soon be known as Centennial Yards will see 12 million square feet of residential, retail shops, offices, restaurants and boutique hotels of up to 1,500 rooms.
HYATT PLACE CENTENNIAL PARK
Conveniently located in near Centennial Olympic Park and the Georgia Aquarium, this full-amenity hotel houses 174 rooms and approx. 2,100 sq. ft. of meeting space.
157-room hotel located along Marietta Street, north of Centennial Olympic Park, adjacent to Hyatt House.
HARTSFIELD-JACKSON ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT
ATL Next is a $6 billion modernization project including new protective canopies over the upper roadway terminal curbside pick-up and drop-off areas, an extension and increased efficiency of the ATL Plane Train system, parking deck replacements near both the North and South terminals, and developing a 4-star hotel and travel plaza – projects that will enhance the airport for decades to come. An InterContinental hotel is also set to be built on the airport’s campus.
THE CANDLER HOTEL ATLANTA
The Candler Building, one of downtown Atlanta’s iconic structures, was transformed into a Curio hotel, a luxury brand from Hilton. The hotel has been renovated with 265-guestrooms, 6,000 square feet of event space and a restaurant from famed chef, Hugh Acheson.
CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK RENOVATION
Centennial Olympic Park is currently undergoing a $27 million renovation and is receiving several upgrades to the 21-acres which served as the centerpiece for the 1996 Summer Olympics. The project includes the addition of a pedestrian gateway, additional parking space, a multi-use operation building and the removal of the Metro Atlanta Chamber building. The park’s entrances will be upgraded and the existing amphitheater seating will be expanded by 800 seats.
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Atlanta Motor Speedway added a multi-purpose bar and hospitality area to accommodate 300 people for events, 20 rows up from the track surface in the Earnhardt Grandstand. The “Restart Bar” has a bar, high-top tables, front-row seating overlooking the track, space for games and activities, and both open-air and indoor quiet areas.
CANOPY BY HILTON ATLANTA MIDTOWN
Hilton opened a new hotel in Hilton’s Canopy category, located in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood. The hotel features 176 rooms, four suites and 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. This Canopy property neighbors many of Atlanta’s arts destinations including High Museum of Art, Ferst Center for the Arts and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
SPRINGHILL SUITES BY MARRIOTT ATLANTA DOWNTOWN
Marriott expanded its SpringHill Suites by Marriott brand into downtown Atlanta. The new 170-room hotel is conveniently located across from Georgia Aquarium and Pemberton Place.
ATLANTA HISTORY CENTER
Fall 2018, Atlanta Cyclorama is relocating to a custom-built annex at Atlanta History Center. The 23,000-square-foot addition is planned for the northeast corner of the campus. Atlanta History Center intends to restore the painting to its full size and overall height, resulting in a total of 3,268 square feet.
AC HOTEL BY MARRIOTT/MOXY
The first ever dual-branded AC Hotel by Marriott and Moxy hotel made its debut in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood in 2018. The contemporary, European-inspired hotel which targets the millennial traveler features 288 rooms, deck-top amenity space, a rooftop bar and pool. A pedestrian connector named the “Arts Walk” will allow guests to easily access the Midtown Arts District.
FOX THEATER MARQUEE CLUB
The Fox Theatre’s new addition, Marquee Club presented by Lexus, will open early 2018. Upon its completion, the Marquee Club will encompass 10,000 square-feet of premium event space to include multi-level interior and climate controlled exterior environments. Overlooking Atlanta’s famed Peachtree Street, the rooftop terrace will allow public access to the Fox Theatre’s roof for the first time in nearly 65 years.
STATE FARM ARENA RENOVATION
State Farm Arena recently underwent several renovations to create a 360-degree connected concourse, improved sight-lines and state-of-the-art video capabilities. New and unique amenities include: court-side VIP club and bar, Zac Brown’s Social Club, Killer Mike’s Barbershop and TopGolf Swing Suites. The arena serves as the home of the NBA Atlanta Hawks and WNBA Atlanta Dream.
RFD Social, Ponce City Market’s iconic tower will welcome an exciting addition to Skyline Park in Spring of 2018. The Parlour and Roebuck Room are the new rooftop lobby, bar and private events venue. The design will incorporate vintage with old-fashioned radios, leather banquettes, reclaimed chandeliers, and 1920s photography.
RENAISSANCE ATLANTA AIRPORT GATEWAY HOTEL
Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel features 204 rooms, 6,500 square feet of meeting space, and a 3,220-square-foot-ballroom. The property has direct access to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport via SkyTrain.
ATLANTA UNITED FC
Atlanta United FC is Atlanta’s newest sports franchise, becoming the 22nd franchise team in Major League Soccer (MLS). The team began playing at Bobby Dodd Stadium on Georgia Tech’s campus, and has now moved into the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Atlanta Braves began their inaugural season in Truist Park (formerly SunTrust Park) April of 2017. The ballpark and mixed-use development is just 10 miles north of downtown Atlanta features an open-air stadium with seating for approximately 41,500 people. The intimate seating configuration places more fans closer to the field than any other ballpark in Major League Baseball.
THE BATTERY ATLANTA
The $400-million entertainment complex named The Battery Atlanta surrounds Truist Park (formerly SunTrust Park) and includes a 260-room Omni Hotels & Resorts property; El Felix by Ford Fry, a new restaurant from chef Linton Hopkins; and The Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, a returning, iconic music Atlanta venue.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium opened in July 2017 and serves as the home of the Atlanta Falcons (NFL) and Atlanta United FC (MLS) in addition to other convention, entertainment and sporting events. The $1.5 billion LEED Platinum, retractable-roof stadium recently hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship in January 2018, will host MLS All-Star Game in summer 2018 and Super Bowl LIII in 2019.
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