New developments transform future meetings
Named to National Geographic Travel and Lonely Planet’s Best of Travel lists for 2022, Atlanta really is the place to visit. Atlanta’s hospitality portfolio will experience more than $486 million in new developments over the next two years. 2022 will continue to see the expansion of Atlanta’s hotel portfolio—across Downtown, Midtown and Buckhead. The city is gaining new hotel properties, expanding world-class venues and renovating existing facilities, creating an ever-evolving destination for visitors.
Convention Campus New Developments
Georgia World Congress Center Authority’s downtown Atlanta convention campus is undergoing a dynamic evolution. These exciting developments will transform the future of meetings in Atlanta. See more of the future.
For the most up-to-date information on Atlanta’s new developments, please explore the timeline below.
ANDREW YOUNG INTERNATIONAL MALL & TERMINAL
The Andrew Young International Mall & Terminal is the latest addition to GWCCA’s connected campus and extends the pedestrian experience from Centennial Olympic Park to the upcoming Signia by Hilton Atlanta hotel. With its expanded open spaces, seating areas and tiered decks, the Mall creates opportunities for customers and their attendees to enjoy outdoor space close to the interior spaces used for their events and offers possibilities for activations to enhance the attendee experience.
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.
BELLYARD ATLANTA HOTEL
Marriott’s newest Tribute Portfolio hotel recently opened at the Interlock in West Midtown. Bellyard is a boutique hotel housing 161 suites and guest rooms, bar and lounge, rooftop pool and 7,000 square feet of in- and outdoor special event space for meetings.
CHATTAHOOCHEE FOOD WORKS
Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern and Robert Montwaid recently welcomed Atlanta’s new 22,000 square-foot food hall. This upper Westside culinary concept offers guests over 30 diverse eateries with an eclectic bar and spacious indoor and outdoor seating.
COURTYARD BY MARRIOTT/ELEMENT BY WESTIN
Totaling 282-guestrooms, meeting space and 1,000 sq. ft. terrace, this 14-story dual property recently opened, and is conveniently located on Ponce de Leon Avenue across from Fox Theatre.
Featuring 158 guestrooms, Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Midtown is “designed to accommodate travelers with multitasking, 24/7 lifestyle” with amenities like a “designated in-room workstation and a multitude of electrical outlets ensure connection and creation can happen from anywhere at any time.”
Featuring 124 guestrooms, Element by Westin Atlanta Midtown offers spacious guestrooms and signature Heavenly Beds, fully equipped full-size kitchens with health-forward snacks found at Restore, the hotel’s 24-hour pantry, and spa-inspired bathrooms.
EMBASSY SUITES ATLANTIC STATION
Atlantic Station recently welcomed a 181-key Embassy Suites hotel. The all-suites hotel offers private kitchenettes and separate living room areas, a fitness area and pool, 2,600 square feet of meeting space and in-house eatery, Brickstone’s Restaurant & Bar.
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’s food-focused hotel is a foodie’s paradise. A wine lover’s dream. A place for Connoisseurs of Life to indulge in exceptional experiences.
FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON ATLANTA DOWNTOWN
Sheraton launched their 124-room Four Points property in Downtown. The hotel features a spacious lobby, full service restaurant and 1,000-square-foot gym.
HYATT CENTRIC BUCKHEAD
16-story hotel accessible to Lenox Square’s MARTA station with 4,600 sq. ft. of combined meeting and pre-function space and 360 degree views of Buckhead and Downtown.
A new series of immersive experiences and event space has made its way to Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail. Adventurous sights include the world’s first virtual safari, outdoor cocktail bar, cafe and more.
KIMPTON SYLVAN HOTEL
This luxury boutique, 216-room hotel transformed a historic 1950s residential building. The property features 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.
New 10-story, 200 room hotel concept conversion features more than 8,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, rooftop views of Atlanta’s skyline in walkable Buckhead Village.
A revival of the original 551 Ponce, this 112-room boutique hotel retains the property’s legacy as a well-appointed, homelike bed-stop for locals and passer-throughs. It is conveniently located on Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail near Ponce City Market. Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen, dining lounge offer Southern eats and unique libations.
New Developments On The Horizon
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.
157-room hotel located along Marietta Street, north of Centennial Olympic Park, adjacent to Hyatt House.
THE KIMPTON WADE HOTEL
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced construction for its third boutique hotel in Atlanta, scheduled to open this year. As part of the planned landmark Midtown Union complex, the new 230-room hotel will offer a ground-level chef-driven restaurant and bar, a second-story bar and lounge and 5,400 square feet of meetings and events space. Located in the Arts Center of Midtown at 17th Street and West Peachtree Street, the Kimpton Wade Hotel will bring in much of the neighborhood’s vibrant arts and culture scene to its own innovative exterior and interior design to become a beacon for local and out-of-town guests alike.
SIGNIA BY 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 early 2024.
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.
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 in 2024.
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 the near future and will feature 125 rooms.
Recently Welcomed New Developments
GEORGIA AQUARIUM EXPANSION
The largest aquarium in the Western hemisphere is even bigger with a redesigned entry and a new gallery featuring sharks. The latest exhibit, Sharks! Predators of the Deep, features 1.2 million gallons of water, offering a new experience for guests and doubles as an event space.
HAMPTON INN & SUITES AT ARTS CENTER
Located at West Peachtree and 15th streets, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Atlanta Midtown offers 186 guest rooms. The 20th floor features an indoor and outdoor rooftop bar and lounge area showcasing skyline views of Midtown.
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.
HILTON ATLANTA AIRPORT HOTEL
A Hilton hotel is set to be built on the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport campus. This will be the only 14-story, 541-room and the first hotel within walking distance of the domestic terminal.
REVERB BY HARD ROCK
Hard Rock International has opened its first Reverb by Hard Rock hotel on Centennial Olympic Park Drive next to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The 200-room hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, rooftop bar and more than 10,000 square feet of meeting space.
SAVANNA HALL AT ZOO ATLANTA
Savanna Hall at Zoo Atlanta is a one-of-a-kind event space overlooking the African Savanna exhibit. African elephants and other species roam the habitat offering views from two terraces and a ballroom.
GEORGIA WORLD CONGRESS CENTER EXHIBIT HALL BC
The $55 million expansion project features a new 100,000-square-foot exhibit hall affixed between the convention center’s Buildings B and C, creating over one million square feet of contiguous exhibition space. This new fixed gateway allows the facility to compete for the industry’s most in-demand trade shows, conventions, and expos, while offering its largest annual events to expand as their businesses grows.
CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK RENOVATION
Centennial Olympic Park recently completed a $27 million renovation featuring several upgrades to the 21-acres which served as the centerpiece for the 1996 Summer Olympics. This 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 are upgraded and the amphitheater seating expanded by 800 seats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated May 2022
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