New developments transform future meetings
Named as one of Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” destinations, Atlanta’s hospitality portfolio will experience more than $486 million in new product over the next two years. 2021 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.
For the most up-to-date information on Atlanta’s new developments, please explore the timeline below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HYATT CENTRIC BUCKHEAD
16-story hotel accessible to Lenox Square’s MARTA station with 4,00 sq. ft. of meeting space and 360 degree views of Buckhead and Downtown.
New 10-story, 200 room hotel concept conversion plans to feature more than 8,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space, rooftop views of Atlanta’s skyline in walkable Buckhead Village will open in late 2021.
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 will launch their 124-room Four Points property in Downtown in 2021. The hotel will feature a spacious lobby, full service restaurant and 1,000-square-foot gym.
This 112-key room boutique hotel will be conveniently located on Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail near Ponce City Market. Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen, dining lounge will offer Southern eats and unique libations.
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 will welcome a 181-key Embassy Suites hotel in 2021. The hotel will feature 3,000 square feet of meeting space, an indoor swimming pool, fitness center and a ground-floor restaurant.
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 SYLVAN 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.
KIMPTON IN MIDTOWN
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced construction for its third boutique hotel in Atlanta, scheduled to open in 2022. 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 in Midtown 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 in late 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.
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.
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.
KIMPTON OVERLAND HOTEL
The 214-room Kimpton Overland Hotel sits near Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, with 9,500 square feet of meeting space as well as a restaurant and rooftop lounge. The property is adjacent to Porsche Experience Center Atlanta and overlooks the facility’s test track.
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.
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 THEATRE 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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