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travel52 Nov 2nd, 2006 04:10 PM

Where to Stay in Atlanta
 
My husband will be going to a conference in Atlanta, Georgia at the Georgia World Congress Center in June. I know nothing about Atlanta, but look forward to going along. I am not able to walk long distances easily, so would like to be centrally located to restaurants, coffe shops, shopping and some interesting attractions. Here's the list of hotels the conference lists. Sorry for the length, but again, I know nothing about what a good location would be. There will be a shuttle to the conference, so that isn't an issue.

AMERISUITES DOWNTOWN
ATLANTA MARRIOTT DOWNTOWN
ATLANTA MARRIOTT MARQUIS
BAYMONT INN & SUITES
DAYS INN ATLANTA DOWNTOWN
EMBASSY SUITES CENTENNIAL OLYMPIC PARK, HAMPTON INN & SUITES
HILTON ATLANTA 255 COURTLAND ST
HOLIDAY INN-WORLD CONGRESS CTR,
HYATT REGENCY ATLANTA 265 PEACHTREE ST NE, OMNI HOTEL AT CNN CENTER
RENAISSANCE ATLANTA DOWNTOWN
RITZ CARLTON ATLANTA
SHERATON ATLANTA HOTEL 165 COURTLAND ST, THE GLENN HOTEL
WESTIN PEACHTREE PLAZA,
WYNDHAM GARDEN ATLANTA DOWNTOWN
Thanks for any help!


iceeu2 Nov 2nd, 2006 04:27 PM

travel52, from this list for a conference at the Congress Center, you would want .....Marriott Marquis, Hilton, Hyatt, Ritz Carlton or Westin..

or at least, that's what I would pick....probably the Westin is the most convenient...

starrsville Nov 2nd, 2006 05:21 PM

The Marquis, Hilton and Hyatt are connected by skywalks to the Peachtree center shops and food court. Not great shopping, but good options of places to eat.

The Hampton Inn and what WAS the Wyndham are decent locations regarding the conference - but would require walking outside to get to anything. I like both. (Can't remember what the Wyndam is now but I really like the hotel and the Hampton is across the street).

In June, I'd probably opt for the Embassy Suites at Centennial Park. Great location - and near the new aquarium. The Omni is nearby, and adjacent to area with some shops and restaurants.

I wouldn't stay at the others - except the Ritz of course. :-)

travel52 Nov 3rd, 2006 07:06 AM

Thanks. Again, getting to the conference isn't an issue, as shuttles will be running from all of these hotels. So, what I'm looking for is the best location otherwise.

starrsville Nov 3rd, 2006 07:35 AM

That's how I based my responses. I answered NOT in convenience to the conference center, but to your wishes for restaurants, coffee shops, etc.

SharonG Nov 3rd, 2006 10:18 AM

The Westin is great. We stayed there in August and the beds are soooooo comfy. Plus, their shuttle will take you anywhere within a two mile radius.

iceeu2 Nov 3rd, 2006 12:06 PM

Even tho getting to the conference isn't the issue, I still say

Marriott Marquis
Hilton
Hyatt
Ritz Carlton
Peachtree Plaza

I'm with starrsville on not staying at the others.

travel52 Nov 3rd, 2006 05:41 PM

Thanks very much for the help~

1JAR Nov 3rd, 2006 07:01 PM

My husband just came back from the Renaissance Atlanta.
HE is not a fussy guy..but he said it was one of teh all time worst hotels...

1JAR Nov 3rd, 2006 07:04 PM

forgot to mention: if you like tours I thought the Tour of CNN was great..esp how they do the weather...

also the tour of Coca Cola...

coldwar27 Nov 4th, 2006 02:47 PM

I love the Westin and the Sundial Restaurant at the top. Have fun!

enjoylife Nov 5th, 2006 03:51 PM

I have stayed at the Hyatt and got it w/ Priceline for about $45 a night. It was really nice and in a great area. Check www.biddingfortravel.com

LLindaC Nov 5th, 2006 05:00 PM

Once you get to the Congress center, you may have to walk a mile to your venue. I am NOT exaggerating! We stayed at both the Westin and the Marriott Marquis this summer for events there. Overall, I liked the Westin better and it was closer. Now that Marriott is smoke free, it may be nicer. However, there are not a lot of restaurant or shopping choices in the area. We found a food court in the TNN center for snacks, but had to really search for restaurants. If you stay there, expect to take cabs!

Lex1 Nov 7th, 2006 03:01 AM

I believe all Westins are now smoke free.

There are quite a few good restaurants in the vicinity, including Dailey's on International and Peasant on P'tree,
and McCormick and Schmick in CNN Center, no more than short cab rides. P'tree Center, proximate to Ritz, Marquis, Westin, Hilton, has large number of food court restaurants and couple good restaurants, including Morton's. Go to Sundial atop Westin for drinks and view, but dine elsewhere.

starrsville Nov 7th, 2006 04:03 AM

Okay. Let's see if this helps. The Westin is at the corner of Peachtree and International. The Hampton and the former Wynhham are outside the "back door" of the Westin. Across the street from the Westin (catty corner) is the Peachtree Center. It's an office complex with a food court in it and a couple of other restaurant options. Connected to the center by sky bridges are the Marriott Marquis, the Hilton and the Hyatt. So, all of those are virtually within a block of the same restaurant options and will be equally "centreally located to restaurants, coffee shops, etc".

In June, a good location would be the Embassy Suites and the Omni. They are adjacent to Centennial Park and the new aquarium. The shops and restaurants at CNN Center are within a block (or adjacent). I prefer the Embassy Suites to the Omni - but both are good.

From the list given, those are the ones I choose - except for the Ritz of course.

The shuttle to the conference is a plus, although you can still walk to the conference center from any of the above without problems.

LilyLace Nov 7th, 2006 04:52 AM

I took the MARTA to Buckhead for some nice shopping last year from the Marriott Marquis. I think I had to take the walkway to peachtree center to get the train.

starrsville Nov 7th, 2006 05:00 AM

Good idea, Lily. The best shopping in the SE is available via MARTA at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza. And, you catch the MARTA train right there at Peachtree Center.

travel52 Jan 2nd, 2007 02:50 PM

Hi, I'm back again and still trying to decide on a hotel. Great info Starrsville....when you said "From the list given, those are the ones I choose - except for the Ritz of course." did you mean the Ritz was a good choice or bad choice. My husband's school has a limit of $135 on what we're allowed on a hotel, so we are trying to stay as close to that as possible. The Ritz is listed as a little less expensive than the Hilton or Hyatt.

starrsville Jan 2nd, 2007 02:58 PM

Heck, I'd stay at the Ritz any chance I'd get. I'm surprised that the Ritz is less than the H or H. It's a tad less convenient for walking to the GWCC - but not enough to matter. Do the rest if you can do it within the budget. Again, I'm surprised you can. Go for it.

travelinglots Apr 7th, 2007 01:08 PM

I would not recommend Embassy Suites at Centenniel Park. We just got back from a week-long vacation there and it was terrible. A freight train roars right next to the hotel (and blows its horn continuously) every night...after 1 am and in the wee morning hours. Breakfast is horrible...they run out of things as simple as coffee cups, juice cups, cereal, etc. Pool is not heated, (but in June that may be a good thing.) I would recommend the Westin or Marriot...we ate there and the area near those hotels is more interesting, but close to the Georgia Aquarium (spectacular), CNN tours, etc. The Embassy suites doesn't have a coffee shop (Westin has a starbucks and restaurant on the 73rd floor), but Embassy does have a good deli around the corner (closes at 8 pm). The conceirge desk was basically non-exitent, too. Very disappointed as we have stayed at Embassys before.


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