Fodor's Expert Review
Immense and coolly contemporary, the Atlanta Marriott Marquis is an iconic fixture in the heart of downtown Atlanta. The spectacular atrium in the lobby gives the illusion that the building stretches straight into the skies, while the huge collection of amenities including a spa, five restaurants and 24-hour fitness center provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown living.
You Should Know There's a $14.95 fee to access Wi-Fi unless you're a Marriott Rewards member. Also, hotel guests must pay a fee to access the steam room unless they've booked a spa treatment.
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There are 1569 rooms and 94 suites (all suites feature skyline views) spread across 47 floors. Request a Skyline View room for floor-to-ceiling views, or a Concierge Level room for lounge access including snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Tip Long-haul travelers to Atlanta may want to book a Stay Well Room to minimize the affect of traveling on the body. Stay Well rooms are equipped with circadian mood lighting, a dawn simulator and mood-enhancing aromatherapy diffusers.
Bathrooms feature natural skincare and aromatherapy products from Thai beauty brand, THANN.
The dramatic 50-floor atrium within the lobby is otherworldly, with the curved railings of each floor resembling an internal ribcage of the building. There are tables for lounging and business center stations sprinkled throughout the lobby floor.
Enjoy pool time no matter the season thanks to a connecting indoor/outdoor pool and indoor hot tub. The heated outdoor pool is also equipped with cabanas for sunbathing and beach balls for the little ones.
The fitness center is open 24-hours and has a full complement of free weights and state-of-the-art cardio equipment by Matrix including treadmills, a spin bike, ellipticals, Stairmaster, and more.
There are three eclectic, onsite restaurants to fulfill your dining needs. The signature restaurant Sear is a Modern American steakhouse and seafood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. High Velocity is one of the largest sports bars in downtown Atlanta, with a focus on modern pub fare like wings, sliders and Baja shrimp tacos. Finally there's Pulse, a favorite spot for the after work crowd, dishing shareable bites and classic entrees such as seared salmon and smoked babyback ribs. M-Store convenience store is on hand for extra snacks and drinks.
Dark and cozy, Sear Bourbon Bar is home to more than 20 local and regional bourbons, and if you can't decide, you can always choose from one of three bourbon flights. The bar also has more than 140 varietals of wine (on display in a sleek, temperature-controlled glass vault in the wall) and a robust list of handcrafted cocktails. At 6pm Pulse transforms into a vibrant lounge with music, a color-changing sail and a wide selection of cocktails. There's also a full-service Starbucks in the lobby open from 6 am until 7 pm.
Indoor walkway access to the MARTA rail service at the Peachtree Center stop makes getting to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport a cinch. The hotel is also within walking distance from plenty of bars, restaurants and cafes, as well as local attractions like AmericasMart Atlanta, World of Coca-Cola and the Children's Museum of Atlanta. If you want to explore outside of downtown, get an Uber.
Swanky Alma Cocina (6-min walk) is celebrated for their vibrant Mexican and Latin American dishes. Nikolai's Roof (3-min walk) on the top floor of Hilton Atlanta serves a seasonal French-Russian-inspired menu. Or try Ray's In the City (4-min walk) for upscale seafood and prime cuts.
Gibney's Pub (2-min walk) gives off all the local neighborhood bar feels with UK brews, pool and shuffleboard. The wood-paneled secret speakeasy Red Phone Booth (4-min walk) is the place to go for inventive cocktails and Cuban cigars. Ask your concierge at the Marquis for the code to get in.