In the heart of Midtown, this gleaming building gets kudos for its comfortable, contemporary decor, recently renovated rooms, and a staff that understands the needs of business travelers and meeting organizers. It also bursts with Georgia Tech pride, hosting the famed "Ramblin' Wreck"—a 1930 Ford Model A that serves as the mascot for the university's students—in its lobby. But you hardly need to be a Yellow Jacket past or present to enjoy your stay.
If you have to get back and forth to the Georgia Tech campus during your trip, take advantage of the free Tech Trolley which stops right beside the hotel.
The 252 guest rooms and four suites are straightforward and contemporary, with wood furnishings and pops of Georgia Tech navy and yellow. All rooms feature a writing desk, views of the Atlanta skyline, 49-inch flat screen TV, premium linens on comfy beds and complimentary high-speed wireless internet.
Bathrooms are tight with tub/shower combos but do feature marble sinks and decorated mirrors.
There's no mistaking that you're in the land of the Yellow Jackets once you set foot in the hotel lobby. The famous gold-hued "Ramblin' Wreck" 1930 Ford Model A Sport coupe greets guests from it's parking space in the lobby next to oversized windows. The carpeting and furniture are royal blue and gold, to complement the university colors.
YOU SHOULD KNOW During the school year, the hotel can become overrun with college students, especially on football game days. If you're a GTech fan, great! If you could care less about sports, best stay somewhere else on fall weekends.
There's an indoor lap pool with three lanes for getting in some exercise, as well as an indoor hot tub.
The gym is well-equipped with ellipticals, treadmills, cycling bikes, stability balls and overlooks the indoor pool. There are water dispensers and towels for your convenience.
On-site meals are in the 320-seat Conference Dining Room where there's a buffet of more than 20 dishes from cuisines including Southern American, Mediterranean and Asian. There's an a la carte menu as well if buffets aren't your thing. For a more casual dinner (starting at 3:00 pm) head to the Club Room for burgers, pizzas and other bar food, over a game of pool. Room service is available from 6:30 am until 10:00 pm.
The Lobby Bar has only about five barstools, but there's standing room and seated tables. Expect to find your basic menu of wine, beer and cocktails and make sure to ask about food and drink specials around Happy Hour.
The Tech Trolley will get you to and from the Georgia Tech campus, but if you decide to rent car you'll have to pay $18 a day for unlimited in/out access. Outside of campus, the Midtown Transit station on the MARTA is a 10-min walk, or you can opt to use a ride-share service during your stay as most popular attractions are within a 15-minute drive.
Cypress Street Pint & Plate is beer-driven restaurant with 17 beers on tap and 40 bottled selections, and hearty grub like sweet potato nachos and slow-smoked brisket melt sandwiches (5-min walk). Keep their late-night menu in mind (served from 12 am until 2 am) after a night out. Takorea is the taqueria to go for Mexican and Korean fusion street food bites (10-min walk).
Follow the college kids down to The Daiquiri Factory for more than 15 selections of frozen, neon-colored daiquiri's with monikers ranging from "Georgia Peach" to "Orgasm"(6-min walk). For a more upscale scene, try the bar at Community Smith, where you'll find a wine list listed by intensity, house-made cocktails and a nightly boozy punch offering (4-min walk).
WHY WE LIKE IT
If you're heading to Atlanta specifically for something Georgia Tech-related, there truly is no better place to stay that will cater to your campus-related needs. If not, the hotel still has a prime location near to Atlanta's top attractions, public transportation, and local restaurants and bars within walking distance.