Summer may be slowly winding down, but things are still heating up on the Atlanta hotel scene. Aloft Atlanta Downtown, one of the latest hip, limited-service Aloft hotels from Starwood Hotels & Resorts, is set to debut in January 2014, following a $25 million overhaul of what was once the Days Inn Downtown. A second Aloft hotel is potentially in the works for a 1.7-acre plot along Peachtree Road in Buckhead. If the construction loan is secured, the new Aloft would offer visitors a more affordable alternative to the upscale Mandarin Oriental and St. Regis hotels that already make their home there.
Elsewhere, several prominent Atlanta properties have recently received noteworthy facelifts. The Westin Buckhead Atlanta, for example, has just put the finishing touches on its two-part, hotel-wide refresh, which has given a new look to everything from the lobby to its 30,000 square feet of meeting space—all of which showcase Westin’s philosophy of melding natural elements, subtle earth tones, and rich textures to create a calm yet chic environment.
The public and meeting spaces have also been revived—to the tune of $45 million—at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta. Completed earlier this month, the upgrade includes brand new guestrooms throughout, as well as an overhaul of the popular Sun Dial Restaurant, Bar & View, which offers diners a rotating 360-degree glimpse of the city from its 723-foot-high vantage point (the Westin Peachtree Plaza was once the tallest hotel in the world).
The enhancements are also now complete over at the Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center, a makeover that included renovations of all 522 of its spacious guestrooms and suites, including the Club Level. The Renaissance attracts a primarily business-travel- and group-travel-oriented clientele, who appreciate its location next to the Cobb Galleria Centre and the fact it’s the only Four Diamond luxury hotel in northwest Atlanta.
On the outskirts of town, in nearby Greensboro, the already fabulous Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation has unveiled even more reasons to plan a stay at the stunning lakefront resort. A recent redo affected all of the guestrooms, suites, and cottages, as well as the golf course and Georgia’s Bistro, which features new leather banquettes, oxidized copper tabletops, and upgraded light fixtures, floor coverings, and artwork.