W Atlanta Downtown
What We Love
- You can unwind with a soak in your suite’s egg-shaped tub, a dip in the outdoor pool or a hangover-remedy treatment at the spa
- Free in-room WiFi
- Trendy lobby lounge with a rotating cast of DJs
What To Know
- Valet costs $30 per night
- Pets 40 pounds and under are welcome for $25 per stay plus a $100 nonrefundable deposit
- Seclusion seekers and light sleepers might not like the hotel’s party vibe
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Curvaceous furnishings, backlit wall murals and look-at-me hues of fuschia and royal blue set a stylish scene at this hip hotel in downtown Atlanta. The lobby sets a club-like atmosphere with a 22-foot trickling water fountain and a 35,000-piece ceiling installation reminiscent of an enchanted forest. After an afternoon of shopping for designer duds in nearby Buckhead, you can lounge by the heated outdoor pool, sip on a frosty Southern cocktail from the glass-enclosed deck or get an energy boost from the Ginger Rub treatment at the on-site spa. Locals and guests alike flock to BLT Steak for splurge-worthy wagyu and platters of oysters, clams, crab claws, shrimp and lobster. Night owls can pregame at Drink Shop bar while sipping on artisanal cocktails with ice chipped off a 300-pound block.
In the Area
For a taste of something purely Atlantan, head to The Colonnade, an old school joint serving up stiff cocktails and crispy fried chicken (leave room for a slice of apple pie). For nouveau Southern, try Restaurant Eugene’s molasses-doused foie gras on French toast and one of mixologist Greg Best’s inventive cocktails infused with homemade tinctures and bitters. Then take a walk through the leafy Piedmont Park Conservancy, an urban swath of poplar- and hickory-shaded paths. Look out for whale sharks and manta rays at the Georgia Aquarium, one of the world’s largest, or meander the expansive collection 19th- and 20th-century American and European art in architect Renzo Piano’s recently expanded High Museum. Need some retail therapy? Hop MARTA for a 30-ride to Buckhead, Atlanta’s most affluent suburban neighborhood and shopping mecca.
How to Get There
Spacious room with every amenity. Loved the large sized tub.
Room was clean and well stocked.
Lobby was very modern and fun! Loved the selfie booth. Front staff was very nice and accommodating.
The only problem I had was being charged $200 a day for incidentals. Then being charged for internet when I am a rereads member. I had to call three separate times before it was taken care of, even though each time I was assured it would be handled.
Rooms are updated and clean. The staff is friendly and helpful. The breakfast is good. The location is great. It has everything you need for your stay in downtown Atlanta. I will certainly return next time I am in Atlanta.
By and large, this was a good hotel, though it has some problems. Really a 3.5 review.
The hotel is located in the northernmost point of downtown, making it very convenient for the Aquarium/Civil Rights Museum but a bit stranded otherwise. On the weekend, this area of the downtown is pretty dead; I went walking for a coffee at 8 am on Saturday and only passed two people on the way there, both panhandlers (though they were perfectly friendly, it was slightly unnerving as I had expected more bustle). I'm sure during the weekdays its hopping, but you're surrounded by empty office buildings and empty surface-level parking lots on the weekend.
The service is very good indeed: friendly, helpful without being unctuous, and flexible.
The decor, as others have noted, is dated and a bit shabby. This is particularly problematic in a room that's going for sleek, as nothing quite disrupts urban chic like a busted corner of a wardrobe, or a slightly-different purple paint used to patch the walls in the bathroom (which under the intense, cold bathroom lights makes them distractingly noticeable). I get what they're going for, so I didn't mind the rather hard feel of the place, and the bed was comfortable, but it feels very much in need of renovation.
The gym is great and one of the best features in the place. The pool, though, leaves rather more to be desired--clearly made far more for parties than for relaxation. I went for a morning swim only to realize that a) it wasn't heated and b) it hadn't been skimmed since the night before (judging by the bugs and assorted flotsam in the water). I'm sure it's fabulous on a hot summer's night with a drink in your hand, and if you want this, go for it. As it stood, I was disappointed not to be able to enjoy a swim at any point during my trip.
The bar downstairs has a ridiculous interior design. Actually, the mobiles are delightful, but the giant furry/fuzzy pillows on the leather banquettes are very 2005 and seem like a health hazard. The drinks are solid but not imaginative and not worth the price (I don't mind $15 for a great cocktail, but I resent $15 for one I could have made at home). Fine for a club; not great for a pre-dinner drink. Like the pool, it seems designed for nightlife rather than being an amenity good for any hour of the day. Again, the service was great.
Parking is quite expensive--valet only, $40/night--but I'd pick it over some of the sketchier surface options nearby.
In all, if you can get a room at a reasonable price, I'd recommend it with caveats. The service is a delight and the location very walkable to the downtown tourist attractions. But it misses out on what it could be with its decor and its focus on nightlife vs all-day comfort.
Booked thru Hotwire as a mystery 4 star stay. Needed downtown hotel for kids dance convention. Checked in 8 pm, very nice clerk welcomed us to the restaurant that would turn into a dance club within the hour (teenager present). I asked if early valet service would accommodate us and yes it runs 24 hrs. Loud street noise and no privacy at all In the room. Heard every nuance of noise from neighbors adjoining door. Creepy. Had to explain the “couple’s prophylactic kit” available in the minibar to my teenager. Shower wall offered romantic view of showering roommate to room through the translucent glass wall. Called for car at 7 am, was told they were busy. Not what you want to hear for $40 valet fee for less than 12 hours stay at hotel. Beware WiFi. Paid $10 for for 2 minutes of WiFi when teenager mistakenly hopped on without reading clearly.
Disgusted with my stay. Never again. Gave me heebie jeebies. Marriott clearly is marketing to a different crowd with this one, without being open about it.
Beware, this hotel will overbook and "relocate" you to an inferior hotel outside of downtown Atlanta. I was one of many guests who were trying to check-in around 5pm who were told the hotel was full and overbooked, but they were still letting other guests check in at the same time. Was told their convention guests have priority over other guests even if they book later. The valet person told me this happens frequently