by Michael C. Lowe and Alane Trafford | October 01, 2011
Meeting Hotels
Among downtown properties are the 1,663-room Atlanta Marriott Marquis; 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta; 1,242-room Hilton Atlanta; 1,068-room Westin Peachtree Plaza; 1,067 Omni Hotel at CNN Center; 760-room Sheraton Atlanta Hotel; 444-room Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta; 312-room Atlanta Marriott Downtown, and 260-room Holiday Inn Atlanta Downtown.

In Midtown, properties include the 435-room W Atlanta-Midtown, 252-room Georgia Tech Hotel and Con­ference Center, and 191-room Wyndham Midtown Atlanta.

In Buckhead, properties include the 553-room Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead; 438-room Grand Hyatt Atlanta; 422-room InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta; 367-room JW Marriott Hotel Buckhead Atlanta, and 151-room St. Regis Atlanta.

In Perimeter Center are the the 495-room Crowne Plaza Ravinia and 400-room Marriott Perimeter Center.

Near Jackson-Hartfield International Air­port are the 638-room Atlanta Airport Marriott and 387-room Renaissance Concord Hotel.

For a more complete list of area properties, visit mcvenues.com.

Convention Centers
Geor­gia World Congress Center; exhibit space, 1.4 million square feet; number of meeting rooms, 106; (404) 223-4200

AmericasMart Atlanta; exhibit space, 800,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 41; (404) 220-2686

Georgia Interna­tional Con­vention Center; exhibit space, 150,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 10; (770) 997-3566

Airport Transit
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, eight miles south of downtown. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown, $30; by shuttle, $16.50; by MARTA rail, $1.75 (plus a 50¢ surcharge if purchasing a new fare ticket)

Taxes
Room tax, 7%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 15%

Group Venues
Coca-Cola was invented by an Atlanta pharmacist, and now, the city is home to the World of Coca-Cola, a 60,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the beverage. The venue features several event spaces, including a 225-seat theater. (800) 676-2653
Centennial Olympic Park
Centennial Olympic Park, which hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics, is now a public park with a fountain in the shape of the iconic Olympic rings. The 21-acre space is available for events. (404) 223-4412

Each spring, Atlanta hosts the Georgia Renaissance Festival, patterned after a 16th-century European country fair, that draws about 1,000 costumed visitors. Popular activities include jousting and engaging in a variety of Renaissance-themed games and rides. (770) 964-8575

Dining Out
The Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View, which sits atop the 73-story, 1,068-room Westin Peachtree Plaza, makes a full revolution every 60 minutes, giving diners a 360-degree view of the city. The menu's regional fare includes Georgia mountain trout and spiced pumpkin ravioli. Groups are accommodated on request. (404) 659-1400

CVB Services
Atlanta Con­vention and Visitors Bureau, (800) 285-2682