by Michael C. Lowe | October 01, 2013
Atlanta
The 242-room Aloft Atlanta is expected to open early next year in the former Days Inn Atlanta Downtown building. The property, currently undergoing a $25 million remodel, is Aloft's first in Georgia and features 242 guest rooms, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, a bar and 2,000 square feet of meeting space.

The former Hotel Midtown is now the Hyatt Atlanta Midtown. The Nobel Investment Group, which purchased the 194-room property for $415 million, plans to invest an additional $20 million in a revamp. On-site meeting space totals nearly 3,500 square feet.

The Westin Peachtree Plaza is in the midst of a $45 million renovation. The project, which will culminate next year, includes upgrades to guest rooms (and the addition of five for a new total of 1,073), hallways and dining outlets. The hotel has more than 80,000 square feet of meeting space.

Meeting Hotels
Among downtown properties are the 1,663-room Atlanta Marriott Marquis; 1,260-room Hyatt Regency Atlanta; 1,242-room Hilton Atlanta; 1,073-room Westin Peachtree Plaza; 1,070-room Omni Hotel at CNN Center; 763-room Sheraton Atlanta Hotel; 444-room Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, and 312-room Atlanta Marriott Downtown.

In Midtown, major properties include the 502-room Meliá Atlanta, 435-room W Atlanta Midtown, 402-room Loews Atlanta Hotel, 252-room Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center, and 191-room Wyndham Mid­town Atlanta.

In Buckhead, hotels include the 510-room Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead; 439-room Grand Hyatt Atlanta; 422-room InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta; 371-room JW Marriott Hotel Buckhead Atlanta; 151-room St. Regis Atlanta; and 127-room Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta.

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

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

To find and compare hotels, and to send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

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

AmericasMart Atlanta; exhibit space, 850,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 40; (404) 220-3000; americasmart.com

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

Airport Transit
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, about 10 miles south of downtown Atlanta. Transfer cost by taxi to downtown, about $30

Taxes
Room tax, 8%; sales tax, 8%; total tax on hotel rooms, 16%

Group Venue
Built in 1910 as a Baptist church, The Tabernacle is now a dynamic music and event space for up to 2,652 guests. The venue, with its distinctive hand-painted wall designs and other eclectic décor, offers nearly a dozen rooms and winding stairs across multiple levels for attendees to wander among during buyouts. Watch a colorful video on the place at mcmag.com/videos. (404) 659-9022; tabernacleatl.com

Contact
The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, (404) 521-6600; atlanta.net