The multi-million dollar makeover of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta shows at every turn. Most spectacularly, upon entering the grand lobby you’ll find yourself inside the architectural marvel of a 22-story atrium, the likes of which you won’t find in any other hotel in the world. Indeed, as you enter the hotel from the valet area, your breath is taken away by the vast height of the atrium, punctuated with gorgeous architectural elements including the famed glass elevators and majestic Flora Raris metallic art sculpture. As you work your way toward the lovely wood-fabricated, pod-style desks offering guests a more personalized check-in experience, your eye is drawn to the back wall, which is custom-designed from brass key fob replicas from the original Regency Hyatt House era. The “old made new again” sensibility honoring the hotel’s past is weaved throughout the property’s thoughtful décor.
From there, to get to your room, you’ll take a ride in one of the hotel’s original glass elevators that will give you a bird’s eye view of the expansive lobby. As you rise within the twenty-two floors, the beautiful geometric architectural elements of the building’s interior shine. All of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta’s rooms and suites have undergone renovation, including all 727 Atrium Tower guest rooms that now showcase some of the industry’s most energy-efficient solutions available. Some of this technology includes motion sensor lights as well as low-flow commodes. There are also 26 Respire hypo-allergenic rooms as well as 58 suites and parlors.
In each room guests now enjoy features such as signature carpet design, inspired by the towering sculpture in the Atrium Lobby, new wall coverings and drapes, and sleek, modern furnishings. Technological features found in the accommodations include a 37-inch, LCD flat-panel televisions with HDTV channels and an iHome Dual alarm clock radio. Also renovated was the Regency Club, which has doubled in size and connects to 33 remodeled Club guest rooms. Business travelers and groups might be drawn to the property’s 180,000 square feet of ballroom, exhibit, meeting and hospitality space as well as the revamped meeting rooms with enhanced technology.
Beckoning guests out of the comfort of their rooms are the hotel’s on-site dining options, Sway and Twenty-Two Storys. Sway, a lobby-level restaurant, focuses on locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients to present a nostalgic Southern-style menu for breakfast, lunch, and dinner seatings. Signature dishes include Southern Vegetable and Dumplings, Buttermilk Fried Chicken, and Georgia White Shrimp N’ Grits. Take note, you might find it hard to resist Sway’s all-you-can eat pie buffet. Overseeing this restaurant is award-winning Chef Martin Pfefferkorn, who has also added special gluten-free and vegetarian options to the menu. Here patrons partake in a full bar and extensive wine list.
In addition to Sway, there is the laid back lounge vibe of the beer-themed restaurant and bar, Twenty-Two Storys, also found on the lobby level. Like Sway, the menu is crafted around fresh, locally-sourced ingredients courtesy of Chef Pfefferkorn. Although this venue is quite large, it systematically fills up and exudes a lively, energetic atmosphere that makes it a draw for locals and guests alike (even guests from nearby hotels). Some of Twenty Two Storys’ delicious beer-infused dishes, which incorporate products from some of the best local breweries, include appetizers like Beer Cheese Nachos and Georgia Brown Ale Cheese Soup as well as entrees like the Hefeweizen Steamed Brats and Kraut, Stout Braised Short Ribs, Sweet Water Beer Battered Fish and Chips and Beer and Honey Glazed Salmon.
Beer even shows up on the dessert menu in the form of the 420 Beer Float. Other food items include a “Build-Your-Own-Burger” menu that makes it easy to mix and match proteins, cheeses, and toppings. If you are true beer aficionado, you’ll definitely want to reserve one of the two booths that include personal beer taps allowing you to be your own bartender. As you eat and imbibe, be sure to peruse the restaurant’s décor which features items from famous guests as well as amusing facts and historic milestones from the iconic hotel’s forty-year history.
Since no vacation or getaway is complete without seeing a few sights, leisure travelers flock to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta as it provides easy access to a myriad of notable attractions and annual events. The hotel is just a few steps away from Centennial Olympic Park, which houses the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola, and the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights. The College Football Hall of Fame, which is currently in development for a 2014 expected opening, is also located in the park. Other nearby attractions include the the famed Atlantic Station shopping mecca and the Georgia Dome, location of the 2013 Men’s Final Four to be held in March. The hotel is also conveniently situated for guests to take advantage of the city’s numerous neighborhood festivals. The Inman Park Festival takes place April 26-28; the Dogwood Festival, April 19-21; the Atlanta Pride Festival, October 12-13; and Cabbagetown’s Chop and Stomp, November 2.
To further entice travelers to come visit sooner than later, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta is offering some great packages and incentives. One I particularly love is the “When I Grow Up” package for families who are visiting and vetting Atlanta-area colleges. In all, the Hyatt Regency Atlanta is a hotel for movers and shakers who have high expectations of their accommodation and also want unencumbered access to the best downtown Atlanta has to offer.
Merilee A. Kern is a good life connoisseur who scours the luxury marketplace for new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points - the extreme high end to the affordable. The best of the best across all product, service and travel categories are detailed in her exclusive column 'The Luxe List' that reaches millions of affluent consumers each month through multiple print...(Read More)