Photo courtesy of Glenn Hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel
Glenn Hotel, an Autograph Collection Hotel
Built in 1923 as an office building, Glenn Hotel, a member of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is a registered historic building. The boutique property was converted in 2006 and designed to be environmentally friendly. In every room you’ll find organic Lather bath products, fair-trade linens, and complimentary bottled water. The hotel prides itself on its customized service, which starts with a welcome lemongrass mojito at check-in. Your personal hotel host can help with everything from activity suggestions to reservations.
Walking distance to downtown Atlanta and the Luckie Marietta District, Glenn Hotel frequently hosts corporate travelers who work in the area. The property also has five meeting rooms, named for popular board games like Monopoly and Risk, that conference-goers appreciate for their abundant natural light and ergonomic chairs. Travelers of all persuasions have praised the hotel’s SkyLounge—named one of the world’s best rooftop bars by ABC News—for its amazing skyline views.
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Atlanta is perhaps best known for being the birthplace of Coke, so no trip to the city would be complete without a visit to the World of Coca-Cola. Trace the history of the popular soda, see the bottling process, and sample Coke products from around the world. Next door is the Georgia Aquarium, home to 500 animal species, including whale sharks, stingrays, and penguins. A block away from Glenn Hotel you’ll also find Olympic Centennial Park, where the 1996 Olympic Summer Games took place. Download an audio walking tour to your smartphone from the park’s website to learn more about the space and the ’96 Olympics.
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Rooms: 110 rooms, 17 suites. From $180. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options:With an emphasis on local Southern flavors, Glenn’s Kitchen does daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Try the signature shrimp and grits with duck sausage, the pecan-crusted Georgia trout, or the organic grass-fed burger with caramelized onions. On the hotel’s chic rooftop, the lauded SkyLounge at the Glenn serves mixologist-made craft cocktails against the backdrop of downtown Atlanta. Guests get priority entrance. In the Living Room bar you can order cocktails and bites by day and night. Spa and gym details:There’s no spa, but a fitness center has cardio machines and free weights.
Who's it for: During the week, discerning corporate travelers who prefer a boutique property; on weekends, upscale travelers for the hotel’s proximity to downtown Atlanta attractions. Our favorite rooms: Most rooms, starting with the fifth floor on the hotel’s north side, will have views of Centennial Olympic Park. The 850-square-foot penthouse suite on the 10th floor features a separate living room and dining area, a spacious freestanding tub in the bathroom, and a bird’s-eye view of the Olympic park. Aperitif hour: Every day the hotel hosts a free wine hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Glenn’s Kitchen or SkyLounge. Sip a glass of vino and sample light snacks like pimento cheese bites and crudité.