The Glenn Hotel in Atlanta is yet another example of a property that merges the metropolitan vibe of modern day Atlanta with the charm and architecture of Atlanta’s past. However, unlike many of the other historic boutique hotels in the city, the Glenn Hotel delivers an experience that is completely beyond the norm of a typical hotel stay with a customized host experience and both a restaurant and bar that are so good, they are favored by many locals. Wrap all of the above in a Marriott Autograph Collection box, and you have the uniqueness of the Glenn Hotel.
History of Glenn Hotel
Build in 1923, The Glenn Hotel proudly boasts its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places. The location at the intersection of Marietta and Spring Streets was once considered the main center of Atlanta. Prior to the building itself being erected as an office complex as part of an economic growth initiative in downtown Atlanta, the plot of land was the site of Confederate Major Hamilton Goode’s home. Coming out of a major renovation in 2006, the limestone building with terra cotta detailing stands proud as a luxury hotel.
Experience the contemporary luxury
From the moment guests enter the contemporarily appointed lobby of the hotel, they know the Glenn Hotel is no ordinary hotel. Not only guests greeted with a smile but also with a refreshing libation and a warm, scented towel to help wash away the travel stresses. The personal touches don’t end with your welcome though. They extend throughout the remainder of the stay. Each guest is assigned a Personal Host to assist with whatever a guests need from restaurant reservations to car services to helping procure items left at home.
An upscale stay
The rooms are as upscale and comfortable as the lobby, complete with originally commissioned pieces of artwork. While the sunburst color palate may appear more invigorating than relaxing, they do provide a warm ambiance. Couple that with rain flow showers heads and LATHER bath products, and guests experience an oasis in the heart of Atlanta. Other room amenities include Herman Miller ergonomic desk chairs, complimentary wireless internet access (a rarity in Atlanta), 37-inch HD LED TVs, irons, coffee makers, safes, and iHome docking stations. Cozy Queens are the smallest rooms and do not offer much in the lines of a view. Deluxe and above rooms are recommended.
American cuisine with a gourmet touch
Even with all the lavishes previously mentioned, the favorite feature of the hotel just might be the restaurant and bars. Glenn’s Kitchen serves American cuisine, highlighting delectably Southern favorites like shrimp-and-grits, trout, and a pimento cheese appetizer. All are served with an extensive wine list and handcrafted cocktails. The hotel boasts two bars one of which – SkyLounge – was voted a top 23 roof-bar in the world by ABC.com. However, due to popularity, it is often reserved for private events. The second bar option is the cozy Living Room, where everything from morning coffee to evening cocktails are served. The cocktail menu features both classics and creative concoctions.
Location is everything
While the hotel’s location may once have been the center of old Atlanta, it’s not that far off from the center of new Atlanta. Located in the heart of downtown’s Luckie Marietta District, many of the city’s top attractions are within walking distance like Philips Arena, the Georgia Dome, the CNN Center, and Centennial Park. A little further away, but still walkable, is the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke. For those needing to reach points beyond downtown, the MARTA transportation line is two blocks from the Glenn Hotel.
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