Our reasons for coming to Atlanta were the Aquarium, the Zoo and The World of Coca-Cola. The best thing about the hotel is that it offers a free shuttle to/from those attractions. Our driver, Tony, was very helpful. We were there for a Saturday and Sunday night. The shuttle stops running at 4pm on Sunday. We were at the Aquarium until 6pm on Sunday. I called the hotel for shuttle and was told it stopped running at 4pm. They suggested we take a taxi. Don't. We hoofed it and it was good exercise and less than 15 minutes - cut through the top of the Marta station and save yourself 10 minutes. The zoo you definitely need the shuttle, at least from what I could tell. I am not familiar with Atlanta but it seemed like it would be a 45 min walk one way.
Our first room they put us on the 2nd floor, right outside the lounge area. We have three young boys. The lounge is open until 11pm, except on Sunday, and opens at 6ish for the free breakfast. NOT A GOOD ROOM LOCATION FOR CHILDREN. Luckily my husband realized this as soon as he saw where the room was and we got moved to the 12th floor. The elevator is very slow so be prepared to wait. We used the stairs for most, except when we were tired and only used the elevator only to go up. The beds are comfy and the room is average clean. It's nice that there is a separate tv area with a pull out sofa. The mattress on the pull out is a joke. I had to put down blankets and a sleeping bag we brought from home before I put the sheets on, so you could sleep on it. If driving, and air mattress is a better way to go - either on it for height or just on the floor.
The hotel is located Downtown and it's a pretty seedy area. Most of the shops are closed, homeless people are sleeping on the streets, the Underground is a joke and there is no real place to eat, except Johnny Rockets, within walking distance. We did find a pizza place, within walking distance, called Momma Mia's that I was little worried about, but turned out to be better than decent. My husband had to work on Monday and the walk from the Aquarium/World of Coca-Cola wasn't bad with the three kids, but I would only do during the daylight, especially with kids or by myself. We are from NY and have spent many days in NYC, subways, etc, and this was kind of the same, just smaller.
Breakfasts were included but busy no matter when we went. Always had a wait, which is fine, and only one woman usually working by herself. Give her a break, she has a lot to do. Also, the valet parking was a nice feature, and with the shuttle we never used our own car, but at $27/night, it's pricey.
Oh, and did I forget to mention how LOUD MARTA is? Oh my goodness!!! The horn and the train shook the room, on the 12th floor, truly. Luckily I bring our own white noise with us, which only helped a bit, but it was better than nothing. I called the desk to ask how late the train whistle went and the response was "Train, whistle? I'm not sure..." If you have heard it, you will know I am not the first person to ask this question.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As a premium, boutique downtown Atlanta hotel, we are perfect when traveling on business, planning a meeting or social event, or enjoying the area's best shopping, dining, and entertainment. Overlooking the breathtaking Atlanta skyline, the Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Downtown is within walking distance of attractions such as the Georgia World Congress Center, the Georgia Aquarium, CNN Center, Centennial Olympic Park, and Georgia State University. Set in a historic building, our all-new hotel underwent a multi-million dollar transformation with 11 floors added to the a five-story structure originally built more than a century ago. We kept the historic exterior intact, and several elements within our hotel have been incorporated into our hotel's unique design including the original iron staircase located in the lobby. All of the rooms in the hotel feature marble-topped wet bars with microwaves and refrigerators, sleeper sofa, free WiFi, two LCD televisions, and deluxe pillow-top mattresses. ... more less
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