I don't like to write negative reviews, but I have stayed at the Garden Plaza several times and have watched it decline to the state where it is now and I must share my experience so others can can be informed. I just spent a couple of nights this past week and was surprised by the number of cars in the parking lot. As a 'making the best of a situation' perk it used to be easy finding a parking space out front, but not anymore. I had an honest 'Good for You' moment and then came to the pothole in the parking lot that has been there for at least 3 years. Closer still I came to a wooden plank built to cross over a large divet in the road, and glanced over to notice that the one available parking spot out front was the large dip that used to have two cones around it and now only one toppled in - another veteran reminder.
Checking in was very easy. The front desk was polite and quick. My only gripe there is that they gave me 2 card keys of which only one worked.
I arrived at night during the midde of the week and there was a group hanging around the lobby area which is a little odd as other than vending machines and a set of chairs there isn't much to do on this floor. I ran out for dinner and when I returned much later they were still loitering about, which gave me a little uneasy feeling, but I get ahead of myself.
The room was the same large configuration, an aspect I have always
liked about the place. The large bath, refrigerator, sitting area and large bed. This time around I was affronted by the smell of stale cigarette smoke. It permeated the room to such an extent that I left my suit in the garment bag instead of hanging it up for a chance of not having that smell in my cloths. The HVAC system is as my follow travelers mentioned - noisy, but the sound of the toilet was much worse. The towels have gotten smaller and I wondered if I might have to ring it out once after a shower. The refrigerator had a dark grime on the shelves, and the room where the ice machine for the floor sat was crowded with trash bags and the acrid sting of burnt popcorn (the latter of course a reflection on the people staying at the hotel and not a fault of thehotel itself).
I know that for the price ($50) I should be more lenient, however it was that price and the quality of this hotel that had kept me coming back. It was a gem. Unfortunately the turn it has taken is far from its glory days. Caveat emptor.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- As one of northeast Atlanta’s hotels, the Garden Plaza – Peachtree Corners located in Norcross, Georgia provides accommodations for both international corporate clients as well as the high tech industry located nearby in Technology Park/Atlanta. We are also conveniently located near area attractions such as numerous shopping malls, the Southeastern Railway Museum, Flint Hill and Stone Mountain Park. Our ballroom has been completely renovated to include fantastic enhanced lighting for meetings. We also have a complete selection of onsite audio visual equipment available for the meeting planner. Complimentary high speed Internet access is available in all guest rooms and meeting rooms. When visiting northeast Atlanta make the Garden Plaza – Peachtree Corners your hotel of choice for lodging at its best! Companies that are close to our hotel: Minolta, Unisource, Rock Tenn, APCO, Metso, United Consulting, Chem Central, Bravepoint, Concerto Software, American Megatrends, Nordson, Sumitomo, Syncroflo, Solarcom, London Bridge, AGCO, Akzo Noble, Cingular, Georgia Pacific, Movaz, Siemens, Graham Field, Intercept, Jon Don, and several others in the high tech field. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden Plaza Atlanta / Norcross Hotel Norcross
- Norcross Holiday Inn
- Holiday Inn Norcross