We had the pleasure of staying in this brand new Homewood Suites on January 20 & 21st while we were in Atlanta on business. We have stayed in other Homewood locations that were quite nice but this one blew them all away. We were very surprised when we walked into the lobby as it had the feel and look of a much more upscale property like the Westin or Hyatt. It was beautiful !! Homewood really raised the bar on this one. The clerk said they had only been opened for a month.
The staff here appears to have been carefully chosen and well trained. Every employee we encountered had a very friendly and sincere "what can I do for you" attitude. When we checked in we were given a "Welcome to Homewood" letter with the manager's name and phone number and email !! I really liked that and was impressed that the manager was willing to make herself known and accessible to the guests. We had a small issue with our room during our stay and I contacted the manager who responded very promptly and in a satisfactory manner to our concern. We were very impressed with all of the staff that we encountered.
This Homewood is located at the northeast corner of 10th Street and Williams Street. It is very near Georgia Tech and also about a block away from the Marta (rapid transit system).
This is a unique property in the sense that the building houses two hotels. One side is the Hilton Garden Inn and the other is this Homewood Suites (both owned by Hilton). The Homewood offers some great amenities such as a FREE hot breakfast AND a free dinner in the evenings during the week (Mon-Thurs only) complete with beer and wine. They also offer FREE in-room high-speed internet access. The only drawback we found to staying here is that there is no self-parking available and the valet parking is $22 per day (there is no extra charge for leaving and returning). We usually don't pick places that charge for parking but the awesome price of the room was SO worth it. We usually spend more than that on breakfast anyway so we figured the free breakfast and dinner easily offset the parking fee.
When we arrived in our room we saw the dinner menu for the evening meals posted on our fridge !! There is also a bar and grill on the premises that is accessible to guests staying at either hotel. There is an entrance to it located in the lobby of the Homewood. Unfortunately, we never got a chance to go try it out but it looked nice. There is also a chinese restaurant right across the street within easy walking distance called "Buddha". I heard they have good food.
A previous reviewer mentioned that he was bothered by road noise from the nearby interstate but we didn't experience any of that in our room. We stayed in room # 822 and it overlooked the pool area and we didn't experience any noticeable noise at all.
Our room was very nice with modern decor and quality furnishings, such as the kitchen counter and bath vanity that were a lovely granite. We stayed in what they call a studio suite with a king bed. The studio suite is like an efficiency apartment. It is a nice size room that has an open floor plan with the bed on one side of the room and the sofa on the other side with a small kitchen and bath and desk area. Another thing I like about the Homewoods we've stayed in is that the vanity and sink are NOT in the actual bathroom. All that is in the bathroom is the toilet and shower. The vanity is located in it's own little area right outside the bathroom entrance. This way the mirror doesn't get fogged up when the shower is on and we don't get in each others way when we are both trying to get ready to go :-) !!
Next time we stay in a Homewood though we will probably opt for the one-bedroom suite instead of the studio because those have a separate bedroom and living room area and since one of us is an earlier riser than the other this will allow for us to be able to stick to our usual routine without waking the other.
Anyway, this was a very impressive hotel and stay and if we were ever to return to Atlanta again I would definitely stay here again.
NOTE: Since this Homewood is housed in the same building as the Hilton and hence similar addresses, I believe some reviewers are accidentally leaving reviews for the wrong hotel.
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