ATLANTA—Renaissance Hotels, part of Marriott International, announced the opening of Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel. Owned and developed by Grove Street Partners, the 204-room hotel is connected via SkyTrain to the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport. With two expansive outdoor spaces, a fitness center, and a bar, the hotel is designed to set a new standard for the staid airport hotel experience.
“With its Business Unusual mantra, Renaissance Hotels is all about taking the business out of travel, so we are thrilled to introduce Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel to one of the busiest airports in the world,” said Brian Povinelli, SVP and global brand leader, Renaissance Hotels. “From the hotel’s artful design to its engaging experiences, Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel definitely defies the conventions of business travel today.”
The new hotel’s interior design was led by the award-winning firm Rottet Studio, with stunning artwork by Atlanta natives Ryan Coleman, Matt Herbermehl, and Sarah Emerson. From a porch swing to digital art projections and a larger-than-life lobby mural depicting an abstract world map, the hotel creates a sense of arrival before guests check in. The hotel has a total of 11 original murals. A twist on the traditional business center, the hotel’s flexible collaboration space has an assortment of seating and drawers that encourage guests to write notes about their travels for other guests to read along their journeys.
“Design aesthetics throughout the hotel embody a high-low theme intermixing raw materials such as concrete ceilings with polished materials like walnut wood, and peppered with playful unexpected moments of discovery inspired by the Renaissance brand,” said Lauren Rottet, founding principal, Rottet Studio.
The 204 guestrooms include eight suites that balance residential Southern charm with a modern design aesthetic. Custom murals in each of the hotel’s eight suites were created by artist Ryan Coman whose gritty graffiti style juxtaposes a polished, animated element inspired by his father—a famed animator for Disney.
Led by Specialty Chef Blake McDonald, Hickory & Hazel Southern Table and Bar brings the local flavor from New Orleans to Atlanta and is the epitome of southern hospitality. From fried green tomato eggs Benedict and shrimp and grits to a 13th Colony BBQ Brisket Sandwich, guests can indulge in southern comfort with an edge. Also gracing the menu is an old south classic house-made moon pie served with RC Cola. Hickory & Hazel features rustic tables and a dramatic horseshoe shaped bar serving signature cocktails like the Suits your Fancy made from Pisco, pamplemousse rose, fresh celery seed and fennel syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice, and egg white.
Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel offers 6,290 square feet of total event space. Named after the radiotelephonic spelling alphabet, commonly used in Aviation communication, the Alpha, Bravo, Foxtrot, and Echo meeting rooms alongside the Tango Ballroom make up seven total event rooms. A 3,345 square-foot ballroom is available for large celebrations and has a floor-to-ceiling outlook of the Tango Terrace. The non-traditional layout is equipped with lounge-style furnishings and décor that pull in natural elements, neutral tones, and wall coverings with a custom mural inspired by the flora and fauna of Atlanta.
“Every aspect of the new Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel has been designed specifically for business travelers who may have 20 minutes, two hours or two days in Atlanta, and want to leave with surprising discoveries and a taste of this city’s dynamic culture,” said Donelle Zunker, General Manager, Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel. “We are delighted to welcome global travelers to experience Atlanta through our Business Unusual lens and offer an inviting alternative to staid airport lounges.”
The Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel will offer Evenings at Renaissance, where guests can experience the locale through programming including local artist performances, interactive painting, cooking classes, and wine tastings, among other experiences. The brand’s signature Bar Ritual will bring travelers together to enjoy a complimentary cocktail. The hotel’s Navigators will help guests experience the neighborhood’s soul with hidden gems and handpicked local discoveries.