Arrival Experience: Atlanta’s airport is awash in hotel options nearby, but the Marriott Atlanta Airport stands above the pack for its wealth of facilities and friendly staff. The shuttle, for starters, is one of the most frequent to run at 15-minute intervals leaving no guest waiting for long periods. Once under the porte cochere of the hotel, guests are quickly shown into the bright and welcoming lobby where the staff exhibits true Southern charm interacting with guests (yes, even when the lines are long!). Check-in is efficient, which for most guests on overnight layovers is appreciated.
Dining: For an airport and conference hotel, the options for food are plentiful. Allie’s American Grille is the all-day eatery showcasing impressive breakfast buffet spreads and an inventive continental menu for the rest of the day. Bentley’s opens for dinner serving juicy, prime cuts of beef. The formal atmosphere is quite impressive for an airport hotel, and when large conferences are in house, reservations to this popular venue are recommended. A Starbucks coffee bar is set up to perk up guests in the lobby. The lobby café menu features a variety of Japanese sushi while Southside Lounge serves up casual fare with an American twist. Dozens of draft and bottled beers make this a guest favorite.
Accommodations: Guest rooms here are fresh, modern, and inviting. The centerpiece of the room is the Marriott brand’s excellent bed with pillowtop mattress, plump duvet, and pillows of varying firmness. Facing the bed is a large flat-screen cable TV, spacious work desk with wired and wireless high speed Internet, phones with voice mail, and adjustable workspace lighting. Notable is Marriott’s electronic dashboard featuring various outlets and ports that even allow guests to connect their laptop or iPod with the TV. Armchairs face the TV with ottomans, and full-length mirrors give guests a glimpse of themselves before leaving the room. Baths have Bath & Body Works-branded toiletries, hairdryers, large vanities, and powerful showers. Club level rooms add robes and access to a private lounge for breakfast, all-day drinks, and evening snacks.
Conclusion: A popular swimming pool features indoor and outdoor sections while a busy, well-equipped fitness center overlooks the pool. Ample conference space offers the latest audiovisual equipment and wireless Internet. Groups give this place a buzz that add energy, appreciated by one-night stopover business travelers. Others may find the hotel the perfect, affordable lodging option from which to visit the surrounding area using the MARTA train nearby to get around town. Special rates are available on weekends. Marriott offers a reliable product with friendly Southern-style service. As one of many Marriott-branded properties near the airport, this full-service option is one of the best.