I am from Atlanta and we moved to Knoxville over 10 years ago. My mom had developed cancer and we wanted to be closer to her. After mom went into remission, we decided to stay in Knoxville, but we will always call Atlanta home. My oldest daughter still lives in Atlanta and we decided to spend the kids Spring Break with her. We were fortunate enough to be invited to stay at The Hyatt Regency Atlanta and it was like a home away from home! We had a long drive from Knoxville and with all the pit stops we had to take, it took almost 6 hours to get to the hotel. I was tired, a bit cranky and just ready to get the heck out of the car. You know you are in for a fun stay when your car door is opened by the gentlemen at the front door and you are greeted like a long lost relative! These men put such a huge smile on my face! It was exactly what I needed to get me in the mood to start our Atlanta adventure! Fun fact: Jim Morrison stayed at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in 1970 when he attended the Atlanta Film Festival.
I have a Kevin Bacon type personal connection to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. When I was in my early 20’s, I worked for John C. Portman, the man who designed the hotel in 1967. I worked in the Accounting department for the Atlanta Merchandise and Apparel Marts for about 6 years. The lobby is spectacular with its open style design of the Atrium Tower and the beautiful and bright and airy feel inside of the hotel. The inner structure of the atrium is just a spectacular piece of artwork which gives it a modern and contemporary feel to the atrium area.
The greenery which adorns the inner balconies give a fresh springlike feel all year round. The “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Glass Elevators” as Henry called them, give a breathtakingly scenic view of the hotel. These elevators are one of the design features which make the Hyatt Regency Atlanta such a unique and memorable hotel to stay in. The kids begged us to take them up in one of the elevators before we even got a chance to check in!
Once we entered the hotel, we were greeted by no less than 5 of the bellman and other staff members between the front door and the check in area. There were plenty of staff available to assist us with our checking in and again, we were greeted with big smiles and sincere inquiries of what could be done to assist us. Anthony was such a wonderfully pleasant guy and he was completely patient with me. I had made an error in my request for the room and he took care of it without a moments hesitation. He also made sure we had internet in the room so I could get some work done as well as take care of our parking. With a loaner car, I was nervous about parking the care in an open area, and Anthony made sure the valet service would take care of us during our entire stay. Our bellman was the nicest guy ever! He was inquisitive with the kids, making sure they were acknowledged and included in the conversation. When he found it was Henry’s first stay in a hotel, he gave him a high-5 and told him how much fun he was going to have at the Hyatt! Once he had us unloaded, he offered to get us ice and anything else we needed before he left us to unpack.
The rooms, of which there are more then 1,250, are spacious, light and airy and uber comfortable. We were provided with 2 connecting rooms and the kids were over the moon excited about that! They felt like they had their independence without being too far away from mom and dad. The beds will give you one of the most restful nights sleep you can get. They are piled up with pillows which are like sleeping on a cloud. I am so picky about my pillows and always carry one of my own when I travel. I did not even use my extra pillow from home the entire stay with the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The bathrooms are nice and spacious and the water pressure in the shower is awesome! I am so picky about showers that just give you a dribble of water, but the Hyatt gives you a nice strong spray that just makes the stress of a long car ride disappear.
The rooms have a modern feel with Danish Scandinavian type furniture and lighting. There is a nice big desk if you need to work (which I did), plenty of space for clothing for my husband and I as well as the kids. The rooms have a poolside or Atlanta skyline view and have either a King or 2 Double Beds offered per room (we got one of each.) The kids sneaked into our King room each morning and on the last day, we had an awesome tickle fight. I think Henry was the clear winner of this one! For the busy traveler, you can choose the City Queen room, which offers a compact yet cozy room. You have WiFi internet access and an awesome 32″ flat screen TV with Cable and VOD. You have a coffee maker, name brand bath and toiletry products, an iron and ironing board and hair dryer.
The blue domed “space ship” (again, thanks to Henry) top of the Hyatt Regency is one of the most well known and most recognized. The Polaris, the rotating restaurant under the blue dome, is another of Mr. Portman’s signature designs. I ate in this restaurant when I was working for Mr. Portman and the food and view was superior to any I have had. Although the restaurant was closed in 2004 for renovations, it was recently announced the restaurant will re-open this Spring!
The Twenty Two Storys is a spacious bar where you can relax, have a cocktail and enjoy the view. The Sway is a restaurant unique to the Hyatt Regency Atlanta which boasts three chef-driven menus. The restaurant has a Southern influenced dining experience which uses locally sourced and seasonal ingredients for their breakfast lunch and dinner menus. They also offer a full wine menu and Bar Seating for 180 guests Vegetarian and Gluten free menu options Private dining room seating for intimate gatherings.
If you are interested in exploring exciting Atlanta, there are plenty of attractions near the hotel, and many are within walking distance. We walked to the Hard Rock Cafe for dinner the first night and there was plenty of dining and shopping all around us. The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is just a 15-minute drive to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and has an indoor connection to the Peachtree Center Station of the MARTA public rail system. You are also very close to such attractions as the Georgia Aquarium, Peachtree Center Mall, Georgia World Congress Center, Americas Mart (where I worked in my youth), CNN Center, the Fox Theater, Atlanta Civic Center, High Museum of Art, Turner Field and and Philips Arena I saw the first concert shown at the Philips arena when it opened which was U2 and Big Audio Dynamite! You can soak up the sun, relax or get a work out in the large pool. If you want to work out while on the road, the 24 hour, 5,000-square-foot StayFit™ gym is perfect for you. I was able to enjoy the treadmill while I was traveling so I could stay on track with my fitness program.
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta is also available for your business meeting, wedding or other special event. They offer premier convention and trade show facilities, with over 180,000 sq. ft. of space as well as Georgia’s largest ballroom, at an impressive 29,000 sq. ft. With trained event planners, you can res assured your dream wedding or business event will be planned from start to finish with your needs in mind. With their expert catering staff and culinary team , they will design the perfect menu with fresh ingredients. Your guests will be impressed and delighted with the incredible flavors as well as how appealing the food and tables are. If you want to be treated like royalty, feel like you are in a home away from home or need to impress that new client, you cannot ask for better than the Hyatt Regency Atlanta! You can follow the Hyatt Regency Atlanta on Facebook as well as Twitter.
The Hyatt Regency Atlanta
265 Peachtree Street NE
Atlanta, Georgia, 30303
Telephone: (404) 577-1234
Fax: (404) 588-4137