Very Good Hotel and Value, Good Location, Friendly Staff A review of Embassy Suites Atlanta - at Centennial Olympic Park
Stayed in Embassy Suites Centennial Park Friday - Sunday August 12-15 2005 with a AAA rate of $134.99 per night. Cab from the airport = $25 single and $40 for 4 people. Hotel was very clean and not very busy. A very helpful woman was on duty from noon until 8 to provide concierge services. Long lines for free cocktails when managers reception started (5:30 or so) but pretty fast service after that. Great steak dinners at Ruths Chris Steak House located on premises on August 12. Visited rooftop pool and exercise room that evening; both comfortable and clean. Suite was fine; only complaint was poor condition of pillows. On Saturday had free breakfast served in Ruths Chris, it is a better set-up for breakfast than I have seen in other Embassy Suites but the food quality was about the same as usual. August 13 walked to CNN tour about 2 blocks away and then on to the Coca Cola tour and Atlanta Underground (less than 1 mile). The CNN tour was great, and sampling Coca Cola products from around the world was a hoot. Both activities are recommended. Atlanta Underground was disappointing. Had a late lunch at a sports bar in the CNN Center (also recommended) then back to hotel. That evening, walked from hotel to Georgia Dome for a pre-season football game. Very convenient! On Sunday, had the free breakfast again and afterwards went for a walk around the hotel property; it is connected to a building with upscale private residences. Unfortunately, a man was sleeping on the sidewalk and dampened my enthusiasm for exploring further. Then took a cab to Turner Field to see the Braves play. Cab was around $11 for 4 people. Cabs are usually right outside the Embassy Suites and if not the valet will call one for you. After the game took a taxi back to downtown and had dinner at Pittypats Porch (great southern food; also recommended), which is within walking distance of the hotel. Hotel was only 14% full Sunday evening (according to another of the helpful and friendly employees) and very quiet. Finished the weekend trip by sitting on the deck outside Ruth's Chris with a glass of wine and watched the evening settle in over the park. The only downsides to this property were the poor pillows, the average breakfast quality and the occasional down-and-out person hanging around the neighborhood. But hey, its a city. Given the cleanliness of the hotel, the friendliness of the staff, the proximity to so many attractions (including Centenniel Park right next door and the soon-to-be-opened Aquarium) and the price, I would definitely stay here again. I hope this information is helpful; please contact me if you have any questions.
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