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Is Another Hotel In Works For Downtown Tourist District?

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Could yet another hotel be in the offing for downtown Atlanta's tourist district? Maybe. The Georgia World Congress Center is assessing whether it'd be prudent or not to build a large hotel on the current site of its Gold Deck, tucked away near the Georgia Dome and Phillips Arena, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reports. And they're aiming high: The hotel would reportedly offer between 800 and 1,200 rooms (for context, the Westin Peachtree Plaza tower has 1,068 rooms). If the GWCC moves forward, the hotel could open as soon as 2018, the year after the schedule debut of the new Falcons stadium. Leaders are hoping for a yes-or-no decision by the middle of next year. The hotel would join two other proposals recently announced just down the street.

The Luckie-Marietta District will add two national attractions next year to its roster of touristy jewels and restaurants around the park, and hoteliers appear eager to accommodate the expected vistors. Plans surfaced in August for a 150-room extended stay hotel at Ivan Allen Boulevard and Luckie Street, catty-corner to the Georgia Aquarium. And the ABC reported last month that Atlanta-based Legacy Property Group LLC wants to build a 129-room Homewood Suites by Hilton on a small plot fronting Marietta Street (and facing STATS restaurant). By our count, the proposals will fill three unused or underused lots downtown. Sounds like progress.

· Georgia World Congress Center hotel eyed [Atlanta Business Chronicle]
· Another Hotel Planned For Sizzling Luckie-Marietta [Curbed Atlanta]

[Map image via Case District III]