After 110 years as an office building, downtown Atlanta's Candler Building could be transformed into a boutique hotel. If plans come to fruition, the Candler Atlanta Hotel will be part of Hilton's Curio Collection, which features uniquely branded historic properties across the country as well as in Germany, Argentina, and Jamaica. According to the AJC, the ornately appointed lobby of the building — featuring a Georgia-white marble grand staircase and original Tiffany windows — will be retained, with a restaurant and bar added. Originally designed by Geo. E. Murphy, the building will receive its new looks thanks to Beck Group and Development Services Group.
First opened in 1906, the structure was built by Asa Griggs Candler, founder of Coca-Cola, who would later go on to be mayor of Atlanta. Upon its debut, the Candler Building was the tallest in the city, and it retained that title for 23 years. Some observers viewed its location — several blocks north of Five Points, then the epicenter of Atlanta — as far removed from downtown.
According to plans, the 17-story hotel will have 265 guest rooms featuring oversized king beds and double queens, as well as suites. Construction should start in the coming months, with the project finishing in late 2017.
Hilton is bullish on downtown. This announcement comes just weeks after news that the company is exploring opening a "Canopy" branded property near Centennial Olympic Park, too.