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Photos: Atlanta airport’s newest hotel is anything but ‘airport hotel’

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Renaissance Gateway Hotel features dozens of original pieces of artwork, designer rooms, and outdoor lounge

The front desk at the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel newly opened near Hartsfield Jackson.
The front desk at the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel newly opened near Hartsfield-Jackson.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is embarking on a $6-billion renovation, slated to transform and expand the nearly four-decade-old facility, allowing it to continue to serve the most passengers of any airport in the world.

While the airport itself is getting upgraded, the neighborhoods around it, which support the facility with industry, meeting space, and hotels, are also experiencing a renaissance. Literally.

Earlier this month, the newest hotel in the Gateway complex—tied into the airport via the ATL SkyTrain—opened to the public. To mark the occasion, last night the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel hosted a grand opening party, showcasing the seven-story high-end complex.

The 204-room hotel, designed by local architecture firm Rule Joy Trammell + Rubio and interior architect Rottet Studio, is an airport hotel that looks nothing like a typical “airport hotel.”

Inside, the public spaces—from the lobby to the bar to the meeting rooms—are chockfull of original art, including paintings by local artist HENSE.

Each guest room features unique accents, including framed drawings and fixtures that pay homage to Atlanta.

Lounging space in the lobby.
Photos: Jonathan Phillips, Curbed Atlanta

Throughout the hotel, there are subtle nods to southern life, like chicken wire embedded in the glass doors into the lobby restrooms, and carpet in the hallways that alludes to worn hardwood floors found on front porches.

General consensus from attendees at the party was that the project is a soaring success. And with more high-end options slated to land at the airport soon, that’s probably a good indication that the future for hotels around HJIA is sky-high.

Have a look around:

Hickory & Hazel, the bar and restaurant.
Swanky couch swings included.
The Magnolia Patio at Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel.
Inside the Tango Ballroom.
Fun art and funky formed seating.
One of the smaller meeting rooms.
Multiple machines—and slain excuses—inside the fitness center.
A look inside the more standard rooms at the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel.
The Executive Suite on the seventh floor of the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel touts 1,100 square feet with multiple rooms including a kitchen, dining room, living space, bedroom, and bathroom.
The bathroom in the Executive Suite.
The bedroom in the Executive Suite on the seventh floor.
Seating in the lobby as a place to hang out or get work done

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