It's no secret: Atlanta ain't London. We're known for bulldozing history in favor of shiny newness, not a bevy of buildings with centuries of stories to tell. But still, our fair city is doted with hotel properties famed for hosting cinema icons — or for unspeakable tragedies that happened within their old walls. Atlantans might take these places for granted, but visitors certainly do not.Read More
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Hotel Indigo - 1925
Originally constructed as the Carlton Bachelor Apartments (complete with "matrons" stationed on each floor to assist with chores), the Indigo was converted to its current boutique hotel status in 2005. Prolific Atlanta architecture firm Pringle and Smith designed the brick and limestone tower, which boasts niceties like canine cocktails and an enviable location across from the Fox Theatre.
Georgian Terrace Hotel - 1911
This ornate hotel in Lower Midtown has hosted some biggies over the years, including Tallulah Bankhead, F.Scott Fitzgerald and the premiere gala for "Gone with the Wind." Its Parisian-inspired, Beaux Arts look is an elegant combination of brick, limestone and marble that's basically unrivaled in the city.
The Ellis Hotel - 1913
It's been reborn as a chic boutique hotel, but the Ellis will always be the site of the nation's deadliest hotel fire, which occurred in 1946 when it was the Winecoff Hotel. The place has never looked better, and it now features some cool features like a women's only floor and a dining terrace overlooking Peachtree Street.
Glenn Hotel - 1923
The Glenn started out as an office building whose construction was prompted by the opening of the Spring Street Viaduct. Its location on Centennial Olympic Park is now its biggest asset. Limestone and terra cotta detailing highlight the ten-story exterior; the view from the rooftop SkyLounge bar is not to be missed.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta - 1967
Within the otherwise blasé Peachtree Center District, the John C. Portman, Jr.-designed Hyatt stands out for two notable features: a blue "UFO" on the roof soon to be reborn as restaurant, and a massive atrium that set of a frenzy of copycats upon completion.