Two blocks to MARTA bus station and within walking distance of a good selection of restaurants
Comfortable beds in cozy, modern guest rooms with soothing decor
Free limo shuttle takes guests within a three-mile radius; airport pickup possible (for a fee)
Free breakfast is nicely varied and includes an omelette station
Extras include free cookies at reception desk and free morning newspapers
Full bar in the lobby
Free Wi-Fi throughout
Outdoor swimming pool with hot tub
Small, modern fitness center
Compact business center
Far from downtown in a suburb north of the city
Some complaints of interior and exterior noise in the rooms
Small parking lot
No on-site restaurant
The 101 rooms in this mid-range suburban hotel situated just north of downtown Atlanta have a warm, homey atmosphere through the inclusion of wood laminate floors and earth-tone wall colors. Guest rooms generally get high marks for cleanliness and bed comfort in particular. The property is situated about 40 minutes via public transportation (or a 15 minutes' drive) from downtown Atlanta, with MARTA bus access within two blocks; the hotel also provides a free stretch limo shuttle service within a three-mile radius. Extra perks like free cookies at the reception desk and free newspapers in the morning are nice touches, along with the free continental breakfast. There's a small but pleasant outdoor pool surrounded by leafy trees and shrubbery, with some lounge chairs on the deck.
While the exterior of the building is standard-issue chain hotel, the lobby is slightly more upscale and interesting, with a marble-inlay floor, high ceilings, LED ceiling lighting, and an espresso maker. Colorful artwork throughout the hotel was created by the owner's daughter, a Chicago-based artist, and there are free cookies at the reception desk during the day and night. The lobby bar is small, with gray carpeting and red chairs, and somewhat jarring neon lights behind the bar. The breakfast area, too, is mostly gray with touches of red, and the trendy sheer curtains and playfully patterned couches look somewhat out of place. Business travelers and families alike favor this hotel; it's also a destination for those attending concerts at the Chastain Park Amphitheater two miles from the property.
North of the city, about 40 minutes to downtown via public transportation
The Buckhead section of Atlanta, where the Wingate is situated, sits about 15 to 20 minutes north of downtown Atlanta by car, and 40 minutes via public transportation. The hotel is within walking distance of a number of restaurants, and about two long blocks from a bus station managed by MARTA, Atlanta’s public transport. Buckhead is known for its shopping -- Phipps Plaza, with designer boutiques, is about a five-minute drive away, while the larger Lenox Square Mall is just over five minutes away by car. Parking at the hotel is free, though the lot is small.
Cozy with wood laminate flooring and earth tone wall colors
There is a homeyness to these rooms and suites resulting from the laminate wood floors, faux persian rugs, and warm colors painted on the walls. Rooms are generally clean, and all have a mini-fridge, safe, microwave, writing desk, and small flat-screen TV. Bathrooms include plastic shower/tub combos and fairly humdrum tile. Single sinks are standard. Suites have a large sink area, a separate walk-in shower with massage showerhead, and a spa tub -- some have whirlpools. Cleanliness isn't an issue, but past guests have occasionally complained about exterior and interior noises.
Free limo shuttle, outdoor pool, and business facilities
A modest outdoor swimming pool and hot tub surrounded by lounge chairs, is adjacent to the parking lot. The hotel runs a stretch limo shuttle service until the late evening that will take guests anywhere within a three-mile radius of the property. There are a small fitness center with a handful of exercise machines, some free weights, and weight machines. The business center has two computers, a printer, and a copier/fax machine; several meeting rooms, a ballroom, and a boardroom are also available. Free breakfast includes hot and cold items, like waffles and an omelette station, though there isn't a full restaurant at the hotel. The lobby holds a small, but fully stocked, bar with counter seating and one table. An on-site shop sells snacks and beverages. Wi-Fi is free.
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