The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta’s iconic John Portman-designed hotel, has completed the final phase of its grand $70 million renovation. In partnership with Atlanta architecture firm Cooper Cary, Atlanta interior designer Carolyn Auger of Blackdog Studio and contractor Balfour Beatty, every interior element of the hotel from the redesigned lobby, all 1,073 guest rooms and suites, and the restaurant has been revamped.
Designed by John Portman in 1976, The Westin Peachtree Plaza is a 73-story tower, topped by the tri-level, revolving Sun Dial Restaurant Bar & View. At 754 feet, The Westin Peachtree Plaza was Atlanta’s tallest building until 1987, when it was surpassed by One Atlantic Center. Today, The Westin Peachtree Plaza is the fifth tallest building in Atlanta and remains the tallest hotel in the Southeast. The tower is the second-tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, and the 17th tallest all-hotel building in the world.
“The Westin brand is about living well, and the changes that we have made to this renowned Atlanta property are designed to inspire wellbeing in travel, work, meetings, and vacations,” said Ron Tarson, general manager of The Westin Peachtree Plaza. “This renovation has redefined the Westin Peachtree Plaza, ensuring we will stay on the map as a premier travel destination and meeting location.”
The lobby’s transformation includes elements of nature that are complemented with rich textiles and modern furnishings. 85,000 square feet of meeting space, including the Peachtree and Savannah ballrooms, are well-appointed with cohesive nature-inspired design elements carried from the lobby. For larger conventions, the hotel has direct access to more than 400,000 square feet of exhibit and additional meeting space at America’s Mart and 200 Peachtree, an adjoining premier event facility. For smaller, ad-hoc meetings, guests can utilize Tangent at Westin, a private lobby space for up to six complete with tables, chairs, AV equipment and more. The hotel’s lobby was also revitalized with an upgraded Starbucks and lobby bar, renamed Bar 210, and is now home to FedEx Office.
Guest rooms and suites have been refreshed with new carpet, paint and wallpaper, new ergonomic desk chairs, lamps, phones, environmentally-friendly climate controls, 42” flat screen televisions and new window treatments. Unchanged in the guest rooms are the floor to ceiling windows that offer each guest spectacular views of the Atlanta area.
The hotel’s popular tri-level rotating dining complex received a complete makeover mid-2013. New to this level are four Digiboards, each displaying highlights of the landscape with history of landmarks such as Centennial Olympic Park, East Atlanta or the Georgia Dome. The dramatic venue is available for banquets or corporate events. The top floor of the restaurant completes a full revolution every 30 minutes, and the bottom every 60 minutes.
Photos courtesy Westin Peachtree Plaza