I found the Ellis Hotel in a search for a nice but efficient hotel, that has availability for my group of eight, close to my meeting location that accepts a government rate. Although i was disappointed I couldnt find a popular chain or something a bit closer, i relented and booked it as it was only five blocks or a train stop away.
We were all pleasantly surprised in many respects. First, by the most friendly staff that we all became friends with. Compact, contemporary interior: modern but not over-the-top. After a free wine-tasting on the covered patio, we found the lounge to be most accomodating after a long day. No real bar food on the menu, but i understand that coming soon. Although we were tempted to stay for dinner at the adjacent restaurant, the host was most gracious to also tell us about the other nearby dinner choices available, making sure to also politely let us know about the more touristy popular, but usually disappointing ones to stay away from.
Breakfast was exceptional, southern style: silky scrambled eggs, thick meaty bacon, hominy grits that certainly werent the typical "quick" version and strong euro coffee, again with fabulous service from the wait staff. That left us thinking: "why didnt we have dinner here last night?"
I requested a room near the elevators because i try to avoid those long endless corridors that you find yourself trekking over and over again. The room was small but very efficient and full of the necesary creature-comforts that business travelers like: Great large-screen TV, good working desk, free WIFI, bedside lighting controls, good AC, comfy bedding. Bathroom was clean and well designed.
I unfortunately had to leave the rest of my group who enjoyed a longer stay. I look forwad to my next meeting in downtown Atlanta so I can visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The only independent, boutique, hotel in downtown Atlanta. Ranked #2 by Conde Nast Traveler for 2016 in Nov 2016's issue. Great city-center location. Famr to table Bistro. 127 completely renovated guestrooms as of June 2017. within walking distance of all of downtown's attractions, restaurants, and corporations. Complimentary use fitness center, available 24/7. Complimentary WIFI and morning coffee in lobby. ... more less
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