After a long day of baseball and a missed connection to the west coast it was after 11pm and I was stuck with my child and no hotel room within 15 miles of the airport because of multiple conventions. I had stayed at the W in San Diego before so when this hotel popped up online as actually having a room I thought it would be a good place to go.
Because of the small entrance and the long line of cars waiting to get in, I ended up getting out of my cab in the rain and walking in, which admittedly, put me in a worse mood than I was already in.
The front desk staff was friendly and gave me some toiletries since the airline still had our bags (lost connection and all), but they were much more interested in talking about the football players that had just walked in rather than a dripping, tired mom and her son so they forgot to mention that you needed to use your key card to get to room floors.
Imagine our surprise when we ended up on the top floor and the doors opened and a large group of drunk, loud 20 somethings crowded in and we went back to the 1st floor. While we got our card out and before we could swipe in and enter our floor the elevator went back up to the 7th floor and the doors opened to what could only be two "working girls" and their boss. (Based on some of the reviews, I shouldn't have been surprised.)
Fast forward to trying to get to sleep. The hotel is made from cheap materials. As another reviewer mentioned, the doors are thin and the hallway lights come into your room from under the door. Anytime someone walked down the hall you could hear their conversation, them fumbling at their door and them going in. Made it difficult to stay asleep.
Added to that is the air conditioning unit. For the price that I paid you would think that there would be central air with a wall thermostat. The key feature of these units is that they are generally very quiet. I was in a Staybridge Suites in Arizona 2 weeks earlier that had central air. This hotel has those floor/window units. The problem with those kinds of units is that they are extremely loud. Not only was this one loud, it hummed at a frequency that personally makes me sick. My son was already asleep (he was exhausted and can sleep through anything) and we only had a few hours before we had to go back to the airport so I didn't call down to the front desk. Instead used my ear buds, turned on my iTunes and put a pillow over my head (I could still hear the traffic outside my door and the air conditioning unit - but it was a quieter) and tried to sleep.
If I ever end up needing a hotel in the Buckhead area I will absolutely try a different hotel - I saw many around the area that I am sure I could get a better night's sleep and not be subject to the local "working girls."
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located in the heart of Atlanta's entertainment and fashion capital is W Atlanta - Buckhead, where southern hospitality rules 24/7. W Atlanta - Buckhead combines modern luxury and Southern charm into its chic design and welcoming atmosphere, in a neighborhood that puts you in the center of all Atlanta has to offer. ... more less
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