Hotel Group: Marriott International
Hotel Category: Category 5
Hotel Status: Gold (second highest tier)
Booking Type: Free Category 1-5 certificate
Room Type: Standard King
Date of Stay: October 2017
The Waverly Hotel is located across the street from SunTrust Park (home of the Atlanta Braves) with some rooms boasting great views of the park. This is a true convention center hotel with more than 65,000 sq ft of event space and 522 rooms and suites. Amenities include a UPS store, four dining options, a club lounge, indoor and outdoor pool, racquetball court, spa, and a fitness center. The hotel does offer car service that will take you a short distance. Valet parking is $18 and self-parking is free.
This was a last-minute booking, and thankfully I had a free night certificate because hotel prices were outrageous in Atlanta this particular day. There was not a decent hotel in the whole city going for less than $250. My option for this hotel was either $498, 25,000 Marriott Rewards points or my free night certificate. The choice was easy. There are few instances where you’ll see a category 1-5 hotel going for $500 per night.
Check-in was a breeze; the receptionist thanked me for being a gold member, and after he explained the club lounge and some of the other amenities, I was off to my room. I thought about asking for a SunTrust Park view, but I checked the app to see if any were available before I arrived and none were, so I decided to stick with the room assigned to me.
The lobby is an open area, with all the restaurants being on this floor as well as some sitting areas and a gift shop. Most of the conference rooms and event spaces are on the second floor.
I was in room 507, which was tucked away in the corner just to the right of the elevators. The room was spacious and could have used a little more furniture to make it feel a little less empty.
I think Renaissance beds are some of the best in the industry. They are always perfectly soft, which I prefer to firm. Both nightstands had easy access to outlets on the lamps.
From the room there were unobstructed views of nearby office buildings. I’ve certainly had worse but you can’t expect much from the fifth floor.
The wi-fi was outstanding. I checked it in several different areas of the hotel and never got numbers much lower than these.
I’m aware this is probably a bigger deal to me than most people, but I give the channel guide a failing grade because they don’t have Golf Channel. This day and age and no Golf Channel? Sad.
Overall, I was pleased with the room. The air conditioning worked well, and the bed and pillows were exactly how I like them.
The bathroom was as standard as they come. The only thing that I don’t see much these days was the heat lamp on the ceiling which is controlled by a timer near the light switch.
The toiletries were from Aveda. For a mid-tier hotel, these are really good, but I understand the rosemary mint scent isn’t for everyone.
The hairdryer was a ConAir with a concentrator attachment on the end. Those things are a real game changer.
The coffee machine was in the bathroom with a mix of teas and coffee.
The club lounge was a highlight for sure. There were plenty of seating options and Karon, the lounge associate, might have been the sweetest lady I’ve ever met.
The breakfast and evening hors d’oeuvres were delicious. They certainly didn’t skimp on anything. You did have to pay for alcohol, but the prices were reasonable and Karon was more than happy to mix up a cocktail for me.
The lounge is on the top floor so the views were much better than in my room. In the distance, you could see downtown Atlanta.
Both the spa and racquetball court were closed during my stay. The spa is on the second floor, with the racquetball court inside it.
The fitness center is open 5am-11pm and is also on the second floor. You have to enter the spa to get to the fitness center. It has an array of weight and cardio equipment with views of the indoor pool.
The locker rooms, I loved. Not only did they have adequate showers and lockers but the additions of a sauna, steam room, and lounge area were fantastic. I love a locker room where you cannot only get ready but also have a place to relax a bit without being bothered.
The indoor saltwater lap pool alongside a small jacuzzi is just past the gym and racquetball court. The outdoor pool was closed during my stay so I didn’t get a chance to take photos, as they had it chained off.
Restaurant 2450 is an American eatery that serves breakfast and lunch. Medici is an Italian restaurant that’s open for dinner. Tosca Blu Bar serves during lunch and dinner with live music performances throughout the month, and, finally, KoFi is a coffee shop that’s open for breakfast.
This was a short trip, so I didn’t get a chance to review them and, with club lounge access, there wasn’t a reason for me to. For what it’s worth, I thought they looked really good, though.
Here is the room service menu.
Service gets a 9.2/10. The bellhops were fantastic and Karon, the club lounge attendant, was a joy. The only time I called down for a bellhop they greeted me by name. I think this is such an easy thing to do to help make a stay more personal yet I stay in so many so-called five-star hotels that don’t do this. I was pleasantly surprised at the level of service here.
This place is a gem. I love Renaissance brand hotels, but my expectations weren’t high as I did no research on this place before I arrived. They exceeded all my expectations. The amenities they offer are only matched by a few hotels in all of Atlanta. How many hotels can you name that have a racquetball court? There’s a reason why they were awarded four diamonds by AAA, and they absolutely deserve it. I highly recommend this hotel if your travels take you to Atlanta.
Have you stayed here, what are your thoughts?