The three-and-a-half-pearl Ellis Hotel is housed in a stately building that dates to 1913, located on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta. Today, it’s a modern boutique hotel with 127 comfortable guest rooms that are all equipped with flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, robes, and high-end Gilchrist & Soames bath products, but units lack safes and not all have mini-fridges. There's no free breakfast, but highlight features include a farm-to-table restaurant that serves Southern cuisine and a 24-hour fitness center, plus perks like free Wi-Fi and $1 nightly wine tastings add value. Travelers seeking a similar central location who want to spend less can check out Residence Inn Atlanta Downtown.
A historic boutique hotel for business and leisure travelers, plus some families
This landmark hotel that’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places opened in 1913 as the Winecoff Hotel. But tragedy struck 33 years later, when it caught fire and 119 guests died, including the hotel’s namesake family who resided there. It's considered the deadliest hotel fire in U.S. history. Many of the architectural details on the facade of the 16-story brick building remain, and its interiors are modern, with leather and stainless steel furniture, a bright, back-lit front desk. Dark wood columns with wall sconces hint at the hotel’s history. Given its central downtown location, expect to see a mix of business and leisure travelers who are out most of the day. The nightly wine tastings are a good opportunity to mingle, as guests tend to stay to themselves at this cozy boutique property.
On a busy street downtown, within walking distance of restaurants and top attractions
The Ellis Hotel is centrally located on bustling Peachtree Street, the historic heart of downtownAtlanta. It's a great location for business and leisure travelers, including families, as it's near numerous conference centers and tourist attractions -- like the Georgia Aquarium (the largest in the world) and The Children's Museum. The hotel is about a 12-minute walk to Georgia State University and Philips Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks. There are also many museums and attractions that are a short walk or drive from the hotel, and using the city's public transit system, MARTA, is convenient as well.
Two-minute walk to Peachtree Center MARTA station
10-minute walk to Centennial Olympic Park
10-minute walk to Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
10-minute walk to the World of Coca Cola Museum
11-minute walk to CNN Center Complex
13-minute walk to Georgia Aquarium
10 minutes to The Center for Civil and Human Rights via public transit
11 minutes to Georgia State Capitol via public transit
Nine-minute drive to the Atlanta Zoo
11-minute drive to High Museum of Art
11-minute drive to Piedmont Park
12-minute drive to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Contemporary rooms with flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers, but not all have mini-fridges
Guest rooms are attractive but not overly stylish, done in light earth tones and royal blue accents on carpeting and beds' bolster pillows. Sleek bamboo walls and upholstered armchairs with chrome frames are design-forward touches. Standard amenities include AC, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers, robes, armchairs, and desks with ergonomic chairs, but units lack safes and only Premium rooms offer mini-fridges. Bathrooms have attractive, black granite vanities and modern fixtures, and feature Gilchrist & Soames bath products. Most contain shower/tub combos although some have spacious walk-in showers, and the Executive Suite we saw had a separate shower and tub.
Some interesting upgrade possibilities exist at this hotel, including a women-only floor with a secure entrance and extra amenities like an L’Occitane toiletries gift bag. The entire 15th floor is designated a "Fresh Air Floor" for travelers who have allergies, and rooms have sealed mattresses and pillows, and Beyond by Aerus air purifiers. Street noise can be heard from rooms on lower floors, so guests who are noise-sensitive may wish to ask for a unit that's higher up.
Farm-to-table restaurant, nightly wine tastings, and 24-hour gym, but no free breakfast
This boutique hotel has an array of appealing amenities, including its Terrace Bistro & Lounge that has a pleasant outdoor patio on Peachtree Street. The Terrace features Southern cuisine with a focus on fresh, farm-to-table ingredients. It serves a hot breakfast buffet for a fee that has an omelet station, plus lunch and dinner. The hotel also hosts wine tastings every evening, with $1 wines and free light appetizers. Free coffee is in the lobby each morning as well, and room service is available.
The hotel has a 24-hour fitness center with up-to-date equipment. Other amenities include a small business center, and event space for up to 100 people. The valet-only parking is reasonably priced for a central downtown hotel, and includes in/out privileges. There's also concierge services with valet dry cleaning and laundry. The hotel has free Wi-Fi throughout, and allows small pets for a surcharge.