by Wendy Irvine
Ready to explore Atlanta on foot? The Embassy Suites Atlanta at Centennial Olympic Park sits on the hem of fun, delivering a beautifully situated park-and-walk vacation. In 1996, Atlanta played host to the summer Olympics and a 21-acre crown jewel of a park remained. Your little runners and jumpers will be delighted, especially with the shooting fountains that dance to music. Surrounding the park is Atlanta in spades, including the CNN Center, the Georgia Aquarium, the Atlanta SkyView, the World of Coca-Cola Museum, the Atlanta Children’s Museum, and about a zillion cool restaurants.
The seven-story Embassy Suites features a complimentary, enormous hot breakfast each morning and a reception in the evening. Every two-room suite comes with a small kitchenette and a closing door for that lovely thing called maximum privacy. The hotel’s onsite restaurant is Atlanta’s Ruth’s Chris Steak House, which provides lunch, dinner and room service for the suites.
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This Embassy Suites, with 311 standard suites and a variety of specialty suites all comfortably sleeping five to six people (depending on room choice), is slated for a complete makeover in the fall of 2015. Standard suites come with two rooms with a closing door between the living room and the bedroom. Choose between either a king bed or two double beds. All standard suites come with a 37-inch, flat-screen TV, a desk/dining table, a mini-fridge, a microwave, and a coffeemaker. Suites also have irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, and a second flat-screen TV in the bedroom.
The suites are decked in muted golds, browns, and greens. Cribs are available free of charge and many suites have connecting rooms. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations.
Tip: Do you want a spectacular view of the Atlanta skyline, Centennial Park, or the Atlanta SkyView (Ferris wheel)? If a gorgeous view is part of your vacation sizzle, make your request when you reserve your room.
Conference Suite with Two Double Beds
This generous two-room suite includes a conference table with chairs and features two double beds in the bedroom, and a full-size sofa bed.
One King Bed Suite With -- or Without -- Park View
This spacious king suite is perfect for parents who want the bedroom all to themselves. Each suite includes one king bed and a full-size sofa bed.
Two Double Bed Suite With -- or Without -- Park View
Perfect for families - this suite features two double beds and a full-size sofa.
Centennial Suite with One King Bed and Park View
This large gem of a king suite boasts a wrap-around terrace with views of Centennial Olympic Park. Each room includes one king bed, a full-size sofa bed, easy chairs, a dining table with chairs for six, and a desk.
Executive Suite with One King Bed and Park View
This spacious suite includes bay windows and views of Centennial Olympic Park. This corner suite delivers a king bed, a full-size sofa bed, easy chairs, a dining table with chairs for six, and a desk.
Governor Suite with One King-Bed and Park View
This beautiful apartment-style king suite includes stunning views of Centennial Olympic Park and includes one king bed, a full-size sofa bed, easy chairs, a dining table with chairs for six, and a desk.
Presidential Suite with One King-Bed and Park View
At a generous 700 square feet with a terrace overlooking Centennial Olympic Park, the Presidential Suite is the largest suite offered on property. The Presidential Suite comes with one king bed, a full dining space with table and chairs for six, a kitchenette (a microwave, full sink and full fridge), a living room with a full-size sofa bed, and office space. The master bath also comes with a jetted garden tub.
Went to enjoy my wife's birthday. Wanted to see the Aquarium, Coke and CNN tours. Excellent location for those things. Hotel is nice - evening reception could have more variety of snacks. Breakfast pretty good with omelette as first choice. Nice room. Was not that happy with Ruth's Chris - quality not as I remembered in other sites.
I stayed here for 2 nights. Reservations online, checkin was busy but good customer service. Room was clean and well stocked, bathroom clean. To turn shower on, it is a twist underneath spicket. Breakfast was OK, Coffee absolutely horrible. However there is a Starbucks nearby. Customer service very good throughout hotel Would recommend and return.
This Embassy Suites is well aware that the real action is happening steps from its door, but when the kids turn cranky after a long day, take advantage of the following activities.
Called the Family Fun Zone, this area offers plenty of building blocks, coloring books, and toddler-sized chairs sit in the atrium, ready for kids 8 and under.
The hotel's second floor, heated outdoor pool is an impressive surprise. The pool teeters on the large side - for a city hotel - and is paired with a large whirlpool. Plenty of chaise lounges ring the pool and all overlook the gorgeous Centennial Olympic Park. Towels are provided and the fitness center sits close to the pool. Open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Complimentary Cooked-to-Order Breakfast
At this Embassy Suites, the complimentary hot breakfast sprawls inside the comfortable and high-end Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurant. A cooked-to-order omelet made with your favorite fillings is the highlight of the complimentary breakfast, but there is so much more. Fill your plate with pancakes, waffles potatoes, eggs and bacon. Fruit, oatmeal and pastries are also on hand. Pretty weather? Herd the kids onto the restaurant's retreat-like patio that overlooks both the Centennial Olympic Park and the Atlanta SkyView. Breakfast is available from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on weekdays, and 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. on weekends.
Complimentary Evening Reception
The evening reception is a treat for tired guests. Kick back in the Embassy Suites' comfortable atrium and enjoy a glass of wine or a mixed drink. Kids love the soft drinks and lemonade, and everyone digs the light snacks: chips and salsa, pretzels, and veggies. A baby grand piano sits next to the entrance to the Ruth's Chris Steak House restaurant and guests are encouraged to play! Available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Park Avenue Deli and Market
The Park Avenue Deli and Market sits within the Embassy Suites property. It offers sandwiches, soups and salads, along with picnic box meals perfect for a classic picnic in the Centennial Olympic Park. Open Monday through Saturday for breakfast, lunch and a light dinner. The deli is closed on Sundays.
Order from the Ruth's Chris Steak House menu and enjoy an elegant meal delivered straight to your suite (from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.).
Ruth's Chris Steak House
Ruth's Chris Steak House is known for its tender steaks (seared to perfection at 1800 degrees), chicken dishes, enormous sides, and "Sweet Dreams" desserts. If the weather is nice, don't miss the lovely patio that has both dining tables and upscale comfy chairs overlooking the Centennial Olympic Park and Atlanta's SkyView. Open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
A full-service Starbucks will be available in the hotel property at the end of 2015.
Planning & Tips
All About the Extras
Basic Wi-Fi is $6.95 and high speed is $9.95.
The property has an exceptional fitness center with cardio machines, weights, towels, cold water and a scale. Adjacent to the pool, the fitness center is open 24 hours a day.
A business center is located onsite on the first floor and is open 24 hours a day.
The hotel's gift shop brims with all kinds of snack foods, desserts, and Atlanta souvenirs.
The Embassy Suites has a laundry room on the third floor with washers and dryers. Bring quarters. Soap can be bought in the gift shop.
Check-in is at 3 p.m. and check out is at noon.
The Art of Smart Timing
If you love to travel when the crowds thin and the weather blooms, think spring or fall. Both are stunning times to see the sights minus the long lines. But you should also know Atlanta loves its fairs, festivals, and parades, and don't get us started on Dragon Con (65,000 superhero-Darth Vadar-lovers descend). Do your research before a visit. Summers are hot, making it important to tour the city in the mornings and chill in the A/C or pool in the afternoons. Pack boots and jackets for Atlanta winters.
Can it possibly be a cool experience to fly into the world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport? Happily, yes! With great pride, this airport has received the Efficiency Excellence Award from the Air Transport Research Society for 12 years in a row. And let's get the name right, folks. It annoys locals when anyone drops the "Jackson" - well, the name is pretty long -- when discussing the airport. (There have been meetings.) Maynard Jackson was a beloved Atlanta mayor.
The Embassy Suites only offers valet parking at $32 per night, but the good news is that once you're in the heart of the Atlanta action, you can walk - or take MARTA or the sapphire-hewed Atlanta Streetcar -- almost everywhere you need to go. MARTA is Atlanta's urban train: the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority. MARTA is inexpensive and fun for kids who love trains. You can also hop aboard the Atlanta Streetcar that stops at Centennial Olympic Park and other popular destinations.
For Mom and Dad
Mom and dad can chill with a glass of wine at the evening recpetion. But if someone can watch the kids, grab the opportunity to have a high-end meal at the Ruth's Chris Steak House onsite (and be sure to share the enormous sides). Afterward, take an arm-in-arm walk in Centennial Olympic Park. You'll feel like a new couple.