What’s up and coming in Georgia

Georgia is poised for a tourism explosion, and they’ve got the pipeline to prove it.

Georgia has always been a peachy place to be. But with some major sporting events coming to Atlanta, such as Super Bowl 53 next year, and the NCAA College Football Championship and the NCAA Final Four in 2020, the state is gearing up to play superhost to the multitudes.

In an exclusive report shared by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, there are 50 projects and 7,556 rooms in the pipeline forecast for Georgia. Among the state’s cities, Atlanta tops the list with 17 projects and a whopping 3,200 rooms, followed by Savannah with eight projects and 979 rooms. Alpharetta comes in third with four projects and 615 rooms. Of these, 39 projects are first class/four-star properties, while 11 are luxury/five-star properties. There are close to 24 projects in all slated to open this year.

Georgia Pipeline

Data provided by TOPHOTELPROJECTS

ATLANTA

There are speculations that an InterContinental Airport Terminal Hotel Atlanta will be built at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The idea of building an airport hotel, either inside or connected to the domestic terminal, is still under deliberation. A terminal hotel is especially convenient for travelers who get stranded when their flights are cancelled. Though the number of rooms is not fixed yet, the hotel, if built, is projected to open in Q1/2021.

Hard Rock Hotel Atlanta scheduled to open in Q1/2019 will offer 200 rooms. Some of the amenities include a lobby lounge set to become a local hotspot, heated outdoor swimming pool, and a rooftop oasis where guests will enjoy cocktails and exceptional dining in the city’s fast growing arts district. Additionally, the property will feature a variety of offerings exclusive to the Hard Rock brand, such as a Rock Spa featuring the brand’s latest music-infused spa treatments, Body Rock workout facility, Rock Shop where guests will be able to purchase the brand’s iconic merchandise, and a contemporary take on the Hard Rock Café reflective of the Castleberry Hill neighborhood.

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Atlanta/Decatur Downtown is scheduled to open in Q2/2019. The hotel with 145 rooms will be located in one of the most vibrant and eclectic communities in Atlanta. Centrally located in Decatur, guests will have access to a spectrum of authentic restaurants, boutique shops, and a multi-modal transit hub, all within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel’s Perfect Mix Lobby will feature a variety of seating and lighting options for both leisure and business travelers. Additional amenities will include an indoor saltwater swimming pool, meeting space, a 24-hour business center, and a fitness center.

Image courtesy of Springhill Downtown Atlanta

Image courtesy of Springhill Downtown Atlanta

Peachtree at 17th Rendering courtesy of Stevens&Wilkinson

Peachtree at 17th Rendering courtesy of Stevens&Wilkinson

Peachtree at 17th is set to open in Q1/2019. With 140 rooms, this project consists of two separate buildings that are part of a large mixed-use development located in the heart of Midtown Atlanta. Situated at the corner of Peachtree and 17th streets, the 46-story tower containing residential and hospitality elements will flank the corner of the site. Connected to this building via a gallery transitional element will be a nine-story office building with an integrated parking deck and storefront retail. There will also be 206 residential units.

Hay Creek Hotel Pinewood Forrest is scheduled to open in 2019. Pinewood Forrest, an innovative mixed-use community located in Fayetteville, Georgia, announced several milestones as part of its newly established Pinewood Progress update series. One highlight centers on Hay Creek Hotel’s decision to open its first metro Atlanta boutique hotel at the development. The boutique hotel will be developed by HCH Pinewood Forrest and operated by Hay Creek Hotels. The hotel will have 95 rooms.

SAVANNAH
Groundbreaking pic of The Cambria Hotel Savannah Image courtesy of Choice Hotels.

Groundbreaking pic of The Cambria Hotel Savannah Image courtesy of Choice Hotels.

Savannah is home to the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S. and includes the Savannah Historic District, the Savannah Victorian Historic District, and many parks. Historic Savannah is attracting a lot of hotel brands.

Modern furniture store west elm has stepped into the boutique hotel market hospitality sector. Savannah is one of the six locations where the brand plans its first few hotels. The site is located alongside the remarkable Forsyth Park at Drayton Street. According to Savannah Architects, “It incorporates 100-plus rooms designed with eclectic ideals—intended for modern lifestyles—and comforting hospitality in the timeless context of the historic district.”

Located at Oglethorpe Avenue, the city’s first and only Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Aloft Hotel – Historic Savannah will offer guests, “a modern, fresh, and fun destination celebrating individuality, innovative design, and style. Created for the next generation of travelers, this cutting-edge hotel will undoubtedly attract those seeking an energetic and social atmosphere,” says the Savannah-based HOS Management. The 135-room hotel will have a signature WXYZ bar.

Rendering courtesy of Aloft, Alpharetta

Rendering courtesy of Aloft, Alpharetta

HOS Management, along with Choice Hotels International, broke ground on the future home of the Cambria Hotel Savannah Historic District. Located at 321 Montgomery Street, the 103-room, six-story property is slated to open in 2019. “The Cambria Hotel Savannah Historic District will be the first Cambria hotel in my home state of Georgia, and I cannot think of a better city to introduce the brand than in Savannah. Full of rich history and culture, Savannah attracts millions of business and leisure travelers each year and the Cambria hotel groundbreaking helps us plant our legacy in the epicenter of it all,” says Janis Cannon, senior vice president, upscale brands at Choice Hotels.

Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel is opening next month. The 167-room hotel is equidistant from River Street and Forsyth Park. Locally curated artwork lends a residential feel to the guest accommodations.

The 4.5-acre waterfront complex is the largest piece of undeveloped, national historic district land in the U.S. and development will transform the decommissioned 104-year-old Georgia Power Plant building on the west end of River Street.

Rendering courtesy of Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Rendering courtesy of Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel

In December 2016, The Kessler Collection officially broke ground on the $270 million Savannah Plant Riverside District, an area of River Street that has been closed off to the public for more than 100 years.

Plant Riverside District will be the largest redevelopment project within the Savannah National Historic Landmark District.

Projected to open Q1/2019, the JW Marriott at Plant Riverside District will encompass a five-building hotel/retail/entertainment complex to serve as the cornerstone for redevelopment of historic downtown Savannah’s west side, says visitsavannah.com.

Massachusetts-based Lark Hotels is also set to make its debut in the Southeastern market with a 55-room boutique hotel. The planned four-story Lark Hotel - Savannah will be located at the corner of Bay and Habersham streets.

Rendering courtesy of Plant Riverside District, Savannah

Rendering courtesy of Plant Riverside District, Savannah

ALPHARETTA
Groundbreaking pic of Even Hotel Alpharetta Image courtesy of The Kessler Collection

Groundbreaking pic of Even Hotel Alpharetta Image courtesy of The Kessler Collection

Even Hotel Alpharetta is the flagship for InterContinental Hotels Group’s new select service Even brand scheduled to open in Q3/2019. “With a focus on contemporary design, fitness, health, and wellness, the Alpharetta property includes healthy food and beverage options, an extensive fitness center, in-room exercise areas, and outdoor garden space,” states the developer, Epelboim Development Group.

Rendering courtesy of Even Hotel

Rendering courtesy of Even Hotel

Set to open in the Q3/2019, the new-build construction hotel continues the expansion of the wellness-focused brand’s footprint in the Southeast and marks the first location in metro Atlanta. The hotel will feature 132 rooms, four suites, flexible public workspaces, 750 square feet of meeting space, a business center, onsite restaurant, and a 1,200-square-foot Athletic Studio.

Aloft Alpharetta will open in 2019. The hotel is being developed by PeachState Hospitality and will be a 120-key property.

A Home2 Suites is also opening in Alpharetta in the spring of 2019. The project by Ram Hotels is currently under construction.

Talk of the town
Hyatt Place Rendering courtesy of Songy Highroads

Hyatt Place Rendering courtesy of Songy Highroads

Hyatt Place Centennial Park

Downtown Atlanta is buzzing with construction. As many as 50 projects are in the works with a couple of hotel projects as well, according to a report by Curbed Atlanta. Add to this the massive expansion of the Georgia Aquarium, and the real estate is heating up.

Hyatt Place Centennial Park is set to open in August 2019. The 175-room hotel will feature a parking garage, pool, fitness center, and 2,100 square feet of meeting space and retail at 300 Luckie Street in Downtown Atlanta. The site most recently served as a two-story mid century school building.

The limited-service hotel is conveniently located just steps from Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, and the World of Coke.

Atlanta-based developer Songy Highroads and Hyatt Hotels have closed on a $32.9 million construction loan for Hyatt Place Centennial Park.

Apart from this, there are close to 50 small and large projects coming up in midtown Atlanta, according to Curbed Atlanta.

Developed by Vision Hospitality Group, Springhill Suites is set to open in 2019. According to Atlanta Downtown, the 170-room hotel is to be constructed on the land at Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard and Venable Street.

The hotel will offer SpringHill’s signature spacious rooms, featuring dedicated work areas, in-suite microwaves, mini-fridges, and spa-like bathrooms. The downtown location will offer a modern lobby, 24-hour market, state-of-the-art business center, and Matrix equipped fitness center.

A dual-brand Fairfield/TownePlace is expected to open up soon in the Atlanta. A March 23 article by TopHotelNews says, “According to reports, Arriba Capital recently secured a $40.7 million construction loan to start on a ground-up property. This property, once completed, will have 194 rooms, and it will be a dual-brand Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites and Towneplace Suites. It will be located in the increasingly popular midtown Atlanta area.”

By Dhwani Pathak Dave