This project is the conversion of a Ramada Hotel into a Holiday Inn & Suites and is in close proximity to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The existing four-story, exterior corridor hotel was constructed in 1966, with renovations/additions in 1969, 1985, and 1995, and has 497 standard guestrooms. The new design consists of 141 guest suites and 192 guestrooms for a total of 333 keys, and will become an interior corridor hotel with individual guest suite balconies. The two adjoining buildings which comprise the hotel will additionally feature an IHG’s standardized lobby and restaurant design approach, business center, conference center and ballroom, fitness center, and concierge lounge.
The general project scope included the development of (2) four-story buildings (A and B) connected at the first floor. Building B has an additional walk-out basement level. The new design connects the two buildings at the second floor as well. The scope of work within back of house (BOH) and public space includes relocating the laundry and fitness center, reconfiguring the administrative offices and lobby (including business center and sundry shop), redesigning the restaurant/bar/lounge, and replacing furniture, fixtures and equipment in the meeting rooms and ballroom.
This property is the second test pilot property for IHG’s standardized lobby and restaurant design approach. The standardized design approach is more than a hotel lobby, bar and restaurant. It integrates all of the existing public spaces into one open cohesive space designed to help guests enjoy a variety of experiences outside of their rooms. The active lobby is designed as a comprehensive yet flexible space that gives guest options, whether they are looking to have a cocktail at the bar, relax at the media lounge, work at the e-bar, or have fun at the e-games Wii station the guest no longer needs to leave the hotel to get what they want.