Atlanta/Downtown

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Introduction

Downtown Atlanta is the central area of Atlanta, as well as the center of Georgia. Downtown Atlanta is large and can be further broken down into subdistricts:
Five Points is the central area and reference point of downtown Atlanta. The name refers to a point where five streets intersect, which are Marietta Street, Edgewood Avenue, Decatur Street, and two legs of Peachtree Street. It is also where the North-South Line and the East-West Line of the MARTA Rail intersect at MARTA Five Points Station. Underground Atlanta was at the entrance of Five Points Station, and the World of Coke was formerly located there but was moved to the Centennial Park area. The Centennial Park Area not only includes the park itself, but also The CNN Center, Phillips Arena, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia World Congress Center, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, and a few other attractions. This area is heavily frequented by tourists as well as local residents.
Sweet Auburn served as the thriving center of black enterprise in Atlanta from the 1890s through the 1940s and is the birthplace of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Hotel District is the northern section of downtown. Some of the more luxurious hotels of Atlanta are in this area. Castleberry Hill is an artsy and eclectic transitioning area west of downtown Atlanta with galleries, restaurants and bars.

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Sights and Activities

Apex Museum, 135 Auburn Ave, ☏ +1 404-523-2739, ✉ info@apexmuseum.org. Tu - Sa 10AM - 5PM.
Atlanta Falcons (Mercedes-Benz Stadium). (Football) — The 1998 and 2016 NFC Champions gear up each September to kick off the official season in Downtown. The Falcons moved into Mercedes-Benz Stadium, (temporarily) the league's newest venue, in 2017. Mercedes-Benz Stadium will host most of the major events that the Georgia Dome had hosted. Every year, it will host the Southeastern Conference football championship game and the Peach Bowl (one of the six bowl games associated with the College Football Playoff). It is also expected to host other events such as Super Bowl LIII in 2019, the NCAA Men's Final Four in basketball in 2020, and the College Football Playoff National Championship in 2018.
Centennial Olympic Park, ☏ +1 404 222-7275. The focal point of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games, Centennial Park has now become the center for tourism. Georgia Aquarium, the New World of Coke, CNN Center, Phillips Arena and Georgia Tech are all in walking distance of the park. In the winter the park features an ice skating rink and in the summer there are free concerts. The park often features concerts and other activities, and kids may love to pay in the fountains that are shaped in the form of the Olympic rings.
Flatiron Building, 84 Peachtree St (adjacent to Woodruff Park). This 11 story building, squeezed into its small wedge of land, is Atlanta's oldest standing skyscraper, and a well known land mark in the area.
Georgia State Capitol, 214 State Capitol, ☏ +1 404 656-2844. Native gold from Lumpkin County tops the dome of the Georgia State Capitol Building. This restored 1889 building houses a museum which collects, maintains and exhibits significant artifacts, including a priceless collection of Georgia's state flags.
The King Center and Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, 449 Auburn Ave, NE, ☏ +1 404 526-8900. The memorial of Martin Luther King Jr. which was established in 1968. The place shows Martin Luther King, Jr's nonviolent Social Change works. The historic site features a museum and preserves the neighborhood that includes Dr. King's birth home and Ebenezer Baptist Church. His Nobel Prize and tomb are also located here.
Madame C.J. Walker Museum, 54 Hilliard St, ☏ +1 404-518-2887.
Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St, NW, ☏ +1 404 413-9TIX (849). Georgia State University is the home of the 833-seat Rialto Center for the Arts. The venue is host to jazz music concerts and dance performances as well as performances by Georgia State's School of Music and the home of the Atlanta Film Festival.
Underground Atlanta, 50 Upper Alabama Ave. Housed entirely underground, this shopping and entertainment district is a bustling hub for retail activity during the day and clubbing at night, although it closes at 8PM Monday through Thursday and only stays open until 9PM on Fridays and Saturdays. The neon coke sign one block north of Underground Atlanta is worth looking at, and gives an update of time and temperature.
VSA arts of Georgia, 199 Armour Dr, ☏ +1 404 221-1270. A non-profit gallery and art space providing access to the arts for people with disabilities and those of low income.
Theatrical Outfit, 84 Luckie St, NW, ☏ +1 404 577-5257. Theatrical Outfit entertains their audience by producing classic and contemporary theater with an emphasis on work indigenous to the culture of the American South. It's also certified as the first "green" theater in the country by the US Green Building Council.
College Football Hall of Fame, 250 Marietta St NW (Adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park and Omni Hotel. 10 minute walk from Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station or Peachtree Center Station. Bus route 52 from Civic Center or Five Points Stations. Parking at corner of Baker St & Marietta St), ☏ +1 404-880-4800. Su-F 10AM-5PM, Sa 9AM-6PM. This 94,526-square-foot (8,781.8 m2) museum includes 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2) of exhibit space and a 45-yard football field dedicated to college football with memorabilia and interactive exhibits in downtown Atlanta. Adults $21.99, children 3-12 $17.99, children under 3 free, seniors and students $18.99. Parking free up to 20 minutes, $15 first 3 hours, $1 each additional hour.
Center for Civil and Human Rights, 100 Ivan Allen Jr. Boulevard, ☏ +1 678-999-8990. M - Sa 10 AM - 5 PM Su 12 PM - 5 PM.
Children's Museum of Atlanta, 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW (at Pemberton Place next to Centennial Park), ☏ +1 404-659-5437, ✉ askme@childrensmuseumatlanta.org. M-F 10AM-4PM, Sa-Su 10AM-5PM. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta creates environments and activities where young children experience the power of imagination and the pure delight of learning with each other and with grown-ups. $14.95.
The World of Coca-Cola, 121 Baker St (next to the Georgia Aquarium), ☏ +1 404 676-5151. M-Sa 9AM-5PM (9AM-6PM during Summer) Su 11AM-5PM.. The museum is largely dedicated to the advertising history of Coca Cola. Experience the reach of the world's most iconic brand in a new, highly interactive expanded space open in May 2007. Good for kids. $16 (adult); $14 (senior); $12 (ages 3-12); under 3 free and admission includes access to all exhibits and a commemorative Coke bottle). Booking online saves $1 as well as gets you a time slot due to increased traffic to the new exhibit.
Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. NW, ☏ +1 404 581-4000. Su-Th 9AM-6PM, F 9AM-10PM, Sa 8AM-8PM. The largest aquarium in the world with over a hundred thousand animals in 8 million gallons of water. The Aquarium recently added a new swim and dive activity called "Journey with Gentle Giants." It is the only opportunity in the world to swim with whale sharks, the largest fish in the world. Adult $29.50, Children (3-12) $22, Senior (55+) $25.50; Journey with Gentle Giants $225.
CNN Center, One CNN Center, ☏ +1 404 827-2300. M-Su 9AM-5PM (tours). The world headquarters of CNN offers studio tours, which include demonstrations of the technology used and visits to viewing galleries overlooking the newsrooms and newsreaders of CNN, HLN, and CNN En Espanol. CNN Center also has specialty retail shops and a food court with fast food and eat-in dining options. $15 (adult); $14 (senior, student); $12 (child).

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Events and Festivals

Holidays

  • New Year’s Eve - The US celebrates the outgoing of the old year and incoming of the New Year quite dramatically. Every state boasts its own parties to ring in the New Year, but none is more extravagant than New York’s Time Square, which sees people overflowing into the neighboring restaurants, bars, parks, beaches, and neighborhoods.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and sometimes referred to as MLK Day) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King's birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. The earliest Monday for this holiday is January 15 and the latest is January 21. King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
  • St Patrick’s Day - March 17 celebrates the US’s large Irish population. Many cities around the country boast boisterous parades and Irish-themed parties, especially New York and Chicago, where the river is dyed green. Be wary of the drunkenness that dominates as this is definitely a party-day.
  • Memorial Day - Memorial Day is an important holiday throughout the United States, but not for crazy festivities. Parades commemorating wartime heroes are often held and the day is also the ‘unofficial’ start of summer. Most visitors follow the crowds to parks and beaches, which are capped off with informal BBQs.
  • Independence Day - Also known as the Fourth of July, Independence Day celebrates the US’s break from the British during the 18th century. Barbecues, street parties, beach trips, and weekend getaways are commonplace to appreciate freedom.
  • Labor Day is a public holiday celebrated on the first Monday in September. It honors the American labor movement and the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, laws, and well-being of the country. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day Weekend. It is recognized as a federal holiday. Beginning in the late 19th century, as the trade union and labor movements grew, trade unionists proposed that a day be set aside to celebrate labor.
  • Halloween - Halloween is a fun holiday on October 31 for all generations to dress up in costumes and relive their youth. Children walk around the neighborhood trick-or-treating for candy, while adults attend parties. Other seasonal events include haunted houses, pumpkin farms and carving, and corn mazes.
  • Thanksgiving - On the fourth Thursday in November, Thanksgiving is held in almost every home in the US. Tourists will have a hard time finding anything to do as the country essentially shuts down in observation. A typical Thanksgiving meal consists of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie commemorating the original Pilgrim’s feast at Plymouth Rock.
  • Christmas - On December 25, Christians celebrate Christmas as the pinnacle of their calendar by attending church and opening gifts from Santa Claus. Almost everything shuts down to promote family togetherness. The northern regions hope to experience a “white Christmas,” with trees and festive lights blanketed by snow.

Sport

  • Super Bowl Sunday - the world’s most watched sporting event and one of the highest grossing TV days of the year, Superbowl Sunday is a spectacular extravaganza. Held the first Sunday in February, the Superbowl is the final playoff game between the NFL’s top two teams. The venue rotates every year around America, yet the local parties seem to remain. Pubs, bars and restaurants are great places to enjoy the Superbowl or locals throw their own parties with different variations of betting.
  • The World Series is the annual championship series of Major League Baseball (MLB) in North America, contested since 1903 between the American League (AL) champion team and the National League (NL) champion team. The winner of the World Series championship is determined through a best-of-seven playoff, and the winning team is awarded the Commissioner's Trophy. As the series is played during the fall season in North America, it is sometimes referred to as the Fall Classic.

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Getting There

Downtown Atlanta is 7 miles (11 km) from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Interstate 75/85 runs directly through Atlanta, providing numerous exits into the downtown streets. Downtown Atlanta can also be accessed by MARTA trains and buses.

Five Points Station, 30 Alabama St SW, ☏ +1 404 848-5000. Is where the North-South Line and the East-West Line intersect.

Other MARTA stations in the Downtown area include Garnett Station (S1), Peachtree Center (N1), and Civic Center (N2) on the North-South Line, and Georgia State (E1) and Dome/GWCC/Philips Arena/CNN Center Station (W1) on the East-West Line.

Greyhound Bus Lines. Service from many locations throughout the U.S. Buses arrive at and depart from the Greyhound terminal at 232 Forsyth Street, in a less affluent neighborhood on the southern edge of downtown, directly beneath MARTA's Garnett Station.
Megabus. Service from locations across the Southern U.S. The bus stop at 435 West Peachtree Street is near MARTA's Civic Center Station; buses stop on the east side of the street at the north end of the station.

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Getting Around

Downtown Atlanta is served by the small Atlanta Streetcar loop, connecting the Olympic park with Peachtree Center and Auburn. Fares are $1 for a one-way trip and $3 for a full day.

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Eat

No Mas Cantina, 180 Walker St. Festive cantina with large patio.
Slice, 259 Peters St. Where locals gather for pizza and drinks.
Sweet Auburn Curb Market, 209 Edgewood Avenue. M - Sa 8AM - 6PM Su 12PM - 5PM.
Dua Vietnamese, 53 Broad Street, NW, ☏ +1 404 589-8889. A favorite among the locals and Georgia State college students who also rave about the Buns and the signature Pho dishes.
Googie Burger, 190 Marietta St (across the street from the Georgia Aquarium), ☏ +1 404 223-4664. 11AM - 8PM. This outdoor/take-out eatery on the edge of Centennial Park features Burgers, Hot Dogs, and even spiked milkshakes. Great for those who like to stroll the park and grab a bite to eat without having to walk elsewhere in downtown.
Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta, 215 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 688-7625. The Atlanta branch of the world-famous chain, featuring over 300 pieces of rock memorabilia and burgers, ribs and malts.
Rosa's Pizza, 62 Broad Street, NW, ☏ +1 404 521-2596. Hole-in-the-wall lunchtime favorite pizzeria for pizza, calzones or lasagna. It's a little bit of "authentic" New York on beautiful Broad Street.
Sops on Ellis, 141 Carnegie Way, ☏ +1 404 525-8624. Salad, soups and sandwiches, the name Sops comes from the act of "sopping up" leftover soup with bread. The chef is formerly of Atlanta's Loaf and Kettle.
Thumbs Up Diner, 573 Edgewood Ave, SE, ☏ +1 404 223-0690. Known for its great breakfast options, the line is often out the door. Check the house rules before going!
Alma Cocina, 191 Peachtree St, NE (adjacent to Ritz-Carlton), ☏ +1 404 968-9662. One of the latest trendy restaurants to pop up in Downtown, right on Peachtree Street, Alma Cocina is a new Upscale Latin American cuisine that has created quite a following with it's reasonably priced Drinks and Food.
Atlanta Grill, 181 Peachtree St, NE (inside the Ritz-Carlton), ☏ +1 404 659-0400. Artistic and warm decor with a menu that offers steaks and seafood. Seasonal balcony dining is available overlooking Peachtree Street, but if you're looking for a more intimate setting, try their "Cheater's Booth" complete with privacy draperies.
Azio, 229 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 222-0808. Hearty Italian fare at reasonable prices and served in generous portions. The atmosphere is low lighting and close seating, but try and grab a table near the window, which is a prime spot for viewing the bustling Atlanta nightlife.
City Grill, 50 Hurt Plaza (inside the Hurt Building), ☏ +1 404 524-2489. Nouvelle Southern cuisine in a beautiful historic space, the City Grill has fine dining made with local and organic ingredients.
Fire of Brazil, 218 Peachtree St, NW, ☏ +1 404 525-5255. An authentic Brazilian steakhouse with 6,000 square feet of dining area. Gaucho-style service reigns supreme as servers bring by cuts of beef, lamb, chicken or pork for you to choose from.
Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta, 215 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 688-7625. The Atlanta branch of the world-famous chain, featuring over 300 pieces of rock memorabilia and burgers, ribs and malts.
Luckie Food Lounge, 375 Luckie St, NW (across the street from the Georgia Aquarium), ☏ +1 404 525-5825. 11AM - 2AM. This huge new restaurant features American cuisine, seven miles of LED lighting, a 600 gallon curved aquarium with rare species of fish, a sushi bar, rooftop sky deck, live music stage, and all-day dining.
Max Lager's American Grill and Brewery, 320 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 525-4400. The 10,000-square-foot, turn-of-the-century industrial building helps highlight the copper and brass brewery; the patio, deck, and large windows overlook Hardy Ivy Park.
Pacific Rim Bistro, 303 Peachtree Center Ave, ☏ +1 404 893-0018. Pan-Asian menu, sushi bar and pleasant covered patio downtown near the major hotels.
Pittypat's Porch, 25 Andrew Young International Blvd, ☏ +1 404 525-8228, fax: +1 404 524-0471. M-Su 5PM-close. Experience the Hollywood glamour of Southern belles and fancy gentlemen at this restaurant named after Scarlett O’Hara’s hospitable aunt in Atlanta’s own Gone with the Wind. $10-$30.
Ray's In the City, 240 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 524-9224. Seafood diners have enjoyed Ray's on the River in Sandy Springs, GA for years. The same experience is now in the heart of Downtown Atlanta at their remodeled location on Peachtree Street.
The Sun Dial, 210 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 589-7506. Perched 723 feet atop the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere (the Westin Peachtree Atlanta), this restaurant is known primarily for its breathtaking views and slowly rotates around on a platform 360 degrees. Frequented by tourists and popular for Sunday brunch.
Thrive, 101 Marietta St, ☏ +1 404 389-1000. Upscale, casual restaurant in Centennial Tower. Traditional American fare with an Asian twist.
Fogao Gaucho, 84 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 477-1700. A Brazilian steakhouse in the historic Flatiron Building (older than New York's Flatiron Building!) edit
French American Brasserie - FAB, 30 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd (inside the Southern Company Building), ☏ +1 404 266-1440. This is Fabrice Vergez’s reincarnation of Lenox Square's Brasserie Le Coze. The menu will be familiar to loyal customers -- French standards like niçoise salad, foie gras, skate and white bean soup complement new entrees like steaks and chops.
Morton’s of Chicago - Atlanta, 303 Peachtree Center Ave (At the Suntrust Plaza Building), ☏ +1 404 577-4366. The famous chophouse of Chicago features steak, lobster and veal.
Nikolai's Roof, 255 Courtland St, NE (inside the Atlanta Hilton), ☏ +1 404 221-6362. This glamorous AAA four-diamond restaurant serves French cuisine from a popular prix fixe menu and a limited a la carte menu. $30 - $50.
Trader Vic's, 255 Courtland St, NE (inside the Atlanta Hilton,), ☏ +1 404 221-6339. This South Pacific-themed restaurant features Polynesian cuisine and Mai Tais.
Prime Meridian, 100 CNN Center (inside the Omni Hotel), ☏ +1 404 659-0000. Dine on local specialties (fried green tomatoes) or try one of their internationally inspired dishes, all while taking in a view of the Centennial Olympic Park.
The Sun Dial, 210 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 589-7506. Perched 723 feet atop the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere (the Westin Peachtree Atlanta), this restaurant is known primarily for its breathtaking views and slowly rotates around on a platform 360 degrees. Frequented by tourists and popular for Sunday brunch. Have a Georgia Peach Martini atop the revolving restaurant bar of the Westin Peachtree Plaza, and watch the sunset followed by entertainment provided by a jazz band. Lunch mains $13–20, dinner mains $30–60. Business casual dress required for restaurant dinner.

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Drink

Banana Wind. home of the 32 oz. Cruzan Rum Bucket.
Motion. large and upscale nightclub playing Top 40, hip-hop, and R&B.
Sidebar, 79 Poplar St, ☏ +1 404 588-1850, ✉ owners@sidebaratlanta.com. Downtown’s true neighborhood bar, serving locals, workers and Georgia State University students in addition to out-of-town visitors.
Park Bar, 150 Walton St, ☏ +1 404 524-0444, ✉ owner@parkbaratlanta.com. Downtown Atlanta's best bar is the home of the 3-2-1 special and the Wheel of Fun. Great Food, Beer Selection and Bourbon.
Joystick Gamebar, 427 Edgewood Ave SE, ☏ +1 404-525-3002, ✉ player1@joystickgamebar.com.
Latitudes Bistro and Lounge, 100 CNN Center (inside the Omni Hilton), ☏ +1 404 659-0000. If you're attending a conference, sporting event, or just taking in the downtown sights, Latitudes is a great place for meet-ups or night-caps. On weekdays they cater to patrons seeking coffee and pastries.
Meehan's Public House Downtown, 200 Peachtree St (Next to the Westin), ☏ +1 404 214-9821. An Irish Bar with Neighborhood Charm. The place to watch Soccer downtown.
Der Biergarten, 300 Marietta Street NW, ☏ +1 404-521-2728.
Sister Louisa's Church of the Living Room and Ping Pong Emporium, 466 Edgewood Ave SE, ☏ +1 404 522-8275.
Stats, 300 Marietta St. High-tech sports bar with 70 HDTVs to watch the game, and a rooftop deck bar which has a self-serving beer dispenser.
Sugar Hill. Live urban music.

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Sleep

Castleberry Inn, 186 Northside Dr. SW, ☏ +1 404 893-4663. A downtown hotel inside the historic arts district featuring 168 rooms including standard rooms, adjoining rooms as well as spacious queen and king suites. Walking distance to art galleries, restaurants, the Georgia Dome, the World Congress Center, and other attractions. However, if you are a foreign visitor, be aware that this can be an unsafe area at night, and it is not very recommended to use the MARTA station at night.
Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Atlanta, 161 Spring St NW, ☏ +1 404 589-1111. Built into a historic office building, this Hampton Inn is close to all downtown attractions and features complimentary wireless internet for business travelers.
Hampton Inn Atlanta Northlake, 3400 Northlake Pkwy, ☏ +1 770 493-1966. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 12PM. Located on the I-285 perimeter with easy access to Buckhead, Downtown and Decator, provides an ideal location for both business and leisure travelers. Property offers complete fitness room and outdoor pool.
Embassy Suites Atlanta - at Centennial Olympic Park, 267 Marietta Street, ☏ +1 404 223-2300. All-suite hotel located across from Centennial Olympic Park and walking distance to area attractions. Free breakfast and manager's reception for all guests. Ruth's Chris restaurant on-site for lunch and dinner.
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Downtown, 275 Baker Street, ☏ +1 404 577-2001. New hotel adjacent to World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium, and close to nightlife within the newly created Luckie Marietta District. Sleek and modern with lots of amenities, including a heliport and rooftop restaurant.
Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown, 590 West Peachtree Street NW, ☏ +1 404 881-6000. The Renaissance Atlanta Hotel has skyline views, a balcony pool, and over 31,000 square feet of event space.
Twelve Centennial Park Hotel, 400 W Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 418-1212. All-suite hotel. Meeting space for up to 250 guests is available for conferences and weddings. $175-350.
Glenn Hotel, Autograph Collection, 110 Marietta St NW, ☏ +1 404-521-2250, toll-free: +1-866-404-5366. New downtown boutique hotel CNN Center, Philips Arena, Georgia Dome, and Georgia Bar and within walking distance to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park as well as the Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke.
Hilton Atlanta, 255 Courtland Street NE, ☏ +1 404 659-2000, fax: +1 404 221-6368. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: 11AM. Recently remodeled and located in Downtown Atlanta. Modern and fashionable décor, first class amenities, and connected to MARTA via skybridge. The views from the top of this luxury hotel at Nikolai's Roof restaurant are the best in the city. Parking $21.
NYLO Hotels, 260 Peachtree St, ☏ +1 404 221-0600. NYLO Hotels offers modern boutique lodging with loft style accommodations and chic facilities for meetings and events.
Omni Hotel at CNN Center, 100 CNN Center, ☏ +1 404 659-0000, fax: +1 404-525-5050, ✉ reservations@omnihotels.com. The hotel is close to major sporting venues (the Georgia Dome and the Philips Arena) and has a view of the Centennial Olympic Park. They also host weddings!
Hyatt Regency Atlanta, 265 Peachtree St NE, ☏ +1 404 577-1234, fax: +1 404 588-4137. Rooms with city views, numerous meeting room and ballroom space for any occasion, dining and entertainment in an atrium setting, and a revolving bar/restaurant on top under a glass dome.
The Ellis Hotel, 176 Peachtree Street NW, ☏ +1 404 523-5155. The Ellis Hotel features a women’s only floor, 127 guest rooms, including 12 junior suites and an executive suite, all adorned with a palette of Georgia-inspired earth tones and sleek designs characteristic of boutique style yet comfy and functional.
Marriott Marquis, 265 Peachtree Center Avenue NE.
Westin Peachtree Plaza, 210 Peachtree Street, ☏ +1 404 659-1400, fax: +1 404 589-7424, ✉ peach@westin.com. This is Atlanta's most recognizable hotel. Its ultra-modern, cylindrical, glass body towers over Downtown and has become an architectural symbol of the skyline. You can ride the elevator to the Sundial, walk around the observatory, and relax at the revolving restaurant and get a 360 degree view of Atlanta.

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Keep Connected

Internet

There is a very small internet bar/cafe culture in the USA. Even then most of the internet bars/cafes tend be located in major urban centers. Accessible WiFi networks, however, are common. The most generally useful WiFi spots are in coffee shops, fast-food chains, and bookshops, but also restaurants and hotels more and more have a network to connect on. Some of them might require you to buy something and you might need a password too, especially in hotels.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency phone number is 911. The USA has a great landline phone system that is easy to use. The country code for the U.S. is +1. The rest of the telephone number consists of 10 digits: a 3-digit area code, and a 7-digit number. Any small grocery store or pharmacy has pre paid domestic or international phone cards. These phone cards are very cheap and offer good rates. The once ubiquitous pay phone is now much harder to find. Likely locations include in or near stores and restaurants, and near bus stops. The cellphone network in the states is slowly getting better but is still not as good when compared to other western countries. Cell phones tend to operate using different frequencies (850 MHz and 1900 MHz) from those used elsewhere in the world (2100 MHz). This used to prevent most foreign phones from working in America. Phones must be tri- or quad-band to work in the U.S. Fortunately, technology has meant that most phones should now be able to pick up one of the U.S. networks. Prepaid phones and top-up cards can be purchased at mobile phone boutiques and at many discount, electronics, office supply and convenience stores. A very basic handset with some credit can be had for under $40.

Post

The US Postal Service is a very good and well priced mail system. There are post offices in every small and large town for sending packages internationally or domestically. Although some might keep longer hours, most are open at least between 9:00am and 5:00pm. If wanting to send a letter or postcard it is best just to leave it in a blue mail box with the proper postage. First-class international airmail postcards and letters (up 28.5 grams) cost $1.10. There are also private postal services like FedEx, UPS, TNT and DHL, which might be better value sometimes and are generally very quick and reliable too.

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