Planners intrigued by the idea of meeting in a reimagined, historic property filled with Beaux-Arts elements may wish to consider The Candler Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton if they’re site searching in Downtown Atlanta. The 114-year-old Candler Building, constructed by Asa Griggs Candler, the former mayor of Atlanta and Coca-Cola founder, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel debuted in October following a renovation that lasted several years.
An architectural gem, the hotel blends history and luxury with features such as original flooring and woodwork from 1906, striking chandeliers, a marble staircase and $3 million Tiffany windows. Other highlights include the original mail system, which is still in operation today (a gold engraved box can be found in the wall across from the restaurant’s entrance). Even the window handles are the originals from 1906.
Groups have 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space at their disposal, including the 1,736-sq.-ft. Heritage Ballroom, which accommodates 160 attendees for a reception. The room comes with a private dining area, wheelchair lift and complimentary Wi-Fi. The 640-sq.-ft. Asa Candler Boardroom is equipped with audiovisual capabilities and offers a beautiful view of Peachtree Street through an oversized window.
The hotel’s 265 guestrooms range from one king bed to two queen beds. The king bed deluxe one-bedroom suite (city view) comes with an ergonomic desk chair, black-out curtains, 55-inch flat-screen television, a vintage-inspired music box with Bluetooth capabilities, and Balmain Paris bathroom amenities.
Onsite options for attendees’ free time include:
• The hotel’s restaurant, By George, which offers elevated French fare in what was once the home of Central Bank & Trust. Standouts on James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson’s menu include the hamburger, trout with sunchoke apple sauce, and the blue crab rémoulade.
• A 24-hour fitness room equipped with Peloton bikes, fresh apples and Candler Hotel custom label-wrapped water bottles.
• Men’s clothing store Bespokuture, which offers custom-made clothing, shoes and accessories. Here, attendees can look their best for a meeting or event with the help of Bespokuture’s owner, Omar S. Kinnebrew.
Nearby points of interest include the World of Coca-Cola, CNN Center, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and the Atlanta Preservation Center. Groups can book guided tours at any of these venues for unique educational experiences. In addition, planners and attendees can always consult Tom, a charming concierge who can answer almost any question about the locale.
For more information, visit www.hilton.com/en/hotels/atlcdqq-the-candler-hotel-atlanta.
—Laura Janelle Downey