Atlanta Journals

A Weekend in Hotlanta

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An April 2006 trip to Atlanta by Sierra

Marriott Marquis Atlanta Photo, Atlanta, Georgia More Photos
Quote: Atlanta, Georgia, has become a popular destination for conferences. I headed there recently for a convention—the SOE Fan Faire 2006.

Marriott Marquis Atlanta

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Hotel | "Atlanta Marriott Marquis"

Marriott Marquis Atlanta Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Marriott Marquis is located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, soaring 50 stories over Peachtree Center. The Marquis recently renovated its 1,675 rooms and suites, offering business-quality accommodations coupled with Southern hospitality.If you're without a car, the Marquis is a 2-block walk via Peachtree Center from the nearest MARTA station, which connects directly to the Atlanta airport. The reception desk staff is friendly and courteous. We had a room on the 37th floor. If you're acrophobic, you'll want to ask for a room on a low floor - the Marquis sports one of the tallest atriums in the Western hemisphere, 47 stories high. It's dramatic and beautiful. Glass elevators whi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 18, 2006

Marriott Marquis Atlanta
265 Peachtree Center Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 521-0000

Gibney's Pub

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Restaurant

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Gibney's (formerly Charlie and Barney's) is located on the street level of the Peachtree Center Mall, which is adjacent to the downtown Hilton, Hyatt, and Marriott hotels, putting it smack in the heart of the convention district. However, this little slice of Irish hospitality welcomes locals and visitors with wide open arms. We never knew what to expect for crowds - quiet and mellow one night, jammed packed the next - but the drinks were very reasonable (most beers, whether draft or bottle, are $4-4.50, pitchers $12 or $16), and their food is pretty tasty too (most of their menu runs $3.95-9.95). The front room has a bar lining the left wall, with partitions to give a little priva...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2006

Gibney's Pub
231 Peachtree Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia
(404) 688-0928

Champions Sports Bar

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Restaurant

Marriott Marquis Atlanta Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Champions is a decent sports bar located on the Garden level of the Marriott Marquis in the heart of downtown Atlanta. Entrees range from $6 to $14 and include a lot of typical sports bar fare, such as burgers, sandwiches, and fried foods. I liked the southern BBQ pork sandwich, and the tuna melt was pretty decent also. Although there are TVs all over the establishment, the noise level is reasonable, allowing you to converse with the people around you. The centerpiece of the bar is a large circular bar; the rest of the restaurant includes a good combination of booths, highboys, and tables. There are a pair of pool tables in the back and, for when the weather is nice, some...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2006

Champions Sports Bar
265 Peachtree Center Ave
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 586-6017

Tabernacle

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Attraction | "The Tabernacle"

Tabernacle Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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The Tabernacle started out life as a church, hence the name. Somewhere along the name it was a House of Blues, hence the eclectic decor, which is a kind of voodoo-meets-Keith Haring. This is an interesting venue; we came here for a private party put on by SOE for Fan Faire in April 2006. The upstairs space has a really nice stage, with standing room and two large bars on the main floor and limited seating up on the balcony. Good gracious, is this place *LOUD*, however; if you want to talk to your friends or your date, forget it. Their operating mode seems to be "if your eardrums don't break, then we're not loud enough."Downstairs is another smaller stage and a small bar, as well as...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2006

Tabernacle
152 Luckie St
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 659-9022

CNN Studio Tour

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Attraction | "Inside CNN Atlanta Studio Tour"

CNN Studio Tour Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Since my major in college was journalism and I came of age in "the age of information," I felt like a trip to Atlanta would not be complete without a trip to CNN to take the new and improved "Inside CNN Atlanta studio tour" (the studio tour was retooled in honor of CNN's 25th anniversary in 2005).The tour is pricey - $12 for a 50-minute walking tour. The tour itself is pretty sterile; in fact, I think the most interesting thing I learned on the tour was that the escalator is the largest/longest free-standing escalator in the world. After riding the escalator up, up, up, you enter "the world of CNN," where you see how the world has become interconnected, thanks to CNN. There's a sho...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on September 19, 2006

CNN Studio Tour
190 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
(404) 827-2300

Georgia Aquarium

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Attraction

Georgia Aquarium Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Adjacent to the Olympic Park, you will find one of the most surprising attractions to be found in a non-coastal city: the Georgia Aquarium.The Georgia Aquarium (www.georgiaaquarium.org) opened in November 2005 and has already seen over 3 million visitors - that's an average of more than 11,000 visitors per day. It bills itself as "the world's largest aquarium" due to the fact that its tanks hold more than 8 million gallons of water.And yes, the place does feel as crowded as it sounds - our tickets were for 9am, and we got there around 9:30am. I am not exaggerating when I say that even at that hour of the morning, the Aquarium is a super busy. School groups, tourists, you name it, t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 19, 2006

Georgia Aquarium
225 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 581-4000