A May 2006 trip
to Atlanta by cr008k
Quote: My trip to Atlanta.
Hotel | "Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta"
In regards to the hotel itself, the place was beautiful—modern, clean, well decorated, and safe. The rooms were spacious and had two very nice and comfortable double beds with nice linens and extra pillows in the closet. The beds were soft and comfortable and I got a very good night sleep. In addition, the hotel and the halls were quiet so I was not disturbed at all. The staff was nice and friendly and willing to offer help, suggestions, and driving directions. The maid did a very nice job cleaning the room—the beds were nicely made and there were fresh towels each day, as you would expect in a hotel of this quality.
We also ordered room service one evening, which was pricey but quite good—so if you are looking to stay in, this is a good place to do it.
Overall I would definitely recommend you stay here on your Atlanta visit!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 16, 2006
Westin Peachtree Plaza
210 Peachtree Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Restaurant | "Front Page News Restaurant & Patio Bar"
The dress is casual and the place itself is pretty casual and nice—you can sit out on the patio if it is nice out, which it usually is in Atlanta, or inside the fun and casual, yet still nice and classy atmosphere. The place itself looks kind of modern and clean, almost clubby/bar like, but not too much so. It's a really fun place to go because it's lively, but not loud and you can still hear yourself talk and enjoy a nice meal.
There is a great drink menu—you should try the margaritas if you like that sort of thing, but there is an option for everyone. The prices are pretty reasonable too, the drinks are strong enough that you feel like you are getting a good value for the money, but not too strong.
The food is delicious—we had the seafood gumbo and it tasted traditional and authentic. It had a lot of seafood and a really good strong flavor to it—it tasted fresh with just the right amount of kick to it. The portions were big for the money and there was more then enough to leave me satisfied.
The waiters were friendly and the service was also quite good. The food was brought quickly, but not in a rushed sort of manner. They were friendly and eager to help and make suggestions for what is good off the menu.
Overall a really great experience and I'd recommend eating there if you are in Atlanta. The restaurant itself is near the theatre so if you are going to see a play, it's a great place to go for a meal or a drink, before or after.
Front Page News Restaurant & Patio Bar
351 Moreland Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia 30307
Attraction | "World of Coca-Cola"
The first thing we did at the World of Coca-Cola was to take the self guided tour. The first step on the tour was Creating a Classic, where you got the history of Coke. This was more interesting then it sounds—especially because you get to see this neat sculpture and learn about how Coke is bottled.
The next step was the Pause that Refreshes where you get to learn how Coke was originally made and hear some music and jingles. This is slightly annoying for adults, but kids like the cheerful music and it is interesting to see the old fashioned process.
You then get to go into a room and see history of Coke commercials—this was kind of cool, especially because Coke has always done interesting advertisements and you get to see how they have changed over the years, and some of the celebrities and things that have been in the Coke commercials. The surround sound experience is nice, and you get to sit too, which is a nice relaxing break on the tour.
Finally, you get to taste some Coke flavors—which of course, everyone has tasted Coke before, but it is still nice and a refreshing end to your tour.
After the tour, you can stop in the World of Coca-Cola store and buy everything Coke related that you could ever want—which if you don't want to buy a bunch of Coke stuff you can skip, but it is kind of cool to see all the different memorabilia and things for sale.
Overall, I'd highly recommend a visit to the World of Coca-Cola, it's a nice way to spend a day, and you get to learn about the inner workings of the soft drink world.
New World of Coca-Cola
121 Baker Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
Once you are there, there is tons of stuff to do. You can visit some of the historical exhibits to learn a little bit about the history of Atlanta. There is a very nice quilt museum there, which has a number of very pretty quilts with interesting stories that go with them. There are also usually special events, and I believe you can check the online calendar to find out if there is an event going on when you are visiting—everything from traveling historical exhibits, to book signings at one of the book stores.
Even if there is nothing interesting going on as far as events, there is still plenty to do in Underground Atlanta. There are shops to meet every desire—you can buy clothes, or gifts or souvenirs of Atlanta. You can buy books or any number of other items from some speciality stores or some more generic stores like you would find in any mall.
Underground Atlanta also has a pretty good food court, as well as other restaurant options—you can almost definitely find something to please everyone. There is Chinese food, American cuisine, barbecue, Quiznos, Johnnny Rockets—everything you would expect to find in traditional shopping mall fare. The Chinese place was really quite delicious though—the prices were good, the portions were good, and the food had a very nice taste and wasn't greasy.
Overall, I'd highly recommend spending an afternoon in Underground Atlanta. It's a pretty easy metro stop on your way to the airport (which is very convenient to get to by metro).
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2006
50 Upper Alabama St.
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Either way it is beautiful. It has some Olympic history and pays homage to the Olympics that were held in Atlanta, I believe in '96? There are tons of fun fountains for kids to play in, and flowers and other pretty things, just like your regular average park.
Overall, I'd say stop in if you like the Olympics, or if you just want a quiet haven to catch your breath in the middle of the city.
Centennial Olympic Park
285 International Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
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