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Atlanta, as Seen During an Overnight Layover

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An August 2006 trip to Atlanta by brianestadt

Outside the aquarium Photo, Atlanta, Georgia More Photos
Quote: I've stayed in ATL a couple times en route to other destinations. Here are my experiences there.

Atlanta, as Seen During an Overnight Layover

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Overview

Outside the aquarium Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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I’m by no means an expert on the city, but since I often fly Delta on buddy passes (which means holding my breath as I stare at the Standby Passengers list), I have stayed a few times in Atlanta. During my most recent visit, the city made a great impression. Very friendly people, an awesome aquarium, and New England clam chowder (yes, in Georgia!) to absolutely die for.Here’s a layover passenger’s impression of a few things in Atlanta. Next time in town, I plan to see if there are any worthwhile tours of Coke, CNN, and the CDC to check out.Quick Tips: The Georgia Aquarium is an absolute must-see. While there, take a stroll across the road to Centennial Park and enjoy the grounds. If...Read More

Radisson Hotel Atlanta Airport

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Hotel | "Radisson Atlanta Airport South"

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Stayed here in 2005 during layovers to/from the U.S. Virgin islands. Since we were spending a nice chunk of change in the islands, we went with the cheapest airport hotel we could find in Atlanta. This was it.Others thought the same. Processing at the front desk was a bit slow, and the lobby always seemed crowded with families with lots of children and even more luggage. That said, it IS an airport hotel... But that doesn’t explain the funky smell in the halls and our rooms. This place had a mild mildew aroma. An extremely through cleaning/upgrade would help.Among the amenities are an indoor pool, bar/lounge, and exercise room. We didn’t use the pool, but it looked like every other...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Radisson Hotel Atlanta Airport
5010 Old National Hwy.
College Park, Georgia 30349
(404) 761-4000

Country Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport North

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Hotel | "Country Inn & Suites Airport-North"

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Though things didn’t start off well here, our stay at Country Inn & Suites was a very good one. It was recommended to me by a flight attendant who had stayed in Atlanta often.After checking in very early (we didn’t expect our room to be ready, and it wasn’t — we left our bags in the office), Chris and I went to the business center to book our tickets to the Georgia Aquarium. This went smoothly until I tried to print our confirmation emails that included PDF-format bar codes we had to present at the aquarium. The old Windows computer (nothing makes you appreciate an Apple like a hotel business center) didn’t have Acrobat Reader installed. I downloaded Reader but didn’t have permission to ins...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Country Inn and Suites Atlanta Airport North
1365 Hardin Ave.
Atlanta, Georgia 30344
(404) 767-9787

Spondivits

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Restaurant

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When you hear “wooden floors,” do images of polished, gleaming pine or maple come to mind? If so, clear your head of that nonsense immediately. At Spondivits, the atmosphere is what I like to call “genuine Southern shack.” In not trying to create ambiance, Spondivits (est. 1979) has acquired it the hard way — it’s earned it. The wooden floors (and walls and tables, for that matter) are the type you’d expect to find in shack in the bayou — old, distressed, and obviously witness to lots of living. The “windows” have the same personality — unscreened rectangles of space that allow the breeze to pass through unimpeded. When it rains, sheets of rolled plastic are lowered to keep you dry. But enou...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Spondivits
1219 Virginia Ave
Atlanta, Georgia 30344
(404) 767-1569

Cafe Aquaria

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I know what you’re thinking: “A review of an aquarium’s food court? Someone’s trying to milk some IgoUgo points out of this trip.” Well, you’re wrong. At least partially. The food court at the aquarium was unexpectedly good. There is a burger station that both of us bypassed, a pasta station and a pizza area — and a very attractive selection of desserts. I went with an individual pizza and was hoping for a pepperoni one, but since none were ready, I decided to take whatever type was next to come out of the oven. The workers plated a chef’s special of the day — sausage and peppers — and before it had time to settle in under a heat lamp it was on my tray. Chris chose a salmon pasta that looke...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Cafe Aquaria
Georgia Aquarium
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 581-4000

Georgia Aquarium

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Attraction

Georgia Aquarium Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Two words: Whale sharks. The largest fish in the world, whale sharks had only been kept in captivity in Asia before the Georgia Aquarium opened. Undoubtedly, they are the stars of the show. You enter the Ocean Voyager section (one of five at the aquarium) through a clear, acrylic 100-foot-long underwater tunnel. As awesome as it is to see the silhouetted whale sharks above you here, it’s even cooler to see the fish in the viewing area, a dark room in which a 61’ wide (and 23 feet tall) section of aquarium glass is presented like a giant movie screen. Take your wide-angle lenses for this one. A fisheye lens will server you even better to capture the scale in this room. As with all exhibits, tr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

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

Centennial Olympic Park

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Attraction | "Centennial Park"

Centennial Olympic Park Photo, Atlanta, Georgia
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Located near the aquarium, the Georgia Dome and some corporate HQs (among them CNN), Centennial Park in Atlanta is a nice, green respite from the urban downtown landscape. Its entrances feature plaques that include the Olympic rings to commemorate the 1996 Summer Games that were held in the city and there is a small statue honoring the people who were instrumental in bringing the games to the city.The park has a lot of open, grassy space. Perhaps even a bit too much — I think a few more trees would make it a bit more beautiful and added some more much-needed shade, but I could understand the wide open space if many festivals are held here. There are a fair number of benches to relax on and t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 24, 2006

Centennial Olympic Park
285 International Blvd NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30313
(404) 222-7275