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Resort-like Amenities Make Hilton Atlanta Airport a Perfect Getaway
By Pamela Wilson

Resort-like Amenities Make Hilton Atlanta Airport a Perfect Getaway
Whether you’re looking for a luxurious respite for two or a quality place to work away from the everyday grind, you will find an ideal setting at the Hilton Atlanta Airport on Virginia Avenue near Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. The first-class setting, impeccable service and array of amenities rival those of resort hotels. It holds a 4-Diamond AAA rating, and one must only sample the offerings to learn why.
 

The stellar service begins the moment guests arrive and are greeted by courteous, uniformed bellmen. The foyer leads to a long, marbled walkway to the reception desk. Along the way, there is an area of plush seating where people meet and relax. Because of the hotel’s proximity to the Airport, international pilots and other airline personnel are frequently seen entering and exiting the site with their rolling carry-on bags in tow.

The visual appeal continues on each floor. At elevator banks floor-to-ceiling windows showcase a birds-eye view of the Airport, as do many of the rooms. Aviation buffs will love to watch the airplanes takeoff and land, but surprisingly, the engines are barely audible. The rooms are virtually soundproof, and closing the drapes creates a haven of elegant solitude.

The hotel’s three chefs specialize in Italian food, and its head chef formerly worked at the New York Hilton. Menu offerings include an antipasto tray featuring an assortment of salami, carrots, celery sticks, black olives, ham, cheese, and warm rolls with olive oil for dipping. A signature meal is the sea bass with mashed potatoes. Equally impressive is the lasagna or the lobster tail with grilled vegetables.

For those who prefer lighter fare, other restaurants are in the hotel. The Magnolia Grill, open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, features weekday international luncheon buffets. The Magnolia Court serves coffee, pastries, and sandwiches all day, and The Finish Line Bar serves lunch and dinner in a NASCAR-themed setting featuring 42 televisions.

Should guests feel guilty about overindulging in the fine meals, they have plenty of opportunity to “work it off” in the world-class fitness center. It features a range of Nautilus equipment, a bank of televisions opposite the stationary bikes and stair climbers, and an indoor heated lap pool with a separate Jacuzzi.

The premium center is so well-equipped that for a time many local business persons requested and were granted memberships. These days, however, it’s available for guests only, and it gets plenty of use. Guests may swim and workout until 11 p.m. nightly. Also on site are a pool table, tennis court and basketball court.





© 2007 Hartsfield-Jackson News. A Publication from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. All rights reserved.

 

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