A Business Traveler’s Guide to Downtown Atlanta

If you’re planning a business trip to Atlanta, you probably hope to stay as productive as possible while you’re in town. Fortunately, this popular southern city has a bustling economy, so you’ll have plenty of options worth considering. In fact, some of the most successful companies in the world have their headquarters in Atlanta, including Coca-Cola, Home Depot and Georgia Pacific as well as the North American headquarters for Porsche & Mercedes Benz. Atlanta has also been ranked as one of the top high-tech centers in the country.

You will certainly find downtown Atlanta accommodations with amenities that meet the needs of business travelers. And you may be surprised at the eclectic mix of restaurants both casual and professional for your dining needs. If you have some free time, there is almost no end to the things you can see and do in Atlanta. Don’t let your next business trip become all work with no play. Discover how to stay productive on your next business trip to Atlanta.

Transportation Options

On any business trip, getting around is important – so you will probably want to become familiar with the transportation options in the city before making your trip. Booking your hotel accommodations in downtown Atlanta will leave you with no lack of transportation choices to help you get around, especially hotels that are right at a MARTA station and by a Streetcar stop!

One of the best ways to make your way all across the city is the new Atlanta Streetcar, providing free transportation to Atlanta’s most popular destinations for both work and play.

Hotel Accommodations

When booking your trip, you’re more than likely looking for one of the Atlanta Hotels with business center amenities. Choosing a hotel with the right set of services and business capabilities will help you stay productive and in touch with the office even while you’re on the go. Before you make a reservation for a room in an Atlanta hotel, you might want to double check to make sure the hotel offers meeting rooms and everything you need to help you stay on top of your business even from afar.

However, don’t let all the demands of doing work come in between you and comfort during your stay in downtown Atlanta. If you can’t find any time to relax and unwind on your trip, your productivity is sure to suffer. Make it a point to choose a hotel that offers all the comforts of home, allowing you to get revitalized prepare for the day ahead.

Meeting Venues

Before your trip, you might want to explore the possible meeting venues in Atlanta. If you need to arrange a conference, meeting or any other event while you’re in town, there are plenty of appealing venues you can choose from. The Atlanta Botanical Gardens offers dinner seating for up to 300 people, or you may rent one of the smaller garden areas available. The High Museum of Art can accommodate groups that comprise between 50 and 1800 guests, and the museum provides an elegant setting for a formal event. Another great venue for business events is Rhodes Hall, a gorgeous, historic mansion built in 1904. Rhodes Hall offers lawn accommodations for outdoor events, as well as a reception room that is perfect for cocktails and can hold up to 175 guests.

When looking for just the right venue, don’t forget to check with your hotel too. Many hotels set aside small meeting rooms in downtown Atlanta that allow for a more intimate and private setting that comes fully stocked with all the technology and amenities you need to make your meeting a huge success.

Downtown Restaurants

If you prefer to meet associates and entertain clients in a more personal manner, indulge them and yourself in one of downtown Atlanta’s many restaurants. Whether you’re looking for the fine dining of the Capital Grille Atlanta, the more casual setting of the Sweet Auburn Bistro, or a farm to table experience at the Ellis Hotel’s Terrace Bistro, your taste buds certainly won’t be disappointed with Atlanta’s eclectic mix of dining opportunities.

Local Attractions

Whether you want to take a break from work or go sightseeing with a client, you should visit at least a few local attractions while you’re in Atlanta. If you’re interested in some squeezing some exercise into your schedule, try renting a bike and taking a tour along the city’s many trails. If you’re a football fan, you won’t want to miss your chance to see the College Football Hall of Fame. The Jimmy Carter Library and Museum is well worth a visit, and the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum is another one to see. Other choices include the Margaret Mitchell House (for Gone With the Wind fans) and the Center for Puppetry Arts. While you’re in town on business, don’t forget to play a round of golf, shop in a local boutique, or attend a concert.

Your business trip to Atlanta should be a productive and memorable one. If you choose a hotel with the right amenities, you’ll be able to conduct business with ease. Of course, you’ll need to take a break and see Atlanta at some point during your stay – and when you do, the city will not disappoint you.

With its bustling economy and ever-growing business sector, it’s no wonder that so many business travelers flock to downtown Atlanta each year. Book your Atlanta accommodations in the center of all the action by staying at downtown’s only remaining independent boutique hotel, the Ellis Hotel. A stay at the Ellis offers an unparalleled opportunity for business travelers to tackle work, stay productive and capture some of the sights & sounds the city has to offer. Make the most out of your next business trip by booking your Atlanta accommodations at the Ellis Hotel.

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