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Downtown Atlanta’s First Modern Hotel Restored

ATLANTA—Downtown Atlanta’s first modern hotel has been restored and converted to The American Hotel, A DoubleTree by Hilton.

Ahead of its time when it opened in 1962, the hotel played an integral part in the civil rights movement, hosting notable public figures such as Elvis Presley, Carol Channing, Jimmy Carter, James Brown, Nelson Rockefeller and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“When The American Hotel opened for business in June of 1962, it became a history maker by welcoming guests of all races,” said Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. “In fact, it is recognized as the first integrated hotel in downtown Atlanta by the Atlanta History Center.”

The $16-million renovation of the 315-room hotel embraces midcentury modern furnishings and design paired with first-class service and amenities, such as the signature DoubleTree cookie. Distinctive features include vintage mini-fridges, 60s car-themed headboards and an Airstream trailer serving as the poolside bar. The hotel’s renovated meeting and banquet space can accommodate groups of up to 500. High-tech fitness facilities include Wellbeats virtual fitness classes where participants can engage with instructors in a live class experience.

“Legacy Ventures has re-energized an important part of our city’s downtown fabric,” said Legacy Ventures’ COO Kevin Richards. “Our focus has been to create state-of-the-art hotel and restaurant guest experiences while honoring The American’s storied history. This project has sparked a high level of enthusiasm with our team, and we are confident our guests will love the revamped look from the moment they walk in the door.” 

The property is also home to The Cloakroom Kitchen & Bar, which pays tribute to the Cold War. Guests can sit back and indulge in classic craft cocktails and bar bites surrounded by images of John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev and other period figures.