DUNWOODY, Ga. — It appears to be a promising time for the Dunwoody hotel industry, with several hotels in the Perimeter area undertaking major renovations and more set to enter the market.
The Crowne Plaza at Ravinia, Embassy Suites on Crown Pointe Parkway and Marriott on Perimeter Center Parkway have all undertaken multi-million-dollar renovations in the past few years.
“All the hotels have renovations, so we’re going after each other pretty aggressively, but it’s also really cool everything is so new,” said Tim Cahill, director of Sales and Marketing at the Crowne Plaza.
In addition to all the renovation, two new hotels are under construction. A 10-story, 200-room hotel is part of the development going up between Perimeter Mall and the Dunwoody MARTA station, expected to open in late 2020.
An AC Hotel is expected to come to Perimeter Center West in 2021, in a space that used to be a parking lot. It will have the first rooftop bar in Dunwoody, said Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Katie Bishop Williams.
Hotels usually aren’t top of mind for Dunwoody residents, but Williams said they have reason to be excited by the strength of the industry.
“For residents, if they’re having a wedding, or a bar mitzvah, an event for their organization or business, or just hosting family and friends, there are great venues here in Dunwoody,” she said.
With the renovations and growth comes new and improved event space, restaurants and special events.
The Le Meridian on Perimeter Center West hosts live acoustics Monday and Wednesday and live jazz every other Friday. The Backyard at Parkwoods, the garden area behind the Crowne Plaza, hosts live music Thursday nights.
“This is a fantastic destination with some great hotels,” said Alicia Wiley, CVB chair and general manager at Le Meridien
It’s clear the teams behind these hotels hope the visitors who haven’t been since they completed the renovations will come back.
“It’s a brand-new hotel. It really is,” Embassy Suites General Manager Bob Kisker said.
The 252-room hotel’s more than $10 million renovation included work on the exterior, guest rooms, meeting space and the central atrium.
At the Marriot, the 344-room hotel, also saw updates to its common space, rooms and exterior. The location is gearing up for special events this holiday season.
“It really delights me when people say ‘I was floored when I walked in. I didn’t know this is what a Crowne Plaza could look like,” Cahill said.
With InterContinental Hotel Group’s American headquarters in its backyard, Cahill said the hotel will be the Americas’ flagship for the Crowne Plaza brand. With 495 rooms, it is the largest in the Perimeter Market.
The city could be set to get two more hotels, depending on how zoning petitions play out. On Oct. 15, the Planning Commission will hear proposals for two developments that would include a hotel in addition to restaurant and retail space. One would be at Ravinia near the interchange of Ashford Dunwoody Road and I-285, and the other would be on Perimeter Center East across from Perimeter Mall.
“There’s a lot going on in the Perimeter area,” said Bill Baker, senior general manager of Perimeter Mall. “We’re really proud of our hotels.”