As we made our way down I-75/85 the kids played "guess that building" as the Midtown skyline came into view... (did I mention the repetitious are "we there yet?") until we exited at Williams Street in the center of downtown Atlanta. Within 40 minutes from departing their school we arrived under the Porte-cochere of the Embassy Suites Centennial Park. The kids' amusement began with the ride up the glass-enclosed elevator enjoying views of a spectacular dimensional artwork “Echo”. Comprised of over 1350 cast metal component sculptures attached to over 1100 stainless steel cables, the artwork depicts a dynamic species of sea life which merge into an epic leaping tarpon. A fitting tribute and introduction to the Georgia Aquarium, right next door.
Our suite was outstanding! The living room was spacious, and included a sofa bed, 37" LCD television, dining room table and chairs with a desk/work area. -- more than enough room for the 4 of us to spread out. The Dry Bar comes equipped with Microwave, Refrigerator and Coffee Maker.
We settled in, as the kids remained glued to the window from our 6th floor view overlooking Centennial Park, the Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta Skyline.
We turned to the Atlanta Channel to get all the latest information on events in the city, where we discovered the "CityPASS" --- a booklet containing six tickets to the most famous Atlanta attractions, with a choice of 8 possible venues. A 51% savings plus the added value of most CityPASS attractions allowing CityPASS ticket holders to bypass the main ticket line... the weekend was looking quite promising! Each evening the Embassy Suites offers a complimentary Manger’s Reception in the atrium. We enjoyed delicious hors d'oeuvre, adult libations and kid-friendly drinks as we took a family vote on our 6 attraction destinations.
The hotel is located in the center of the Luckie Marietta District, a city neighborhood filled with the best of dining and entertainment. We loved being able to walk to a restaurant, see the city lights and activities come to life as at the sun set.
Just one day into our city excursion, the kids quickly fell asleep watching television from the sofa-bed in the living room as we retired in privacy to the luxurious separate King bedroom. We began each morning with a complimentary cooked-to-order breakfast-- omelets, pastry stations, fruit stations, cereal stations, beverage stations-- we were spoiled! ... and so were the kids. On the way back home they were quite jubilant about this new "Staycation" concept... wanting to know if that’s how each weekend would be spent during this school year.