Seems like only yesterday, back before Thanksgiving, that Atlanta’s tallest hotel in ages was merely half-built, in terms of sheer height.
A few months later, the Signia by Hilton Atlanta hotel is just days from topping out, with an expected grand opening within a year, officials tell Urbanize Atlanta.
According to Georgia World Congress Center spokesman Randy Lieberman, a topping-out ceremony is planned for the 40-story Signia on March 28, marking a milestone after a year of construction and a significant addition to downtown’s skyline. (Fun fact: The hotel became taller than Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door once it surpassed level 32; all eight levels above that will look down on the stadium.)
GWCC officials say the Signia is Atlanta’s tallest ground-up new hotel in almost 40 years, set to stand 453 feet over the repurposed footprint of the Georgia Dome. (Built in 1985, the 52-story, John Portman-designed Marriott Marquis stands about 120 feet higher.)
In an announcement today, GWCC officials point out the 975-room hotel will be the tallest building on Atlanta’s Westside. That room-count ranks it between the fifth largest hotel in Atlanta (Omni Atlanta Hotel: 1,038 rooms) and the current sixth (Sheraton Atlanta Hotel: 749 rooms).
The glassy, flat-topped Signia joins a groundswell of new construction around the Gulch this year, with much more expected in advance of the 2026 World Cup.
The Signia will be Atlanta’s fifth tallest all-hotel tower. That category is led by the 73-story Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, another Portman building completed in 1976 that's still Atlanta’s fifth-tallest building overall.
The Signia hotel remains on schedule to open in mid-January next year, Lieberman said.
The Signia project, which will be owned by GWCCA, also calls for 100,000 square feet of meeting and event space around the property, a restaurant, bar, and top-shelf wellness amenities, per Hilton. It will be the most visible part of the GWCCA’s 2020 Vision master plan, a sweeping campus redo.
But the path toward topping out hasn’t been without turbulence.
The Gensler-designed hotel was on track to launch construction in late spring 2020, just after Atlanta’s planned (and cancelled) NCAA Final Four basketball crowds had cleared out of downtown. But COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns and subsequent economic instability derailed that timeline.
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