Having risen from the ashes of Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, the city’s largest ground-up hotel development in more than 40 years has officially arrived.

From its vast modern lobby to elevated poolside bar and 42-story height (up from a previously declared 40 stories), project officials say the Signia by Hilton Atlanta project is poised to become an instant downtown landmark, following nearly three years of pandemic-delayed construction and several years of planning.

The 976-room tower at 159 Northside Drive marks the first Georgia hotel for the Signia by Hilton brand and the tallest building on downtown’s western flank. (Fun fact: Everything above level 32 at the hotel is taller than Mercedes-Benz Stadium next door.)

Hotel highlights include eight food and beverage concepts, including signature Italian fine-dining restaurant Capolinea, daytime eatery Homespun, and a large bar called Highball at a seasonal, elevated pool area that faces The Benz. More than 100,000 square feet of meeting space, boardrooms with views, Georgia’s largest ballroom, and what’s described as a “grand outdoor event deck and lawn” are also dotted around the 1.25-million-square-foot property.

Interior design of the Signia lobby. Courtesy of Signia by Hilton Atlanta

This view from Vine City's Cook Park shows the hotel's height in relation to Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Owned by the Georgia World Congress Center Authority, Signia is part of what GWCCA calls its Championship Campus, which along with The Benz and Centennial Olympic Park forms “North America’s largest combined convention, sports, and entertainment destination,” according to GWCCA. In announcement for Signia’s opening, GWCCA executive director Frank Poe said the project puts Atlanta “on the shortlist for the most prestigious live events the industry has to offer.”

According to project leaders, all Signia rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows designed to capture city views, while a mix of “earth toned-fabrics, rich wood and rattan textures, and brass finishes,” are meant to “reflect the warmth and refinement of Southern luxury.”

Rates this week start at $295 nightly for rooms with two queen beds, according to the hotel’s website. On-site parking is another $50 per day. 

A full floor at the hotel is dedicated to wellness, with a large fitness center, plus a spa and beauty bar expected to open later this winter. 

An elevated plaza area where the hotel's proximity to The Benz is apparent. Josh Green/Urbanize Atlanta

Views over Mercedes-Benz Stadium from rooms facing south. Courtesy of Signia by Hilton Atlanta

The Signia’s 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 Signia marks Atlanta’s fifth tallest all-hotel tower overall. That category is led by the 73-story Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel, a John Portman-designed building completed in 1976 that’s still Atlanta’s fifth-tallest building—for now

The Signia project was developed by Boston-based Drew Company, with the Gensler architecture firm on board for interior and exterior designs, and a partnership between Skanska and SG Contracting working as general contractor. See how downtown’s towering new hotel turned out—from a multitude of angles—in the gallery above.


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