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Marriott Intl. has opened the Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel in Georgia. Led by Houston-based Rottet Studio, the hotel’s interior design features works by local artists Ryan Coleman, Matt Herbermehl and Sarah Emerson and balances residential Southern notes with a modern vibe.

“Design aesthetics throughout the hotel embody a high-low theme intermixing raw materials such as concrete ceilings with polished materials like walnut wood, and peppered with playful unexpected moments of discovery inspired by the Renaissance brand,” says Lauren Rottet, founding principal, Rottet Studio.

For the arrival experience, the designers incorporated a porch swing, digital art projections and an oversized mural depicting an abstract world map in the lobby, one of 11 original murals found throughout the hotel. In lieu of a traditional business center, the hotel houses a collaboration space with an assortment of seating and drawers, which prompt guests to write notes about their travels for other guests to read.

The 204-key hotel, which is connected via SkyTrain to the Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta Intl. Airport, includes eight suites with custom murals created by Coleman, whose graffiti style is juxtaposed with a polished, animated element inspired by his father, a famed animator for Disney.

Named after the radiotelephonic spelling alphabet commonly used in Aviation communication, the Alpha, Bravo, Foxtrot and Echo meeting rooms, as well as the Tango Ballroom, make up the property’s 6,290-sq.-ft. of event space. The 3,345 sq.-ft. ballroom features a floor-to-ceiling outlook of the Tango Terrace and is equipped with lounge-style furnishings and décor that draws on natural elements, including neutral tones and wallcoverings showcasing a custom mural inspired by the city’s flora and fauna.

The hotel, whose owner/developer is Grove Street Partners, is also home to the Hickory & Hazel Southern Table and Bar restaurant, which is decked out with rustic tables and a horseshoe-shaped bar, as well as a fitness center and two outdoor spaces.

For more on airport hotels with elevated design schemes, see two of the case studies within the “Mid-Tier Mod Squad” feature in the current edition of Boutique Design


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