Crowne Plaza opens in Atlanta

InterContinental Hotels Group has announced that
the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta recently opened.  The hotel marks the first 100
percent African-American owned full service hotel in metro Atlanta.  The 218-room,
ten-story property is owned by Roberts Hotels Group under a license agreement with a
company in the InterContinental Hotels Group and is managed by IHG.

“The Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta is a welcome addition to our portfolio of hotels
in Metro Atlanta, ” said Kevin Kowalski, vice president, Brand Management, Crowne
Plaza Hotels & Resorts, North America. “We are pleased to have Roberts Hotels Group
as a partner for the brand’s latest addition.”


The Roberts Hotels Group is a subsidiary of the Roberts Companies, owned by Michael
and Steven Roberts, two brothers ranked among the country’s most successful
African-American businessmen. The Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta joins the Roberts
Hotels Group’s portfolio of hotels located in St. Louis, Mo., Tampa, Fla., and
Houston, Texas. 



“Intercontinental Hotels Group is a great partner and I look forward to a mutually
beneficial relationship as we go forward with building the Roberts Hotels Group,”
said Michael Roberts.  “We believe that hospitality will prove to be one of the
fastest growing industries in the country during the coming decades and are excited
about our future with IHG.”


The Roberts Hotels Group has invested $5 million in renovations to the Crowne Plaza
Atlanta-Marietta including a new lobby featuring contemporary d├ęcor with marble and
wood accents throughout. New carpet, wall coverings and furniture have also been
updated in the common areas. In addition to adding wireless Internet access,
guestrooms will now feature new wall coverings and furniture, and the bathrooms
feature granite countertops and stainless steel sinks.


The hotel offers guests the option of choosing the Crowne Club floor for their stay
where they will enjoy complimentary breakfast, evening reception, and faxing and
printing services free of charge. The hotel will also offer parlor suites complete
with refrigerators, microwaves and wall mounted HDTV.


With the opening of the hotel, comes the introduction of The Roberts Bistro,
featuring American cuisine with signature dishes such as Blackened Scallops and
Roberts Southern Fried Wings and Chips. The Network Ultra Lounge is also a new
addition to the property. Both the restaurant and lounge are enclosed by glass
storefront walls which overlook the lobby.


The Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Marietta has an outdoor pool, business center,
complimentary shuttle service within a five mile radius and same day laundry and


The hotel features the newly introduced Crowne Plaza Sleep Advantage which is
available at all Crowne Plaza hotels in the Americas.  The Sleep Advantage
encompasses the entire sleep experience, from training staff on how to create and
maintain a restful environment to providing innovative products and services.
Program components include new bedding, guaranteed wake-up calls, designated quiet
zones, night lights, drape clips, sleep CDs, sleep tips and amenities such as eye
masks, ear plugs and lavender spray. 


Also consistent with the Crowne Plaza brand, the hotel offers a comprehensive
meetings package to ensure a seamless planning process and exceptional meeting
experience consisting of three key components: a Two-Hour Response Guarantee, Crowne
Meetings Director and a Meetings Daily Debrief. With 7,000-sq. ft. of meeting space
including nine meeting rooms and a generous ballroom, the Crowne Plaza
Atlanta-Marietta provides the perfect venue for business meetings and social
functions. All meeting rooms feature high speed Internet access.


The hotel is conveniently located off I-75 at Hwy. 120, just 25 miles north of the
Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. A variety of restaurants and shops
as well as major businesses such as Dobbins Air Force Base and Lockheed are a short
drive from the hotel.


The hotel’s address is 1775 Parkway Pl. NW, Marietta, Ga., 30067. Telephone: (770)
428-4400. Facsimile: (770) 424-5756. The hotel was formerly known as the Roberts
Mayfair Hotel.