Leon Stafford, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta’s newest boutique lodger, The Candler Hotel Atlanta, will have its official opening at 3 p.m. Wednesday.
The 17-story beaux-arts building, whose conversion from an office tower into a hotel has been years in the making, will begin the day at 10 a.m. with a ribbon cutting and VIP/media sneak peak of the building, followed by the opening to the general public at 3.
Among those at the ribbon cutting will be Carmen Chubb, chief of staff for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; Curtis Davis of Hilton Hotels; Stephen Miller, R.E.M Associates and owner of The Candler Building; and chef Hugh Acheson.
The Hilton company is opening the Candler as its newest Curio Collection hotel. The destination will feature 265-rooms, a ballroom, meeting space, a restaurant and fitness center.
The Candler, a member of the National Register of Historic Places, becomes the latest national example of a former office building, post office, train station or bank to get a second life as adaptive reuse lodging. The idea of creating hotels out of buildings whose original use no longer make sense has been around for decades, but has picked up steam in the last dozen or so years as developable land has been squeezed in booming cities like Atlanta.