The Aloft Downtown Atlanta opens

The Aloft brand has become part of the Georgia hospitality scene with the grand opening of the Aloft Downtown Atlanta. The 254-room, 10-floor property -- which is owned by DeBartolo Development and managed by Banyan Investment Group -- is the first Aloft Hotel in the state and the largest Aloft Hotel in the southeast for Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

The opening ceremonies included brief remarks by Paige Francis, VP of global marketing for Starwood; Michael Weems, VP for DeBartolo Development; and Lloyd Crabtree, SVP of operations for Banyan Investment Group.    

There was also a 30-minute concert performance by 28 year-old rock/pop singer-songwriter Mikey Wax, whose new self-titled album was released on June 10 and is currently on the iTunes Top 100 pop chart.    

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The new Aloft hotel is adjacent to the Atlanta Merchandise Mart. Amenities include the W XYZ bar; the re:mi” lounge; an outdoor backyard with a swimming pool; a 24-hour fitness center; and more than 2,500 square feet of meeting space for business and social events.  

“Our hotel offers a dramatic new option for travelers who are coming to downtown Atlanta for business or for leisure -- in one of the area’s most convenient, accessible locations,” explains Banyan’s Lloyd Crabtree.    
DeBartolo Development is one of the country’s most prominent, most successful, and most respected privately-owned real estate development firms. 
Banyan Investment Group is a privately-owned hotel investment company which operates a portfolio of almost 20 properties.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts introduced the Aloft brand in 2005 and currently operates 81 Aloft locations in the United States and around the world

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