Omni Hotels & Resorts acquired Time Warner's 50-percent interest in the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, and now has full ownership and management of the property. Omni Hotels & Resorts partnered with Turner Broadcasting in 2000 to acquire the hotel’s south tower, later building the 600-room north tower, which opened in 2003.
Nestled in downtown Atlanta, the hotel connects to the CNN Center, Georgia World Congress Center and the College Football Hall of Fame, positioning it for leisure, business and convention travelers. The property has 1,059 guestrooms and suites and 45 meeting rooms with more than 120,000 square feet of function space, including a 19,864-square-foot grand ballroom.
Additionally, Omni Hotels & Resorts announced the appointment of Manuel Deisen as GM of the hotel. Deisen joins the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center from the Ritz-Carlton, Atlanta, where he has served as the property’s GM since 2012. Throughout his career, he has held numerous leadership positions at a number of Ritz-Carlton properties, including Florida’s Amelia Island, Orlando Grande Lakes, Golf Resort Naples, as well as Boston Common in Massachusetts, among others.
He attended the SITC, International Training Centre for the Hospitality and Leisure Time Industries in Tête-de-Ran, Switzerland, where he earned a degree in hotel management and operations. He is fluent in English, German and French, and is active in the Atlanta community serving as a board member for Central Atlanta Progress and as an executive committee member for the Atlanta Hotel Council, GHLA.
“Omni Hotels & Resorts’ complete acquisition of the Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center demonstrates our commitment to owning hotels which allows us to manage in an environment where all interests are aligned and focused on delivering a superior guest experience,” Jim Caldwell, CEO of Omni Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement. “We are also very pleased to welcome Manuel to Omni. Throughout his career, he has demonstrated a leadership ability that fits with our company’s culture, and we look forward to many successful years with him.”
As the largest hotel in Omni Hotels & Resorts portfolio, the four-diamond Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center's guestrooms provide views overlooking the downtown skyline and Centennial Olympic Park. A brand-new connector from the hotel to the Georgia World Congress Center and College Football Hall of Fame provides quick access to all three venues. Meeting attendees are free to travel to and from their gatherings back to the comfort of their own rooms, all without stepping foot outdoors; while leisure travelers have easy access to some of Atlanta’s top attractions.