Sleep, Eat & Drive.
Upscale destination near the Atlanta airport.
By Hope S. Philbrick
“Lots of flights have been cancelled,” said the woman while pouring ice water into my glass. Though Atlanta, Georgia, is home to the world’s busiest airport, flight schedules aren’t a typical conversation starter at most restaurants in the city. But that may be a hot topic at Apron, the full-service restaurant inside Solis Two Porsche Drive: A wall of windows faces a busy runway. Between sips and bites, you can relax watching planes land. It’s kind of mesmerizing.
“We’re going to get busy later tonight,” the server predicted, even though we’d been seated immediately. While winter storms hit the Northeast, Atlanta’s skies were clear. Victims of cancelled flights would be much more comfortable spending the night here at the newest hotel near the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport than in chairs at a terminal gate.
Solis Two Porsche Drive lures guests with its location and its luxuries. Whether you prefer to watch planes take-off and land or watch cars maneuver around a track, there’s a view for you: The upscale hotel overlooks the runway plus the 1.6-mile track at the Porsche Experience Center. While the hotel is conveniently located near the airport, of course there’s no need to fly in for the chance to experience the place; you might want to test drive or just peek at Porsches.
As fits its Porsche affiliation, the hotel has a sleek, contemporary design with a motorsports motif. According to press materials, the design by HOK Atlanta and interior designer Peter Silling & Associates “was constructed to complement the sleek nature of the nearby Porsche Experience Center while developing an aesthetic footprint all its own. The exterior of the hotel features a sleek metallic-inspired design, sharp angles and a dual-corridor.”
The hotel’s on-site dining options include Apron along with 24-hour room service plus Overdrive Lounge, a rooftop retreat where the menu focuses on signature cocktails and the views of the runway and driving course are even spectacular than they are from inside the lobby-level dining room.
The menu at Apron offers such a variety of options it’s clear that Executive Chef Derrick Green knows his job is to appeal to whoever strolls through the door. So whether you arrive totally stressed out due to a series of flight delays or giddy with joy after realizing a lifelong dream to drive a Porsche, or any emotional state in between, odds are good that a dish on the menu will suit the occasion. There’s also a full bar ready to pour to your mood, whether you hope to drown your sorrows or raise a celebratory toast.
Seasonal ingredients are used to the extent possible in dishes with American and Mediterranean influences. Dinner options include whole grilled branzino, bourbon-aged N.Y. strip loin, braised veal osso bucco, an Angus burger with whiskey pickles, and both roast and fried chicken, as well as several salad and pasta options. If you’re only a wee bit hungry, try a small plate starter like seared crab cake, charcuterie, hummus, or another temptation.
Ride the elevator up to your guestroom after dinner to relax in comfortable style. A track view suite is well-designed to accommodate a couple with enough space to avoid unplanned collisions. The sitting area is separate from the sleeping area, so if you experience insomnia or are more curious about what’s on CNN than your partner, it’s easy to do your own thing without disturbing his or her sleep. The bathroom is thoughtfully laid out with two sinks, an oversized shower, and a separate water closet. The bed is super comfy and despite the fact that planes will be taking off and landing throughout your stay, don’t expect noise to interrupt your sleep: Three-pane windows help minimize sound. (In fact, a hotelier once told me that hotels near airports are the most sound-proofed hotels. Good to know if you and your partner like to get loud when getting kinky.)
Check-in and check-out is a breeze, and as the valet brings your car to the front door there’s no need to worry while you wait. These valets are used to driving Porsches, so they can handle your Prius.
Stay at Solis Two Porsche Drive once and you’ll almost hope for a cancelled flight the next time your travel includes Atlanta just to have an excuse to stay again. Of course, you always have a green light to visit.
- Located near the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and near the Porsche Experience Center
- 214 total guestrooms including 27 suites and 1 presidential suite
- Free Wi-Fi; guestrooms have convenient USB ports
- Free airport transportation
- Valet parking only
- On-site dining at Apron
- Rooftop lounge overlooks the Porsche Handling Course and airport runway
- Fitness center with TechnoGym equipment
- Guestrooms equipped with a mini refrigerator plus coffee maker with basic supplies
- Odds of Encountering Children: Very low. We saw zero youngsters during our Friday night stay.
Solis Two Porsche Drive
Two Porsche Drive
Atlanta, Georgia 30340
470-466-3300 and 844-461-3300
@21plusTravel Tip: Read our two-week Georgia itinerary for ideas of what to do while in Atlanta as well as where to venture beyond the city.
– Photos by Lauren Rubinstein
Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. Thanks to Phase 3 Marketing & Communications for making arrangements and Solis Two Porsche Drive for hosting.