By Hope S. Philbrick
Park in what may be Atlanta, Georgia’s most spacious, best-lit parking deck, then stroll into Moxy Midtown Atlanta—half of the new (circa 2018) AC/Moxy by Marriott.
It pays to plan ahead and figure out how to tote your luggage into the hotel in such a way that you keep one hand free. Because once you’re checked in—at the bar—you can get a complimentary signature cocktail, beer, glass of wine, mocktail, or coffee. It’s a welcome treat too good to pass up, but you’ll need that hand free if you want to carry it up the elevator to your room. Of course, if you’re the social type, you might be tempted to hang out at the bar or one of the vibrant lobby’s many game tables or lounge areas.
Since the hotel’s command center does double-duty as a bar that serves boozy drinks, Moxy Atlanta Midtown has a strong adults-oriented vibe. On a summer Saturday night, however, odds are that families will be hanging out and playing games throughout the lobby; the later the hour, however, the fewer kids you may see.
The Midtown Atlanta hotel was built from the ground up (occupying a space that was previously a parking lot) and shares the building with the AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown. The vibe over there is a bit retro-corporate compared to the feeling here at the Moxy which is uber-modern, Euro-, Millennial.
These streamlined guestrooms maximize space, minimize clutter. In lieu of closets there’s a wall-long row of hooks. The “deep end” drain in the walk-in shower and “don’t disturb” sign picturing a man hugging a teddy bear are just a couple of the many humorous touches. Rather than stark white bed linens, Moxy tops beds with a heather brown blanket. Fushia pops routinely, from the plastic to-go cups at the bar to the blow dryer hanging on the bathroom wall.
Even a large king guestroom feels smaller than the average Marriott king guestroom, yet it’s very comfortable and welcoming: the sense I got was like staying at a friend’s house, perhaps in a bonus room over the garage that doubled as guestroom and teen hangout.
And since staff members are so friendly and readily strike up conversations, it’s easy to feel like you’ve got a friend at Moxy.
21 Point Inspection
1. Adults Only/Odds of Encountering Children—Family-friendly hotel. For the best odds of an adult experience, visit during the workweek when school is in session.
2. Parking—Convenient self-parking with in/out privileges ($25 daily rate applies).
3. Clean—Clean, non-smoking property. Guestrooms have floors not carpets.
4. Space—One suitcase rack. Desk, bedside tables, and bathroom vanity offer some space for personal belongings.
5. Kitchen(ette)—A mini ‘frig, microwave or coffee pot can be delivered to your guestroom upon request. There’s 24/hour access to snacks and beverages at a refreshment station in the lobby.
6. Coffee/Tea—Serve yourself at a refreshment station in the lobby.
7. Glassware/Ice—Two glass vessels are in the guestroom; ice and additional drinkware (both glass and plastic) is available at the bar.
8. Tub/Shower—Walk-in shower has both rainshower and handheld heads; toggle between them or use both at once. Good water pressure. Large bottles of body wash/shampoo, conditioner, and hand soap are available but BYO body moisturizer.
9. Temperature—It’s possible to adjust the room temperature to suit personal preferences and this HVAC system is very quiet.
10. Linens/Mattress—Linens were in excellent condition and the bed was very comfortable.
11. Hooks—There’s an entire wall of hooks (oddly, some are above the TV) in the guestroom. In the bathroom there are several towel bars.
12. Hair Dryer—A fushia blow dryer hangs on a hook in the bathroom: It’s clean, easy to locate, and (yay!) not tied up inside a bag.
13. Window Treatments—Draperies help darken the room and offer privacy.
14. Seating—My large king guestroom had a desk chair.
15. Work-Friendly—Free high-speed wireless Internet. The guestroom’s desk is big enough to hold a laptop plus a mousepad and papers.
16. Outlets—Recharge with ease.
17. Pet-Friendly—Pets are allowed with a non-refundable $100 fee. Max 45 pounds.
18. Service—Staff members are friendly and helpful.
19. Pool/Hut Tub—High Note rooftop bar features an outdoor swimming pool, cabanas, meeting space, state-of-the-art health and fitness, plus an outdoor entertaining area with firepits.
20. On-Site Amenities—The hotel boasts a roster of non-traditional services: Dial #69 using the retro bedside phone for a “cheeky bedtime story featuring Moxy’s BFFs.” The lobby is stocked with lots of games from a pool table to large Jenga to 3D Clue. In addition to laundry facilities there are communal ironing rooms with vibrant backdrops for selfies. Guestroom TVs are equipped with Internet streaming services.
21. Accessibility—Mobility-accessible rooms available. Discuss options that can accommodate your specific needs when making a reservation. The hotel occupies 11 floors, 153 rooms, and 2 suites. The hotel is located in Midtown, the heart of Atlanta’s art scene with over 25 cultural venues, more than 30 performing arts centers, and 20 entertainment venues. It’s within walking distance of Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Hop on MARTA to reach even more of Atlanta without a car.
Rates from $150/night.
With a combined 288 rooms and suites, AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown and Moxy Atlanta Midtown make up Marriott’s first-ever combination of the AC and Moxy brands under one roof. It’s the first Moxy Hotel in Georgia and the third AC Hotel in Atlanta. Both are LEED-certified hotels.
Facing 14th Street, the European-inspired AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown offers 133-rooms with sophisticated, sleek design elements; plush seating; and multifunctional workspaces. Playing off the muted palette of the interiors, the hotel showcases abstract sculptures.
Facing 13th Street, the millennial-inspired Moxy Atlanta Midtown offers 155-rooms and communal areas with industrial features including reclaimed pallet ceilings and iron finishes.
Additionally, both hotels provide outstanding food and beverage service — European style offerings from Executive Chef Jeremy Hartman at the AC, and fun naan bread specialties and kombucha on tap at the Moxy. McKibbon Hospitality will be the operator for both hotels.
Working alongside the Midtown Alliance, the hotel has established a pedestrian connector called the Arts Walk. The hotel’s ground-level path will provide connectivity between 13th and 14th Streets while featuring installations from local artists. The Arts Walk will eventually span from 10th Street to the Woodruff Arts Center.
Moxy Atlanta Midtown
48 13th Street NE
Atlanta GA 30309
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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 AC/Moxy for hosting my stay.