The AJT recently visited a dual-hotel concept that unites the first Moxy Hotel in Georgia with the third AC Hotel in Atlanta. Marriott International and Noble Investment Group opened the dual-branded AC Hotel Atlanta Midtown and Moxy Atlanta Midtown earlier this year.
The first-ever combination of the two brands has a total of 288 rooms and suites and is situated in the heart of a thriving business and arts district, incorporating local artwork into the décor.
Our host, beverage manager Jacob Strawn, a graduate of Sprayberry High School, explained that on our visit weekend, the hotel was at full occupancy. “The AC is about 75 percent business, where the Moxy is more locals. The cool thing about the Moxy is that we put most of the amenities in the lobby as one big active space.”
Above both hotels is the High Note, a vibrant rooftop featuring pool, cabanas and bar, meeting space, state-of-the-art health and fitness, and an outdoor firepit entertaining area.
The vibe was definitely upbeat with first dates and families, some in flip flops, others stylishly in short skirts and heels. The food was acceptable enough for a limited menu (about 14 total items), but not necessarily worthy of a targeted culinary destination visit. We had “Avocado Smash” with spiced pepitas and pickled onion. Very cool presentation and enough to split. The black-eyed pea hummus was a generous portion and served with raw veggies. The tuna poke was a top choice with ahi, edamame, cucumber, avocado, wasabi, pickled ginger, and crispy onions on a sesame wonton.
There were divine touches such as watermelon radishes and grilled lime halves.
AC has a “Stay for Breakfast” package that includes a full breakfast offering plus an à la carte menu and coffee drinks. This summer the hotel will launch experiential packages that highlight nearby arts, culture and nightlife.
Bottom line: Envision living on Long Island and taking the subway into Manhattan for an overnight show and stay. AC/Moxy is definitely an “upbeat getaway” if not spilt-personality staycation.