Downtown Atlanta’s first integrated hotel has been restored to its original glory and reopened under a former name.
The American Hotel, operated by DoubleTree by Hilton, held a grand reopening ceremony Thursday, Oct. 26, to celebrate the recently completed retro renovation.
Ahead of its time when it was opened in 1962 as the Americana Motor Hotel by Jewish brothers Irving and Marvin Goldstein, the hotel played an integral part in the civil rights movement and Atlanta sports history as one of the requirements for bringing the Braves to Atlanta in 1966.
A lawsuit from a Miami hotel led Marvin Goldstein to adopt the American Hotel name in the 1970s.
The $16 million renovation of the 315-room hotel embraces midcentury modern furnishings and design paired with first-class service and amenities. Unusual room features include vintage mini-fridges, 1960s car-themed headboards and an Airstream trailer serving as the poolside bar.
Photos courtesy of the American Hotel