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ATLANTA - (November 10, 2017) – Downtown Atlanta’s first modern hotel has been restored to its original glory and will soon present a unique blend of the hotel’s rich history.  The American Hotel, A DoubleTree by Hilton, has been redefined and carries with it a rich history that brings the building to life.

Ahead of its time when it opened in 1962, the hotel played an integral part in the Civil Rights Movement, welcoming all guests as the premier hotel in Atlanta. The American Hotel hosted notable public figures such as Elvis Presley, Carol Channing, Jimmy Carter, James Brown, Nelson Rockefeller and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“When The American Hotel opened for business in June of 1962, it became a history-maker by welcoming guests of all races,” said Sheffield Hale, president and CEO of the Atlanta History Center. “In fact, it is recognized as the first integrated hotel in downtown Atlanta by the Atlanta History Center.”

The $16 million renovation of the 315-room hotel embraces mid-century modern furnishings and design paired with first-class service and amenities, such as the signature, warm DoubleTree Cookie. Unique features include vintage mini fridges, 60’s car-themed headboards and an Airstream trailer serving as the poolside bar. The hotel’s renovated meeting and banquet space can accommodate groups of up to 500. High-tech fitness facilities include WELLBEATS virtual fitness classes where participants can engage with world-class instructors in a live class experience.

“Legacy Ventures has re-energized an important part of our city’s downtown fabric,” said Legacy Ventures’ COO Kevin Richards. “Our focus has been to create state-of-the-art hotel and restaurant guest experiences while honoring The American’s storied history. This project has sparked a high level of enthusiasm with our team, and we are confident our guests will love the revamped look from the moment they walk in the door.”

The property is also home to The Cloakroom Kitchen & Bar, which pays tribute to the Cold War. Guests can sit back and indulge in classic craft cocktails and bar bites surrounded by images of Kennedy, Khrushchev and other period figures.

The American Hotel is situated next to the renowned Tabernacle concert hall and directly across the street from wholesale trade center, AmericasMart. The hotel is a short walk across Centennial Olympic Park to the Georgia World Congress Center and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and just one block off the Peachtree Street business district. The American Hotel is Legacy Ventures’ fourth hotel in the Centennial Park District and The Cloakroom is the firm’s 10th restaurant in the district. 

About Legacy Ventures

Founded in 1996, Legacy Ventures specializes in hotels, restaurants and mixed use developments. Projects range in size from $10 million to $100 million and often involve complex financial structures or public-private collaborations. Legacy Ventures has an in-house design and construction team that includes architects, interior designers, engineers, and general contractors. Through the Legacy Ventures’ promise, “Thoughtfully Enhancing the Built Environment.”™, it manages seven dynamic full-service properties representing 1,500+ guest rooms and ten distinctive restaurants.  Legacy’s portfolio encompasses a multi-disciplined approach to creating timeless places. For more information visit:

Contact: Chelsea Rosen / 4046042603

About DoubleTree by Hilton

DoubleTree by Hilton is a fast-growing, global portfolio of more than 500 upscale hotels with more than 119,000 rooms in gateway cities, metropolitan areas and vacation destinations across six continents. DoubleTree by Hilton prides itself on paying attention to the little details that have a big impact, from welcoming guests with its signature warm DoubleTree Cookie to serving the communities around them. DoubleTree by Hilton hotels offer unique, contemporary accommodations and full-service facilities, including restaurants and lounges, room service, health clubs, business centers, and meeting and banquet space. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and digital amenities like digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key (select locations), available exclusively through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. To make reservations, travelers may visit                                                 

About Hilton

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,000 properties with more than 825,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company's portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by HiltonTM, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by HiltonTM, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else and free standard Wi-Fi. Visit for more information and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube


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