Independent hotels are refreshing because they break the cookie-cutter mold of so many big corporate hotel chains. Unfortunately, many boutique, independent properties while full of charm and great service often lack amenities conducive to the travel needs those of the athletic-minded ilk. The Ellis in downtown Atlanta, however, is an exception to this rule.
The accommodation is housed in a historic building, so keep that in mind when booking your room and checking in. Some guest quarters can be small and these are often doled out to those reserving a room on one of the discount websites. If assigned a small room politely ask to be changed to a larger room and stay on a high floor if possible to minimize traffic noise from the downtown streets below.
Complimentary WiFi, iPod docking stations and 32-inch LCD's are standard in each room. We also think it's fun that the hotel provides guests with two beer or wine coupons for each night of your stay. You can use the coupons in the hotel's Bistro. In terms of room decor, the Ellis is understated and leans sophisticated with its neutral colors and dark wood accents. Bathrooms also are impressively designed with limestone floors, granite counters and "rain" shower heads. At this hotel, there is a "women's only floor" with extra bathroom amenities.
On the 16th floor, Ellis calls its onsite gym the "Wellness Room" and we are happy to have this option. There are a few cardio machines and a small dumbbell set. The room is pleasing and there is room to stretch, use the medicine balls & more. If that's not enough, Phoenix Athletic Club is just a block away. $5 is the going rate, but it's closed on weekends!
Runners should consider a jog to/through Piedmont Park.