Renaissance Waverly Hotel: Atlanta's Place for Meetings in Cobb County

The Renaissance Waverly Hotel is located in Atlanta's Cumberland/Galleria area at the intersection of Interstates 75 and 285 about 20 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta. Cumberland/Galleria is one of the city's largest office markets and is also a popular area for conventions and meetings. The hotel is adjacent to Cobb Galleria Centre, one of the premier convention spaces in the city. The new Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, home to the Atlanta Ballet and the Atlanta Opera, as well as Broadway touring shows and concerts, is three blocks away. The hotel is about 30 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Atlanta's downtown, Midtown and Buckhead attractions are all approximately 15 to 20 minutes away.

The Renaissance Waverly, opened in 1983, remains northwest Atlanta's only luxury hotel. As of 2009, it has received AAA's Four Diamond rating for six years in a row. The Waverly's 521 rooms and suites all range in size from 400 to 1,400 square feet and feature high-speed Internet access, luxurious bedding and down comforters and a generous working area. Club Level rooms provide access to the Club Lounge, which has complimentary food and beverages throughout the day, a concierge staff and business services for a fee. The public areas of the Waverly, including the ballrooms, lobby, fitness center, meeting spaces and the restaurants, were all renovated in 2006.

Hotel services include both an indoor and an outdoor pool and a fitness center with cardiovascular equipment and free weights. A small, onsite spa offers basic treatments like wraps and facials. Several dining options are available at the hotel, including the Waverly, the hotel's casual, American-style restaurant; Medici, with a Mediterranean menu featuring pasta, seafood and steak; the Tosca Blu Bar, an upscale lounge offering light fare, fine wine and specialty cocktails; the Atrium Bar, a more casual bar; and the Atrium Cafy, which offers a breakfast buffet.

The Renaissance Waverly is adjacent to Cobb Galleria, a 320,000-square-foot convention center, but the hotel also has its own meeting facilities. The hotel has 60,000 square feet of meeting space with 32 separate rooms. The largest single space is the Grand Ballroom, with over 16,000 square feet and a maximum capacity of 2,000. All meeting rooms have both wired and wireless Internet access and up-to-date audio/visual equipment. Wedding and business planners are onsite to help with any type of event. Full catering from snacks to sit-down banquets is available through the hotel's food service.

The hotel's manager of public relations, quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, noted that in northwest Atlanta, "this hotel has become an icon. We've really set the standard for the area. ... The Renaissance Waverly has really played a key part in making Cobb County a viable player, not only in the tourism industry, but in the Atlanta hotel market as well.'' Visitors to the hotel who have rated it on a well-known travel website agree that the Waverly does a good job. Seventy-one percent give the hotel an "Excellent'' or "Very Good'' rating. The staff, service and amenities all get high marks from guests, as does the property itself for being clean, quiet and up-to-date. One reviewer said, "Every aspect of this ... weekend stay was above and beyond our expectation. Professional, caring service and a wonderful hotel.'' Those who were dissatisfied with the Waverly mostly complained about the noise and the crowds from the hotel's many special events.

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