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Old 11-17-2010, 04:05 AM
 
Location: The South
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Good morning,

We will be visiting Atlanta for the SEC Championship game. We have booked a hotel in Dunwoody and plan to take the Marta in for the game at the Georgia Dome. We know very little about Atlanta.

Is that a safe part of town and subway route?

With all the horror stories about bed bugs, has anyone heard of problems at the Courtyard by Marriott?

Any suggestions for a nice restaurant in Dunwoody?

We are really looking forward to visiting!

Thank you.
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Old 11-17-2010, 05:40 AM
 
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Any Events at the Dome will be mob'ed with police & security, It extends for blocks around it. So security should not be a issue. Marta Cops will be out also at Five Point & The Dome stops. Marta trains should not be a problem More people on trains going to/from events = Lower chance of something happen. If you are real worried get into the 1st Car, The driver (even with him behind a wall adds security). Courtyard's are a good chain, Saying that I have heard nothing good or bad about the one in Dunwoody. But Most of us live in atlanta so we would not be staying in hotels. Dunwoody has alot of Chain type Restaurant.
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:25 AM
 
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Dunwoody/Restaurants>>>
Dunwoody - Restaurants & Menus in Atlanta - Zagat Survey

Map>>
http://www.urbanspoon.com/ps/9/2005/...er-Center.html

http://www.petersofdunwoody.com/
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:49 AM
 
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Thanks so much to both of you. I just wanted to be sure Dunwoody didn't have a bad rep.

Your Georgia Dome looks beautiful from the website! Good to know about the extra security, too.

Can't wait to see your city!
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Old 11-17-2010, 06:55 AM
 
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Thanks so much to both of you. I just wanted to be sure Dunwoody didn't have a bad rep.

Your Georgia Dome looks beautiful from the website! Good to know about the extra security, too.

Can't wait to see your city!
Dunwoody/Perimeter Mall area is a nice area--about 30 minutes north of downtown.
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:26 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Good morning,

We will be visiting Atlanta for the SEC Championship game. We have booked a hotel in Dunwoody and plan to take the Marta in for the game at the Georgia Dome. We know very little about Atlanta.

Is that a safe part of town and subway route?

With all the horror stories about bed bugs, has anyone heard of problems at the Courtyard by Marriott?

Any suggestions for a nice restaurant in Dunwoody?

We are really looking forward to visiting!

Thank you.
It's safe. This doesn't mean you might not see or be around people you might not feel as comfortable around as it is the center point of our city where many people congregate, but it is safe. MARTA is one of the safest metro systems out there, but sometimes there are just a few vocal bad apples on the train that are annoying (more so than unsafe).

The area downtown is rapidly becoming a destination center for conventions and business meetings. There is Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, and the Coca-Cola Museum. It has come a long way and in many ways is still an "up and coming" area with some rough edges, but it is well policed. Large events tend to bring out even more police, so I don't see safety being an issue (as long as there is no more tornadoes that hit the dome ).

Dunwoody is really nice. The northern suburbs is where more of the wealth has gone. That area is kind of a premier suburban edge city. A car is still needed to get around Dunwoody and is appreciate it to its fullest.

Hope you enjoy it!
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Old 11-17-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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We've lived in larger cities in the past so we're aware that crime is everywhere and we have to remain aware of our surroundings. I just don't know much about Atlanta so I'm happy to know I did okay "throwing a dart" to find a hotel! Dunwoody sounds perfect. We are really looking forward to our visit, even though it will be quite short.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 11-17-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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The area downtown is rapidly becoming a destination center for conventions and business meetings ...
HUH?! The downtown area has been a "destination center for conventions and business meetings" for going on 40 years ... Since the creation of the Merchandise Mart, Peachtree Center hotel complex, World Congress Center and Omni International in the early 1970s.

HELLO?! Where have you been?



TO THE OP -- Dunwoody is VERY nice; think RESTON or TYSON'S CORNER in VA. A good place to stay, plenty of great restaurants, upscale shopping, and the MARTA ride into the city will be fun. There will be many other fans going to the SEC game with you -- a very festive atmosphere. You may even run into people you know. Seriously. Last year on the night of the SEC game the trains were JAM PACKED and the crowds in a good mood. It was also very cold so be prepared. It's a pretty good hike from the CNN Center staton to the Dome, plus the Dunwoody station is open and elevated. BRRR when the wind blows.

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Old 11-17-2010, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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HUH?! The downtown area has been a "destination center for conventions and business meetings" for going on 40 years ... Since the creation of the Merchandise Mart, Peachtree Center hotel complex, World Congress Center and Omni International in the early 1970s.

HELLO?! Where have you been?



TO THE OP -- Dunwoody is VERY nice; think RESTON or TYSON'S CORNER in VA. A good place to stay, plenty of great restaurants, upscale shopping, and the MARTA ride into the city will be fun. There will be many other fans going to the SEC game with you -- a very festive atmosphere. You may even run into people you know. Seriously. Last year on the night of the SEC game the trains were JAM PACKED and the crowds in a good mood. It was also very cold so be prepared. It's a pretty good hike from the CNN Center staton to the Dome, plus the Dunwoody station is open and elevated. BRRR when the wind blows.
So you are saying for 40 years it has been the exact same?

There has been a centennial park, large museums, and all of the new hotels right around the GWCC/Dome complex?

Oh wait... that is all new...Like I said... it is "rapidly becoming a destination center" with all of these new things and convention traffic has been increasing over the years... hrmm...

Yes, the city and many of its functions have existed for a long, but many things have changed.

I don't know what your deal is... but it is getting old.
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Old 11-17-2010, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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Your exact words were "The area downtown is rapidly becoming a destination center for conventions and business meetings" which is absolutely 100 percent false. The hotels, sports arenas and meeting facilities in downtown Atlanta have made this the nation's 3rd or 4th largest convention market for 30+ years running. What is NEW downtown are the host of attractions that you mentioned, which have rapidly made downtown a true *TOURIST* destination and are complements to the city's attractiveness as a major convention city, NOT the reason for it. Just trying to set your facts straight.
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