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View Poll Results: Ren Cen or Westin Peachtree Plaza?
Ren Cen 11 61.11%
Westin Peachtree Plaza 7 38.89%
Voters: 18. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-01-2009, 02:27 PM
 
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Which of these cylinder shapped buildings add more character to the Downtown area?


http://www.downtowndetroit.org/ddp/images/Detroit_GM_Renaissance_Center-3.jpg (broken link)


http://www.shootouthockey.com/bb1/images/Marriott_Ren_Cen.gif (broken link)




http://www.urbanoptions.org/RenewableEnergy/images/EnergyEfficiencySuccessStories2.jpg (broken link)

Some facts about the Ren Cen:
1. The Ren Cen is the tallest skyscraper hotel in the Western Hemisphere and is home to the largest rooftop restaraunt.

2. John Portman designed the Ren Cen and was finished in 1981

3. The Ren Cen has more than 5,500,000 square feet inside and is 727 ft tall. (758 with the spire.)

Peachtree Tower:








Peachtree Tower Facts:
1. 723 feet tall and is the 2nd tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere.

2. Architect was John Portman and was constructed in 1976.

3. Westin Peachtree Plaza has survived a tornado on March 14th 2008.

Don't facts 1 and 2 of the Westin Peachtree Tower sound very much like facts 1 and 2 of the Ren Cen? Interesting...
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Old 01-01-2009, 02:36 PM
 
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I like the way the Ren Cen looks on the waterfront
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:52 PM
 
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Hmm, I always heard that Peachtree Tower in Atlanta was the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere and second tallest in the world.

I remember a relative from Flint, Mich visiting Atlanta years ago and their kid saying "look they have that same building Detroit has".

Does the Ren Center also have a revolving restaurant on top like the Peachtree Tower? http://www.sundialrestaurant.com/?
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:58 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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I can't look at the Ren Center without thinking of Robocop.
Having said that, I like it better of the two. Besides, the PP is still missing a bunch of its' windows since last year's tornado and looks like hell.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Orange, California
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I'll go with the Ren Cen in terms of which adds the most "character" to its downtown. It is the dominant building in Detroit, whereas the Peachtree Tower is not the dominant building in Atlanta (I would go with the Bank of America Tower). In fact, I do not think of the Peachtree Tower much when I think of Atlanta. There are a lot of shorter skyscrapers in the midtown area that have a lot more architectural pizazz.
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Old 01-01-2009, 04:41 PM
 
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Views of Atlanta from the revolving Sundail Restaurant atop Peachtree Tower. It's largely because of this place that Peachtree gets my vote. ( I wonder if it's still open since the building was slapped by that tornado?)







http://i227.photobucket.com/albums/dd284/galounger/gaskylines/sundail6.jpg (broken link)

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Old 01-01-2009, 05:43 PM
 
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Hmm, I always heard that Peachtree Tower in Atlanta was the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere and second tallest in the world.

I remember a relative from Flint, Mich visiting Atlanta years ago and their kid saying "look they have that same building Detroit has".

Does the Ren Center also have a revolving restaurant on top like the Peachtree Tower? Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View?
I knew John Portman, I had the good fortune of being his grandson's teacher when I lived in Atlanta. I grew up idolizing Portman because of his architecture, so when I got to meet him I was as giddy as a schoolgirl. I still exchange Christmas cards with the Portmans. They are a wonderful family that almost single-handedly transformed the Atlanta skyline. They're now developing super high rises in the Far East.

The Ren Center is 4 feet taller but has 70 floors whereas the Westin Peachtree Plaza has 73 floors. I believe the Ren Center is considered the tallest when measured from the ground up, but the Peachtree Plaza is considered the tallest when measured from the inside.
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:00 PM
 
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On all of the websites and in all of the books I read, they have said the Ren Cen is the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere and 2nd tallest in the world. That's what it says on wikipedia and I garuntee you will find that on any site that you research. It's strange though because the Peachtree Tower is taller than the Ren Cen. Wikipedia says the Ren Cen has 73 floors as well as the Peachtree Tower. The tallest tower in the Ren Cen is an exact replica of the Peachtree Tower in my oppinion. Only it has a nicer touch to it.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:35 PM
 
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On all of the websites and in all of the books I read, they have said the Ren Cen is the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere and 2nd tallest in the world. That's what it says on wikipedia and I garuntee you will find that on any site that you research. It's strange though because the Peachtree Tower is taller than the Ren Cen. Wikipedia says the Ren Cen has 73 floors as well as the Peachtree Tower. The tallest tower in the Ren Cen is an exact replica of the Peachtree Tower in my oppinion. Only it has a nicer touch to it.
The Renaissance Center is the 12th tallest hotel in the world. The Westin Peachtree Plaza is the 13th.

World Rank. Hotel ... City ... Height ... Stories ... Year Built

1. Rose Tower ... Dubai ... 333 m 1,093 ft ... 72 ... 2007
2. Ryugyong Hotel ... Pyongyang ... 330 m 1,083 ft ... 105 ... *
3. Burj Al Arab ... Dubai ... 321 m 1,053 ft ... 60 ... 1999
4. Jumeirah Emirates Towers ... Dubai ... 309 m 1,014 ft ... 56 ... 2000
5. Baiyoke Tower II ... Bangkok ... 304 m 997 ft ... 85 ... 1997
6. The Cullinan I ... Hong Kong ... 270 m 886 ft ... 68 ... 2008
7. Grand Lisboa ... Macao ... 258 m 846 ft ... 52 ... 2008
8. Lanko·Grand Hyatt Hotel ... Chongqing ... 258 m 846 ft ... 60 ... 2004
9. Oasis Skyway Garden Hotel ... Shanghai ... 226 m 742 ft ... 52 ... 2007
10. JR Central Hotel Tower ... Nagoya ... 226 m 741 ft ... 53 ... 2000
11. Swissôtel The Stamford ... Singapore ... 226 m 741 ft ... 73 ... 1986
12. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center ... Detroit ... 221 m 727 ft ... 70 ... 1977
13. Westin Peachtree Plaza ... Atlanta ... 220 m 723 ft ... 73 ... 1976
14. Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Tower A ... Jakarta ... 212 m 696 ft ... 48 ... 2005
15. Ritz-Carlton Jakarta Tower B ... Jakarta ... 212 m 696 ft ... 48 ... 2005
16. Four Seasons Hotel ... New York City ... 208 m 682 ft ... 52 ... 1993
17. Sofitel Jin Jiang Oriental ... Shanghai ... 207 m 679 ft ... 47 ... 2002
18. Four Seasons Place ... Hong Kong ... 205 m 673 ft ... 55 ... 2005
19. Tower A Berjaya Times Square ... Kuala Lumpur ... 203 m 666 ft ... 48 ... 2003
20. Renaissance Hotel Tianjin ... Tianjin ... 203 m 666 ft ... 48 ... 2002

*The Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea, has never been completed. It's a 105-story concrete shell. In government photos of Pyongyang the hotel has been blotted out because it's such a national embarrassment. Had it been completed on time, it would've been the first building in the world outside of New York and Chicago to be over 100 stories.

Of the 100 tallest hotels in the world, here are the ones in the US (note how old some of them are):

12. Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center ... Detroit 221 m 727 ft 70 1977
13. Westin Peachtree Plaza ... Atlanta ... 220 m 723 ft ... 73 ... 1976
16. Four Seasons Hotel ... New York City ... 208 m 682 ft ... 52 ... 1993
26. Waldorf=Astoria ... New York City ... 191 m 625 ft ... 47 ... 1931
27. Wynn Las Vegas ... Las Vegas ... 187 m 614 ft ... 45 ... 2005
32. The London NYC ... New York City ... 180 m 590 ft ... 54 ... 1990
33. The Millenium Hilton ... New York City ... 179 m 588 ft ... 59 ... 1992
35. W Times Square ... New York City ... 178 m 583 ft ... 53 ... 2001
37. New York Marriott Marquis ... New York City ... 175 m 574 ft ... 56 ... 1985
40. Helmsley Palace Hotel ... New York City ... 172 m 563 ft ... 51 ... 1981
41. Hotel Sherry-Netherland ... New York City ... 171 m 560 ft ... 40 ... 1927
43. Marriott Marquis Hotel ... Atlanta ... 169 m 554 ft ... 52 ... 1985
44. Sheraton Dallas Hotel Cen.. ... Dallas ... 168 m 550 ft ... 42 ... 1959
45. Marriott Rivercenter ... San Antonio ... 166 m 546 ft ... 38 ... 1988
48. Ritz Hotel Tower ... New York City ... 165 m 541 ft ... 41 ... 1926
57. New York-New York ... Las Vegas ... 161 m 529 ft ... 49 ... 1997
59. Hotel Pierre ... New York City ... 160 m 525 ft ... 41 ... 1930
65. Bellagio Resort & Casino ... Las Vegas ... 155 m 508 ft ... 36 ... 1998
72. Hyatt Regency Crown Cente.. ... Kansas City ... 154 m 504 ft ... 45 ... 1980
75. Sheraton New York ... New York City ... 153 m 501 ft ... 51 ... 1962
77. Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel ... San Diego ... 151 m 497 ft ... 40 ... 1992
81. Hilton San Francisco & Towers ... San Francisco ... 150 m 493 ft ... 46 ... 1971
82. Loews Philadelphia Hotel ... Philadelphia ... 150 m 492 ft ... 36 ... 1932
86. New York Hilton Hotel ... New York City ... 148 m 487 ft ... 49 ... 1963
88. THE Hotel ... Las Vegas ... 148 m 485 ft ... 43 ... 2004
90. Millennium Broadway Hotel ... New York City ... 147 m 481 ft ... 47 ... 1990
91. Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino ... Las Vegas ... 146 m 480 ft ... 43 ... 1999
92. Crowne Plaza Hotel ... New York City ... 146 m 480 ft ... 46 ... 1989
93. Sheraton New Orleans ... New Orleans ... 146 m 479 ft ... 48 ... 1985
95. Hilton Times Square ... New York City ... 145 m 475 ft ... 39 ... 2000
96. The Venetian ... Las Vegas ... 145 m 475 ft ... 40 ... 1999
100. Hotel InterContinental ... Chicago ... 144 m 471 ft ... 42 ... 1929


Source: Emporis

World's Tallest Hotels | Emporis.com
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