Omni Hotel at CNN Center – Atlanta, Georgia

When I think of the Omni Hotels and Resorts, a luxurious business accommodation is what comes to mind first.  My two children running through the halls of an Omni hotel, fighting over who gets to push the buttons at the elevator, and coloring with markers that promise to be washable if they happen to color off the book and onto the sheets is not what comes to mind.  After a visit to the Omni Hotel at CNN Center with my family, I was pleasantly surprised to find that not only do the Omni properties cater to people traveling without children but they also cater to families.

Atlanta is about a 6 hour drive from our house and we have made the weekend trip several times before.  We typically stay in the Perimeter or near Turner Field because it is less expensive than staying downtown.  However, we often find ourselves spending money on gas traveling from attractions to our hotel.  We spend a ridiculous amount of money on parking downtown.  I find that we don’t see a lot of the things that we would want to see because of those added costs.  On this trip, though, we were able to experience staying right in the middle of downtown Atlanta in the heart of the Luckie Marietta District.

(Usually, I do a better job of snapping pictures before my kids pile their junk in our room.  I thought this picture was fitting though…all their kid junk sitting on our comfy bedding!)

Location

The Omni Hotel at CNN Center is located within a short walk of many family friendly attractions and restaurants making it a convenient location for a family weekend getaway.  The hotel is two towers and is attached to the CNN Center, CNN’s world headquarters.  On one side, it is situated right next to Centennial Park where we spent a lot of time running energy off and on the other side is the Georgia Dome.  The Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coca-Cola are both just a few blocks away as is Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.

Accommodations

We stayed in a two bed room with a little work station and a chair to relax in.  The bathroom was a good size and was one of the cleanest hotel bathrooms that we have ever seen! Our view of the city of Atlanta kept my kids entertained for quite awhile.  They loved looking out at the buildings as the sun set and the city began to light up.  The room was tastefully decorated but I wasn’t worried about my kids breaking anything.

Amenities

I love the little touches that can be found around the Omni Hotels and Resorts.  You can have complimentary beverage service delivered to your room.  We joined the Omni Select Guest program and received free wireless during the length of our stay.  There is a basket full of apples at the check-in desk and water flavored with lemons and limes.  My daughter grabbed an apple each day as we walked out for our day’s adventures.  For guests that want to stay healthy while traveling, they can request a Get Fit Kit that has dumb-bells, a floor mat, stretch cords, and more.  The spa offers massages, nail services and more.

For the Kids

Kids are welcomed to the Omni Hotels with the Omni Sensational Kids program.  When you check in to the hotel, the kids will be given a backpack full of fun goodies to keep them occupied.  We saw these backpacks on children wandering all over the CNN Center!  The backpack had a kick sack, Twizzlers to snack on, crayons, an activity map and more.  My daughter has been carrying the magnifying glass with her everywhere since she got it.  She likes to take it outside to hunt for bugs.  On the night of your arrival, the kids will get a special delivery of fresh cookies and milk that are perfect to snack on right before getting tucked into bed.  If you pack lightly (unlike my kids who pack their own backpacks to full of their favorite toys that they can hardly zip them up), you can request to borrow a rolling backpack with toys, books and games.

Lions and Tigers and Elephants! Oh my!

The Greatest Show on Earth will be in Atlanta from February 15th to the 20th and they are offering the Under the Big Top package during those dates.  The Omni CNN Center is within walking distance of the Circus Ring, which is at the Philips Arena, and the package includes a complimentary breakfast every day and offering circus-themed snacks.

*Thank you to the Omni Hotel at CNN Center for hosting us. As always, my opinions are my own with no outside influences.

Comments

  1. 1

    We’re staying at Omni San Francisco next month, and very much looking forward to it. Glad for this review! Tell me about hotel parking: it’s generally expensive…was Omni’s competitive?

    • 2

      Hi Amy! Thanks for your comment. I hate paying for hotel parking! The Omni CNN Center only had valet parking which costs $30. Our cost was covered through our visit, but I did a quick search and the nearby hotels were only a dollar or two off of that. For example, a similar hotel down the street had a self-park option for $22, which would save a few bucks, and they had valet for $29, which is comparable. This is the first time we stayed in the middle of downtown. Usually, we drive in and park in a garage for about $10 a day. I have to admit, though, that it was so nice to be right in the middle of everything. We could grab lunch, head back to the hotel for an hour or two and then head back out to visit an attraction. We parked the car and didn’t move it until it was time to drive home at the end of the weekend.

  2. 3

    I saw your page mentioned from another blog and after looking through numerous posts from you did I come across this one, with your picture. Then I realized, I know you! :] I remember when you found out you were pregnant with your daughter, who is absolutely beautiful! I hope you are having a lot of fun on your adventures, I have thought about you many of times, during college semesters and countless other occasions. I hope you are doing swell.

    Brianna E.

  3. 4

    I was curious to see what you posted for my area of the country and I was pleasantly surprised to see the Omni hotel being featured. I have lived in the Atlanta area for 7 years and I never knew the Omni was so accommodating to families and children. Now I can recommend this hotel to friends and family that come to visit. Thanks so much!

  4. 5
    D£M£TRICA says:

    Hello can somebody tell me is the omni worth staying at for a few days of vacation. I was looking for a nice place that is walking distance to the attractions and also places to grab something to eat without driving all over ATLANTA. This is my first time going out there I hope I have a blast and I am able to relax cause the omni rooms look comfortable.

    • 6

      We did enjoy our stay at the Omni. We parked our car and didn’t move it the entire time we were there. It is within a reasonable walking distance of several restaurants, the aquarium, and more. You might have to drive if you want to head out of the area but we didn’t need to. Parking at the hotel is pricey but I think it is comparable to the surrounding hotels.

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