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!)
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.
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.
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.