Best in Atlanta Real Estate
83-year-old building becomes hip new hotel
Atlanta Business Chronicle - March 3, 2006
by Anya Martin
A few years ago, the Glenn Hotel faced the wrecking ball as Philips Arena and Turner Properties eyed its
Marietta Street location as perfect for a parking lot and new office tower.
But thanks to the city council's refusal to lift a historic easement placed on the Glenn's limestone facade in the
1980s, that plan fell through, paving the way for it to be reborn as one of Atlanta's first boutique hotels.
"It took a lot of attention to detail and care to execute and develop, but we'd do it again in a heartbeat," said
David Marvin, president of Atlanta-based Legacy Property Group LLC, which developed the Glenn.
For the innovative rebirth of an Atlanta landmark, the Glenn
Hotel is the winner in the rehabilitation/renovation category
of Atlanta Business Chronicle's Best in Atlanta Real Estate
After the $21 million renovation, the 10-story Glenn Hotel boasts 110 hotel rooms, 1,500 square feet of
meeting space, a rooftop cocktail lounge with panoramic city views and the third U.S. location for Miami
concept restaurant BED, which was featured in HBO's hit series "Sex and the City."
At BED, diners eat while reclining on Murphy beds, which fold up as the restaurant goes from dinner to
The building's downtown location was a perfect fit for a boutique hotel for Marvin, whose firm Legacy has
been a leader in developing numerous projects in the area, including a $200 million mixed-use project, which
includes the Embassy Suites and the condominium development Centennial Park West.
"We think that a boutique hotel belongs in the urban core and is ideally in a building that has a lot of
character," Marvin said.
Originally built in 1923 as an office building, the Glenn Hotel was named after John Thomas Glenn, Atlanta's
mayor from 1889-1891.
Intended to be part of a larger office complex that was never comp