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Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel – Atlanta’s Tallest Hotel

Posted by Jae on February 25, 2009

Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel

The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel is a 220 m, 73 floor skyscraper and hotel in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, adjacent to the Peachtree Center complex.  It is the second tallest all-hotel skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere.

The building opened as the tallest hotel in the world; in 1977, however, it was surpassed by its architectural twin, the central hotel tower of the Portman-designed Renaissance Center in Detroit. The Peachtree Plaza Hotel opened as the tallest building in the southeastern United States, surpassing One Shell Square in New Orleans. It lost that title in 1983, when the Wachovia Financial Center in Miami surpassed it.

The building is cast in reflective glass in a cylindrical shape that reflects much of the downtown skyline. Another small cylinder runs the full height of the building on one side, and accommodates two scenic elevators. The uppermost floors hold the Sun Dial Restaurant and Bar, a revolving restaurant that offers panoramic views of the city and its environments.

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