ATLANTA'S ICON: THE WESTIN PEACHTREE PLAZA HOTEL
Located in the heart of Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, our iconic hotel has been a pillar in the skyline and the Downtown community for 40 years!
Built by the legendary architect John Portman as the tallest hotel in the world, our hotel became an instant landmark and paved the way for the growing urban hub the city has become. Throughout the years we’ve hosted A-List celebrities; United States presidents; music, art and sport legends; industry executives, world leaders and travelers from all over the world.
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Historical Events at The Westin Peachtree Plaza
1976: Designed by famous architect John Portman, the present-day Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel opened as the Western Peachtree Plaza Hotel. At it’s opening, the 73-story hotel was the tallest in the world. As one of the first skyscrapers in the city, it laid the ground work for the great metropolitan Atlanta has become.
1978: Famed musician Ray Charles performed at The Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel to promote his biography, Brother Ray: Ray Charles’ Own Story.
- 1981: The Westin Peachtree Plaza was heavily featured in the movie Sharky’s Machine starring Burt Reynolds. Stuntman Dar Robinson, doubling for Henry Silva e film dropped 220 feet from what appeared to be the Westin Peachtree Plaza, setting the record for the highest freefall jump from a building in film. In actuality, this iconic scene was filmed at the nearby Hyatt Regency Hotel.
- 1986: During 1986 the Westin Peachtree Plaza went through extensive renovation. The lobby “lagoon” was replaced with whimsical décor.
- 1986: Beatles star Ringo Starr stayed in The Westin Peachtree Plaza while opening his restaurant The London Brasserie located in Peachtree Center. The opening party was attended by a long line of celebrity friends including Willie Nelson, Bill Wyman and Jerry Lee Lewis.
- 1994: In 1994 the Super Bowl XXVII was held in Atlanta Georgia at the Georgia Dome. As one of the major hotels, The Westin Peachtree Plaza hosted fans of both the Dallas Cowboys and the Buffalo Bills.
- 1996: Atlanta welcomed thousands of tourists and athletes into the city for the 1996 Summer Olympics. Just a block from Centennial Olympic Park, The Westin Peachtree Plaza was a major host of the Centennial Olympic Games.
- 2005: The Westin Peachtree Plaza was the venue for the Atlanta Chapter of The Recording Academy 2005 Atlanta “Heroes” Awards. Among those honored were Janet Jackson, Coretta Scott King, Bon Jovi and Usher.
- 2008: In 2008 Downtown Atlanta was struck by a tornado causing damage to many of cities skyscrapers. Over the next few years The Westin Peachtree Plaza underwent the task of replacing all of its windows.
- 2012: President Barack Obama attended a fundraiser event at The Westin Peachtree Plaza.
- 2014: The Westin Peachtree Plaza complete a $70 million dollar renovation of all 1,073 guestrooms and all meetings space. Designed with modern comfort in mind, the new rejuvenated hotel continues to be a pillar in the Downtown community.