New Hilton hotel Signia announced for Georgia World Congress Center

Global hospitality company Hilton on Friday announced that a new brand known as Signia will be the flag of a new convention hotel at downtown Atlanta's Georgia World Congress Center.

Signia Hilton will launch in several cities, including Atlanta, Orlando, Fla., and Indianapolis, Ind., the company said in a news release. The 1,000-room hotel at Atlanta’s convention center is expected to break ground this year with an opening in 2022.

The Signia Hilton Atlanta will feature what the release describes as a “destination bar” and “signature restaurant” targeting locals and guests, as well as high-end wellness amenities such as an infinity pool, spa and fitness center. Another trademark of the new brand will be large ballrooms and other technologically advanced areas for functions.

The Georgia World Congress Center Authority, which runs the downtown convention center, studied the concept of a new hotel for years. It will rise on a portion of the site of the former Georgia Dome, which was imploded in 2017. A park and parking complex known as the Home Depot Backyard makes up the remainder of that land.

In March 2017, the state Legislature approved $400 million in bonding capacity to help finance the project, which will be developed in collaboration with Drew Co. of Boston. In November 2017, the board approved a $380 million budget cap on the project.