Atlanta firm set to build luxury hotel near Porsche

A veteran Atlanta hotel builder will break ground this month on an eight-story luxury hotel near the north American headquarters of German auto giant Porsche and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s international terminal.

Winter Construction, which has been building hotels for the past 20 years, is set to build the Solis Hotel at Two Porsche Drive near Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's international terminal. The hotel will have 214 rooms and suites plus a 6,500-square feet of event space that includes a 3,600 square-foot ballroom. Its rooftop lounge will give guests a view of the Porsche driver development track as well as landings and takeoffs at the airport. The hotel's glass, aluminum and metal exterior will complement the Porsche headquarters' sleek aesthetics.

The hotel, which straddles the Clayton-Fulton county line, is the first U.S. location for Atlanta-based Capella Hotel Group. Solis has hotels in Ireland, Russia, and China, and has plans for new hotels in Indonesia, Qatar, and Orlando, Florida.

“We are thrilled to be working on this significant design-build hospitality project,” Winter chief executive Brent Reid said in a statement.

Winter’s Director of Hospitality Ken Smith noted, “We’re no strangers to rolling out hotel brands – such as the first Hotel Indigo and the AC Hotel in Atlanta and the first Aloft in Charlotte – so we’re excited to add the prestigious Solis brand to our experience.”

One hotel industry expert called Solis' presence near the airport a "bold and pioneering move."

Winter Construction recently finished a big addition to Chateau Elan in Braselton. It is also building a luxury hotel in Savannah overlooking the Savannah River.

Solis is expected to open in the Fall of 2017.