If wood-burnt room numbers, carpet patterned like mowed turf or red pinstripe comforters don’t make you think baseball, a hotel room with a view of the Braves’ new SunTrust Park might.
Executives with Omni Hotels and the Braves on Wednesday unveiled models of how some of their 246 rooms in the 16-floor hotel abutting the new ballpark will look upon opening in early 2018.
The hotel project was announced in April 2015 as a 50-50 partnership between Omni and the Braves.
Visitors in town for games would head to the third floor, walk outside and find themselves at the right field gate. The hotel chain wouldn’t say how much that convenience would cost per night.
“We feel like we have something special here. You can’t beat our location, so we’ll price accordingly,” said Ramon Reyes, who was recently named general manager of the property.
Once the sales staff is set in four or five weeks, he expects to release pricing details and start taking reservations.
He wouldn’t say what those partnerships could look like but did say quality Wi-Fi was key, noting their neighbors were Comcast and their new 250,000-square-foot office next door.
A few of the most obvious differences between the king and queen bedrooms are the art. Some will have frames with white outer leather skin of baseballs cut into the shape of Georgia. Others will have wall art of a Hank Aaron quote.
Some bathrooms will have a special piece of baseball history unearthed for the hotel.
The Braves let Omni root around their archives, which is where they they found Hank Aaron’s scouting report. So the hotel made a collage of images of scouting reports from Aaron and other greats that will hang above the toilets.
Laura McKoy, Omni’s creative director and vice president of interior design, said she used the Braves as inspiration when designing the hotel but didn’t want to go overboard with baseball paraphernalia.
“It’s an American tradition,” she said.
But don’t expect baseball bat knobs and ball cap lampshades.
Think a color scheme of a warmer Braves blue and deeper red, pictures of other stadiums around the league and leather headboards inspired by the stitching of gloves.
Even with a baseball vibe, guests will still need to buy a ticket for the real deal because even on a balcony of some of the 28 suites, the best you can see is into the bleachers.
Check out some pictures below of the model rooms and renderings of the hotel:
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