The Hyatt Place Atlanta South was a perfect place to spend the night during a long layover in ATL, with one glaring exception (that will keep me from ever returning).
My flight from Istanbul arrived into Atlanta too late to make an onward connection to Los Angeles on United, so I spent the night at the Hyatt Place South, located just a few minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL).
My rate was $125/night, which included breakfast (for all World of Hyatt members). An airport shuttle is available and surprisingly (for me at least), I did not have to wait long for it. My rule is generally order an Uber and see what comes first. If the shuttle shows up, I’ll just eat the cancellation fee on Uber. Since I arrived in the international terminal, I first hopped on a bus to the other terminals (ATL is huge…) and then picked up the shuttle.
I was the only one on the shuttle (also shared by the adjacent Holiday Inn) and the only one in the lobby. An associate quickly checked me in, thanked me for my Globalist status, and wished me a good night.
The room was like any other U.S. Hyatt Place, with a desk, couch and partition between the bedroom and living room, and a counter with sink and refrigerator. The bathroom was small with only a shower.
There was also a little welcome amenity waiting on my desk, which included a bottle of water and some pretzels.
Here’s the problem: the internet was capped at 1 up / 1 down. I could not even use Parallels (Windows on Mac side), meaning my work email did not load. I could hardly read the news. It was absolutely aggravating. The hotel was also a deadzone for Verizon and mobile phone tethering did not function. I almost checked out…
On a more positive note, Hyatt Places have upped their game when it comes to breakfast. The eggs were fresh and fluffy, there was nonfat Greek yogurt and pecans, and even fresh strawberries and blueberries. I also enjoyed the biscuits and sausage…Southern treats that I never enjoy at home. Coffee was a disappointment, but tolerable.
Food and drink are available at the lobby 24/7 and unlike many roadside Hyatt Place properties, there are no restaurants within walking distance.
The hotel has a small fitness center that has two treadmills, a bike, and some free weights. A pool is also available.
I’m never coming back to this hotel until it addresses its internet problem…that’s a dealbreaker. But other than that, it was a perfectly lovely place to spend the night between flights.