The former W Hotel Midtown is now the Starling, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and the brand’s second property in Atlanta. Named after the bird species found in nearby Piedmont Park, the hotel has a refreshed lobby bar, Lantana, as well as an updated spa and terrace-level pool.
“It’s a beautiful property, and we’re thrilled to be part of Curio and to continue to provide relaxed luxury service to our guests,” said hotel general manager Kathryn Day.
Built in 1973, the 466-room property features modern yet whimsical decor with accents like floral wallpaper, birdcage-like brass light fixtures, and jewel-toned furniture, all a nod to the colorful gardens and green spaces of Atlanta. The hotel also has 45,000 square feet of meeting space, including a top-floor meeting room with panoramic city views and an on-site concierge. With modern furnishings and pillow-top mattresses, the 433 rooms and 33 suites come with large flat-screen TVs, laptop safes, and mini-fridges.
Executive Chef Cole Pate, who previously ran the kitchens of The Southern Gentleman and Gyspy Kitchen, revamped the menu at Lantana, the elegant lobby bar, to marry seasonal Southern produce with traditional Japanese cooking techniques.
“The food is focused and streamlined, and the ingredients speak for themselves,” says Pate. Guests can choose from several signature cocktails like a refreshing old-fashioned house Mandarin Ginger Gin Sour as well as sharing plates like Bang Island Mussels and Crispy Chicken Wings, plus entrees like Wagyu Skirt Steak marinated served with potato gratin and blistered shishito peppers. Lantana offers indoor seating as well as a covered patio and will host regular events like weekend DJs, live music and bingo with local drag performer Taylor Alxndr.
Other property highlights include an updated pool deck with dining service and private cabana rentals, an updated spa, and a state-of-the-art fitness center. This summer, the hotel will launch “Sweat.Swim.Spa,” a full-day package of fitness classes hosted by popular local instructors, special spa treatments, and pool access.
As part of the relaunch, the hotel is offering a special promotion, “Stay, Sip, Celebrate!”, with up to 15% off a first stay and a complimentary signature Lantana cocktail per guest.