Go Back  FlyerTalk Forums > Travel&Dining > Airport Lounges
Reload this Page >

Where to camp out ATL? Which lounge (day pass)? Minute Suites?

Where to camp out ATL? Which lounge (day pass)? Minute Suites?

Old Jan 29, 14, 9:21 am
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: DL Silver, AS MVP, UA Silver, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Plat, SPG Plat, National Exec Elite
Posts: 3,883
Exclamation Where to camp out ATL? Which lounge (day pass)? Minute Suites?

I'm coming in on DL128 from SEA (just about to depart), but based on what I285, I20, Camp Creek, South Fulton, etc are looking like, I doubt I'm getting home tonight. Any hotel that is easily accessible from ATL looks to be booked up. So where in ATL should I camp out until my ride can get here?

Which lounge would you recommend (paid day pass)? I'm thinking The Club at F if the airside bus is running. I have a day pass for the United Club already, but it is pretty small and can fill up quick. Which SkyClub would you recommend? A17 for the expanded food testing?

If I need to overnight, would you recommend the Minute Suites? Or does anyone know of a Hilton or Marriott property easily accessible from MARTA that's far enough away from the airport that it might have rooms available?

I know some of these questions could probably be answered by search, but I'm posting from my phone while the boarding door is closed with hopes of getting some help before I land... Thanks in advance!
IsleOfMan is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 9:30 am
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Austin, TX
Programs: DL PM; DL AMEX Reserve; HHonors Gold
Posts: 1,948
Originally Posted by IsleOfMan View Post
A17 for the expanded food testing?
I'm pretty sure the expanded food choices won't be available until next month so don't waste your time in A17 looking for it.
DeltaFan4Now is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 9:40 am
  #3  
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: ATL
Programs: Delta DM, 4MM, SC, AmEx Reserve, UA Plat, SPG/Marriott Platinum, Hertz Gold
Posts: 2,383
If you were to take MARTA down to the World Congress Center/Georgia Dome station, the Omni, etc. hotels are there (probably 6-10 hotels within 1 mile walking distance). If you go further north, to the MARTA stop by St. Joseph's station, there is not a hotel right there, but again, there are several that are within 1-2 miles. If the roads are even slightly passable, you might be able to get a hotel shuttle or a taxi to get you the rest of the way. May also be worth checking to see if any of the airport hotels are running their shuttles and if they have any available rooms.

I would say best bet is probably on the downtown corridor, Omni, etc. by the World Congress Center..
jsmith50 is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 9:45 am
  #4  
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: DTW
Programs: DL PM, Natl-Exec Elite, Hertz-President Circle, Marriot/Starwood-Gold, HHonors-Gold
Posts: 678
I would be concerned that the hotels away from the airport are even full with all the people that were smart enough to not bother with trying to get home.....or abandoned their cars.

I believe the Discovery channel has a TV show titled just for your situation in Atlanta.
Ledfish is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 9:47 am
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: DL Silver, AS MVP, UA Silver, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Plat, SPG Plat, National Exec Elite
Posts: 3,883
Everything downtown is showing as booked full. The JW Marriott in Buckhead is showing rooms available, and I know it is close to Marta, so I may try that... At ~$280/night.

The main issue is the intersates and even surface streets on the west side of town where I live (Douglasville) are blocked or completely closed. I had a family member picking me up, so they can't get to me. So close, but I doubt I'm making it all the way home tonight.
IsleOfMan is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 9:57 am
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: ATL
Programs: Delta DM, 4MM, SC, AmEx Reserve, UA Plat, SPG/Marriott Platinum, Hertz Gold
Posts: 2,383
I live in ATL and was supposed to fly home yesterday afternoon from Birmingham but couldn't physically get from where I was in the city to the airport even if the flights were going. Fortunately, the Embassy Suites here let me extend my stay. I'm with you though, even if I could make it to ATL, not sure I could make it to my house in the Marietta area.
jsmith50 is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 9:59 am
  #7  
 
Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: SEA
Programs: DL DM, Marriott Amb./LTP
Posts: 286
Good luck. I'm working in downtown ATL this week (and currently snowed in at my hotel). There were at least two major conventions in town this week which booked all available rooms downtown. ALL the hotels. The closest hotel I could find BEFORE the storm was in Dunwoody, and even here rooms are nonexistent after the storm.
Went down for breakfast this morning and saw at least 30-40 people had slept in the atrium with extra blankets provided by the hotel. It looked like a scene during a hurricane. Unreal.

The entire Atlanta metro area is a nightmare right now.
13thandseven is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 10:06 am
  #8  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: DL Silver, AS MVP, UA Silver, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Plat, SPG Plat, National Exec Elite
Posts: 3,883
I have my company travel advisor looking for me. 3 Palms near the airport is showing available... Don't know iif they have a shuttle or if it is running.
IsleOfMan is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 10:08 am
  #9  
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Multiple locations
Programs: AAdvantage ExPlat LT Gold, BA Silver, Aegean Star Gold
Posts: 4,663
I was "The Club at ATL" last Saturday, it was empty at the time. It costs $35 or free with Priority Pass. It has a full bar , light food options, showers and sitting area. Not bad as a backup...

http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/22234493-post4.html
jfkeze is online now  
Old Jan 29, 14, 10:29 am
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: DL Silver, AS MVP, UA Silver, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Plat, SPG Plat, National Exec Elite
Posts: 3,883
I'm in-air now so, barring a diversion, I'll be in ATL around 4pm, coming into E.

Is The Club at F better than the SkyClub at F? Does anyone know if the air-side bus is running between E and F today?

Day pass price difference isn't a big deal since I'll (likely) get reimbursed by SkyGuide or expense it. Is one or the other open later than the other as it looks like hotels are going to be non-existent. A shower would indeed be nice. If I did a SkyClub day pass, I guess I could also do an ATL lounge tour...?

Are any of the Regus day-offices easily accessible from ATL (cab or shuttle)? I do have a Regus Preferred membership I could use if it helps, but I'm guessing they're not open too late.

I feel dumb asking so many questions about what's around my home airport, but this particularly situation has me looking at it in a whole new light, as a distressed inbound passenger instead of just someone passing through on their way home.
IsleOfMan is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 10:34 am
  #11  
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: CHS
Programs: DL PM
Posts: 508
Originally Posted by IsleOfMan View Post
I'm thinking The Club at F if the airside bus is running.
I must be missing something. What airside bus are you talking about that runs between terminals? The plane train is underground so I would assume it's running fine.
ncwillett is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 11:08 am
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: DL Silver, AS MVP, UA Silver, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Plat, SPG Plat, National Exec Elite
Posts: 3,883
Have they expanded Plane Train service to F? I thought it only went as far as E and there was a bus to F?
IsleOfMan is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 11:17 am
  #13  
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Miami
Programs: DL DM
Posts: 423
Originally Posted by IsleOfMan View Post
Have they expanded Plane Train service to F? I thought it only went as far as E and there was a bus to F?
The train to F has been in service since F was opened, and was part of the construction. You don't even change trains, so once you're airside you can easily reach the F terminal from any other terminal. I've used the pay lounge in F for daytime conference calls, as it's pretty much empty in the mornings.

There is a bus to take you to MARTA if you've arrived at F and Atlanta is your final destination so that you don't have to return to airside to take the train back to the main terminal.
yamakake is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 11:24 am
  #14  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Programs: DL Silver, AS MVP, UA Silver, HHonors Diamond, Marriott Plat, SPG Plat, National Exec Elite
Posts: 3,883
Good to know! Every time I've gone in/out of F I've just taken the WallyPark shuttle directly to/from F and I was under the impression that airside E to F was on bus for some reason. Thanks!
IsleOfMan is offline  
Old Jan 29, 14, 11:35 am
  #15  
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: BOS/PVD, LIM, PTY
Programs: US CP, DL PM, UA Silver, HU/TJ Air Gold, Hilton Diamond, IHG Plat (Yay!)
Posts: 2,695
The Econo Lodge has rooms

I'd imagine that's still a lot better than camping out in a lounge and eating stale finger sandwiches
benzemalyonnais is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread