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The Kimpton Sylvan Hotel in Atlanta has officially opened its doors. Tucked away in the neighborhood of Buckhead, the property is a 1950s-era adaptive reuse boutique hotel with a midcentury modern design scheme, complemented by a splash of understated sophistication and heartfelt Southern hospitality.

The hotel includes 217 guestrooms, a vibrant living room lobby, a private pool, and over 4,000 square feet of meetings and events space. Aptly inspired by Atlanta’s nickname of “the city in a forest” and the arboreal abundance in the hotel’s own backyard, the name “Sylvan” is derived from the Latin term “silva,” meaning “forest.” Themes of trees, greenery, and nature resonate throughout the hotel.

Led by Matthew Goodrich of New York City-based design firm Goodrich and Kimpton’s global SVP of design, Ave Bradley, the property has been transformed into a midcentury dream. Throughout the entire property – from the guestrooms to the restaurants and bars – one of the primary intentions of the Sylvan Hotel’s design team was to work with the inspiring bones of the midcentury building and create a series of intimate spaces visually connected to one another with a subtle shift of identity and vibe as you move through them. Each space connects to the property’s surrounding greenery and allows natural light to filter in and highlight a beautifully edited palette that’s bright and precisely executed with original furniture pieces. The focus of the lobby living room is an oversized, curved fireplace wall accented with glazed tile and stone, and afternoon light from the lobby-adjacent Willow Bar filters through a stained-glass wall composed of gentle pastels that add a glow to the living room’s clean palette.

Photo: Cris Molina for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants


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