On October 15, the new Melia Atlanta will open on the site of the former Marriott Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown. The 502-room hotel will be receiving a $35 million dollar renovation, to be completed by 2013. This is the first step in the Spanish brand Sol Melisa’s strategy to open hotels within the continental U.S. It has already seen significant growth in the Emirates and in Europe, where it is overall the third leading hotel company.

The Melia Atlanta hotel has 30,000 square feet of meeting and conference facilities. The ongoing renovation will include the facilities on the fourth floor pool deck, which has city views and a fitness center, and add various food and beverage amenities that the brand is known for.