We stayed at the W hotel because we had some Starwood Preferred Guest points (which made the room much cheaper) and needed to be near Piedmont Park.
For what we paid, which was admittedly not the sticker price, we were very pleased with the room and service we received. Everyone at the front desk was very accommodating and the room was comfortable. Yes, it looked a little like a night club. Yes, everything had a price tag, but mini-bars and in-room snacks always have a price tag. The things you would expect to be free (soap/shampoo/face wash/ lotion) were free. We also got free internet as a SPG perk.
Several other guests have suggested that the hotel is run-down or out-dated; we didn't notice anything in major need of renovations or redecorating. The TV was nice, the desk was roomy, there were lots of electrical outlets for those needing to charge electronics, and the couch/sitting area was comfortable. Overall, I'd definitely recommend this hotel to others, particularly those in Atlanta for pleasure rather than business.
Other Pros-- It's 3-4 blocks from a MARTA station, and a safe walk. It's 3 blocks from Piedmont Park, and an even safer walk. They have an Acura car service; if you arrange it in advance, a driver will drop you off at reasonably close locations, also saving money on cabs.More
- Free Wifi