After a week of being cooped up in the condo due to oddly-seasonal snowfall in Atlanta, I was itching to get out for a night. Enter the Hotel Tonight app (read my review here), and my subsequent discovery of a Porsche-themed hotel near a racetrack and the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport! My husband loves cars and I love hotels, so this jaunt seemed like a match made in stir-crazy heaven.
The hotel was listed as a “Luxe” option on the app, and the photos on the website certainly hinted at a special experience. That said, the location is airport-adjacent, and the price was just $159/night for a standard room, so I was wary of the Luxury tag, and trusted that if anything the experience would be memorable. It turns out that’s what the hotel serves up, memories in the form of the “Porsche Experience”, which is a chance for anyone willing to pay a steep fee to test drive Porsches on the racetrack to their heart’s content. Since we were just staying for one night, we skipped the experience, and concentrated on just enjoying the hotel itself.
Upon arrival, we were directed to our room, which was good sized and clean, and the furniture was that of a standard airport hotel. A comfortable bed with heavy, hard wearing wooden furniture throughout the room, and little in the way of decor. In fact, for a Porsche hotel, there were few car-themed elements in the hotel, aside from a wheel imprinted plastic headboard, and the hallways smelled curiously of motor oil.
The room had a mini fridge and a Keurig machine, a walk in shower, and a water closet. The best bedroom feature? Triple paned windows! We woke up to see airplanes flying overhead, but couldn’t hear them at all, which was fantastic. The soundproofing does not extend to the rest of the room, as we heard a neighbor talking on the phone for much of the early evening, but the hotel was pretty quiet otherwise.
For dinner we went to the hotel’s lobby restaurant after comparing the prices between it and Restaurant 365, a reservation-only affair. It turns out the chef and much of the menu is shared between the two, but the lobby restaurant is a bit less expensive. I had the green and white risotto with brown butter potatoes, and while my main dish was a tad disappointing, I had a bite of my husband’s burger and it was pretty good. The food experience was so-so, but the wine list was better, so we took a glass up to the top deck to have a look at the race track.
Snowfall and chilly weather kept most of the other guests off of the deck, but we enjoyed watching the sunset and seeing the planes fly onto the runway. I can only imagine that deck would be packed with business travelers and Porsche enthusiasts on a night in the Spring or Summer.
After dinner, my husband took his customary nap while I hit the 24/7 gym. Here’s where the luxury tag rings true, as all of the equipment was new and state of the art TechnoGym machines, a good weight rack, yoga and pilates equipment, and lockers, towels, and a good supply of cold bottled water. The gym was my favorite part of the hotel, though I caught a glimpse of what would have been my number one if I could get in the door:
I think it was limited to suite level guests, but it certainly looked inviting and very empty. Oh well! Next time!
As for our night’s sleep, the bed was incredibly comfortable, but also very dusty. We both spent the better part of the night sneezing, and nearly left to go home at one point but decided to soldier through it. In the end, I tired myself out and woke up feeling better thanks to the very fluffy bed, and wiping down the dusty headboard.
The experience was an adventure of sorts and a break from the snow and our normal routine, which is a plus. The staff at the Solis Two Porsche Drive was incredibly friendly and helpful from the beginning through the end of our stay, and they certainly treated their guests as if they were expecting a luxe hotel experience, which is refreshing. Will we return? There’s a strong chance my husband will come back to drive cars with his friends in the future, as he kept slavering over the Porsches parked around the exterior of the hotel and the Porsche office next door. It’s a good experience for any luxury car enthusiast who wants an inexpensive night away from home.