The Polaris Reflecting in a Skyscraper
The Polaris sits atop the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, one of two revolving restaurants in the city. Opened in 1967 as the Regency Hyatt House, John C. Portman, Jr.'s revolutionary 22-story atrium design for the hotel has influenced hotel design enormously in the years since. The hotel instantly became one of the most recognized buildings in Atlanta.
The building consists of the main "Atrium Tower" and two extensions, completed in 1971 and 1982, containing a total of 1,260 rooms. On top of the Hyatt Regency is a revolving restaurant called Polaris, located just beneath the blue dome-shaped structure which gives the hotel its distinctive profile. This was John Portman's first designed revolving restaurant of many. When the hotel first opened, the restaurant gave diners an ever-changing panoramic view of the entire city; however, as taller buildings were erected on all sides of the hotel, the restaurant's view became increasingly constricted. The Polaris closed in August 2004 and remained empty until renovation plans were approved in 2013. Polaris reopened in June of 2014.
I highly recommend getting reservations...and Open Table
helped us. Since we were staying on the Club Level of the Hyatt Regency, we didn't need to worry about traffic and parking!
Our elevator swept us up to the 23rd floor and we entered the restaurant. Very contemporary...very stylish. The Maitre D immediately seated us and we began enjoying Tito's Martinis and Benton Bacon Popcorn. I have never had that before and it was astounding....we loved every last kernel. Our choice of soup was Leek and Crab...very tasty. On to our entrées we chose the Sea Bass and the Steak Oscar. The Sea Bass was moist and flavorful. The Steak Oscar was perfect atop a bed of mashed potatoes. The Crab and Asparagus accompaniment was more crab than I have had in a long time. Everything at the restaurant is served in with sleek contemporary dinnerware. Unusual but completely enjoyable.
Video of The Polaris in Atlanta
|Breathtaking 360 Vista|
|Vivid Art Work and Interiors|
I would highly recommend The Polaris but
be sure you can arrive before sunset and enjoy a wonderful
evening with cocktails and dining. You won't be disappointed. And one again, don't forget to make your reservations.