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New boutique hotel opens in Old Fourth Ward neighborhood

Gené Hunter

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(ATLANTA, Ga.) A new boutique hotel has opened its doors in the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood.

The Wylie Hotel opened Monday and is a redevelopment of the former 551 Ponce de Leon Hotel by partners Kim King Associates and Mainsail Lodging & Development.

The property features 111 rooms and boasts itself of being a “technology-forward” property.

“Today, as Wylie Hotel, the past gleams through our front-facing brick facade,” according to the hotel’s website,” Beau King, CEO of Kim King Associates said in a public statement.

“We’ve pulled through the best of what 551 Ponce was, offering unconventional, uncompromisingly comfortable accommodations for your next jaunt to Atlanta.”

The hotel also has an in-house restaurant, Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen, which is set to open shortly after, but all hotel guests can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast from the eatery in the meantime, according to a spokesperson.

“With Old Fourth Ward being one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods, we are excited to preserve the history of the surrounding community, while bringing new life into the building,” King said. “Once the opportunity presented itself, our team knew this property would be something special, and we can’t wait to show the incredible work done to such a memorable place.”

The boutique hotel tapped General Manager James Green III and Culinary Director Ewart Wardhaugh to join Liz Young, director of sales, to spearhead the hotel’s operations, management and food and beverage program.

Wardhaugh will lead the charge as culinary director — alongside his position as Executive Chef of Epicurean Atlanta — and will work to conceptualize menus, incorporate seasonal changes and provide ongoing consultation for the hotel.

Wylie Hotel will merge designs and inspirations of the building’s history along with modern updates including bar-centric dining concepts and technology-forward stays that are individualized and unique to each guest.

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