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Mainsail Lodging & Development on Tuesday released new renderings and details for Kim King Associates’ redevelopment of the historic Garner-Wallace Hotel into the Wylie Hotel, slated to open in early 2021.
Built in 1929, the building has lived many lives — the first as the Garner-Wallace Hotel, which closed in 1933 as a result of the Great Depression — reopening shortly after as the 551 Ponce de Leon Hotel. It later transitioned into its most recent use as Ponce Student Suites before “falling into disrepair and beginning its journey toward becoming Wylie Hotel,” according to Tuesday’s announcement.
Among the building’s first tenants were the original Mrs. P’s Tea Room and MJQ, residing in the hotel’s basement from 1965 to 1997. Wylie Hotel’s revival will “retain the property’s legacy as a well-appointed, homelike bedstop for travelers” and will feature an outdoor terrace, sunroom, and restaurant – named Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen – paying homage to the building and community. When What Now Atlanta broke the news of Wylie Hotel’s restaurant plans earlier this year, it was to be called P’s and Q’s.
Mrs. P’s Bar & Kitchen was inspired by the basement’s original occupant, a 1950s restaurant that emerged as Atlanta’s first openly LGBTQ-friendly bar nearly a decade later. It will serve “comfortable, familiar” southern fare.
Wylie Hotel will re-emerge as a 111-room boutique hotel with “bespoke, individualized” room offerings. “With no two rooms alike, Wylie Hotel’s distinctive space lends itself to personalized, anecdotal experiences and features two suites – Suite P and Q Suite,” according to the announcement. “Pixel Design Co, an Atlanta-based design firm, is breathing life into Wylie Hotel’s revival, gathering tidbits of inspiration from the celebrated history of O4W and the building itself.” Amenities will include “technology-forward” options including touch-free check-in, “smart rooms,” and access to the hotel’s app through Intelity, allowing guests to control their experience from personal devices.