Dirt was moved this week in a groundbreaking ceremony marking a new Courtyard by Marriott & Element by Westin in Midtown Atlanta. The dual-branded hotel is expected to open in mid-2021, with a combined 282 guestrooms and suites. It will be the first-ever combination of the Courtyard by Marriott and Element by Westin brands under one roof.

The property will be located on the southwest corner of the famed intersection of Peachtree Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue. Peachtree Street is Atlanta's primary north-south thoroughfare, while the intersection with Ponce de Leon in Midtown is home to Atlanta's renowned Fox Theater.

Design for the new dual hotel will blend in with Midtown's historic buildings and complement the existing character and depth of the district. The Courtyard by Marriott Atlanta Midtown will feature smart, casual décor, communal lobby spaces and modern conveniences to accommodate guests multi-tasking, 24/7 lifestyle. The Element by Westin Atlanta Midtown will feature nature-inspired spaces, fully-equipped kitchens, spa-inspired bathrooms and programs to stay active during your stay.

Midtown Atlanta is a thriving business district with over 20 million square feet of office space and more than 70,000 employees reporting to work each day. The area is home to 16 percent of the total jobs in Atlanta, 25 percent of the city's tech jobs and a fast-growing residential population that is 50 percent Millennials and Gen Xers. Midtown Atlanta attracts over 6.1 million tourists annually primarily driven by its arts and entertainment offerings.

Both Courtyard and participate in the industry's loyalty program, Marriott Rewards® which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. Element by Westin is a relatively new brand focused on longer stays with accommodations that allow guests to “Stay in their Element” through such amenities as complimentary healthy breakfasts, relaxing evening receptions, saline swimming pools, spacious fitness centers, Bikes to Borrow program and electric vehicle charging stations. Element made history in 2008 as the only major hotel brand to pursue LEED certification for high-performance buildings brand-wide.