This is the amazing view from the Renaissance Concourse Hotel next to Atlanta's airport

This is the amazing view from the Renaissance Concourse Hotel next to Atlanta's airport

I know… what am I doing talking about a hotel on my airline blog? Well don’t worry, it is totally airline related. While chilling with Delta in Atlanta I stayed at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel. Yea, the room was really nice, so was the lobby, but that is not why I am writing about it. It is located right next to the airport (and I mean next to the airport).

You are able to sit out on your balcony and enjoy all the action that Atlanta’s airport has to offer. If you aren’t an airline enthusiast, getting a room on the airport side might not suit your fancy (or ears). However, if you love airlines, you can’t find a better place to stay in Atlanta.

Sitting on the balcony, enjoying the planes, maybe add a beer and you are living the life. The only thing I wish they had was Wi-Fi (they have ethernet) internet to enjoy on the balcony.

So next time you are staying in Atlanta, be sure to stay there, you will not regret it. They even offer Plane Spotter Specials! (and no, I was not paid by the hotel to write this…I just wanted to share since it is a pretty unique experience). If you have had a hotel experience like this, please share. I would love to go visit!

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for me to share some pretty cool stuff that I learned and experienced during my time with Delta.

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & FOUNDER - SEATTLE, WA. David has written, consulted, and presented on multiple topics relating to airlines and travel since 2008. He has been quoted and written for a number of news organizations, including BBC, CNN, NBC News, Bloomberg, and others. He is passionate about sharing the complexities, the benefits, and the fun stuff of the airline business. Email me: david@airlinereporter.com

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Oh you can count on me being in the very next room! Cocktail, camera, sunglasses and we’re all set for the afternoon!

Hi David,

Just curious who foots the bill when you travel to visit an airline. Do they take care of your costs in return for publicity on your blog?

Thanks in advance!


Hey Jay!

Good question…

It depends on the airline and the situation. Most airlines will provide a free flight and I fly non-rev (non-revenue). Some will also foot the bill for the hotel, but others will not. With this trip Delta did pay for my flight and my hotel, which was very nice of them. No airline in any of my trips I have made (which is quite a bit now) has asked for anything in return.

Delta is making a real effort to connect with the still relatively new world of airline-bloggers. Even though I was there to learn from them, they also were able to learn some things from me. They also worked with Brett Snyder with CrankyFlier recently (although I am not sure of the finances with his trip) and I wouldn’t be surprised if they would invite more in the future.

With a good chunk of my trips, I pitch an idea to the airline with no intention of them paying (hopefully they aren’t reading that part), but I do not make much money on the blog and any help they provide to share these experiences is always greatly appreciated.

Hope that helps!


Thanks for the information David. I noticed a similar article on Cranky Flier a few weeks ago, so I suspected it might be something the airlines do for a few special bloggers.

By the way, I love the content on your blog. It’s always fresh, up to date and provides a unique perspective that you wouldn’t get reading AviationWeek or Flightglobal. Keep up the great work!


I try and fly Delta exclusively. Coming out of CMH they get me to ATL quickly and easily and from there I can go anywhere. I’ve seen that hotel literally dozens of times and if I ever have to overnight thats the place I’ll be. Of course I will not sleep since I will watch planes the whole time. I have no problems with airlines transporting bloggers who produce quality content and David you certainly do. Some day I’ll get more original content on mine and maybe angle mine more towards the airline industry as opposed to the current military bias. Keep up the cool stuff David!

I have heard stories of military journalists getting VVIP treatment. There’s a lot more money involved with defense and contractors :).


I’ve stayed at this hotel before…sadly, we got in late at night, and left the next morning for a round of meetings (with Delta, nonetheless), and I was on a plane home that evening. I plane spotting photographer friend of mine always tries to stay at this hotel….he makes good use of it, as he’s managed to get hundreds of pics on Airliners.

I’m with A. Lewis…best with cameras and cocktails and more cocktails.

I was an idiot and didn’t bring shorts. I was only there one night and hanging with Delta the next day with slacks, figured I would have no use. I kept having to go outside in the 90deg humid heat and then sneak back inside my 65deg A/C’d room with slacks on. Live and learn!


Lee Ridgeway

I wonder how many people have dreamed of putting a live stream webcam on top of the Renaissance Concourse Hotel in Atlanta ?

Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add
to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some
time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to
your new updates.

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