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By Alex Finkelstein
Last updated: April 21, 2006 08:55am

ATLANTA-Ravaged by a 1946 fire that killed 119 guests including developer W.F. Winecoff and his wife, the shuttered 200-room Winecoff Hotel starts renovations today that will transform the Downtown landmark property next year into a 121-room boutique-styled hotel. The 93-year-old hotel is at 178 Peachtree St. Boykin Management Co. of Cleveland will operate the hotel for the owners.

The redevelopment team is New York-based Kelco/FB Winecoff LLC. Kelco Management Development Inc. is a Weston, FL-based company that had planned to reopen the hotel in 2002 but backed off when the economy soured, as previously reported. The hotel’s owner, RD Management Co. of New York, took the property off the market in 2004 when it decided to redevelop the structure rather than sell it.

The Steve Holtz Hotels chain in Denver also retreated from a planned $28-million renovation and restoration of the Winecoff that was scheduled to begin in June 2004. The hotel’s prime location is near the old Macy’s Department store at Peachtree and Ellis streets.

Area construction sources familiar with comparable restoration projects tell the Winecoff will probably be renovated at a hard construction cost of about $235,000 per room or an estimated total $30 million. Tentatively planned in the restoration are a bar, restaurant and mini conference center, Downtown sources tell

Additional information:
The project will known as the The Eliis Hotel.The Ellis will be,according to the developers" a new luxury,state-of-the art,127 room boutique hotel that will epitomize simple chic in a modern world". The restaurant on the second floor will feature a balcony overlooking Peachtree Street and an al fresco cafe at street level facing Carnegie Way.


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free ghost appearance with every stay :jk:

great news, but "the Ellis Hotel" sounds like a 2-bit motor lodge. :runaway:

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