Plane Spotting Atlanta

Renaissance Concourse Hotel Atlanta Airport
Must surely rank as one of the top five Plane Spotting Hotels in the world. All airport facing rooms have an outdoor balcony giving you your personal viewing deck outside of your room. Whilst the hotel bar has great views over the airport, there is also a McDonalds just a 5 minute walk away.
Location: *** One mile away from the terminal with a free shuttle bus, not that you will need to leave the hotel room !
Spotting: *** Quite possibly the best plane spotting hotel’s in the USA. Ask for a room overlooking the airport and you will get a room with balcony overlooking the nearby thresholds. You need to be on the 6th floor or above to get the elevation for unobstructed views.  An ACARS or SBS 1 unit will be required to identify movements on the far runways although most will taxy into readable view at the central terminal complex. Rooms 1022 and 1025 are confirmed as having great views.
Photos: ** Simply a case of sitting on the balcony with a 200-400 lens and snap away ! A 300 lens is required for most runway shots on the nearest runway to you.
Value: ** Between £68-£125 a night per room but well worth it for hassle free spotting/photography.

Runway view rooms can be guaranteed to clicking on the Renaissance Hotels website link here and selecting the runway view room. 

Agoda generally offer excellent deals at the Renaissance although runway view rooms cannot be guaranteed through this site as they can when booking directly through the Renaissance Website link. Click on this AGODA HOTELS link to be taken directly to the webpage featuring the hotel. 


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Above: Typical view from balcony of Renaissance shown above room 1022. Credit Paul Yates

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Overview from a typical balcony at The Renaissance Concourse Hotel, Atlanta Airport. Credit Tis Meyer (double click picture to expand  A good zoom lens can result in the above type of shot  from The Renaissance Atlanta. Credit Tis Meyer (double click picture to expand) Another overview from the balcony on a stormy evening (Double click picture to expand). Credit Tis Meyer

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Best Western Plus Atlanta Airport East
is a more economical option than the Renaissance above. Obviously views are not as good and if the airport is on easterly operations spotting can be difficult, however with flight tracking software many movements will be seen
Location: **

For those of you not familiar with this location, if you look at Google Maps, its located at the North East side of Atlanta Airport not far off the I-75. If you also look at Google maps, its not far from the end of Runway 26R, which is the runway the GA, Fedex, UPS tend to use if they are landing in a Westerly direction. If they are landing towards the west as they were for all my stay, you can read off the nearest two runways arrivals (or departures if on the other runways subject cloud) with a good powered and clear telescope but I could imagine when the temperature goes up, it may be different. For the users of SBS or similar equipment, it is easy to keep a track of what is going on. I will say at an early stage, the weather for the two nights I was there was clear and sunny, I cannot comment on what the views would be if they were landing/departing towards the East and the weather was a bit gloomy or raining. There were also some overflights that were tracking on SBS which seemed to track right over the top of the hotel, so if its clear, you may pick up a few extras if you collect OTT’s.

Spotting: **

The rooms, I stayed in room 916 … Looking around the corridors, Rooms 916, 917, 901 and 902 would give the same good out towards arrivals (or departures). Looking at the hotel, similar room numbers on the 10th, 8th, 7th and maybe the 6th or even 5th floor would give the similar views. My room had a small metal bar to prevent the door to the small balcony being opened, but a previous occupant or someone else had also handily ‘broken’ this so it came away and access on to the balcony was possible. Its not a huge balcony and you cannot sit outside on a chair like the Renaissance. Another tip here, I had previously e-mail the manager in advance and requested a room looking towards the airport, I had an almost immediate reply saying I had a room blocked, the e-mail address is    and the lady who replied was Delaine, who’s name appears on Tripadvisor. The room consisted of a King Size bed and a sofabed, there was also a fridge in the room to keep refreshments nice, cold and accessible. Its also a big enough room for two or three folk to stick around watching the action without it being too cramped. Its also free parking overnight, free breakfast and there is a free courtesy bus from the airport.

Photos: * If on Westerly operations there should be opportunities to photograph traffic on finals on the near two Runways 
Value: ** Pretty good value at around £55 a night
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Atlanta Airport Spotting

Above: A shot showing the views available of the final approach into Atlanta.

This photo of is courtesy of TripAdvisor

A list of other hotels suitable for plane spotting in the Atlanta Airport area can be found here



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