W Atlanta - Downtown Commemorates Fifth Anniversary with New General Manager

With the exceptional service, flashy events, A-list celebrities and luxe accommodations, it's easy to assume that the W Atlanta - Downtown has always been a mainstay in the city's landscape. This makes it even harder to believe that one of Atlanta's best hotels is only celebrating a mere five years in business. That may be a fairly short time, but the W Atlanta - Downtown has definitely made those five years count by establishing itself as one of the most sought after hotels in the southeast. To commemorate such an important and festive occasion, the hotel chain is bringing in someone new to manage what is already heralded as an amazing experience by those who have been fortunate enough to walk through the doors of this downtown Atlanta oasis. Read more to find out all about the new general manager of the W Atlanta - Downtown and how he plans to take the hotel into another five years and beyond. Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announces the addition of Christopher Cannon as the new General Manager for W Atlanta - Downtown.

Christopher comes to W Atlanta - Downtown with more than 20 years in the industry including seven years of General Manager experience with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in Washington D.C. "We are fortunate to have Christopher join our executive team," stated Jennifer Phillips, Director of Sales and Marketing for W Atlanta - Downtown. "Based on his background and accomplishments in the industry, we look forward to seeing where his leadership will take us in the next five years." After earning a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management from Saint Leo University in Florida, Christopher began his career in this industry at Renaissance New York as the Area Director of Revenue Management. Spending time on the executive teams for Starwood, Hilton and Kimpton hotels, Christopher soon made his way to operations roles before his first General Manager position at Hotel Palomar in Washington D.C. His previous successes and competitive drive first stemmed from his days playing collegiate Varsity tennis and have continued to develop throughout his career. "I look forward to working with our talented senior leadership team to form new partnerships and creating a superior emphasis on the overall guest experience, whether traveling for business or leisure," said Christopher Cannon, General Manager at W Atlanta - Downtown.

"Considering our current unique offerings and innovative tools, as well as the amazing momentum in Downtown Atlanta including the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, College Football Hall of Fame and the Street Car, there is no better time to be in the hub of downtown." Joining the hotel during their 5-year anniversary, Christopher brings his experience and leadership to further continue the positive growth of this innovative hotel. Since opening in January of 2009, W Atlanta - Downtown has received many prestigious awards including the Four Diamond rating from AAA. Most recently, W Atlanta - Downtown received the Innovation in Technology Award from Georgia Hotel and Lodging Association for the Wi-Fi Network and W Insider Portal. About W Atlanta - Downtown: W Atlanta - Downtown Hotel & Residences is an urban hideaway infused with lush natural elements promising the best in comfort and style.

Opened in 2009 as the first newly built W Hotel in the city, this location thrives in the heart of downtown Atlanta where revitalization and rejuvenation beckon. Nestled amid major corporations and upscale city living, W Atlanta - Downtown provides a full contemporary lifestyle experience, featuring 237 stylish guest rooms, 74 private residences, three destination bars including DRINKSHOP from New York-based master mixologist Sasha Petraske, the Living Room bar, and WETBAR, the Atlanta debut of chef and restaurateur Laurent Tourondel's BLT Steak, a glamorous zero-edge pool, signature Bliss spa, state-of-the-art SWEAT fitness facility with panoramic city views, more than 9,000 square feet.