Wonderful place to stay and we found an Angel on duty at this hotel...The rooms were fresh and spotless, as were all the facilities. This is a great airport hotel, with everything you'd look for in such a place. This was our second time to stay at this hotel and we found the same thing both times. The staff was super friendly and helpful (especially Velita), at the front desk. The breakfast is good, healthy and 'tasty' selection. The restaurant was also kept very clean. They have a great happy hour that was a nice welcome after traveling a bit. They offered a good selection of finger foods and up to three drinks for free during their happy hour. They offer a free shuttle service that’s very friendly, fast and reliable, to take you to the airport, and we were able to leave our car there free for up to two weeks while we were away. Will definitely stat here again and again. Many thanks to the staff – and again (especially Velita), who took a lot of time to look after our needs.
265 Peachtree St NEAtlanta, GA 30303
From Business: Located on the legendary Peachtree Street and the heart of downtown Atlanta, Hyatt Regency Atlanta is the premier meeting and convention hotel. The 22-story atriu…
I am in my mid 70's & this facility is the best. Dr. Gikes gave me qulity time, patient and professional. My work requires a lot of traveling, but w…
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I recently stayed at the Loews for a staycation in the city. I wanted to get away for a night and thought the hotel would be perfect for that. When I arrived at valet I was greeted by friendly employees who offered to grab my bags and opened the doors for me. Check in at the front desk was super easy and quick. I stayed in one of the VIP suites on the 25th floor which required room key access via the elevator to get on the floor. I really enjoyed that as it made me feel secure and safe. My suite was extremely large. I had a living area with a large sectional, dining area that seats 6, a kitchenette, king size bedroom, full bath with separate shower, tub and a television. There was also a half bath for guests which I thought was awesome. I received turn down service where when I arrived back to my room after dinner my bedding was pulled back and the curtains closed. I had an amazing view, beautiful room and the staff were great. I highly recommend staying here.
Congratulations to our daughter Bianca on her BA from GSU which is why we were in town to begin with. The Glenn Autograph hotel is within walking distance of the Georgia Dome as well as a variety of any cuisine of your choice. The staff and management at the Glenn hotel and Glen Kitchen restaurant were outstanding. The menu choices can accommodate any discerning palate. The rooftop bar was yet a completely different experience, including spectacular views of the downtown Atlanta area not to mention the amazing mixologist who made us feel like we were on a tropical island. We highly recommend the Glenn Autograph Marriott location in downtown Atlanta and look forward to returning soon. Special thanks to managers Cynthia and Todd as well as the staff.
Some of our best times have been spent taking downtown “staycations”. It’s a real treat to pack the bags for a weekend, drive an hour and be right in the middle of anything you ever wanted. Museums, history, fine dining, burger joints open at 2 am, I mean anything. My favorite part, is booking a room at our “home away from home”, The Georgian Terrace Hotel. We love everything about the Georgian Terrace from the incredible amount of history, to the gorgeous rooms, to the knowledgeable and courteous service, to the extraordinary menu and talented chef at Livingston’s, to the magical craft cocktails at Proof & Provision. It truly has felt like home.
Got my Hair Cut by Jason for my birthday Feb 3rd and I have never had so many compliments or loved fixing my hair. It is sharp, sexy, easy and I feel younger just wearing my own hair. Not an easy feeling these days. I am going in for a color this time and am hopful I will be just as please. I see some negative comments on color but it is just hair and it will grow, plus when I don't like a color I get I go back for the person to fix it. It is only fair to the artist to give them the opportunity. As a lay person I just don't talk hair so sometimes communication is key. Love the Hair perfume I splurged on.
Though this place isn't an upscale posh spa for getting your nails done, nothing beats the expertise for the price you pay. I got a special manicure with a full set of acrylics for $27 which Is almost unheard of in Atlanta. The woman who did them was quite pleasant and literally replicated the Pinterest photo I showed her. The shape and length of the nails were perfection. I'd recommend this place to anyone else who needed something done quickly and efficiently. They fit me in and I was done in an hour, in perfect time for New Year's Eve. Anyone who goes there should request Laura. I will be next time I go!
Let me start by saying, I was very nervous about my appt. at Mariama Hair braiding Salon today. I had never been there before and I wanted kinky twists and i wasn't sure if this was the best salon to come to or if the twist would look good on me. Well, needless to say i was greeted with a smile which helped me to relax, I also didn't know what color i wanted my twist and the braider was patient and suggested a color that went well with my skintone. When my hair was finished i was very pleased! I will definitely go back, and i would be happy to recommend them to my friends.
We have stayed here twice. One time was on the Fourth of July. They were super accommodating and getting us a room that faced Centennial Park on a high-level. The room was clean. The pool and hot tub was up on a lower level roof, The condition of the pool in the hot tub was substandard at best. The pool is a glorified bathtub. If you have small children they will like it. The hot tub was half full. Not enjoyable at all. On the positive side we came back for my friends birthday. They were very accommodating to our party. We were even sent champagne. We will come back again.
I rarely give bad reviews, but I did not have a great experience. The ladies are awesome and really sweet, but I am not too sure about how much attention they pay to cleaning/sanitizing their tools. (In some places, they pull the sterilized tools out of individually sealed packages, only one per person. Not here though :( ) They pulled their tools out of a plastic pencil box that was not the cleanest I've seen. I got my nails done 2 weeks ago, and my gel nail polish came off way earlier than it should have (5 days) and my big toe got infected and is still infected.
I recently visited a friend and stayed at the Renaissance Hotel Midtown and was treated amazingly well during my stay. Medea, the Manager, was extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and professional in helping us with several billing concerns. She went above and beyond to make sure our stay was First Class and memorable. The entire front desk staff, valets, and housekeeping were incredible! I would recommend this hotel to anyone seeking a wonderful experience in Midtown Atlanta. Keep it up Medea!!! You guys rock!!!Tim B.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
- Understanding and applying for building permits to meet local regulations
- Organizing a budget and adhering to it throughout the project
- Gathering all the necessary tools and equipment, from hammers and shovels to large excavators and generators
- Securing the construction site and equipment after work hours
- Working with personnel on-site to address any issues
- Keeping records of materials, labor and all other expenses
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
- Associated General Contractors of America: Represents more than 6,500 general contracting firms and more than 9,000 specialty contractors nationwide.
- Associated Builders and Contractors: Represents non-union contracting firms.
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
Hiring a General Contractor
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
Finding general contractors
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.