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Sol Melia, one of the world’s largest hotel chains, announced today plans to operate its first hotel in the U.S. with the Melia Atlanta, a 502-room hotel formerly operated by Marriott as the Renaissance Atlanta Hotel Downtown. Marking the beginning of its strategy to develop additional properties in the continental U.S., the Spanish brand plants its flag on the Atlanta market taking over the hotel operations on October 15, 2010. The new Melia Atlanta will enjoy a $35 million dollar renovation to be completed by 2013, allowing the property to feature proprietary elements of Melia Hotels & Resorts, Sol Melia’s largest brand.