Downtown Charlotte Hotels

by Meg Jernigan

Downtown Charlotte, site of the NASCAR Hall of Fame, an exceptional children’s library and the annual BBQ & Blues Festival, hosts more than a dozen hotels, motels and inns. All provide mid- to upper-lever accommodations. Downtown Charlotte hotels provide extra amenities like super-fast check-in and poolside refreshments.

The Dunhill Hotel

The Dunhill opened in 1929 as an apartment hotel, with half of the rooms occupied by permanent tenants. A refurbishment in 1987 restored the hotel's grand ballroom and lavish lobby. One of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic Hotels of America, the Dunhill offers rooms decorated with antiques and hand-sewn draperies. The penthouse suite has double balconies, a fireplace and the original marble floor. Next door, the Monticello Restaurant serves locally sourced food. The Dunhill offers a package deal that includes breakfast at the restaurant.

Aloft Charlotte Uptown

Aloft hotels feature a hip, contemporary design, and large common areas with fireplaces and four-panel televisions. A 24-hour self-serve gourmet shop patterned after an automat dispenses snacks and drinks. Guests choose their own rooms at check-in kiosks and work out at a small fitness center. Loft-style guestrooms feature oversized walk-in showers and the chain’s signature Rest and Relaxation beds. The hotel’s lounge features light fare, cocktails and wine. A “reel amusement” package includes accommodations, snacks and in-room movies.

Blake Hotel

Rooms at the Blake, decorated with natural wood and earth-toned fabrics, feature Belgian linens, down duvets and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. The 14th-floor executive level of the hotel has private balconies for each room. Cocktails and light fare are served poolside beginning at 1:00 p.m. on weekends. The hotel’s complimentary shuttle operates in the downtown area. One of the hotel’s package deals, designed for race enthusiasts, includes accommodations, breakfast and tickets to the nearby NASCAR Hall of Fame.

Ritz-Carlton Charlotte

Charlotte is the only Ritz-Carlton location in North Carolina. The hotel is LEED certified, and eco-friendly practices include rooftop beehives, uniforms made from recycled materials and complimentary bicycles for guests' use. A 13,000-square-foot spa offers wellness treatments, massage and salon services. Suites at the Ritz-Carlton range in size from 866 square feet to the 2,900-square-foot Presidential Suite with a Baldwin Baby Grand, a kitchen outfitted with Viking appliances and a private study stocked with books.

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