Named after British Queen Charlotte Sophia, the city of Charlotte is North Carolina’s largest metropolitan area. The city sits between the Appalachian Mountains and the ocean, making it a popular pit stop for travelers looking to relax, do business or take in the history and culture. While many hotels in the Queen City, only a handful are considered luxury accommodations.
Omni Charlotte Hotel
Located in Charlotte’s financial district two and a half blocks away from the Charlotte Convention Center, the Omni Charlotte Hotel is a four-diamond accommodation that is also near many of the city’s entertainment and cultural hotspots. Connected to the hotel is the Overstreet Mall, which features boutique-type stores and restaurants. The Omni Hotel has a plantation-inspired look that combines bright, fresh flowers and indoor palm trees with stained wooden furniture. Guestrooms are simply decorated with different shades of brown to accent the white linens, as well as potted plants, artisan wooden furnishings and understated black and tan area rugs and carpets with floral prints. Amenities vary by room and include feather pillows, glass walls with views of the city, garden tubs and marble bathrooms. Also available at the Omni Hotel are on-site beauty salon and barbershop, medical facility and translation services.
A family-friendly, luxury hotel, the Ritz-Carlton is less than a mile away from Charlotte attractions such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Discovery Place Museum, EpiCenter and sports arenas. The Ritz-Carlton is an earth-friendly establishment as it has earned a LEED Gold certification for its environmental commitment and unique practices such as a vegetated roof, complimentary parking for guests driving hybrid or electric vehicles, rooftop beehives and sustainable practices. Accommodations include guest rooms and suites with city views and contemporary decor that incorporate warm colors, natural stone and wood tones. The Ritz-Carlton offers Mother Nature Children’s Services, a program for young guests that provides them with educational games and toys, story time and tuck-in services. Additional amenities include in-room mp3 docking stations, dual-line telephones, floor to ceiling windows, twice-daily housekeeping services and complimentary transportation during the week within the I-277 loop.
The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge
Situated outside Charlotte’s downtown area, the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge provides an ideal setting for those looking for a quite getaway in a luxury hotel. The hotel’s suites have colonial-inspired decor and quaint, modern furnishings, two-poster or canopy beds and large picture windows that gives the accommodations a bed and breakfast look and feel without the cheap, floral prints and decorations. Amenities at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge include balconies, dual closets, complimentary valet parking, tennis courts, golf lessons and transportation services.
The Dunhill Hotel
One of the Historic Hotels in America, the Dunhill Hotel in historic Uptown Charlotte was one of the nation’s first luxury hotels when it opened in 1929. This hotel is a nice break from chain hotels as it combines the luxury of European accommodations and 18th century furniture with American comforts, neo-classical features, four-poster beds, hand-sewn draperies and original pieces of art throughout the establishment. Offering the Vintage and Specialty Collections, guest rooms at the Dunhill Hotel feature marble bathrooms, a refrigerator stocked with complimentary beverages and complimentary chocolates with the turn-down service.