Charlotte -- the Queen City -- is North Carolina’s largest metropolitan area, offering candlelight dining, Broadway shows at the NC Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and cozy carriage rides through its historic neighborhoods. These romantic hotels are among the top picks of travel critics and guides to ignite your passion and enhance your stay, whether you’re planning a special couple’s getaway, your wedding or honeymoon.
The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge
Best of CitySearch 2010 awarded The Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge the title of Charlotte’s most romantic hotel. The luxury romance package offers two nights with valet parking, champagne and flowers upon arrival and breakfast in bed or in Gallery Restaurant each morning. Request a king-sized pillow-top bed when booking a guest room or opt for a presidential suite with a large garden soaking bath and walk-in shower. Pre-order romantic extras on the hotel’s website such as chocolate-dipped strawberries, truffles, a cheese plate and champagne. Amenities include a PGA Championship 18-hole golf course and indoor and outdoor pools. The Spa at Ballantyne offers couples treatments.
Charlotte Marriott SouthPark
Charlotte Marriott SouthPark, formerly The Park Hotel, received the city’s top lodging recommendation in the book "Romantic Weekends in the Carolinas & the Georgia Coast." Guest rooms include ultra-comfortable Revive beds dressed with down comforters and seven fluffy pillows. The guest suite has a separate bedroom and full dining table next to a fireplace to enjoy a romantic dinner for two. The outdoor pool and whirlpool are surrounded by a sundeck furnished with cushioned chaise lounges. The Grill restaurant serves prime beef and seafood items with American favorites in a casual setting.
The Duke Mansion
The former Colonial-style home of Duke University founder James Buchanan Duke was built in 1915. Today, the Duke Mansion is an AAA Four-Diamond award-winning hotel. The mansion Forbes calls charming and ideal for romantic getaways is located in the Myers Park neighborhood and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Twenty guest rooms are decorated in antique furniture and feature screened sleeping porches or tree-top views. Many rooms have four-poster queen- or king-sized beds dressed in fine linens. The Dowd Suite is the most luxurious lodging option, often rented by honeymooners for its two-person shower and Roman spa tub. Enjoy a full breakfast daily in the main room, included in your room rate.
The 60-room Dunhill Hotel, listed among the Historic Hotels of America, opened in 1929 and underwent a restoration in 1987. Guest rooms include 18th-century furnishings and doeskin bathrobes. The penthouse suite features a fireplace and glass-enclosed whirlpool tub overlooking downtown Charlotte. The adjacent Harvest Moon Grill restaurant serves international and southern cuisine made with locally-procured ingredients. Choose a special chef’s custom wine dinner in the intimate dining room or enjoy menu selections in the privacy of your room.
- Charlotte’s Got a Lot: About Charlotte
- Best of Citysearch 2010: Beest Charlotte Romantic Hotel
- “Romantic Weekends the Carolinas & the Georgia Coast”; Norman Renouf and Kathy Renouf; 2000
- Forbes Travel Guide: The Duke Mansion
- Gayot: Dunhill Hotel Review
- Duke Mansion: About Us
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