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Best Luxury Hotels In Charlotte

December 28, 2013 7:00 AM

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Luxury, as it relates to a hotel, means a location that is both near the city’s major cultural or shopping centers while also being a quiet retreat from it all. A sumptuous meal, a fabulous golf course, a relaxing spa experience, a bed to take you to dreamland with a smile and thoughtful service from arrival to departure all comprise luxury. Whether traveling from a long distance or just another part of town, treat yourself or your company to some luxury at these fine Charlotte establishments.
Ballantyne Hotel And Lodge
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 248-4000

The Ballantyne was home away from the White House for both the president of the United States and the first lady in 2012. This fabulous facility has 200 well-appointed, smoke-free guest rooms with 10-foot ceilings and marble baths, but that is just the beginning. There is a cottage with four king bedrooms which can be rented by the week. The Lodge, where Mrs. Obama planned for the president’s DNC arrival, is a self-contained 40,000-square-foot retreat venue with 35 rooms for resting, meetings, break-out sessions and even playing pool, with space for outdoor events on the lawn and much more. The golf course, tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and fitness facility are attractive amenities. Customer service is outstanding and room service is yours 24/7.

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Dunhill Hotel (Credit, Jacquelin Peters)

Dunhill Hotel
237 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 332-4141

This elegant, 10-story historic hotel opened in 1929 and was one of the first to offer luxurious accommodations in North Carolina. It continues to be a top choice for housing VIP visitors. In the heart of the Uptown, the Dunhill is an easy walk to Discovery Place, the Blumenthal Center for the Performing Arts, banks and all sorts of restaurants and shopping establishments on Tryon Street. Its 60 guest rooms combine 18th century furnishings with décor reminiscent of the 1920s and modern amenities such as flat screen TV and iPod docking stations. The complimentary breakfast, offered next door at the Harvest Moon Grille, includes such fare as a “Full Moon Breakfast,” organic oatmeal or pancakes with Vermont maple syrup. Room service is offered until 11 p.m.

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte
895 W. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 347-0070

Experienced travelers know about the Doubletree’s warm chocolate chip cookies, one of life’s sweet luxuries. Room service is available 24 hours a day and VIP service is offered to Hilton honors guests. It is noteworthy that this smoke-free establishment makes extra efforts so that special-needs guests can enjoy their stay. The wheelchair-bound can more easily navigate doors and furniture thanks to extra wide clearance. Strobe lights give visual cues to the deaf or hard of hearing when a phone call or the alarm system needs their attention. Some bathrooms also offer the convenience of a roll-in shower. This location, near Johnson and Wales University, is a favorite of visiting parents. Football fans should know that the Doubletree offers a “Tailgate Package” with NFL-approved items to take into nearby Panther Stadium.

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The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte
201 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 547-2244

Not only is it ritzy, but the Ritz-Carlton Charlotte has been given the LEED® Gold certification as the first green hotel in its chain. This boutique hotel has 146 rooms on 18 floors, with 100,000 honeybees raised on the roof. The harvested honey is an ingredient in its popular honey pecan ice cream and its rooftop honey brandy sour. One of its six eating establishments, BLT Steak, won recognition from Charlotte Magazine for its menu and cocktails.

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Westin Charlotte (Credit, Jacquelin Peters)

Westin Charlotte
601 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 375-2600

The Westin Charlotte has 700 elegant guest rooms and offers 24-hour room service. Since the hotel eclipses other nearby buildings occupying the Uptown skyline, it’s no wonder that its mantra is “heavenly.” This Westin touts a Heavenly Bath® with two shower heads. Its signature Westin Heavenly Bed® (and Heavenly crib for baby) offers layers of comfort for sleepy time. This popular venue for conferences has 44,000 square feet of meeting space. A tasting with a chef’s comments helps an event planner decide what menu items will be served at the special event. If relaxation is needed, try the Westin four-hands massage to lift your mood. Never fear if you forgot to pack your workout gear, as the Westin has partnered with New Balance to bring to your room whatever you need to wear to exercise.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at


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