The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., today announced the completion of an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation of The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte. In celebration of its 17th anniversary, the refurbishments encompass newly designed guest rooms and public spaces. The redesign pays homage to North Carolina’s rich history, with a nod to the neighborhood of Ballantyne – once family hunting land that has been developed into one of the country’s preeminent communities.
“Charlotte is an urban experience infused with historical touches, and the stunning renovation of The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, offers today’s Global Explorers a modern yet authentic portal to the city.” said Anthony Ingham, Global Brand Leader, The Luxury Collection. “With design elements that pay homage to Charlotte’s heritage and traditions paired with forward thinking touchpoints of innovation, The Ballantyne is now more than ever a true expression of the cherished US destination,” added Ingham.
“As we enter into our 18th year, we are eager to delight guests with our breathtaking new design and elevated experiences, through this extensive renovation,” said Raj Radke, general manager. “The luxurious transformation offers moments of discovery through art, antiques and décor emanating a relaxed residential feel.”
Southern Comfort Reimagined
From the moment of arrival, guests of The Ballantyne will feel a sense of warm hospitality and authentic Southern comfort. The stunning lobby has been fully refurbished and showcases two bronze Dalmatian statues, which pay tribute to the beloved pets who roamed the original hunting land. A vintage-inspired lobby desk has a glass top that displays special artifacts, and the sophisticated lobby lounge is complete with a striking new chandelier and rose artwork that hangs above the fireplace. The lobby features a neutral color palette of white, gold, and grey which is inspired by North Carolina’s legacy as being the first state in the country where gold was found.
Featuring 208 elegant guest rooms and suites, The Ballantyne also offers a four-bedroom Cottage and a Lodge group retreat with 35 spacious guest rooms. The rooms resemble a carefully curated collection of global treasures with a mix of antiques and new pieces, forming a refined yet warm residential ambiance. Guests will receive thoughtful room amenities and turndown services, creating a serene sense of relaxation. All rooms feature luxurious Molton Brown bath products, and suites come complete with a complimentary Nespresso coffee and espresso bar.
The Great Room’s redesign pays homage to the “Carolina Emperor,” the largest-cut emerald ever found in North America and uncovered in North Carolina. The room is filled with comfortable seating and features emerald, gold and grey accents. Art and photos celebrating the state’s history adorn the adjacent wall of Gallery Bar.
The Spa at Ballantyne’s enhancements evoke a true haven for deep relaxation. The new color palette features warm neutrals and soft powder blues, inviting guests to escape the everyday. Rustic wooden furniture, such as natural teak root credenzas, create a serene atmosphere. Guests can enjoy a welcome tea ritual before their treatments, featuring Rare Tea Company’s jasmine white tea. Experiential treatments reflect the season, including Rose Garden-inspired treatments each spring and Seasonal Tea-infused therapies each summer. The Spa also offers Carolina lavender-inspired signature treatments and has partnered with Natura Bissé, elevating the spa and retail experience.
North Carolinian Saveur
As the property’s premier culinary destination, Gallery Restaurant specializes in artfully presented, regionally inspired cuisine. Serving breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, and upscale dinner daily, the restaurant partners with local and regional purveyors to serve the freshest ingredients. Executive Chef Garrett Merck celebrates the unique flavors in the destination through an array of inventive dishes.
Named after a unit of currency during James VI of Scotland’s reign, The Ryal is a vibrant gathering place that can be enjoyed as a lively bar in the afternoons and evenings. The Ryal features plush pocket seating and a glass balcony showcasing picturesque views of the lush grounds and superior golf course.
Along with the renovation, The Ballantyne launches an exclusive partnership with Rare Tea Company of London, the preferred tea for the royal family. Rare Tea Company will be the official tea featured in the hotel’s Tea Program, including afternoon tea service; handcrafted tea cocktails; select desserts including tea; and The Spa will feature the teas as part of specialty treatment rituals and in retail.
The Lodge at Ballantyne, a 35-room private retreat on The Ballantyne’s grounds, introduces a fresh look to its fully renovated rooms and lobby, bringing to life the history of the area as former hunting land. Exuding thoughtful design and an approachable elegance, the unique space can be rented out in its entirety by a group, from board meetings and elite retreats to family reunions and intimate weddings. The spacious rooms boast a luxurious feel, replete with tasteful furniture and rich leather accents. The Lodge features packages for both meeting and social groups offering an exclusive and private setting that include a dedicated breakfast and welcome reception.
The Rose Garden provides a magical backdrop for any memorable occasion throughout the year. This romantic venue features a hand-carved opal stone “Dancer” sculpture, a charming pergola, rocking chairs and fire pits. The gorgeous space provides the perfect setting for group activities and experiential dining, such as Ballantyne Beer Garden.
The Ballantyne is a short twenty-minute drive from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, renowned for its relaxing rocking chairs that are symbolic of the city’s warm southern charm. Charlotte is a two-hour flight to 60% of the country’s population, making it the ideal destination for travelers seeking the excitement of a city but the comforts and welcome attitude of a small town. The city draws people in with its signature uptown experiences and is known for its emerging culinary scene, craft breweries, NASCAR Hall of Fame, live music, museums and myriad outdoor activities.
For more information, please visit luxurycollection.com/theballantyne.
About The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte
The Ballantyne is a Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond award-winning Marriott hotel located in Charlotte, NC. Featuring 208 elegant guest rooms and suites, The Ballantyne also offers a four-bedroom Cottage and a Lodge group retreat with 35 spacious guest rooms. Guests can enjoy meeting and event facilities, spa, fitness, indoor and outdoor pools, golf, Ballantyne Golf Academy, tennis and dining at Gallery Restaurant. The Ballantyne is owned and managed by Northwood Hospitality. For more information and reservations, call 866-248-4824, visit luxurycollection.com/theballantyne or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
About Northwood Hospitality
Established in 2010, Northwood Hospitality owns and manages a hotel portfolio of independent and branded properties, including Cheeca Lodge & Spa, Naples Grande Beach Resort, The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte, The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort, Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne, Courtyard Charlotte Ballantyne, and Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne acquired by Northwood Investors.
About The Luxury Collection® Hotels & Resorts
The Luxury Collection®, part of Marriott International, Inc., is comprised of world-renowned hotels and resorts offering unique, authentic experiences that evoke lasting, treasured memories. For the global explorer, The Luxury Collection offers a gateway to the world’s most exciting and desirable destinations. Each hotel and resort is a unique and cherished expression of its location; a portal to the destination’s indigenous charms and treasures. Originated in 1906 under the CIGA® brand as a collection of Europe’s most celebrated and iconic properties, today The Luxury Collection brand is a glittering ensemble, recently surpassing 100 of the world’s finest hotels and resorts in more than 30 countries and territories. All of these hotels, many of them centuries old, are internationally recognized as being among the world’s finest. For more information and new openings, visit theluxurycollection.com or follow Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The Luxury Collection is proud to participate in the company’s award-winning loyalty programs – Marriott Rewards®, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®, and Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG). The programs, operating under one set of unparalleled benefits, enable members to earn points toward free hotel stays, achieve Elite status faster than ever, and seamlessly book or redeem points for stays throughout our loyalty portfolio of 29 brands and more than 6,700 participating hotels in 130 countries & territories. To enroll for free or for more information about the programs, visit members.marriott.com.
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