The Luxury Collection, part of Marriott International, Inc., announced the completion of an extensive multi-million-dollar renovation of The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte on September 5. 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 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.
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.
For more information, visit luxurycollection.com/theballantyne.
Source and image courtesy of Marriott