In Uptown Charlotte, NC, the MRK Hotel Collection has opened The Ivey's Hotel.
The building, which dates back to the early 1900s, was originally the J.B. Ivey & Co. Department Store. MRK Investments acquired the first and second floors of the Ivey’s building from two different sellers in 2012 and 2013, and revitalized and then curated the property over the course of two years.
According to Brett Krueger, principal and vice president of MRK, the property was inspired by the original Ivey's Department store, but updated with Art Deco and European elements.
The hotel has 42 guestrooms, a cocktail lounge, private meeting and event space and a Library Lounge exclusive to guests of the hotel.
The Ivey's guestrooms—no two of which are alike—have 400-year-old reclaimed French oak floors, exposed brick, custom-designed lighting fixtures and bespoke furnishings by Nick Alain, Frette Italian bedding, alongside a curated art collection on view throughout the hotel. All rooms are decorated with a mix of antiques and modern European-inspired details. Room options offered are Superior Atrium, City View, Executive Suites and the only Balcony Suites in the city that overlook Tryon Street.
On the hotel's first floor, Sophia's Lounge has vintage and Parisian influences, including high-backed chairs and velvet sofas, art adorning the walls and custom chandeliers. Meanwhile, 5Church Charlotte is located at the intersection of 5th and Church Streets and within the Ivey's building.
The Ivey's Hotel is the third and newest boutique hotel in The MRK Hotel Collection. The two other hotels are the Windsor Boutique Hotel in Asheville, North Carolina and The Marlin Hotel in South Beach, Miami Florida.