Marriott International's Luxury Collection completed the renovation of The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte. In celebration of its 17th anniversary, the refurbishments included newly-designed guestrooms and public spaces. The redesign pays homage to North Carolina’s history, with a nod to the neighborhood of Ballantyne.
Design firm Blur Workshop oversaw the renovation of The Ballantyne.
The lobby was fully refurbished and now has two bronze Dalmatian statues, which pay tribute to the pets that roamed the original hunting land. A vintage-inspired lobby desk has a glass top that displays artifacts, and the lobby lounge has a new chandelier and rose artwork that hangs above the fireplace. The lobby uses a neutral color palette of white, gold and grey, inspired by North Carolina’s legacy as being the first state in the country where gold was found.
Beyond its 208 guestrooms and suites, the property also has a four-bedroom cottage and a lodge group retreat with 35 guestrooms. The rooms have a mix of antiques and new pieces, giving them a residential ambiance. All rooms have Molton Brown bath products, while suites have 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 has a seating area 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 was also enhanced. The new color palette features neutrals and blues. There are wooden furniture, such as natural teak root credenzas.
For dining, the property has the Gallery Restaurant, as well as The Ryal, which has pocket seating and a glass balcony with views of the grounds and golf course.
The Lodge at Ballantyne, a 35-room private retreat on The Ballantyne’s grounds, also fully renovated its rooms and lobby. The rooms now have a luxurious feel, complete with high-end furniture and leather accents.
For events, the property has The Rose Garden, which has a hand-carved opal stone “Dancer” sculpture, a pergola, rocking chairs and fire pits.