By Kathy M. Newbern and J.S. Fletcher ©2015
First in a Series
We were delighted to sample The Dunhill Hotel, an historic, boutique hotel in uptown Charlotte, perfectly located to catch a Carolina Panthers game, see the Charlotte Hornets or visit a plethora of must-sees Uptown such as the NASCAR Hall of Fame (where we had a ball a few years back eventhough we aren’t huge NASCAR fans), Discovery Place, the Bechtler Museum and more. (See the suggested list with links below).
This property is Charlotte’s only hotel registered with Historic Hotels of America. Designed by architect Louis Asbury, Sr., the hotel originally opened in 1929 as the Mayfair Manor. The ten-story hotel has been fully restored; its architecture with neo-classical embellishments adds character and a distinctive shape to the Uptown skyline. We loved the shots we got outside at night during Charlotte’s pride week (hence, the rainbow flags).
The 60 well-appointed guest rooms feature a writing desk (perfect for journalists on the road), armoire, triple-sheeted beds, and lavish bedding. The marble bathrooms – nice – feature Thymes bath amenities. We were quite familiar with Molton & Brown, but not this line – but the fragrance was so great, we took each item home!.
Plus there are robes, and evening turndown service – well, usually. Through some snafu, we missed turndown, but the front desk apologized with chocolates and bottled water to go at morning checkout. We understand things happen; what we love is when management has empowered employees to offer little we’re-sorry gestures such as this. Good job, Dunhill.
Rooms also feature flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, Keurig coffee makers (great), complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, free water and access to the nearby YMCA.
The Dunhill Hotel also offers 2,500 square feet of intimate meeting and function spaces.
For us, the Dunhill was perfect for an overnight after sampling the incredible tasting menu at its next door Asbury Restaurant, reachable from the street or just off the Dunhill lobby, where there’s a lively bar. There had been a wedding the day we arrived, and everyone was celebrating.
Nearby Charlotte attractions include:
- McColl Center for Art + Innovation – five blocks
- Discovery Place and IMAX theater – across the street
- The Mint Museum – six blocks
- Carolina Theater Pocket Park – across the street
- Blumenthal Performing Arts – one block
- Bank of America Stadium – (home of the Carolina Panthers) eight blocks
- Time Warner Cable Arena – (home to the Charlotte Hornets) three blocks
- ImaginOn – two blocks
- Spirit Square Center for the Arts – one block
- Levine Museum of The New South – two and a half blocks
- Bechtler Museum of Modern Art – six blocks
If You’re Going: Visit www.dunhillhotel.com and theasbury.com. Reach the hotel at 704.332.4141 or 800.354.4141; the restaurant tasting menu is at http://theasbury.com/menus/chefs-tasting-menu.pdf. For all there is to see and do in the Queen City, go to www.charlottesgotalot.com.
Next in this Series: Our Asbury Restaurant tasting menu experience. Executive Chef Chris Coleman is doing it right Uptown.
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International and Luxury Travel Examiners J.S. Fletcher and spouse, Kathy M. Newbern, report on luxury destinations, spas and cruising around the globe. They are award-winning members of the Society of American Travel Writers and created YourNovel.com, their personalized romance novel business.