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Review: The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte


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The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, is located in the charming city of Charlotte, North Carolina. The resort-style hotel is a member of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ The Luxury Collection. After you drop your car off at its complimentary valet, you will instantly savor a moment of relaxation as you step inside and are greeted by a cozy lobby with a lit fireplace.


The hotel is 20 minutes south of the bustling uptown Charlotte and 15 minutes from Charlotte Douglas International Airport. The airport is a major hub, with airlines including Air Canada, Delta Airlines, JetBlue, American Airlines, and Lufthansa.

In and around Charlotte, places to see include the U.S. National Whitewater Center, NASCAR Hall of Fame which is just 20 minutes away. You may also wish to see a performance at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Style & Character

The Ballantyne’s foyer has been refurbished and now has two bronze Dalmatian statues in memory of this being hunting land. The lounge has a wonderful new chandelier and pretty artwork that hangs above a huge fireplace.


Guestrooms feature plush bedding and a spacious marble bath, and a glass shower. Options for rooms include deluxe, grand deluxe, and suites that feature picturesque views of the golf course with a balcony. Relax the afternoon away with a glass of champagne and an in-room appetizer. You will be gifted with water bottles on your stand and chocolates for each turndown service. Packages are available if you so choose, including golf getaways, spa escapes, culinary experiences, or luxurious romance packages. There is an outdoor pool and two resistance pools.

An alternative for a memorable weekend getaway for larger groups is the hotel’s hunting-style Lodge which must be rented in its entirety. Featuring 35 comfortable guest rooms, the casual yet sophisticated retreat offers a grand event space, vaulted ceilings, a second-floor loft with pool tables, a fitness room, a business center, a lower level stone patio, and an outdoor lawn space that can accommodate events and tented events. The Lodge is within walking distance of the hotel.

Service & Facilities

Once you enter its spa filled with top-notch facilities, including a sauna and steam room, at check-in, you are given a voucher for a glass of complimentary wine, champagne, or mimosa to enjoy while relaxing. The packages and amenities are very affordable. A 50-minute Swedish massage, for example, is only about 68 pounds!

Food & Drink

Sumptuous dining options include its farm-to-table contemporary American-style Gallery Restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. Each dish is innovative and reflective of the season’s freshest ingredients.

There is also afternoon tea reminiscent of the classic teas offered in England’s Tea Houses with a Southern flair. The tea menu is delightful and offers a wide selection of sandwiches, scones with lemon curd, and desserts, including mini cheesecakes and fruit tarts.

For dining options within Charlotte, the hotel concierge conveniently offers a complimentary shuttle service within a one-mile radius.

The Ballantyne offers an array of on-site activities for guests, from seasonal brunches to monthly wine tastings and The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne. View the latest events here.

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