We just spent a nice pre-Christmas weekend at the Ballantyne. It is 17 miles from downtown in congested Charlotte traffic. Location is probably good for businessmen visiting the area.
Staff: courteous, helpful
Room: nicely furnished, though no coffee maker; coffee and rolls were for sale at the downstairs bar, in addition to full dining room meal. Wireless internet service was $10 a day; computer use in the business center was free. Only small room glitch was a hair dryer that didn't work and wasn't replaced.
Workout room: weight machines plus 8 cardio machines--treadmill, glider and bike with traditional seat. I would have liked a recumbent bike (easier to sit on) and elliptical (easier on legs).
Water, towels and individual tv's were on hand.
Spa: Relaxing waiting lounge, complete amenities, good massage therapist. Wall between massage rooms is very thin; the other therapist knocked on the wall as we were talking, so I was asked to talk in a whisper.
Restaurant: We tried breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast buffet was adequate, with lots of fruit plus the scrambled eggs, meats, smoked salmon, pastries, cereal. I wanted toast, but it was $2 extra, so I had a (fattening) croisssant. Lunch menu was tasty---salads, sandwiches, entrees. Dinner was very good (except for salty vegetables), menu not very innovative, probably because of the visiting businessmen. Dinner rolls were fantastic gougeres, gruyere popovers. Portions were too big (for those visiting businessmen).
Bar: The pianist/singer was excellent (sorry I didn't get his name), one of the best hotel lounge musicians I've heard in a long time.
I would definitely return to the Ballantyne, except for its location. We usually go to Charlotte for a play or museum, and the Ballantyne is a bit far.
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- Also Known As:
- The Ballantyne Hotel Charlotte
- Ballantyne Hotel Charlotte
- Ballantine Resort Charlotte