Downtown Charlotte has a slew of towering modern hotels - the Omni, the Marriott, the Hilton, etc., but the Dunhill is unique. Only 10 stories high and with 6 rooms to a floor, it is a little gem of history - 1929, apparently, is old for Charlotte - in an otherwise modern landscape of concrete, steel and glass.
Is it flawless? No. But it is a very pleasant place to stay. It is reasonably priced and right in the middle of downtown Charlotte, within very easy walking distance of a large number of bars and restaurants of all stripes.
It is a classic little hotel of the type that were in most American small cities in the first half of the last century and that feels quite European. It has a pleasant lobby with a small but respectable lobby bar, the staff are attentive, and the feeling is comfortable but not intimidating. The hotel restaurant is the Harvest Moon Grille, which is adjacent and which prides itself on local fare and makes for interesting room service.
Our room, a corner room tucked away from the rest of the floor, was not large, but there was plenty of space. It had a Keurig coffee maker, a little refrigerator, and a large, flat-screen t.v., as well as a clock that included an iPod dock. The hotel is one of the few in that price range that still seems to offer turndown service.
The bathroom was large and perfectly adequate, although a night light would have been appreciated because the bathroom was as dark as a cave in the middle of the night.
Heat was a bit of problem. Despite having something that might be mistaken for a thermostat, the heat was either on or off, which made the first night a bit uncomfortable and the rest of the weekend something of a balancing act. It was not a serious issue; just an annoyance.
Noise from the street was another minor issue. Although the minimal number of rooms on each floor made the floor generally quiet, the hotel's location on the corner of Tryon and 6th Streets made for a fair amount of street noise from emergency vehicles, even on the sixth floor. Definitely ask for a room above the fifth floor.
The bed was comfortable - not boutique comfortable, but comfortable - the bathroom amenities were pleasant, and the furniture and decor were more interesting than the usual big-box hotels. And the location is great. We would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Decades before The Dunhill Hotel would open, local architect Louis Asbury Sr. was entranced by the great Italian craftsmen who created cathedrals famous for their soaring, elegant roof lines. Today, The Dunhill Hotel stands distinct on the Charlotte skyline, an amalgam of American, British, and Italian influences, something those with an eye for period detail can detect. Opened in 1929 as the Mayfair Manor apartment hotel, with half of its original 100 rooms permanent residences, today's Dunhill Hotel is a thoughtful evolution. A full restoration was recently completed, and various on-going aesthetic improvements all share a common goal--to celebrate the original vision of Mr. Asbury, with a nod to the needs of the modern traveler. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Dunhill Hotel Charlotte