We spent one weekend night at the Dunhill to attend a wedding in Charlotte.
I booked the Dunhill because of its location and historic nature. I prefer these 1920's rehabbed hotels over the chain establishments that all seem to have zero personality.
The location is perfect. Right in the center of all Charlotte's attractions. Literally across the street from Discovery Place, Spirit Square, and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Also in walking distance to the NFL (Panthers) stadium and NBA (Bobcats) arena. All the major corporate office headquarters are just a stroll away, too.
Aside from the location, the best part is the staff. Everyone we came in contact with was genuinely warm and helpful. How refreshing.
The Dunhill is quite small - only 60 rooms - so there is never a crowd in the lobby or a crush at the reception desk. Very quiet on the floors, no running in the halls or slamming of doors.
Parking is extremely convenient in a deck right behind the hotel. There is a $12 per day fee added to the room for unlimited in and out parking. This is typical for city hotels where I have stayed and less than some ($20 or more per day in Atlanta).
The room was a generous size, well furnished, and had a historic "lived in" feeling. The complimentary water and soda in the minibar were appreciated as was the free in room high speed internet wi-fi connection. (I really despise it when the so-called upscale hotel chains charge $10 or more a day for internet connection)
Is it perfect? No.
- The room we were in could use a good thorough dusting / cleaning.
- There is some street noise in the room, after all it is in the center of the city.
- Some people might consider the rooms and furnishings a bit on the worn and frumpy side though it was fine with me.
- The bed is too soft for my liking. I think the hotel would benefit from a redo of all the hotel mattresses.
If you are looking for a well located Charlotte hotel with character and personality at a reasonable price, the Dunhill is done right.
- 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