The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte
What We Love
- The 18-hole, par 71 golf course and on-site golf instruction
- An indoor grotto pool and outdoor, poolside kick-back space
- The fresh, locavore fare at the Gallery Restaurant
- The steam-room and sauna-equipped spa with specialty products like Body Bliss, Skinceuticals and FarmHouse Fresh
What To Know
- Wireless Internet access is available for $14.95 per day
- The outdoor pool area is open seasonally
- Free valet parking is available
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A short drive from downtown Charlotte in North Carolina’s rolling hills, the Ballantyne Hotel appeals to golfers, spa-goers and luxury lovers alike. A double-height entry with crystal chandeliers and sunny cathedral ceilings makes a grand impression, as do rooms with marble bathrooms, 10 foot ceilings, Bose sound systems and flatscreen TVs. Onsite you’ll find indoor and outdoor pools, a serene spa, tennis courts and an 18-hole championship PGA golf course. Refuel with nouveau American fare like tuna crudo with citrus-marinated cantaloupe at the Gallery Restaurant, and treat yourself to the refined high tea in the lobby.
In the Area
While it isn’t located right in downtown Charlotte, the hotel rests in some of North Carolina’s most gaze-worthy landscapes. If you can pull yourself away from your plush Ballantyne digs (no easy feat), you’ll find stellar hiking among the towering granite formations at the 22-acre Big Rock Nature Preserve. Exploring on wheels is just as rewarding with scenic drives to the archaeological sites along the Indian Heritage Trail. Sample the contemporary Mediterranean cuisine on Trio Restaurant’s outdoor patio before heading downtown to the intimate Bechtler Museum of Modern Art to see works by Picasso, Calder, Le Corbusier and Miro.
How to Get There
I stay at the Ballantyne Hotel every week for business. The staff is amazing and always treats me extremely well. Hope McMillan, in particular, goes out of her way to ensure I have the best stay possible. She is very friendly and always accommodates my various requests.
The hotel in general is okay. Our checkin time was 3pm but when we got there the room wasn't available. The rooms are simply okay. It's not worth the amount of the room. The bathtub was a little dirty. It was definitely something I wasn't expecting at a resort that President Obama once stayed at. The highlight of our night was the wedding taken place just outside our room on the golf course. The resort is decent. The valet and guest services were very nice.
We attended a wedding at it was magnificent. The staff was impeccable always on point with a “my pleasure” after every transaction. The room was well appointed but a little dated in decor. The bed was amazing would purchase one if they sold them. The food has been spot on at every turn. This is a really good hotel and we will return.
We come to the Ballantyne a couple of times a year for Afternoon Tea for our birthdays (mine and a friends), and it's always absolutely amazing. I haven't tried a tea I don't like, and if the Ballantyne blend was for sale I'd absolutely buy it, it's so delicious! The sandwiches and sweets they give you change from time to time, but they're always delicious no matter what they are, and it's easy to swap with a friend if there's something you don't like. They're also willing to accommodate by swapping out items for other items that you do like. I wanted to give a huge shout out to Geri, our server this year and last year. She's always so excited to see us and she always makes our experience that much more amazing with her presence and personality. She takes great care of her customers, and she always has a smile on her face. Please let her know how much we love her!
Our daughter Giovanna and her Husband Drew were married in Charlotte last weekend and we held a reception for 200 people at the Ballantyne. It was spectacular!
Our guests, many from out of town, raved about the hotel its services and over the top helpful and friendly staff. The ballroom was set up beautifully and the food was perfect!
cocktail hour was a tremendous event and the wait staff were very attentive. We shopped several venues that appeared to be less expensive, but after all the "add-ons" at the other places, The Ballantyne's packages were the best value. I would definitely do it over again in the same way. The hotel and grounds are truly spectacular, and many of our guests said it was the best wedding they have ever been to and the most beautiful hotel they had ever stayed at. Dee Wood and Allison Meyer put the whole thing together, covered every detail, and executed every action plan!