The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will open October 1, 2009 with a focus on protecting nature within the city and with complete Bike Valet service available to guests – a hotel nod to pedal power in Charlotte’s popular Uptown.
Bike Valets at the 146-room Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will offer an array of Trek Bikes for complimentary guest use, including women’s bicycles from the Trek Lime line and men’s bikes from the brand’s Urban line. The LEED®-built hotel’s Bike Valets will be fully-trained in bicycle maintenance and repair and will provide hotel guests with equipment orientation, a local bike map, a water bottle and safety helmet to use. Women’s bikes will also include baskets, in case shopping at the dozens of nearby stores is on the agenda. Another stop of interest to many guests may be a bike visit to Uptown’s nearby Farmers’ Market, specializing in fresh produce, cheeses and organic breads. Each Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte guest rider will be given a bike lock to use, so that he or she can saddle up at the various bike racks throughout town, returning to the hotel for welcome-back chilled water and towel service.
As the first LEED®-built hotel for The Ritz-Carlton brand and the first for greater Charlotte, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is introducing a lengthy roster of healthy and environmentally-mindful practices and services, including not only the Bike Valet but also a green vegetated roof, employee uniforms made of regenerated material derived from recycled plastics, an in-house Natura water filtration and container system designed to decrease reliance on plastic bottles, and all organic and vegan products for the hotel’s bi-level penthouse Wellness Center. In addition to an array of signature spa treatments and experiences, The Wellness Center will offer personal training sessions, weekend yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and aqua aerobics classes, and wellness counseling that can incorporate cycling as a key component in guests’ overall health planning.
The hotel’s Bike Valet team will offer a community bicycle recycling event in December, following up on prior hotel events for the recycling of consumer electronics and athletic shoes.
About The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
An eco-focused rarity among top-tier hotel brands, The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte offers 146 guest accommodations delivering highly-advanced technological and environmental features, and an array of innovative frequent-travel conveniences. The 18-story hotel features a 13,000-square-foot bi-level penthouse Wellness Center, fitness center, Aqua Lounge with saline-treated swimming pool, and 12,000+ square-feet of state-of-the-art meeting space. Dining highlights include the Lobby Lounge’s regional and organic culinary choices and signature martinis, cocktails, wines, coffees and flavored ice teas, while a street-side BLT Steak will offer prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, a wide variety of tempting side dishes, and classic American dessert favorites. Located seven miles from Charlotte Douglas International Airport, the hotel enjoys a walkable setting moments from Uptown Charlotte’s favorite sights, sounds, businesses and attractions.
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will open October 1, 2009. For reservations, visit www.ritzcarlton.com, call 800.241.3333, or contact a travel professional.