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Charlotte Presidential Suites - Hotel Perks for Your Stay

Think spacious golf courses, rooftop bars, in-room spa treatments and luxury baths overlooking Uptown

The Ivey’s Hotel - Photo by Peyton Lea

As the 2020 RNC delegates and attendees make their way to Charlotte August 24-27, much of the spotlight will be on local hotels and resorts. With golf courses, pools and other upscale amenities, delegates will have plenty to do when they're not tending to convention business. Check out these comforts fit in the Queen City.

Trump National Golf Club Charlotte

Trump National Golf Club Charlotte, located in Mooresville, about 30 miles north of Uptown Charlotte, this golf, tennis, swimming and day spa resort for members and guests is framed by stunning views of Lake Norman. Top off your restaurant meal with a treat from the on-site bakery – perhaps the Ultimate Chocolate Cake with chocolate fudge, finished with ganache and chocolate crumbles.

The Westin Charlotte

In Center City, The Westin Charlotte’s distinctive notches make the hotel tower a standout amid the Charlotte skyline. Once inside, guests and visitors enjoy the luxuries of a fitness center, pool and hotel restaurant, and also conveniences: the hotel is located adjacent to a light rail station and is easily accessible from Bank of America Stadium, museums and other Uptown spots. Looking to bring your four-legged friend with you? Mid-size dogs and smaller get their own dog bed.

The Duke Mansion

The Duke Mansion

Part of The Duke Mansion’s Southern charm stems from its historic roots. Built in the heart of Myers Park in 1915, it is named for James Buchanan Duke, whose philanthropic legacy includes Duke University. That charm continues throughout, whether you are sinking into one of the rocking chairs, strolling the 5-acre garden or relaxing in one of the 20 cozy rooms. Each room has its own look, views and decorations, all with beds outfitted in luxurious linens.

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Upscale meets sustainability at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, named USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice 2019” for Best Eco-Friendly Hotel. Environmentally friendly ways include a rooftop herb garden with beehives that produce enough honey for gourmet confections at Bar Cocoa dessert café and beverages at The Punch Room cocktail bar. And speaking of The Punch Room, a speakeasy on the hotel’s 15th floor, make your move early if you want to mingle here among the VIPs: with only 37 seats, according to its website, “There is no guaranteed entry.”

The Ivey’s Hotel - Photo by Peyton Lea

The Ivey’s Hotel

The Ivey’s Hotel has been turning heads ever since its 2017 transformation from the historic space that once housed a department store. In naming it a top 20 hotel in the South, Condé Nast Traveler told readers to expect “a high-style experience,” from the grand staircase in the lounge to rooms that are “sexy, swanky, sophisticated, and exceedingly comfortable with state-of-the-art technology.” The boutique hotel offers exclusive room service partnership with on-site restaurant, 5Church. Scored a balcony suite? Take in the full view of North Tryon Street.

The Ballantyne

Located about 15 miles south of Uptown Charlotte and known for its spa services, on-site boutique shopping and afternoon tea service, The Ballantyne has plenty of physical recreation, too. Options include golf, outdoor and indoor pool, tennis courts and bike rentals. Still feeling the urge to wander? Take the complimentary shuttle for nearby shopping and the movie theater.

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Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

It’s understandable if you head to the rooftop first at Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel. See and be seen at Merchant & Trade, the rooftop bar and lounge, which serves up food, cocktails, local craft beers and panoramic views of Uptown. Prefer to stay in? Enjoy an in-room massage or body scrub treatment, stretch out on a yoga mat supplied to every room, venture to the fitness center or yoga deck or cuddle with your favorite pet ... or pets. There’s no limit on the number of pets allowed and there’s no additional charge.

The Dunhill Hotel

Opened in 1929 and named in 2017 as “Best Small Historic Hotel” in the country by Historic Hotels of America, The Dunhill Hotel remains “an historic oasis in a city known for its creativity and innovation.” Its Penthouse Suite includes original marble floor and two balconies overlooking Uptown Charlotte. The hotel restaurant, The Asbury, is known for dishes featuring foods grown at small local farms.

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For more ideas on exploring the Queen City during and beyond the RNC’s events.