The Dunhill Hotel in the heart of downtown Charlotte, North Carolina, recently received the award for Best Small Historic Inn by Historic Hotels of America. The recognition is well-deserved because of Dunhill’s charm, comfort and perfect location. An added plus is The Asbury, an excellent restaurant connected to the hotel’s lobby.
Hotel with a fascinating history
To put it in context, Black Tuesday, the day of the stock market crash that precipitated the Great Depression in the United States, happened on October 29, 1929. Mayfair Manor, original name for the Dunhill Hotel, opened a mere two weeks later. In spite of the chaos in the economy, the hotel managed to survive and thrive.
Louis Asbury, Sr. was chosen as the architect by Dr. J.P. Matheson and his partner Dr. C.N. Peeler. In addition to their eye, ear, nose and throat clinic in Charlotte, they owned a highly-coveted piece of property near the city square and the business district and wanted a hotel that would be elegant and architecturally distinctive. The ten-story hotel still represents Asbury’s showcase of Italian, British and American influences.
In 2017, The Dunhill Hotel was named “Best Historic Small Inn/Hotel (Under 75 Guestrooms)” in Historic Hotels of America Awards of Excellence.
Variety of room configurations - all with bountiful amenities
Because of the design layout of the Dunhill, the rooms are not uniform in their size or appearance, nor are there floor plans on the website. Choices include Vintage Queen with one bed, Vintage Queen with two beds, Deluxe and Premiere Queen rooms plus Executive King rooms.
All rooms have elegant bedding, marble bathrooms and a turn-down service, which includes a signature Ghirardelli chocolate. Flat screen televisions, Keurig coffee makers and complimentary Internet are also included in the room charge.
Parking spaces are available in the Fifth Third Bank garage behind the hotel. Self-parking is 23 USD per night, while valet parking is 30 USD.
Complimentary breakfast, treats and services
In addition to the complimentary Internet access provided for guests, a lavish breakfast buffet is served in an upstairs dining room with both hot and cold choices.
Guests have access to a print copy of USA Today and 5,000 online publications through the PressReader connection. Complimentary bottled water is in each room, a complimentary tea and coffee bar is set up until 8:00 p.m. each evening, fresh-baked cookies appear in the afternoon, and a complimentary glass of wine is offered every Wednesday from 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Shoe shine service, shuttle service in the downtown area and access to the fitness facilities of the Childress Klein YMCA are also free to each guest.
Pets are NOT allowed in the guest rooms of the Dunhill.
A lobby bar that is popular with the neighborhood
The Lobby Bar at the Dunhill Hotel attracts guests, business people from the downtown district and residents in the neighborhood with its charming decor and friendly vibe. A full list of cocktails and wines are offered, and the bar is open until 10:00 p.m. seven nights a week.
Adjoining restaurant adds to the value
The Asbury, a restaurant with highly-skilled Executive Chef Matthew Krenz and young and creative Pastry Chef Miranda Brown, shares a wall with the Dunhill, and access is available through the lobby. The seating area is somewhat small, but the flavors are rich and robust. Chef Krenz has a ranch in nearby New Salem, which is the meat source for the impressive Krenz Burger on the menu. Plus, forty-two area farms provide produce and meats for the kitchen staff.
Sticky biscuits with country ham and goat cheese icing and deviled eggs that are prepared according to the “chef’s whim” are staples on the menu. Many of the other items change to reflect the seasons.
To add interest to the atmosphere, The Asbury has a partnership with Sozo Gallery in the nearby Hearst Tower to display artworks on a rotating basis.
Perfect location for Charlotte events
The Dunhill is uniquely positioned to provide easy walking distance for its guests to galleries, museums and event venues. The Bank of America Stadium, home of the Carolina Panthers, is nine blocks away. Spectrum Center, home of the Charlotte Hornets and a popular concert location, is four blocks away. Many others are even closer.
Discovery Place and Carolina Theater Pocket Park are just across the street. Blumenthal Performing Arts and Spirit Square Center for the Arts are within a block.
Comfort, convenience, great food and history in one hotel
The attention to comfort and upscale amenities given to the guests of The Dunhill combine with a superb location to offer a great accommodation choice for visitors to Charlotte, North Carolina. The fascinating history and architecture along with excellent dining at The Asbury make for a remarkable experience. The Dunhill is singularly deserving of its recognition as Best Historic Small Inn/Hotel by Historic Hotels of America.
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