The Dunhill Hotel in uptown Charlotte has a special charm I’ve never experienced anywhere else. I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there’s a quiet elegance and sophistication that is uncharacteristic of a typical upscale boutique hotel.
And here’s the thing… it could be stiff and standoffish because it is that special, but the hotel is far from full of itself, and because of that, I fell in love with it.
I also learned that the Dunhill Hotel is part of the Historic Hotels of America program. Its combination of historic significance, authenticity, architectural integrity and sense of place has earned it the prestigious distinction.
I was so charmed by the hotel and the passion and respect the management has for the hotel’s yesterdays, that I am anxious to keep visiting other Historic Hotels of America properties. But for now, let’s talk about this one – the Dunhill Hotel.
When the Dunhill Hotel opened as the Mayfair Manor in late 1929 with 100 rooms, half were used for apartments in order to survive the economic depression. Ultimately in the 1980’s, the hotel was repurchased and refurbished into 60 rooms to allow for the addition of individual bathrooms.
I felt like I was cheating time upon walking into the Dunhill Hotel lobby, but it was only a sneak peek of what I was to find in my guest room. Take a look at the old-time grandeur! You’ve fallen in love with it now too, haven’t you?
To be in line with the philosophy of “It’s great to be historic; it’s never ok to be old,” the Dunhill Hotel remains true to its original intent of catering to the modern traveler with the installation of new charging stations in each room, a Keurig coffee maker, bottled water in the fridge, special chocolates, robes and an umbrella for guests to use during their stay.
Guests will also enjoy reading about the history of the Dunhill Hotel. What a treasure!
If you have the chance to dine in the Asbury restaurant, you’ll enjoy modern farm to table interpretations of Southern classics. Delicious!
The Dunhill Hotel is a special gem among Charlotte hotels. It has all the modern amenities you’d need while preserving its distinctive historical integrity. It’s more than worthy of the Historic Hotels of America plaque it proudly displays, and it boasts a memorable guest experience with an attentive and warm staff.