Starwood to Launch Dual-Hotel Development in NC
Wednesday July 17th, 2013 - 10:08AM B
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STAMFORD, CT—Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. will open both a Sheraton and Le Méridien hotel in Charlotte, NC, as part of a $20M conversion and renovation dual-hotel development project.
Each hotel will occupy one tower of a hotel complex, which is currently operating as The Blake Hotel. Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, owned by Carolina Hospitality and managed by Wischermann Partners, will open August 15. The additional tower will operate as an independent hotel through renovations and will reopen as Le Méridien Charlotte in January 2014.
Each hotel will feature a porte-cochere, entrance and lobby and will jointly share a 24-hr. fitness center, spa, indoor and outdoor pools and pool bar, underground parking and 55,000 sq. t. of meeting space. The property will feature six restaurants between the two towers, including a lobby bar and full-service restaurant in the Sheraton tower and Le Méridien’s Hub and signature Latitude Bar. The Le Méridien tower will also feature a rooftop bar. Guests of each hotel can access all dining venues.
Before opening, the 306-room Sheraton tower will implement the signature Link@Sheraton with Microsot and Link@Sheraton Café. Each guestroom will feature the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed, a work desk, ergonomic chair, high-speed Internet and LCD flat-panel TV. The fitness center will feature Sheraton Fitness, Programmed by Core PerformanceTM.
The 305-key Le Méridien tower will undergo renovations in the public areas and guestrooms. It will offer the Le Méridien HubTM, which recreates the lobby area into a social gathering space. The hotel will feature large-scale artwork, the Le Méridien signature scent, sound and use of light, UNLOCK ARTTM program with LM100 TM artist-designed key card collections that offer access to guestrooms and brand-affiliated cultural spots in the city and a 24-hr. curated soundtrack.
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