By Hope S. Philbrick
In a city that boasts more contemporary than historic landmarks, the Dunhill Hotel is a ten-story exception. It’s stood in Uptown Charlotte since 1929 and is among the few National Trust Historic Hotels of America in North Carolina, plus was one of that organization’s first boutique members.
Designed by local architect Louis Asbury Sr., the building was initially the fashionable Mayfair Manor apartments. It has been fully restored, from its neo-classical façade to its elegant interiors—so you can expect upscale surroundings as well as service when staying here.
Rooms are spacious, beds supportive yet comfortable, and bathrooms sparkling clean…whether they boast an oversized step-in shower or offer deep soaking tub. (If you have a preference, make it known at reservation and/or check-in.)
The bed is inviting, so it’s understandable if you want to dive in and close your eyes. But you’d be missing out on seeing all the pretty things, including original works by North Carolina artist Philip Moose—the hotel is home to the largest collection of his works!
Whatever brings you to Charlotte, save time in the itinerary for dinner (or brunch and/or lunch) at The Asbury, the modern Southern restaurant housed inside the hotel.
Rarely am I won over by an amuse bouche. These unexpected little starters—meant to awaken taste buds and inspire confidence in the chef—can be interesting, yes, but too often they are gooey, some too-cool temperature, and weird. The amuse bouche at The Asbury, however, was a gorgeous realization of the possibilities of such a small serving, as it practically jumped from the bowl with bright color and inviting aromas and landed on the palate with bold, balanced flavors.
The rest of the meal built on that positive introduction, from the “citrus in textures” starter of assorted garnitures to the “tempura cabbage roll” which paired a field pea-stuffed cabbage with Carolina gold rice salad and vegetables and a beet Bolognese. While I opted for vegetarian and skipped dessert, the menu does boast a full range of omnivore temptations including chicken and dumplings, catfish, scallops, trout, lamb, beef, sweet treats and more.
Menu specifics, including selection and preparations, vary to reflect the best of the season. True to North Carolina style, Coleman showcases local, heirloom, native ingredients to the extent possible with an emphasis on quality.
The restaurant is named in honor of Louis Asbury Sr., the building architect. But it’s the architect of the menu that will have you raving about whatever you ordered.
- Located in Uptown Charlotte, within walking distance of several key attractions
- Check-in at 3 p.m.; check-out by Noon
- Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
- Evening turndown service includes Ghirardelli chocolate and bottled water
- Parking in the Fifth Third Bank garage is $18/night for self-parking and $25/night for valet ($32/night for oversized vehicles)
- Complimentary wine social in the lobby from 5:30-7 p.m. every Wednesday
- Complimentary shoe shine service by request
- 24-hour business center
- Complimentary tea and coffee bar; complimentary cookies in the evening
- Complimentary access to the Childress Klein YMCA
- Complimentary shuttle service within Uptown Charlotte by request from 7 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
- 100% non-smoking
- Robes available for use in each guestroom
- USA Today delivery
- ADA accessible rooms available
- The Asbury serves lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays
- The Dunhill Hotel Bar serves bites by Chef Coleman daily
- Odds of Encountering Children: Possible, but lower than at national chain hotels and restaurants
The Dunhill Hotel
237 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202
– Photo Credits: Chef Chris Coleman and Asbury interior courtesy The Asbury at The Dunhill Hotel; remainder © HSP Media LLC
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