Starwood Opens 300-Key Le Méridien Charlotte in Former Blake Hotel
- Dec 26, 2014
By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor
Charlotte has welcomed the city’s first Le Méridien, with the opening of the 300-key Le Méridien Charlotte.
The property is located at 555 South McDowell Street, in the North Tower of the former Blake Hotel.
Similar to the recently-opened New Orleans Le Méridien, Le Méridien Charlotte is coming off of a multimillion dollar renovation. The updated and converted hotel now features a modern, new façade; the brand’s signature Le Méridien Hub arrival area; the Evoke restaurant, Longitude Bar; and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
The downtown hotel features additional amenities which it shares with the 305-key Sheraton Charlotte Hotel, located in the South Tower of the former Blake Hotel. The shared amenities include over 55,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 16,000-square-foot Symphony Ballroom and the 8,000 square-foot Carolina Ballroom, an indoor pool and hot tub, and an outdoor seasonal pool.
Both Le Méridien Charlotte and the Sheraton Charlotte Hotel are franchised through Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. and managed by Wischermann Partners, according to The Charlotte Observer. Starwood announced it intended to renovate and reposition The Blake Hotel in mid-2013. The hospitality giant announced it would open a Sheraton Charlotte Hotel and a Le Méridien location as part of a $20 million conversion project. The Sheraton Charlotte opened a month later, in August 2013.
Le Méridien Charlotte features 300 guestrooms with 18 suites, including three executive suites.
The Blake Hotel had been struggling for a while by the time Starwood announced its plan. During the 2012 Democratic National Convention, the downtown hotel faced complaints from convention delegates and had become somewhat of a punchline among DNC 2012 attendees, as reported by Charlotte Magazine.
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