The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel

Understated elegance in Charlotte
Charlotte’s pretension-free, laid-back atmosphere is also what makes it so attractive. That’s precisely why a resort such as The Ballantyne, A Luxury Collection Hotel is so popular, not only with out-of-town visitors but Charlotteans alike.

It’s the property’s understated, Southern elegance — the Four-Star spa, Four-Star Gallery Restaurant and championship golf course are attractive amenities, too — that draws people here for after-work cocktails, gingerbread home contests during the holidays and bourbon tastings.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The luxury hotel features 200 guest rooms, a championship golf course and tennis courts, indoor and outdoor pools and restaurants.
  • The Ballantyne is so named for its location in the charming Ballantyne community in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina.
  • With its design overhaul, the Spa at Ballantyne has transformed from a hotel spa into a full-blown destination in the Carolinas. Now, you can unwind in a chic, modern space enjoying the revamped spa menu, which features a line of lavender-inspired services.
Things to Know
  • Along with nearby shops and restaurants, the hotel is within 18 miles of downtown Charlotte and the SouthPark Mall — you can make this a serious shopping trip.
  • The Four-Star hotel also offers a craftsman-style lodge for rent, often used for meetings and special occasions.
  • For a more intimate gathering, you can also rent the Cottage at Ballantyne, a four-bedroom residence with that home-away-from-home feel.
  • The cancellation policy varies by season and room type, so be sure to ask when booking. Typically, if you cancel your stay after 12 p.m. the day of check-in, you’ll be required to pay for one night’s stay.
The Rooms
  • One might describe traditional, Southern design as chintz and monograms. And that might be accurate, but what you may not realize is that the oversized florals and seersucker accents have their place in great historic properties.
  • The Ballantyne’s guest rooms were designed by Sara Harris Bissell (the late wife of Ballantyne community founder Smoky Bissell), the 208 guest rooms were created with comfort and sophistication in mind.
  • Four poster beds and striped curtains coupled with plaid bolsters and still lifes of floral centerpieces — all a nod to the classic, Southern aesthetic — are familiar design elements that create a welcoming feel.
  • Large garden tubs, Elemis spa goodies and balconies overlooking the golf course complete the hospitable vibe.
The Restaurants
  • Like the spa, the award-winning Gallery Restaurant once boasted bright, Southern yellow décor, which was difficult seeing past the ultra-traditional design even though the food was exceptional. Luckily, in 2013, the restaurant was given a major facelift, resulting in a contemporary setting where modern paintings (courtesy of the local Shain Gallery) hang above cozy, tufted banquettes and sleek dining room tables.
  • Chef de cuisine David Moore has created a menu — inventive American cuisine with a farm-to-table emphasis — that now complements the dining room’s feel.
  • Dishes like the Brasstown brisket pie with bourbon-smoked bark, kobe-shi flaky crust, minted green tomato and side of barbecue sauce or the Gallery fried chicken, a contemporary twist on an old Southern favorite, featuring buttermilk-soaked local chicken, speak to the kitchen’s inventiveness.
  • For breakfast, order up farm-fresh eggs and fresh breakfast sausage patties that are prepared in-house by Gallery’s executive chef. For dinner, items such as the veal two ways (seared tenderloin and crispy sweetbreads) and free range chicken trio 22 (buttermilk-fried breast, local apple stuffed thigh and leg confit) will keep you coming back for more.
  • Gallery Bar offers a full bar with a long wine list, single malt scotches, cocktails and martinis. Scotch lovers and novices alike will love the “Scotch Flights,” a step-by-step introduction to the multitude of scotches offered at the bar.
Getting There
10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, Charlotte, North Carolina 28277
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