by Wendy Irvine
Sitting to the south of Charlotte, ten minutes to SouthPark Mall and 15-minutes to Uptown, is a 4-star sprawling resort that delivers an incredible getaway for the weary (and teary).
Here’s what you’ll find at the Ballantyne: an indoor and outdoor pool and (indoor) whirlpool (wreathed in fronds and upscale chaise lounges; a full-service, swanky spa and salon; tennis courts; a golf course (lessons, too); and plenty of convenient dining.
Guestrooms boast flatscreen TVs, a mini-fridge, and marble bathtubs. Several rooms come with spacious balconies with lovely golf course views, while some suites have full kitchens. A palatial cottage (3,670 square feet) boasts a gourmet kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and more luxuries.
The Ballantyne’s Gallery Restaurant infuses modern American dishes with a southern vibe. The resort also offers dining in the Golf Pavilion (seasonally), the Veranda (coffee and pastries in the morning; cocktails and light fare later in the day), and the Gallery Bar.
There is a charge for Wi-Fi, but complimentary internet is available to all SPG members (free program). Ask about benefits when you make a reservation.
Our Editor Loves
- Indoor and outdoor pool
- Full service spa
- Golf, tennis, pretty walks
- Family Room 5+
- Onsite Dining
I didn't know what to expect staying out in the southern part of Charlotte, but the Ballantyne is a complete gem. Staff couldn't have been nicer and the hotel was tasteful, comfortable and stylish all in one. Room was silent, with a lovely view over the back course. And the gym had everything needed for a serious workout, and lots of floor space with most hotel gyms lack. The food was great too.
In a nutshell, if you want to be spoiled and surrounded by 5-star service - whether you’re on business or enjoying a fun getaway with family or friends - the Ballantyne Luxury Hotel is truly the champion of its class! It actually won top honors as Marriott's "Hotel of the Year" in the Luxury Collections class for 2018. We have stayed here for five straight years and are always overwhelmed by their gracious hospitality. Mr. Raj Radke, the General Manager, and the entire Ballantyne Team operate on one principle - total guest satisfaction. You can't help but notice how unbelievably sincere they are for going far above and beyond to fulfill virtually every request! I've read reviews before that stated that, but the personnel at this hotel really do focus their complete attention on their guests. It's a total pleasure to see it in action and experience it personally. The hotel itself, both inside and out, and its extensive surrounding property are maintained in picture-perfect fashion. All the rooms have been refurbished this past year and are beautifully appointed. We always get a room with a balcony facing the golf course and the view is magnificent. BTW, the rooms are white-glove clean and very spacious; the housekeeping staff is exceptional! The on-property golf course is also nicely maintained and extremely fun to play - for all experience levels. We have always thoroughly enjoyed their breakfasts (extensive variety of choices). There are so many restaurants in the local area, we've only eaten dinner at the hotel a few times - which we've enjoyed very much. The WiFi is free and very reliable. Huge parking lots and valet parking upon request. There is so much more I could say about their superior service and the hotel's amenities. The bottomline is that the Ballantyne Luxury Hotel is truly a no-risk choice for pure relaxation and comfort and a nice added touch of pampering! It has our highest recommendation for all who are looking for first-class lodging in the Charlotte area.