The Kimpton Tryon Park welcomed its first guest Wednesday, and the city’s newest luxury hotel also opens a pair of new restaurants and a rooftop lounge overlooking Third Ward.
General manager Robert Hannigan said the 217-room hotel will largely cater to business guests during the week and leisure travelers – especially wedding parties – on the weekends. Features include a 24-hour gym, an outdoor yoga deck with local instructors, and rooms with high-speed, wired internet connections and spaces for corporate travelers to work. Local touches will include beers from breweries such as Olde Mecklenburg and Sugar Creek, and honey from Cloister Honey, in rooms.
The ground-floor deck, Angeline’s, has a northern Italian menu (It’s named for the grandmother of the head of Kimpton). Merchant & Trade, the rooftop bar (which also has a full kitchen) has a modern American menu, along with high-end touches such as a retractable sunroof, LED lighting built into the ceiling that can mimic a sunset, outdoor fires and a view of the whole field at BB&T Ballpark. The rooftop lounge opens at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, though it’s closed Sunday (except for Panthers game days).
About 200 people have been hired to work at the hotel, which is adjacent to and connected with the new 300 South Tryon office building, Hannigan said. Designed by Cooper Carry, the building also includes several ballrooms and boardroom spaces for corporate meetings.
Hannigan said the design is different from any existing Kimpton properties.
“This is one of a kind,” he said, “Completely different design package, completely different restaurants.”