Uptown Charlotte hotel is getting a $26 million remake

Omni Charlotte pool deck.
Omni Charlotte pool deck.

The Omni Charlotte Hotel on East Trade Street is undergoing a major redesign that will change the building’s exterior, guest rooms and rooftop pool deck.

The hotel’s owners said Wednesday that the first part of the renovations – which are expected to total $26 million – will be an overhaul of the 374 guest rooms. Those will include a new coffee bar, new furniture, new bathroom fixtures and updated artwork. The hotel’s exterior and rooms will include gold and silver fabric and finishes, a nod to Charlotte’s early 1800s status as a gold rush city.

“Once the transformation is complete, the Omni Charlotte Hotel will be a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, as well as meeting attendees,” said David Palumbo, general manager for the Omni Charlotte Hotel, in a statement. “The property will feature a sleek new exterior, modern lobby experience, cosmopolitan guest rooms and suites, and an exclusive rooftop pool deck and bar space that will soon become the city’s go-to urban oasis.”

Moncur Design Associates Inc. and CT + C Design Studio are overseeing the renovation.

The exterior renovations will include opening up the opaque walls facing Trade Street to allow more natural light and creating a more prominent presence on the street. The lobby will include new flooring, an expansion of the Trade Restaurant & Bar with a new opening to the lobby and new furniture.

The rooftop pool deck will include 3,000 more square feet of space, a new bar and grill and 22-foot-wide television screens for sports games.

The Omni is the latest hotel to invest money in the rapidly growing uptown market. The Marriott at Trade and Tryon streets completed an extensive overhaul last year, while new, upscale brands such as the Kimpton, Grand Bohemian and InterContinental are developing uptown hotels.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo