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Kimpton bringing 2 new hotels to uptown, Dilworth

A rendering of the planned Kimpton uptown Charlotte hotel, in the foreground. The 300 South Tryon office tower, under construction, is visible in the background.
A rendering of the planned Kimpton uptown Charlotte hotel, in the foreground. The 300 South Tryon office tower, under construction, is visible in the background.

Charlotte is getting two new hotels, one uptown and one in Dilworth, which will be operated by San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants.

The new hotels total 344 rooms, and both are set to open in 2017. Charlotte was attractive to Kimpton because it is a “historically underserved market,” the company said in an announcement Tuesday, alluding to planners’ long-held desire for more hotel rooms to attract visitors and large events.

“Charlotte has long been a financial and cultural hub; it’s always been on our radar as a city that admirably balances both history and modern day appeal,” said Kimpton CEO Mike DeFrino, in a statement. “Travelers to Charlotte have missed a true boutique experience and we’re excited to be in a position to offer two distinctive hotels that bring Kimpton’s heartfelt hospitality to this special city.”

There are several other hotel projects underway uptown and more planned. They total about 1,900 additional rooms, which would increase uptown’s hotel capacity by 42 percent if they were all completed. Projects include a new hotel tower the EpiCentre, another atop the Carolina Theatre, a Springhill Suites by Time Warner Cable Arena, an Embassy Suites on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive across from the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a pair of hotels planned for Crescent Stonewall Station.

Here are the details on both projects:

Uptown: The 18-story Kimpton uptown will be adjacent to 300 South Tryon, a 25-story office tower that’s under construction at Third and South Tryon streets, on the same site. The hotel will have 216 rooms on Church Street facing Romare Bearden Park and BB&T Ballpark. It’s scheduled to open in fall 2017, and will include almost 9,200 square feet of meeting space with an upscale restaurant and rooftop bar that will be available to host private events, including weddings.

Dilworth: A smaller hotel, the Kimpton in Dilworth will be at the Worthington hotel project being developed by Catellus Group at East Worthington and Cleveland avenues. The project won city approval in 2014, but hasn’t kicked off yet.

Kimpton will operate the hotel, which will have 128 rooms in a six-story building that’s also scheduled to open next year. The hotel will include 4,500 square feet of meeting space, with a neighborhood restaurant, outdoor pool, and bar and rooftop venue with views of uptown.

Ely Portillo: 704-358-5041, @ESPortillo

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