It’s no secret: SouthPark is one of Charlotte’s many “neighborhoods on the rise.”
It was recently featured in Business Insider as one of the three neighborhoods emerging as economic powerhouses, and its breakneck growth can easily be gauged just by counting the construction projects dotting the neighborhood.
One of those new projects is the AC Hotel by Marriott, currently rising at the corner of Rexford and Roxborough roads.
According to documents filed with the city, the hotel will feature 162 European-inspired rooms on eight floors, with two floors of structured parking built detached.
The handsome building, clad in stone, brick, tile and metal, aims to blend in with the lush tree canopy of SouthPark while providing luxurious and engaging settings for business travelers, visitors and tourists.
The city sees SouthPark as a “second downtown” and hopes that future development will help the neighborhood transition from its current suburban setting to a more urban one.
The hotel, which sits on what was just suburban-style parking for the SouthPark Marriott, is a big step toward that vision.
In addition to providing guests with a comfortable setting for their stays, it should also have plenty to offer for locals. On the ninth floor, just above the tree canopy, AC Hotel will feature the neighborhood’s first rooftop bar.
Hopefully, this establishment will offer a full menu, ample outdoor seating to soak in the lush canopy of South Charlotte, and, from certain spots, direct sightlines to Uptown. Imagine the view from the Nordstrom parking deck, only from nearly 100 feet above ground.
In recent years, rooftop entertainment has gone from a rarity to full proliferation.
Just a few years back, the only dining or drinking with a view that could be done was in the stuffy confines of Bentley’s on 27th, or, if you were lucky enough to be a member (or friends with a member) of the City Club. Now you have plenty of choices.
The renderings we’ve seen of Nuvole, the rooftop restaurant and bar at the AC Hotel Uptown, has us even more excited to see what Marriott has in store for SouthPark.
In addition to the rooftop bar and restaurant, plans show outdoor dining on the ground level facing Rexford, meaning it’s possible there will be two separate restaurants for locals and hotel guests to enjoy.