A Kimpton hotel is coming to Dilworth. I hope we see boutique hotels in Myers Park, Elizabeth and Plaza Midwood too.

A Kimpton hotel is coming to Dilworth. I hope we see boutique hotels in Myers Park, Elizabeth and Plaza Midwood too.
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Kimpton is opening a boutique hotel in Dilworth in 2017.

This six-story hotel will feature hotel will feature 128 rooms, 4,500 square feet of event space, a restaurant, fitness center, outdoor pool with bar and a rooftop lounge with private event access.

I love this addition to the Dilworth neighborhood and the location is excellent — walkable to Atherton Mill, easy access to the light rail and about 75 yards from the soon-to-open Dilworth Tasting Room (big win for them too). I anticipate rates to be $150 – $385/night using similar Kimpton hotels as a model.

“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. “Travelers to Charlotte have missed a true boutique experience.”

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Lobby of The Kimpton Brice in Savannah via kimptonhotels.com

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Bed at The Kimpton Brice in Savannah via kimptonhotels.com

South End is also getting a 120-room boutique hotel.

[Agenda Story: Here’s a look at the plans for South End’s first hotel]

Here’s what it’ll likely look like.

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Which neighborhoods are up next for a boutique hotel addition?

With limited or no hotel options close by, Myers Park, Elizabeth and Plaza Midwood are all perfect for boutique hotels.

I understand the risk of inconsistent demand and high cost of land in these neighborhoods, but they’re there’s a big opportunity for smart hoteliers. Sources also tell me that zoning in these neighborhoods can be a nightmare.

Our city needs more hotel rooms and the boutique Kimpton hotel in Dilworth is a welcome and classy addition to the Dilworth neighborhood. I hope to see more projects like this in our city.

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