Construction is wrapping up on the Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, located at the corner of Church & Trade in Uptown. Plans are to open by July 4.
The 254-room hotel was originally scheduled to open in late April, but the coronavirus pandemic pushed it back.
Architecturally inspired by the “Vienna Secession,” the Grand Bohemian will have three restaurants, including a rooftop bar and lounge on the 16th floor. It’ll also have a Starbucks.
There will be a ribbon cutting on opening day and a bigger grand opening event in mid-August.
Rooftop bar: Named Búho, the rooftop bar and restaurant will be accessed by its own elevator. It will be open evenings on Tuesday through Saturday (closed Monday and Sunday). Expect craft cocktails such as an aloe vera mojito and smoked old-fashioned, along with sharable small plates such as scallop crudo and Devil Shoal oyster shots. The rooftop will have fire pits, and Búho will host DJs on the weekend.
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Ground floor restaurants: Grand Bohemian will be home to two restaurants along with a Starbucks on the ground floor. The main restaurant, named Mico, will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offer South American-inspired dishes with Mediterranean influences, including a signature Wagyu Delmonico steak. The other restaurant, The Bohemian Garden, will offer grand-and-go sandwiches, salads, and drinks along the new pocket park.
Poseidon Spa: The penthouse luxury spa will have three therapy rooms, a nail area, and a rooftop relaxation terrace. Expect water-inspired treatments, romantic couples packages, and group spa experiences. You don’t have to be a guest to use the spa.
Safety: Marriott is the parent company of the hotel and they’ve implemented new hygiene and sanitation guidelines for all their properties as it relates to COVID-19.
Background: If you have ever been to Savannah or Biltmore in Asheville, you may have seen a Grand Bohemian hotel. They are fancy, art-focused, and gorgeous boutique hotels. The hotel is being developed by the Kessler Collection, which bought the 0.60-acre site for $3 million.
“I’m ecstatic that they are opening in Uptown, and that they’re so close to Haymaker,” said William Dissen, executive chef and owner of Haymaker, located just down the street. “In my opinion, building community is going to be the most important attribute to rebuilding our economy post-COVID.”
Hotel details: You can book a room starting Saturday, July 4. Rates start at $265 (including taxes) for a king guest room with a city view. The hotel is pet-friendly and parking runs $35 per day. If you’re planning a meeting or wedding, the hotel has eight event rooms for a total of 16,225 square feet of space (view floor plans and capacity).
Why it matters: The Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte will immediately compete with The Ivey’s Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, and The Ballantyne as the No. 1 luxury hotel in Charlotte. Additionally, the fancy rooftop bar, spa, and ground floor restaurant will add another high-end destination for guests and locals alike.
OK, here’s a quick look at current construction status.