I had lived in Charlotte for six years and always wanted an opportunity to visit theBallantyne Hotel & Lodge. I had driven by it many times and couldn’t help but notice the spacious grounds and the beautiful green golf courses. FINALLY my company decided to have a corporate event there so I was able to attend and spend a night at what is now my favorite resort in Charlotte.
The resort is a member of the Luxury Collection by Starwood Hotels and is also recognized by Forbes as a Four-Star and AAA Four-diamond category hotel. I am not surprised at all! The spa is incredible. If you live in Charlotte it is a great girls outing to go to the spa for the day. If you are traveling to Charlotte on business it is an ideal place to hold your meetings or corporate events.
I have several friends who have been fortunate enough to have weddings at the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge and the pictures are beautiful. If you are looking for a place to hold your wedding and / or wedding reception definitely look in to this location. Your guest will be in heaven with the indoor and outdoor pools, spa, fitness center and championship PGA golf course.
It is very easy to access being just 18 miles from the Charlotte airport. and very close to major shopping areas like Southpark Mall. Southpark Mall has more than 100 shops including Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Book your stay at the Ballantyne by clicking here.
I wanted to share with you one of my favorite hotels in Washington DC, The W Hotel. When thinking of a place to stay while in our nation’s capital ….well The W had me at ”flirty, fun, fresh experience” !! And it is that!
It has incredible views of the White House and other historical landmarks like the Washington Monument. You need to experience this if you are in DC. FYI they have some special rates coming up on the following dates: November 1-7,17-25 and December 16-30. The most appealing thing about this hotel besides the view is the fact that is is within a close walk of some major DC landmarks. Basically, you’ll be in the perfect spot for experiencing all that DC has to offer.
Check out the incredible view of the Monument and of the White House from the
P.O.V. roof terrace.
Even if you don’t stay overnight at the W you really need to experience the
view from P.O.V. For more reviews on P.O.V check out what my friend wrote on her blog about our experience there http://www.coastaljetsetter.com/5/post/2012/10/pov-w-hotel-washington-dc.html
The overall service was more than we could have expected. Their description
of the experience is spot on! “We cannot tell a lie—with 317 rooms featuring the
signature W bed, fully wired technology, fabulous in-room entertainment,
delightful Munchie Box and our Whatever/Whenever® service, the First Amendment
of luxury, you’ll never want to leave.” – W Hotel
The rooms were SWEET/SUITE (ha) and I have to point out the interesting
selection in the “munchie box”. My only complaint is that there was only one
lolly pop so my friend and I had to fight over it!
Last but not least they offer the Acura experience……….and what an
experience!! They call it their “Whatever/Whenever Service”. The Concierge set
us up with a complimentary ride to dinner in their Acura MDX. They want you to
“arrive in style”!
Oh wait…….one more thing! How cool is this………they even provide your pets with
posh service! Love their “P.A.W. – Pets are Welcome” Program. P.A.W. – Pets Are Welcome™
Woof/Meow! Who loves your pet? We think the furry friend you love should
travel in luxury with you. That’s why Pets Are Welcome™.
As you stumble back to your room in Brussels, too full of Belgian beer, Belgian chocolate, Belgian waffles and pomme frittes to hold up your own body weight.... you'll be thinking "thank goodness we stayed here". Le Méridien Brussels is just a short walk away from Grand Place. This hotel has amazing views ranging from Spain Place to the famous Grand Place. Our room was really nice and spacious. Our bathroom was huge and had a shower and a large tub. It was a very modern hotel that sat right next to history. The multi-lingual staff was very friendly and helpful and the hotel was very clean. If you don't receive a complementary breakfast with your room (dependent on your room type, status with Starwood hotels, etc) you may add on a breakfast package or just head down to the street. Within minutes you'll be at a waffle stand or waffle restaurant!
We were only in Brussels for a day so I can't tell you too many things about the city but I can tell you that Belgium was a pleasant surprise. We also went to the cities of Brugge and Ghent and they were beautiful. I have to go back one day and spend some more time here. I need to do a lot of scientific research to find the best piece of chocolate in Belgium. These are the sacrifices I am willing to make to pass good information on to you!!
Visit the Le Méridien Brussels site and book your stay here.
Here is a view from our hotel room of The Grand Place in Brussels -