Charlotte Omni Hotel’s $30 million transformation

The uptown Charlotte Omni Hotel is wrapping up a $30 million redesign.

The investment comes amid continued growth in the hospitality and lodging arena. About 1,000 new rooms will come onto market this year, says Douglas Hustad, general manager.

“It’s very important you stay current, refreshed and relevant,” he adds.

The Omni sits at the intersection of South College and East Trade streets.

The redesign pays homage to Charlotte’s ties to gold mining, incorporating a metallic color palette with fixtures and artwork reflecting that.

“It’s just very rich,” Hustad says.

That 14-story hotel has 374 rooms, including 26 suites.

All rooms will have been completely gutted and renovated by this summer, Hustad says. Only two floors remain.

Rooms now boast custom-built furniture and oversized sofas. Bathrooms have been redesigned with slate-tiled showers, new vanities and light fixtures. Coffee bars were built into countertops, rooms feature a new color palette and artwork incorporates the gold theme.

Think mirrors surrounded with faux gold bars, headboards inspired by the color of an oxidized penny and other metallic touches throughout.

Guests staying on floors 12,14 and 15 have access to an exclusive club lounge and concierge, where breakfast, cocktails and appetizers for guests will be served.

The hotel lobby boasts an eye-catching geometric black and white tile.

That space leads into the revamped Trade Bar & Restaurant, which now serves as a gathering place.

A larger bar sits at the heart of that space, with 24 taps — many of which feature Charlotte and N.C.-based brews. A Modbar coffee system makes it possible for coffee, espresso or cappuccino to be hand-pressed, hand-ground and brewed fresh.


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