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Uptown hotel to be renovated, turned into Sheraton, Le Meridien


Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced Wednesday plans to open both a Sheraton and Le Méridien hotel in Charlotte's bustling uptown business district as part of a $20 million conversion and renovation project.

Sheraton Charlotte Hotel and Le Méridien Charlotte will each occupy one tower of a massive hotel complex, currently operated as The Blake Hotel. Owned by Carolina Hospitality and managed by Wischermann Partners, Sheraton Charlotte Hotel will open on August, 15. The other hotel tower will operate as an independent hotel through renovations and re-open as Le Méridien Charlotte in January 2014.

"This strategic conversion project gives Starwood the opportunity to both debut Le Méridien and expand the Sheraton portfolio in Charlotte, the second largest banking center in the United States after New York City," said Allison Reid, Senior Vice President of North American Development. "The opening of Sheraton Charlotte Hotel will accelerate the Sheraton brand's global $8 billion expansion effort, while Le Méridien Charlotte will provide even more momentum to the global brand's portfolio growth across North America."

Located at 555 South McDowell Street, the dual-hotel complex is walking distance to the Time Warner Cable Arena, the Charlotte Convention Center, the light rail system, and the offices of Bank of America, BB&T and Wachovia. Charlotte/Douglas International Airport is just seven miles away and nearby attractions include the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the shops at Carolina Place, and Bank of America Stadium - home of the Carolina Panthers.
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel and Le Méridien Charlotte will each have its own porte-cochere, entrance and lobby and will share a 24-hour fitness center, spa, indoor and outdoor pools and pool bar, underground parking, and 55,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. There will be a total of six restaurants between the two towers following the opening of both hotels, including a lobby bar and full-service restaurant in the Sheraton tower, and Le Méridien's Hub and signature Latitude Bar. Additionally, Le Méridien Charlotte will feature a spectacular rooftop bar that showcases beautiful views of the downtown Charlotte skyline. All dining outlets will be accessible to guests at both hotels.

Prior to opening, Sheraton Charlotte Hotel will implement the Sheraton brand's signature Link@Sheraton® experienced with Microsoft® and Link@Sheraton Café. All 306 guest rooms will be fully refurbished and outfitted with the all-white Sheraton Sweet Sleeper® bed, designed to meet AAA's Five Diamond Award® criteria, as well as an oversized work desk, ergonomic chair, high-speed Internet, and LCD flat panel television. Following further renovations, the hotel's fitness facility will feature the brand's revolutionary new health and fitness program, Sheraton Fitness, Programmed by Core PerformanceTM, designed exclusively for Sheraton guests through its partner Core Performance.

Le Méridien Charlotte will undergo extensive renovations to its public areas and its 305 guest rooms prior to opening.

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