Omni to invest $26M in renovating uptown hotel

The uptown Charlotte Omni Hotel will soon undergo $26 million in renovations.

The Omni, at the intersection of South College and East Trade streets, will be redesigned as a "contemporary lifestyle destination" that pays homage to Charlotte's history as a gold-mining center.

The hotel's 374 rooms and suites will be updated to include built-in custom casegoods, a coffee bar built into the countertops, an oversized sofa and redesigned bathrooms with new vanities and showers. Additionally, the rooms will have a new color palette and artwork.

The hotel lobby will receive new flooring, burnished metal wall finishes, a new guest registration, and new furniture and fixtures.

The rooftop pool deck at the Omni will be overhauled — about 3,000 square feet of space will be added, including a new bar and grill and large television screens. The front exterior wall of the hotel will be redesigned to allow more light into the building, with a glass exterior, linear panels on the ceiling and a reflective metal wall. Throughout the hotel, fabrics and finishes with gold and silver tones will be incorporated.

Trade Restaurant & Bar will be revamped to include a larger bar opening onto the lobby, in addition to new seating, tables, carpet and lighting. A menu with small bites and street-food favorites will be developed, according to Omni Hotels & Resorts. And the exclusive club lounge on the 14th floor has been updated with new counter bars, where breakfast, cocktails and appetizers for guests will be served.

Moncur Design Associates and CT+C Design Studio are spearheading the renovations.

"Once the transformation is complete, the Omni Charlotte Hotel will be a one-of-a-kind destination for leisure and business travelers, as well as meeting attendees,” said David Palumbo, general manager for the hotel, in a statement. “The property will feature a sleek new exterior, modern lobby experience, cosmopolitan guest rooms and suites, and an exclusive rooftop pool deck and bar space that will soon become the city’s go-to urban oasis.”

The renovations are underway now and are expected to be finished by December of this year, according to an Omni spokesman.

Ashley Fahey, Charlotte Business Journal

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