Charlotte Happenings

NOV 2018

Charlotte Happenings is your monthly guide to events and things to do in and around Charlotte, NC.

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RETRO CHARLOTTE by Jared Misner PHOTO COURTESY OF ROBINSON - SPANGLER CAROLINA ROOM – CHARLOT TE MECKLENBURG LIBRARY MAYFAIR HOTEL When the Mayfair Hotel opened on the corner of North Tryon and Sixth Street in November 1929, a single room started at a whopping $2.25 per night. A double room? That extravagant cost brought the price to $3.75. It had only 50 rooms available at the time with another 50 classified as permanent residents. Now named the Dunhill Hotel after a restoration in the 1980s, the rectangular tower in the thick of Uptown is Charlotte's only historic and boutique hotel. One other change? A double room costs a bit more now, but the charm and sophistication remain all the same. The 10-story hotel, designed by Louis Asbury, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a member of the Historic Hotels of America. History, it seems, is not forgotten on The Dunhill. The hotel's exquisite restaurant is named The Asbury after the man who designed the original hotel. As with many historic buildings, the Dunhill has its share of ghost stories, with room No. 906 carrying supposedly specifically heightened specter activity. But what's a little history without a good ghost story? Of course, if you're looking for less haunted history, the penthouse suite, with its panoramic views of Charlotte, still has the original marble floors. You just might have to shell out more than $3.75 to stay there. CHARLOT TESGOTALOT.COM 35

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