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Le Méridien Grand Opening | Charlotte's newest hotel unveils itself in style

March 6th, 2015
Contributed by Dan Burdi
Resident Real Estate Agent and Community Enthusiast

For those familiar with Uptown, you may already know of the Le Méridien hotel and its Evoke restaurant on McDowell St. But are you familiar with everything it has to offer?

After a multi-million dollar transformation and a few soft-opening events in December, Le Méridien is officially open for business and made that very clear at a super-swanky unveiling on March 3rd.

Le Méridien Charlotte Lobby

The Le Méridien pulled out all the stops at what could be considered nothing less than a red carpet event at Charlotte’s newest hotel. Hotel staff worked hard to achieve what was certainly one of the cooler parties I’ve ever been to; leaving me with the impression that Le Méridien is committed to maintaining a very cool and unique hotel brand.

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The unveiling event featured everything from art, local culture, delicious food and drinks. Members of Le Méridien and Starwood Management were on-hand to meet with guests and were diligent in explaining their commitment to Charlotte. An opportunity wasn’t missed to detail what the hotel has been inspired by…coordinates, culture and cuisine – the “three C’s” as they call it. The entire event revolved around these values.

Le Méridien Charlotte Management

Guests of the unveiling had the opportunity to add their own artistic touch to a life-size painting of several 6″x6″ canvases pre-outlined by local artist John Hairston. I had the pleasure of adding my own flare to the painting and the opportunity to chat with John for a bit about his work. It turns out John has had several pieces of his work showcased at the Mint Museum here in Charlotte. The particular painting he was working on (with the help of many others at the event) will have a stint at the Mint Museum as well. I’m looking forward to seeing a few paint strokes of my very own on display!

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Art continued to be a big focus throughout the event with another world-renowned artist, Janssen Robinson painting the entire event…live! When I first heard this would be going on I didn’t quite understand it but sure enough, Janssen worked vigorously through the night capturing the event in his own artistic style.

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With “cuisine” being one of Le Méridien’s brand focuses, the night simply wouldn’t have been the same without some really really good food. To be fair, I rarely eat as well as I did this night but when I do I can honestly say, it is very rarely as good as what I experienced from Evoke’s chef at this event.

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And let us not forget some of the best ahi tuna I’ve ever had…

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And where there is food, there is drink! Wine and cocktails were the standard but something I found special was the whiskey bar head up by the hotel’s very own whiskey connoisseur, Xavier! It even turns out that Xavier leads mixology classes through a partnership between Le Méridien’s Evoke Restaurant and Good Eats and Meets. I definitely think I’ll be checking out one of these classes; Xavier helped give me a greater appreciation of whiskey!

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Overall I was super-impressed with what Le Méridien has going on here in Charlotte. As a resident of Charlotte, I never really think of the hotels here but if I ever find myself offering up hotel suggestions, it would be impossible not to have Le Méridien right there at the top of the list.

Featured image courtesy of Le Méridien Charlotte