Canopy by Hilton will be opening its doors in Charlotte SouthPark in spring 2020. The 150-room will feature a ballroom, outdoor eating and a Central Café & Bar.
The Wilson Associates hotel is being claimed as a natural extension of the community because of its interior design elements, which reflect the formal Georgian British heritage that is still found throughout the South. Guests will be welcomed by a sense of familiar comfort. “We added an artful abstraction that allows the hotel to feel fresh and modern while staying grounded in ideas based on tradition,” says Kevin Caulfield, senior design manager at Wilson Associates.
A front porch will lead into the 4,000-square-foot Canopy Central: the heart and hub of the hotel where guests can unwind and visit the bar for cocktails. It’s laid out like a vintage southern great room with a flower arrangement welcoming guests, a tête-à-tête chair in front of a double-sided fireplace, and Herringbone-limed oak floors. “Our goal was to make the guest feel inside someone’s home rather than a hotel lobby,” Caulfield says.
Pineapples, an iconic symbol of abundance and hospitality, are found throughout the 300-square-foot guest rooms. The rooms also feature a modern reinterpretation of the traditional half tester bed with decorative hangings overhead and billowing fabric enveloping the canopy.
The grand ball room is lined with carpet inspired by the North Carolina State tartan, “which speaks to the Scottish settlers from the colonial period who came to this area,” says Rafael Berkowitz, associate design director of Wilson Associates. Additionally, groups will be able to meet while enjoying the region’s mild climate using the ballroom’s outdoor terrace.