A Look Inside

Thursday, April 1, 2021

UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center opened its doors to guests Wednesday, March 31. The $87 million, 173,000-square-foot project, is owned by the UNC Charlotte Endowment Fund, financed by the UNC Charlotte Foundation and operated by Sage Hotel Management, a Sage Hospitality Group company. Developed by AMS Hospitality, the hotel is located at 9041 Robert D Snyder Road on UNC Charlotte’s main campus and features 226 guest rooms and 21,563 square feet of event space.

Supported by an $8 million investment from the City of Charlotte, this facility will dramatically increase UNC Charlotte’s ability to attract top conferences and researchers.

“This conference center and hotel is a 30-year dream realized for UNC Charlotte and another example of the University’s growth and commitment to playing a significant role in the region’s economy,” says Niles Sorensen, president of the UNC Charlotte Foundation. “The location right at the entrance of our beautiful campus and a short light rail ride from uptown Charlotte is perfect for alumni, families, business travelers and visitors who desire the superior accommodations, service and amenities only Marriott can provide.”

Accommodations at UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center offers the elevated experience that Marriott Hotels, the Marriott Bonvoy portfolio’s signature brand, is known for with spaces where guests can foster their inventive nature and get into their best headspace for success.


As part of the grand opening for the UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, alumni Brittany Akinsola '11 and Robert Wright '18, '20 were invited to be first guests by Chancellor Sharon L. Gaber.

Akinsola and Wright were chosen for their commitment to their communities and dedication to those they serve, in general and especially in light of the challenges faced by health care and education professionals during the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Guests arriving via Robert D. Snyder Drive enter the main lobby from a covered driveway entrance. The lobby offers direct access to North Tryon and the LYNX Blue Line via the J.W. Clay Blvd./UNC Charlotte station. Local artwork is featured throughout the lobby with original pieces created by students, faculty and alumni of the College of Arts + Architecture as well as accomplished community artists.


For events such as professional and academic conferences, weddings and other special celebrations, UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center showcases nine event spaces, including boardrooms as seen below and a 7,200-square-foot Crown Room that can hold as many as 800 people for a stand-up reception. A 5,800-square-foot outdoor plaza set against views of the UNC Charlotte campus provides additional event options.


Off the lobby, Golden Owl Tavern serves guests and visitors classics and fresh twists on cuisine from the American South, including a buttermilk po’boy with Carolina comeback sauce, double-smashed patty burgers, wood-fired pizzas, Nashville Hot Chicken deviled eggs and smoked duck wings in a sorghum apple glaze. The 7,000-square-foot restaurant features a lounge, private dining room and an outdoor patio.


The M Club Lounge, an exclusive area reserved for Elite and Club paying members, offers perks such as complimentary food and beverage throughout the day as well as the brand’s signature Mind Menu, a collection of delicious snacks and beverages with active ingredients that will enhance mind and body. Accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the M Club Lounge also provides free wi-fi, printing and power supplies to ensure uninterrupted productivity for business travelers.


The fitness center features a Peloton® bike, Life Fitness equipment and a Fitness on Demand™ SOLO single station as well as an outdoor pool with landscaped deck.


Room features include locally designed and curated artwork, spa-like bathrooms with walk-in showers, upgraded technology, complimentary wi-fi and designated workspaces. Guest room options also include five suites, including the Chancellor Suite with sweeping views of the UNC Charlotte campus.