THE RITZ-CARLTON, CHARLOTTE

201 East Trade Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 USA
Phone:  +1 (704) 547-2244   •  Map & Directions
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Environmental Commitment



The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is the first LEED Gold-certified hotel for greater Charlotte and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. An eco-focused rarity among top-tier hospitality brands, the hotel offers environmentally-mindful features and practices including a green, vegetated roof, seasonal rooftop beehives, employee uniforms made of fabric derived from regenerated plastic bottle materials, a Bike Valet, electric vehicle charging station, and complimentary parking for electric and hybrid vehicles. The hotel building itself incorporates many sustainable design and construction features, while the hotel team includes a LEED AP-accredited employee to oversee environmental practices throughout the building.


What Is LEED® 


LEED®, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a multi-category green building rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Certification is awarded to select properties based on their site sustainability, water efficiency, energy use and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation in design for a new building, or innovation in operations for an existing building. The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte will seek LEED Gold Existing Building certification in 2011, with such dual certification anticipated to set a new benchmark for the luxury hotel industry.
The Green Roof 


The vegetated roof of the 18-story Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is planted with 18,000 sedum plants to help reduce “urban heat island effect.” The green surface reflects, slows rain runoff and insulates the rooftop, keeping the hotel building cooler overall. It also cools the air around it through evapo-transpiration (or evaporation of water from leaves). The hotel roof is the location for the chef’s garden, cultivated for hotel culinary purposes and featuring lavender, mint and other fresh herbs and greens.
Hybrid Vehicles and Transportation 


Guest at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte can enjoy complimentary local transportation is provided to guests on weekday mornings, with a hybrid vehicle used for this service, which is provided within the I-277 loop. A Level I and Level II-capable electric vehicle charging station is located on property and is available for use by hotel guests.
The Honeybees
 


The roof of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is home to two fully-contained beehives whose 100,000 inhabitants assist in pollination and provide natural honey for the hotel. Seventy pounds of all-naturally, chemical-free raw honey can be generated annually by the hives, depending upon foraging schedules, weather and nectar flow.
The Bike Valet
 


Bike Valets at the 146-room Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte offer an array of Trek Bikes for complimentary guest use, and the hotel features 150 bicycle parking spaces for hotel guests.
The Spa & Wellness Center
 


The Spa & Wellness Center at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte incorporates treatments utilizing 100% organic products and also features a bromine-treated swimming pool designed to avoid the effects of traditional harsh pool chemicals.
Culinary Responsibility
 


All hotel dining and beverage menus incorporate organic, local and 100% natural products, with a focus on the freshly-grown foods that showcase the Carolinas’ rich agricultural bounty.
Sustainable Practices and Design
 


Highlights of the hotel’s environmentally-mindful features and practices.
Urban Agritourism
 


Agrarian experiences at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte has expanded, thanks to the extensive recently-installed rooftop gardens.