Charlotte South Park – A fine example of hotel complexing

Many challenges faced this Rabun commission, including a confined 3.65-acre site, rezoning approval, and a program of two hotel products with varying bay sizes and public space requirements.  The design solution is based on a compact, U-shaped courtyard plan which divides nearly equally into a 120-key Homewood Suites and 150-key Hilton Garden Inn.  The plan arrangement provides for a select number of shared public and back-of-house spaces.  Parking is accomplished with a separate 2-story garage.  The courtyard plan is simple to comprehend, efficient, and well suited to the program.  It also supports the design objective of building two hotels in a single building that visually could be a single product.  The traditional exterior detailing and symmetry of the front façade is consistent with the South Park context, and blends the two hotel brands into a single architectural statement.  A single porte cochere is linked to two separate hotel entrances – a brand requirement – while giving guests a unified arrival point.