The Ballantyne is really the only true resort hotel in Charlotte. Guests will need to have a car to reach this country club, spa-like resort, since it’s a half-hour drive from downtown. The Ballantyne has a grandiose main building that overlooks the property, while the lodge and cottage have a country feel to them. Ask for a room with a golf view, otherwise you may be staring out at a parking lot. Guest rooms are average in size, and feature charming southern décor, with large flat-screen televisions and a wet bar. We especially like the suites, which have as much as 1,200 square feet of space. The hotel’s 20,000 square-foot spa is widely-acclaimed; others come to the Ballantyne for the golf. While the Gallery restaurant is okay, we prefer the Gallery Bar and Veranda Bar, which has a great view of the 18th Fairway. Other amenities on-site include two swimming pools, tennis courts and boutique shops.