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Where the Past Meets the Present
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The Esquire Hotel

A Boutique Beauty

Located in the heart of downtown Gastonia, the Esquire Hotel, Ascend Hotel Collection®, blends the historic charm of the South with today's most sought-after amenities and services. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it opened as a bank in 1918, and later became known as The Lawyers Building. A six-year renovation transformed the Classic Revival-style building into Gastonia's preferred luxury hotel, an architectural gem featuring 35 guest rooms and an all-day restaurant aptly named Barrister's.

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Historic Restoration

After sitting vacant for three decades, the 1917 building was lovingly preserved over a seven-year period. Highlights include original heart of pine floors, mail chutes, and doors with original beaded glass.


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Outdoor Dining Spaces

Seasonal, locally sourced Southern favorites and hand-crafted cocktails can be enjoyed in two charming outdoor paces, The Patio and The Rooftop.

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With its soaring barrel-vaulted ceiling and arched windows, Barrister's is Gastonia's most sparkling setting for all-day dining.

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Area Proximity

Minutes from the Gastonia Conference Center, the hotel offers easy access to the Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, Rankin Lake Park, and the American Military Museum of Gastonia.

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Custom-Designed Retreats

Relax in stylish and sophisticated guest rooms and suites that capture the rich history and unmistakable charm of a century-old landmark.

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Southern Inspired Favorites

Begin your day with a menu of Southern-inspired fare at Barrister’s. Our culinary team turns out dish after crave-worthy dish featuring farm-fresh seasonal ingredients.

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Minutes from Charlotte

Our guests have easy access to dozens of local attractions, including the Schiele Museum of Natural History & Planetarium, Rankin Lake Park, and Caromont Health Park.