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A beautifully restored hotel opens Esquire Hotel in Downtown Gastonia

Updated: Dec 15, 2021

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.

Historically restored

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.

Hotel amenities

  • Complimentary breakfast

  • Onsite restaurant and bar

  • 24-hour Front Desk

  • Meeting and banquet facilities

  • Complimentary parking


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.

In-room amenities include complimentary high-speed WiFi, complimentary Fiji water, refrigerator, USB charging stations, premium personal care products, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, personal safe and a 42-inch flat-screen HDTV with premium TV package.


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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. Begin your day with our free hot breakfast, wind down over a menu of Southern-inspired fare at Barrister’s. Our culinary team turns out dish after crave-worthy dish featuring farm-fresh seasonal ingredients.


The Notary

Open daily from 6 to 11am, The Notary, our basement-level coffee shop, is a popular gathering spot for breakfast against a backdrop of original exposed brick dating back the building's days as a bank.

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.


Walking distance from 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.


ASCEND® The Esquire Hotel

168 W Main Ave Gastonia, NC 28052

(980) 888-1500



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