Hilton Charlotte Center City $$
222 E. 3rd St., Charlotte
COST: $150–250 per night
In 2007 this 400-room AAA Four Diamond–rated hotel ($199–229 d) underwent a $25 million makeover that included adding pillow-top beds with 250-thread-count linens, updated marble and tile bathrooms, high-tech amenities like plasma TVs, alarm clocks with MP3 players, and in-room video games.
The hotel is across the street from the Charlotte Convention Center, which means the guests are more shirts-and-ties than fanny packs–and-flip-flops, but it’s still a solid option for leisure travelers.
© Jodi Helmer from Moon Charlotte, 1st Edition