Hilton Charlotte Center City Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The Hilton Charlotte Center City's highlight is its location; in Uptown Charlotte, the hotel is within walking distance the Convention Center, as well as of tons of sights and museums. The 400 rooms are stylish, with pops of color and attractive artwork on the walls (not your typical hotel prints). The bathrooms are also stylish, but small, with spacious walk-in showers.
Charlotte Marriott City Center Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This 434-room Marriott is a notch above your typical chain hotel -- the spacious rooms may have somewhat chain-like decor (lots of golds and dark wood), but they come complete with high-tech amenities, such as iHome docks and flat-screen TVs. There's also a large heated pool and whirlpool, a fitness center packed with modern machines, and a renowned restaurant on-site. Its location in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, close to the Convention Center, major tourist attractions, restaurants and bars, is convenient both for business and leisure travelers.
Omni Charlotte Hotel Rating: 4.0 Pearls
This upper-mid-range business hotel is centrally located in the heart of downtown Charlotte, two blocks from the Convention Center and the Time Warner Cable Arena. Rooms have the standard chain hotel amenities (flat-screen TVs, minibars, free morning papers), plush white bedding, sophisticated (if slightly generic) neutral decor, and tiny bathrooms. The pool is outdoors and just average, the restaurant is adequate, and the fitness center is tiny, but the property offers the convenience of being connected to a shopping mall with over 30 stores and several dining options in the same building.
The Westin Charlotte Rating: 4.0 Pearls
The 700-room Westin Charlotte may not stand out from other mid-level chain hotels, but the hotel's Heavenly Beds are very comfortable, the fitness center has updated machines, and the pool, though small and narrow, is always clean. Business travelers will probably find the on-site business center and the multiple meeting rooms convvenient. Plus, its central location within walking distance of the Convention Center, stadiums, restaurants, attractions, and a light rail stop with access to downtown is a huge plus.
Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 136-room Aloft Ballantyne has an ultra-contemporary, minimalist feel. The rooms lack a lot of color (dark, sleek, and sexy is the name of the game here) and are relatively small, but feature large flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. The lobby, though, packs in a lot of color with funky furniture, and has a pool table, a 24-hour mini-mart, and a bar. Catering to business travelers, the hotel, which overlooks a golf course on one side and a corporate park on the other, has a small 24-hour fitness center and a small indoor pool that families may also enjoy.