Often known as the Queen City, the darling of the South makes a chic and attractive city destination with excellent shopping fine restaurants, and a collection of increasingly unique hotels. Find somewhere funky to stay and make your trip even more interesting, from intimate boutiques to sleek and modern, here are my favorite cool and trendy hotels in Charlotte, North Carolina…
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel
At Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Uptown Charlotte, I found a blend of Southern hospitality and modern luxury that left a lasting impression. The 19-story building houses spacious, bright rooms adorned with the finest materials. The calming color scheme exuded an elegant and soothing vibe, setting the tone for a luxurious stay.
Stepping into the lobby felt like entering a sanctuary. A frosted glass-lined staircase caught my eye, leading to a realm of sophistication. The contemporary furniture offered a serene space to soak in the atmosphere. Angeline’s, the modern American eatery boasting Italian-inspired cuisine, added to the experience. The option of outdoor dining beneath the stars elevated the charm.
Merchant and Trade, the rooftop bar atop this chic hotel, was a highlight. Its unique ambiance, complemented by curated drinks, shareable snacks, and lively music, elevated the entire stay. The hotel excelled in luxury and service and provided easy access to nearby attractions. This place truly captivated me.
One of my favorite places was the rooftop bar, Merchant and Trade. Its unique ambiance, curated drinks, and lively music elevated my stay.
Outdoor terrace hosts special yoga classes
Exclusive access to breweries with CLT Brew Badges
Full-service spa and fitness center
Enjoy Italian beverages during cocktail hour
Can be a bit noisier in city-view rooms
Parking is extra
No swimming pool
JW Marriott Charlotte
I loved staying at the JW Marriott, across from the Charlotte Convention Center. The blend of Southern hospitality and top-notch luxury truly impressed me.
Their rooms, labeled as ‘quiet luxury,’ truly live up to the description. The attention to detail, from the beautiful finishing to the high-quality materials like marble in the bathrooms and wood accents in the living spaces, made my stay exceptional.
The hotel’s dining options were a highlight. I had many excellent choices, from the steakhouse to the oyster and rooftop bar. And being in Charlotte meant even more world-class dining options just a stone’s throw away.
The rooftop pool, fitness center, and spa services added to the experience. Whether I wanted to work out or unwind, the hotel had it all. Overall, JW Marriott offered an incredible experience right from the moment I stepped in.
My favorite aspect was the ‘quiet luxury’ in the rooms. The attention to detail and high-quality materials made my stay exceptional.
Aura Rooftop Pool with elegant lightning
Special cabanas include an HDTV and ceiling fan
Indoor Spa with ancient and modern healing techniques
A bit crowded when large events are on
Paid for valet parking only
Breakfast isn’t included
Le Méridien Charlotte
Le Méridien in Uptown Charlotte is one of my favorite places to stay. As soon as I entered the lobby, I was captivated by the stunning wood walls, contemporary seating in black and yellow, and the grand pillars. It felt like stepping into a uniquely special space.
The rooms at this chic hotel are simply luxurious, adorned predominantly in brown, black, and white tones. The quality furnishings and ample space made my stay incredibly comfortable. The captivating feature wall displaying intricate map designs caught my eye in each room, adding an intriguing touch to the decor.
Dining here was a delight, overseen by the renowned chef David Burke. The Red Salt restaurant offered a seasonal menu of delectable modern American cuisine. Additionally, the bars provided a selection of light bites paired with fantastic city views.
Completing the experience were the outdoor pool and well-equipped fitness center. Yet, what truly stood out was the impeccable service and the hotel’s stunning interior design, leaving an unforgettable impression on me.
While visiting, I loved the captivating feature wall displaying intricate map designs in each room. It added an intriguing touch to the chic decor.
Chic and stylish decor
Celebrity chef David Burke oversees Restaurant
Outdoor Swimming Pool
A rooftop Bar and Lounge
WiFi can be intermittent
Long walk to parking
Small bathrooms is some rooms
Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte
Stepping out of the Grand Bohemian in Uptown Charlotte, I found myself within minutes of the convention center, NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Truist Field. It’s perfect whether you’re here for business or leisure.
Entering from South Church Street, the lobby was dazzling. White walls, striking artwork, and an astonishing floor welcomed me. With its glorious mirror finish and abstract design, the reception desk was truly unforgettable.
The rooms exuded elegant luxury, featuring lavish materials and spaciousness, creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. Dining was a delight at Mico Restaurant, offering an eclectic cuisine that brought South American flavors to life. And on the 16th floor, the Buhu Bar provided breathtaking city views, outdoor dining from a tantalizing tapas menu, and a stellar cocktail bar.
Complete with a spa and fitness center, the Grand Bohemian catered wonderfully to self-care, making it an excellent choice for a luxurious stay.
One of my favorite aspects was the dazzling lobby, adorned with white walls and striking artwork. The reception desk’s mirror finish was truly unforgettable.
Trendy and elegant design with bold artwork
Buhu bar offers stunning city views
Spacious rooms with free-standing bathtubs
Restaurant; terrace and fitness centre
Parking is pricey
WiFi is extra
Some rooms can be small
The Ivey's Hotel
Ivey’s Hotel stole my heart right in Uptown Charlotte. With a prime location, it’s a skip away from top spots like the NASCAR Hall of Fame and the convention center. The 47 rooms in this chic boutique are pure luxury, and I couldn’t get enough of the elegant Parisian-style decor.
The place keeps up its European charm everywhere you look. From fine dining that feels straight out of a lavish scene to top-notch meeting spaces and a killer fitness center, they’ve sorted it all to ensure a fantastic stay.
One spot that stood out for me was The Library. It’s not just a quiet reading spot—it’s a cozy space where you can dive into a book, get work done, or unwind with a drink. Ivey’s Hotel truly brings European grandeur to Charlotte’s core, and trust me, it’s an experience you don’t want to miss.
My personal favorite? The cozy and versatile space of The Library. It’s not just for reading but a perfect spot to unwind with a drink or get work done.
Family rooms available
Some rooms have floating bathtubs
No microwaves in the room
Parking can be tricky
Mini-bar can be expensive
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
Staying at The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte was a treat. The urban style and modern design of the rooms instantly caught my eye. Each suite and room felt unique, incorporating locally sourced pieces that gave a solid connection to Charlotte’s vibe.
Exploring the dining options was a delight. The variety was impressive, from the 1930s speakeasy vibe at The Punch Room to the laid-back K Lounge offering cocktails and shared plates. BLT Steak’s blend of American steak with a French twist and the indulgent Bar Cocoa for chocolate fantasies catered perfectly to my dining desires.
The hotel’s spa and pool area were a haven for relaxation. They provided the ideal escape, allowing me to unwind both mind and body. Overall, The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte offered a complete package for a fantastic stay, making it one of my favorite places to experience Charlotte’s charm.
While visiting, the variety in dining stood out. From the 1930s speakeasy vibe at The Punch Room to the indulgent Bar Cocoa, each dining experience was exquisite.
Indoor swimming pool
Onsite spa with unique therapies
The spa and wellness center charges extra
Not for the budget-friendy crowd
Room service not available 24/7
Staying at Omni Charlotte was an incredible experience. The sky bridge connecting it to 12 blocks around Uptown Charlotte meant having the city at my fingertips, which I loved.
The lobby’s geometric patterns and marble-finished reception desk created a sleek, modern vibe that I found captivating. The blend of dark wood and clever designs throughout the hotel added a luxurious touch to the overall ambiance.
The rooms were like urban loft apartments—modern, trendy, and fun. The clean lines and ample space made it feel both stylish and comfortable. The materials were top-notch, and every surface had that special, high-quality touch.
I explored various dining options during my stay. The in-room service was comprehensive and convenient. The Coin Bar offered a chic outdoor eating experience in a stylish bar and grill setting. The Trade Restaurant and Bar served delicious modern American cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere that I truly enjoyed.
The hotel’s concierge service was excellent, and the fitness center, complete with in-room ‘fit kits’ for private workouts, was a fantastic addition. It made my stay at Omni Charlotte both convenient and enjoyable while experiencing the best of the area.
Throughout my stay, I enjoyed the sleek and modern lobby’s geometric patterns, creating a captivating atmosphere.
Third party airport shuttle service
Financial District location might not suit everyone
Poolside food and drinks can be expensive
AC Hotel by Marriott Charlotte City Center
From the lobby of this Uptown Charlotte hotel, the city’s skyline becomes a captivating view, showcasing its famous attractions like the convention center and banking headquarters. I love this modern design that effortlessly combines the finest materials with elegant simplicity, amplifying space, and light, making my stay exceptional.
The AC Hotel boasts unapologetically modern aesthetics, accentuated by geometric-shaped lighting and a collection of curated modern art—sculptures and paintings—that adorn its spaces. The exceptional service embodies the essence of traditional Southern hospitality, adding a special touch to my experience.
I indulged in the relaxed dining offered at the AC Lounge throughout my stay. I took advantage of the in-room delivery from various local restaurants, offering endless meal options. The hotel’s fitness center also provided a welcoming haven for workouts, ensuring I had everything necessary for an enriching stay in Charlotte.
One of my favorite aspects was the unapologetically modern aesthetics, accentuated by geometric-shaped lighting and curated modern art.
Unique bar rituals and cocktails in bar
Inexpensive On-site Parking
Some rooms have balconies
Open closets in some bedrooms
Lack of storage space in room
Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel
In the heart of the upscale South Park neighborhood lies one of my favorite places, the Renaissance. When I stepped in, I fell in love with its exquisite modern decor that blends light wood floors and chic white furnishings, creating an expansive and inviting ambiance in every room.
The hotel’s communal areas mesmerized me with their enchanting water features and majestic design, instantly drawing me into its trendy and relaxing vibe. What captivated me the most were the modern yet cozy furnishings that looked stunning and provided unparalleled comfort throughout my stay.
Satisfying my culinary desires was a breeze at the R Bar, where I indulged in delectable casual American cuisine while soaking in the laid-back atmosphere. For quick bites, the R Café’s offerings at the coffee house were perfect for my on-the-go moments.
Staying active was effortless, with access to the indoor pool and well-equipped gym catering to my fitness routine. Additionally, the proximity to Charlotte’s finest dining options within walking distance made my stay at the Renaissance even more delightful.
While staying, the exquisite modern decor, especially the communal areas with enchanting water features, captivated me the most.
Modern Indoor heated pool
Cable channels and iPod docking stations
A fitness centre and restaurant
No microwaves in room
Can be noisy
No elevator in parking garage
Aloft Charlotte City Center
I adore the vibe at Aloft Charlotte City Center! Connected to the vibrant Overstreet Mall, it’s a fantastic spot in the heart of Uptown. The rooms? They’re simply stunning, with a sleek design that screams comfort. The pops of color add a modern touch that I love.
Tech enthusiasts, rejoice! This place is a haven for staying connected while on the go. The rooms and business center have all the tech essentials. And let’s talk about dining—the WXYZ® Bar is a gem, offering top-notch cuisine in a laid-back setting.
Need to break a sweat? The gym’s got you covered. But what truly seals the deal is the exceptional service that runs through every aspect of the stay. This place ticks all the boxes for me!
My personal favorite? The exceptional service across all aspects of the stay, making it a standout experience.
Billiards and board games
Directly connected to Overstreet Mall
A lively on-site bar with cocktails
Only pets weighing 40 pounds or less are accepted
Food can be pricey
Small Swimming Pool
The Dunhill Hotel in Uptown Charlotte is a gem steeped in history. Since 1929, it’s been welcoming travelers like me into its embrace. What struck me immediately were the 60 rooms, each a nostalgic nod to the roaring ’20s yet equipped with all the modern conveniences that we crave today.
The Astbury, nestled within the hotel, treated me to the finest Southern flavors, boasting ingredients sourced from the region. But what truly elevated my stay was the impeccable concierge service. They anticipated my every need, ensuring a seamless and delightful experience.
Being part of the Historic Hotels of America, the Dunhill Hotel isn’t just a place to stay; it’s a journey through time while relishing the best of present-day Charlotte. It’s become one of my favorite spots in the city.
One of my favorite spots was The Astbury, offering the finest Southern flavors and impeccable concierge service.
Unique historic design
Live Music and Wine social
Great downtown location
Serves tasty Southern cuisine
Extra charges for laundry services
Some rooms can be small
At Kasa Charlotte FreeMoreWest, I found my perfect blend of relaxed apartment living and hotel-style perks. The accommodation layout nailed comfort: cozy seating, a well-equipped kitchen, and even a washer and dryer, granting the flexibility of home sweet home during my stay.
And guess what? Hotel luxuries weren’t missed either. Inside the building, I had access to an outdoor pool, gym, business center, and a fantastic outdoor BBQ spot – truly the best of both worlds.
This spot’s proximity to Charlotte’s top attractions improved my trip. It’s a fantastic way to tailor your stay precisely to your liking.
Perfect combo of a self-catering and luxury
Outdoor swimming pool
A separate BBQ location
Pets allowed without any charges
No luggage storage facility
Air Conditioning can be loud
Some outside noise
Best Hotels in Charlotte Compared
The following table lists the top 12 cool and trendy hotels in Charlotte for the year 2023.
|Hotel Name||Location||Price Ranger (per night)||Fitness Facilities||Distance to Attractions (km)||Nearby Restaurants|
|Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel||303 South Church Street||$333-$535||Yes||0.2||3|
|JW Marriott Charlotte||600 South College Street||$379-$460||Yes||1.5||3|
|Le Méridien Charlotte||555 South McDowell Street North Tower||$218-$293||Yes||1.1||3|
|Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, Autograph Collection||201 West Trade Street||$368-$754||Yes||1.5||3|
|The Ivey’s Hotel||127 North Tryon Street||$345-$437||Yes||1.3||3|
|The Ritz-Carlton||201 East Trade Street||$925-$1215||Yes||1.3||3|
|Omni Charlotte||132 East Trade Street||$316-$1217||Yes||1.4||3|
|AC Hotel by Marriott Charlotte City Center||220 East Trade Street||$206-$438||Yes||1.3||3|
|Renaissance Charlotte SouthPark Hotel||5501 Carnegie Boulevard||$218-$287||No||5||3|
|Aloft Charlotte City Center||210 East Trade Street||$156-$183||No||1.3||3|
|Dunhill Hotel||237 North Tryon Street||$345-$393||No||1.2||3|
|Kasa Charlotte FreeMoreWest||2020 Morton St||$491-$757||No||2.1||2|
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Gaby Maia – writer and photographer
Born and raised in Brazil, Gaby has always had a taste for the intriguing, the off-beat and the far flung. After traveling around most of South America, living in Spain and Italy and then moving to England, her feet have stayed continually twitchy. Studying for a degree in Spanish translation and then learning five more languages only poured more fuel onto her traveling ardor. Gaby likes nothing better than discovering new destinations in her spare time and meeting the locals, tasting the cuisine and then writing about her favourite places. Her other indulgences include French cinema, boxing, photography, colourful manicures and soaking up the rays on a sun-infused beach. The places she loves the most include Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Turkey, Barcelona, Lisbon and Cornwall. Find Gaby on Linkedin or Twitter.
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