The 8 Best Charlotte Hotels

Grand Bohemian Charlotte Hotel, Autograph Collection, is the top hotel to book

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From well-appointed boutiques to properties with all the bells and whistles, Charlotte offers a hotel for every type of traveler. As a rapidly growing city and one of the largest banking capitals in the United States, it has seen an influx of business visitors like never before. The Queen City also strikes a nice balance between an urban city center and quiet suburbs, making it an ideal place to travel as a family.

Whether you’re coming here for work, to visit loved ones, or are considering settling down here and want to discover the city, there are hotels all around the greater Charlotte area that are worth checking into. Financiers will certainly prefer staying uptown, where Bank of America and Truist Center are stationed, but it’s also an ideal location for those who want to explore the destination’s burgeoning restaurant and bar scene in the hip neighboring enclave of South End. For something a little more quiet and residential, the upscale communities of Myers Park and Ballantyne will be more suitable. Read on for our expert list of the best hotels in Charlotte.

Best Overall: Grand Bohemian Charlotte Hotel, Autograph Collection

Grand Bohemian Charlotte Hotel, Autograph Collection

Grand Bohemian Charlotte Hotel, Autograph Collection

Why We Chose It

From its Argentina-inspired design to its swanky rooftop bar, Grand Bohemian Charlotte Hotel is the best luxury boutique hotel in town.

Pros
  • Rooftop bar with outdoor terrace seating

  • Suites have soaking tubs

  • Marriott Bonvoy members can earn and use points

Cons
  • Spa relaxation deck is next to the rooftop bar balcony (can be noisy)

  • $38 valet per night; no self-parking

A newcomer to Uptown Charlotte, the Grand Bohemian made an impression when it opened its doors in August 2020. Owned by the Kessler Collection, each of the brand’s properties have a theme and this one is inspired by Argentina, as seen in the artwork throughout the hotel—including the elevator banks which depict two tango dancers floating majestically underwater and collectively tell a love story when you go from one elevator to the other. Well-appointed accommodations are decorated in emerald green, teal, and magenta, with thoughtful accents like leather headboards, faux calf hide cabinets, and granite sinks. 

On the property, you’ll also find a fitness center and a small spa in addition to three food and beverage outlets. An on-site Starbucks is perfect for a quick breakfast or coffee to kick start your day. Mico Restaurant features a globally inspired menu and offers an extensive wine list featuring Argentinian Malbecs that can be ordered by altitude, and there’s live music for brunch on Sundays. But a fan favorite is its swanky Buho rooftop bar, where you’ll find a mix of plush velvet banquettes, leather sofas, high tops, a furnished outdoor terrace with a fire pit, and a DJ on Friday evenings.

Notable Amenities

  • Spa
  • Three food and beverage venues
  • On-site Starbucks
  • Live music on weekends
  • 24/7 fitness center

Best Budget: Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport

Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport

Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport

Why We Chose It

Clean and conveniently located near the airport, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport is a wallet-friendly option for a quick trip to the Queen City.

Pros
  • Complimentary shuttle to and from Charlotte Douglas International Airport

  • Rooms have refrigerators and microwaves

  • Complimentary self-parking

Cons
  • Ambient noise can be heard in some rooms

  • Décor is minimal

Whether you have an overnight layover or just need something easy on the wallet, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport is a great option. Located just 10 minutes from the airport, there’s a complimentary shuttle that can take you to and from Charlotte Douglas International. It’s also just a short drive to Uptown, South End, and SouthPark, should you want to try to check out some of the city’s nightlife, dining, and shopping. While the decor in accommodations is nothing to write home about, they’re clean and are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave.

Notable Amenities

  • Restaurant and bar on-site
  • Outdoor pool
  • 24/7 fitness center and jogging track

Best for Families: The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte

The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte

The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte

Why We Chose It

Set in a quiet neighborhood in South Charlotte, The Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, boasts indoor and outdoor pools and plenty of space for families to roam around.

Pros
  • Indoor and outdoor pools

  • Complimentary Ballantyne shuttle (within 1 mile of the hotel)

  • Complimentary valet and self-parking

Cons
  • A little far from the airport and Uptown Charlotte

  • No lifeguard on duty at pools

  • Complimentary WiFi limited to three devices per room

Located in a quiet community in South Charlotte, the Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, offers a nice respite for families traveling to the Queen City. Little ones will appreciate the pools, of which there are both indoor and outdoor options, as well as a hot tub. There’s also a full-service spa, which is a local favorite for residents when they’re in search of a relaxing day. The property also offers an all-day restaurant in addition to an afternoon tea service on the weekends and a monthly whiskey club should you be keen on a tasting.

Accommodations here are contemporary and feature tufted headboards, spacious marble bathrooms, and colorful accents that contrast the primarily gray palette. For additional space and the utmost privacy consider booking the exclusive-use Cottage. Located just one block away from the main hotel building, you’ll be spoiled with four king bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen, and a separate dining and living room with a fireplace. 

Notable Amenities

  • Complimentary bikes for guest use
  • Full-service spa
  • Frette linens
  • Molton Brown toiletries
  • 24/7 fitness center

Best for Luxury: The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte

Why We Chose It

As a brand that epitomizes luxury, there’s no surprise that the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte is the swankiest in town.

Pros
  • Rooms are spacious (from 506 square feet)

  • 13,000-square-foot spa

  • 4 restaurants and bars on-site

Cons
  • Lobby can get loud on the weekends

  • Pricey

  • $40 valet per night

When you arrive at the Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, don’t be surprised if you spot a Rolls-Royce or supercar parked out front—it’s just another normal day at this luxurious hotel. The sumptuous property offers guests top-notch service and all the bells and whistles, including a 13,000-square-foot, two-level spa with an indoor pool and relaxing facilities like a pink Himalayan salt room.

Accommodations are spacious and are on the more traditional side, style-wise, with plenty of polished wood furnishings—and you’ll certainly appreciate the floor-to-ceiling windows and large marble bathrooms with a separate shower and oversized tub. The hotel’s food and drink options are also spectacular, which include the popular BLT Steak; a dessert bar; a 37-seat speakeasy; and K Lounge, a lobby bar that’s beloved by well-heeled locals and gets particularly busy on the weekends.

Notable Amenities

  • Spa features an indoor pool and pink Himalayan salt room
  • Twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Frette linens
  • Asprey toiletries
  • Complimentary transportation within the I-277 loop
  • 24/7 fitness center

Best Boutique: The Ivey’s Hotel

The Ivey’s Hotel

The Ivey’s Hotel

Why We Chose It

The intimate, 47-key Ivey’s Hotel is unlike any other in Charlotte with its Parisian panache.

Pros
  • Elegant design with a Parisian flair and modern amenities

  • Centrally located in Uptown Charlotte, near dining and nightlife

  • Room service provided by 5Church Restaurant

Cons
  • No on-site restaurant

  • $38 valet per night (no self parking)

Located across from the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Uptown Charlotte, you'll forget that you’re in the city’s business epicenter when you step foot into the elegant Ivey’s Hotel. The intimate 47-key property feels like a chic French apartment, making it the most inimitable boutique hotel in the city.

The well-appointed accommodations feature reclaimed 400-year-old French Oak floors; bespoke furnishings; modern technology like Lutron-controlled lighting and iHome docking stations; and spa-like bathrooms with Mistral toiletries. And while they don’t have an on-site restaurant, there are plenty of dining options in the neighborhood, including 5Church Restaurant—which also provides room service for the hotel—and Sophia’s Lounge right next door. Its Library Lounge also offers a continental breakfast showcasing pastries from local Amelie’s French Bakery, at an additional charge, as well as wine and cheese pairings in the evening.

Notable Amenities

  • Frette linens
  • Mistral toiletries
  • iHomes in-room
  • 24/7 Fitness center
  • Library lounge

Best for Business: Omni Charlotte Hotel

Omni Charlotte Hotel

Omni Charlotte Hotel

Why We Chose It

Located in the heart of Uptown, Omni Charlotte Hotel is also connected to major business buildings like Truist Center and Bank of America via skybridge.

Pros
  • Linked to Charlotte's major business facilities

  • Rooftop pool, restaurant, and bar on-site

  • Complimentary access to Charlotte Athletic Club

Cons
  • Can be loud on the weekends

  • No on-site spa, but in-room treatments are available

  • $35 valet and self parking per night

Set in the heart of Uptown across from the Epicentre entertainment hub and connected to 12 city blocks via skybridge, Omni Charlotte Hotel is a convenient place to stay if you’re traveling for work. The property also boasts nearly 15,000 total square feet of meeting space and offers its guests a full-service business center to meet all their professional needs.

During your stay, you’ll enjoy contemporary rooms decorated in earth tones with oversize windows, a desk, and plenty of outlets to keep all of your tech gadgets charged up. And while there’s no fitness center, the expansive Charlotte Athletic Club is just next door and hotel guests have complimentary access to the facility. There are two on-site dining options, but the one you’ll definitely want to check out is Coin Bar. Located on the roof next to the pool, you’ll get dazzling views of the city with your drinks and bites.

Notable Amenities

  • In-room fitness kits available
  • Full-service business center

Best B&B: Duke Mansion

Duke Mansion

Duke Mansion

Why We Chose It

Encapsulating Southern elegance to the fullest, Duke Mansion is set on four and a half acres of manicured gardens with 20 individually decorated rooms.

Pros
  • Convenient location close to SouthPark, Uptown, and South End

  • Set on four and a half acres of manicured gardens

  • Complimentary full breakfast

Cons
  • No on-site restaurant

  • Only one queen- or king-size beds in rooms; no doubles

  • Fitness studio is small with limited equipment

Built in 1915 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Duke Mansion encapsulates Southern elegance to the fullest. Set on four and a half acres of manicured gardens in the residential neighborhood of Myers Park, you forget that you’re just a stone’s throw away from the city center. Rooms are all individually designed and have either a queen- or king-size bed while some have the added bonus of a shared sleeping porch.

Like with any B&B, breakfast is included in the room rate and while there is no physical restaurant, meals and picnic baskets can be prepared with advanced notice for you to enjoy on the grounds or in your room. Plus, with its proximity to restaurant-laden neighborhoods like SouthPark, Dilworth, and South End, you won’t miss the lack of on-site dining.

Notable Amenities

  • Complimentary self-parking

Best for Nightlife: Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel

Kimpton Tyron Park Hotel

Kimpton Tyron Park Hotel

Why We Chose It

With its Uptown location and one of Charlotte’s hottest lounges on its rooftop, Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel is perfect for those wanting to explore the city’s nightlife scene.

Pros
  • Merchant & Trade (rooftop bar and lounge) on-site

  • Evening social hour from 5 to 6 p.m. in the lobby

  • Custom-designed PUBLIC bikes available to guests

Cons
  • No on-site spa, but in-room treatments are available

  • $35 valet per night (self-parking is not offered, but there is a garage connected to the building)

As Charlotte has grown over the past several years, so has its nightlife. Formerly concentrated within the borders of Uptown Charlotte, happening bars have also been popping up right outside of it in the South End neighborhood. But one spot that has remained one of the hottest places to be in town is Merchant & Trade. The rooftop lounge located on the 19th floor of the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel brings in a well-heeled crowd on the weekends who are ready to party until the early hours of the next day.

The property’s Italian restaurant, Angeline’s, is also popular amongst the young and the stylish. And if you’re looking to mingle with other hotel guests, there’s an evening social hour on-site as well. Once you’re ready to sleep, retire to contemporary rooms with colorful accents, floor-to-ceiling windows, and Carrera marble bathrooms.

Notable Amenities

  • Outdoor yoga deck
  • Complimentary bike use
  • Frette linens
  • Atelier Bloem toiletries
  • 24/7 fitness center

Final Verdict


As a rapidly growing city that strikes a balance between urban and suburban, Charlotte has been eyed as a place for both work and raising a family. Whether you’re here for business or leisure, there’s a hotel in the QC for you. If Uptown is where you’ll spend most of your time, options are plentiful, including the luxurious Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte; boutique Grand Bohemian Charlotte Hotel; chic and intimate Ivey’s Hotel; trendy Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel; and corporate–friendly Omni Charlotte Hotel. To get a better understanding of the destination’s more residential side, head over to Myers Park and stay at the historic Duke Mansion or further out in South Charlotte at the Ballantyne, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Charlotte. And if you’re looking for something easy on the wallet that’s a short drive from both the city center and the suburbs, Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport is a solid option.

Compare the Best Charlotte Hotels

 Hotel  Resort Fee  Room Rate Rooms/Suites  WiFi
Grand Bohemian Charlotte Hotel
Best Overall
None $$ 254 Free
Hilton Garden Inn Charlotte Airport
Best Budget
None $ 157 Free
The Ballantyne
Best for Families
None $$ 244 Free
The Ritz-Carlton
Best for Luxury
None $$$ 146 Free
The Ivey’s Hotel
Best Boutique
None $$ 47 Free
Omni Charlotte Hotel
Best for Business
None $$ 373 Free
Duke Mansion
Best B&B
None $$ 20 Free
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel
Best for Nightlife
None $$ 217 Free

Methodology


We evaluated over a dozen hotels in Charlotte before settling on the best for the chosen categories. Notable amenities, pricing, quality of service, location, and design were all taken into consideration. In determining this list, we evaluated over numerous reviews and considered whether the property has collected any accolades in recent years.

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