Sarah Crosland

Correspondent

  • Charlotte, NC, USA

Sarah Crosland is a correspondent who lives in Charlotte and covers the city for Forbes Travel Guide. She is also a freelance writer and the executive editor of The Charlotte Observer’s magazine division, which includes numerous lifestyle publications for the region. While the North Carolina native has been a travel writer for almost a decade, her first love has always been food. She is the author of the book Food Lovers’ Guide to Charlotte and has covered the city’s growing culinary scene for various publications, including The Hollywood Reporter and DC magazine.

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    What are the best hotels in Charlotte?

    More and more hotels keep cropping up in uptown Charlotte. Recently, Embassy Suites announced plans to build a hotel uptown and just this week, plans hit the news for a 125-room hotel near the new uptown baseball stadium.  Right now though, there are three hotels that stand above the rest when it comes to spending an evening overnight in Charlotte.

    In addition to being the first LEED-designed hotel in town, The Ritz-Carlton is easily the city's most luxurious destination. The hotel's interior is sleek with a lounge off the lobby boasting a contemporary glassed-in fireplace and cozy tables and sofas for guests. Just up the stairs is Bar Cocoa, offering an indulgent selection of chocolate and sweets. Elsewhere in the hotel you can dine at Urban Sip, the 15th-floor wine and Scotch bar, and at BLT Steak, the urbane French bistro-meets-steakhouse. The hotel also features a spa and wellness center with an indoor pool offering skyline views. And, of course, the rooms are luxe with 400-count sheets, Illy coffee machines, and plenty of space to relax and rejuvenate. Oh, and if all of this wasn't enough, The Ritz-Carlton's location is smack in the center of town, meaning it's accessible to just about anywhere you'd need to go. 

    Not far down the road from the Ritz is the Westin. Located just across the street from the Charlotte Convention Center and up the road from the NASCAR Hall of Fame, it's easily accessible to all of uptown. Whether you're looking to unwind from a long day or gear up for the night, the hotel's Bar10 features a swanky crowd sipping sweet cocktails most nights. Looking for a bite? Ember Grille & Terrace offers modern dishes with a southern twist, perfect for getting a taste of the town. Rooms here are modern and bright with impressive views of the city and of its tree-filled neighborhoods to the south. 

    Charlotte's other top hotel isn't as close to town, but what it lacks in location it makes up for in activities and luxury. The Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge is located just south of I-485. Here you'll find one of the area's top golf courses (and school), a resort-style spa complete with indoor and outdoor pools, and a four-star restaurant offering delectable locally-sourced dishes. The hotel's charming rooms offer lush golf course views and many have balconies, perfect for enjoying during warmer months.