Staff Pick

A repeat winner. Across the street from the buzz of EpiCentre — and a catwalk away from the Blumenthal PAC — the Ritz outclasses all of its Uptown competitors in pertinence and style. Yet somehow the Ritz stands elegantly apart from its surroundings, less sullied by vulgar conventioneers and never overrun by mall traffic. And have you seen the design of the splendiferous artwork? The lobbies and lounges at 201 E. Trade St. may take a backseat to the Bechtler in terms of cultural attractions to show a visitor, but the Ritz-Carlton is clearly at the top of the heap when it comes to our big-ass hotels. 201 E. Trade St. 704-547-2244

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