It's just interesting, admit it. OK, it might look like a tall shoebox from the highway, but once you step inside, your perspective changes. Light and airy, the Westin offers 700 rooms, a snazzy bar, and a terrific restaurant. Bonus: the "Heavenly Bed," standard in every room. (Distant runner-up: the sentimental favorite Dunhill Hotel.)
The Westin Charlotte, 601 College Street. 704-375-2600.