High-tech heads to North Carolina in the debut of the WESTIN CHARLOTTE. Designed by architect John Portman, of Atlanta’s Peachtree Center fame, the glass-clad 700-room hotel sits adjacent to the Charlotte Convention Center. Sporting a popular open-hearth grill in the restaurant and a sleek bar complete with an interior river, this hot spot lures both home and away crowds. Rooms from $79. (800) 937-8461,