210 E. Trade St., Charlotte
COST: $150–250 per night
You won’t find standard beige rooms with floral artwork at aloft. The entire 175-room hotel ($179–259 d) has a too-cool-for-school vibe with its bright colors, armless furniture, cork finishes, stainless-steel accents, and psychedelic lights.
There’s a 24-hour gym, indoor pool, and tons of games in the re:mix lounge, but with the hustle and bustle of the EpiCentre  just outside the front door there isn’t much of a reason to hang out in the hotel.