Most four and five diamond hotels offer more luxuries than you could possibly use during one stay. Who uses a phone in the bathroom anyway? And I don’t even know the difference between Egyptian cotton, satin, or silk sheets. There are some luxuries, though, that make me say, “wow” when I walk into a hotel and a hotel room. The Omni Charlotte Hotel envelopes you in comfort with a touch of genuine North Carolina hospitality and a million dollar view. Centrally located in the heart of Charlotte’s financial district, The Omni Charlotte Hotel offers over 300 degree views from the corner suites. I was able to unwind in the Signature Lounge and delight in a dish prepared at Trade Restaurant & Bar. Offering an ideal location, inviting atmosphere, and attentive service, The Omni stood out as a quality hotel with luxuries worth sharing with others.
Our Junior Suite featured 640 square feet of living space, a king bed, and an intimate sitting area with loveseat and chair. What put The Omni room above other hotel rooms in uptown Charlotte, was the two glass walls overlooking the city skyline. There couldn’t have been a better introduction to my new home. It was spectacular; as I looked at the city stretching out below me, I sighed in relief to have the drive behind me and my home before me. I was at rest.
We also had access to the Signature Lounge with computer work stations, a flat-screen TV, hors d’oeuvres, and a continental breakfast. The friendly Signature Lounge employee provided me with suggestions for touring the area, a list of restaurants, and a city map. She was attentive with a southern accent that brought a smile to my face. I pictured Athena growing up with that hint of “south” in her voice and that affectionate demeanor about her that I have exhibited from everyone in the area so far. Meeting the employees at the hotel reaffirmed my decision to move to Charlotte.
We were able to delight in dishes prepared from local ingredients at Trade Restaurant & Bar. Our server, although not a local of Charlotte, exuded happiness and joy. She chatted with us like we were family and we shared our life stories yet somehow she managed to constantly refill my drink without being asked and allowed us enough alone time to enjoy our meal. Executive Chef Francisco Jimenez created a lamb burger for me and Crab Stuffed Flounder for Darren. It was a stimulating culinary experience with bold and unforgettable tastes. I may have ordered a simple lamb burger but the herbs created the perfect blend of flavor and meat. Darren’s meal included fresh greens topped with jicama, heirloom cherry tomatoes, shaved red onion, and tossed in a citrus basil vinaigrette. We finished off our meal with cheesecake and snicker pie desserts that were “melt in your mouth” good. It was a welcomed change from four days of fast food stops along the I-40.
The inviting atmosphere, breathtaking view, exceptional staff, and quality food gave me more for my money than a phone in the bathroom or Egyptian cotton sheets. I was able to discover modern amenities while enjoying a restful night’s stay. Charlotte may be my home now, but I’ll be back for a retreat at the Omni again soon.