I hope to get down to Charlotte soon to check out the new renovated? hotel. I recently visited a newly renovated Marriott in Raleigh and it looked much nicer. I go to Marriotts mainly just because they tend to be quieter than Courtyard, Springhills, RIs but they are looking long in the tooth. This new design is exciting because they are looking more like the Rens (which I've come to love) with more light. I think this is a move in the right direction. I might just head there in a few weeks to check it out.
It would be cool if they gave members the chance to stay there (and other new openings) during the soft opening time for a great rate! hint, hint.