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Charlotte’s newest tower opens Tuesday. Here’s a first look at the hotels in it.

Charlotte’s newest tower opens Tuesday above the Epicenter in uptown on Trade Street.

The 22-story tower will house two hotels with a combined 300 rooms and Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo rooftop bar that will open to the public in late September on the 22nd floor. The top floor will also have a penthouse suite.

Guests will enter the hotels at 220 E. Trade St. and enter a shared lobby for the two hotels. From there, guests can take an elevator to the lobby to their respective hotel — either the AC Hotel or Residence Inn Charlotte City Center.

The developers did not release a total project cost.

Above the Epicenter, floors 5-12 are part of the AC Hotel, with 184 rooms. The AC Hotel has “hydration stations” that feature bagged ice and a carafe guest can fill with water. The hotel will also feature the AC Lounge, which is open to the public and will have daily breakfast and small plates and cocktails, beer and wine.

The two hotels will share a laundry space, dog walk and 24-hour fitness center. Meeting space will also be available for business meetings or weddings.

Floors 14-21 house the Residence Inn, which will feature 116 rooms with a mix of apartment-style suites — studios, one and two bedroom options, aimed at attracting extended-stay residents.

Rooms for the Residence Inn will start at $259 a night and rooms for The AC Hotel will start at $279. Throughout the hotels, artwork by more than 20 local artists will be featured.

McKibbon Hospitality and Charlotte’s Vision Ventures partnered on the development of the project and the general contractor was Cleveland Construction.

The site atop the EpiCentre was originally planned to be a 51-story condominium tower, before the economic crash in 2008 and ensuing recession. That project stalled, and for years the steel rebar poking out of the entertainment complex’s roof was a visible mark of the recession’s impact.

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Staff writer Ely Portillo contributed.

Cassie Cope: 704-358-5926, @cassielcope.
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