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Where to Stay in Greensboro
Greensboro is the largest city within the Triad, the three-city metropolitan area that includes Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point. In recent years, Greensboro has grown into a hotspot for young adults and college students, thanks to its vibrant downtown nightlife scene and proximity to many of North Carolina's major universities. An assortment of chain hotels and budget motels are located along Interstate 40, the highway that connects Greensboro to its Salem-Winston, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill neighbors. Those looking to be close to the restaurants, boutique shops, bars and clubs of downtown will find a handful of luxury hotels in the city's central district. Or book reservations at a bed and breakfast near the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and enjoy the sites of the college campus. A couple of boutique hotels are located northwest of downtown near Green Valley Road. Besides their elegant interiors, these upscale accommodations provide guests with easy access to the Bog Garden and the Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden. Meanwhile, budget travelers can compare hotel rates in the area of town known as The Thicket. The neighborhood, which is adjacent to the Wendover Village shopping complex, is home to a number of discount chain hotels.
Greensboro Hotel Tips
Greensboro is home to the Eastern Music Festival. The five-week event brings hundreds of music fans from across the world together for a celebration of music. The festival showcases musicians versed in a variety of styles, including classical, jazz, bluegrass and rock. Because the Eastern Music Festival is one of the most popular events in Greensboro, visitors should search for hotel accommodations in advance to ensure availability.
Because summer is such a popular time to visit Greensboro, hotel prices tend to increase during these warm months. For travelers looking for a bargain, conduct a search for discount flights to Greensboro and hotels during the spring shoulder season when the temperature ranges from the low 40s to the mid 70s. Hotels also commonly offer discounts during the wintertime, granted it's outside of holiday season when rooms tend to fill up with out-of-town visitors.
Greensboro Hotel Recommendations
Located about two miles northwest of downtown Greensboro is the lavish O. Henry Hotel. The elegant hotel is locally owned and features oversized guestrooms, afternoon tea and a complimentary full breakfast. Rooms are equipped with 9-foot ceilings, soundproof walls, extra large soaking tubs and separate dressing rooms. The hotel also offers complimentary airport transportation. Spacious multi-room suites are also available. Guests can also take a dip in the hotel's outdoor pool, or dine at the gourmet Green Valley Grill, which serves up fresh seasonal food prepared in an old-world European culinary style.
Or stay at the ultra-modern Proximity Hotel. Also located northwest of downtown, this energy efficient facility concentrates on providing guests with an unforgettable, environmentally friendly stay. The hotel uses 40 percent less energy and 30 percent less water than other hotels of the same size without sacrificing customer comfort. Spacious rooms are decorated with contemporary furnishings and feature original art, a sitting area, microwaves, mini-coolers and large bathrooms with double vanities. Extra large windows provide guests with ample natural light, while special noise-reducing insulation ensures a quiet stay. The hotel also includes a fitness studio, a garden, an outdoor pool and in-room spa services. The hotel's Print Works Bistro offers exquisite European-style cuisine in a sophisticated atmosphere.
If you want to be close to the clubs and bars of downtown Greensboro, book reservations at the historic Biltmore Greensboro Hotel. The building housing the boutique hotel was originally built in 1895 and, over the years, has served as a corporate headquarters and an outpost for the U.S. Postal Service. Each of the hotel's 26 rooms is uniquely decorated and features a hardwood bed frame, an antique armoire, writing desk and nightstands. Elegantly appointed suites are also available and include parlor-style living areas. Other hotel amenities include complimentary parking, day-passes to the downtown YMCA, evening wine tastings, a 24-hour business center and a fitness center.
Greensboro operates a network of buses that provide transport throughout the city. Part of this system is known as the Higher Education Area Transit, or HEAT. This service provides transportation between popular downtown attractions and the nearby college and university campuses. Travelers can also access regional transportation services through the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART), which provides bus service to neighboring communities in the Triad area. Because much of the area's attractions are fairly spread out, many Greensboro visitors choose to rent a car. Many national rental agencies have outlets in the city.