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Where to Stay in Charlotte?
Charlotte’s tourist hub centres around the North and South Tryon areas which offer a range of hotels perfectly placed for the plenty of attractions. The historic area between Camden Road and South Tryon is full of galleries and artist workshops and if you find yourself there at the start of the month you’ll witness First Friday Gallery Crawl when hundreds of people gather to walk along the main drag, mooch around the art and grab a bite at one of the many restaurants that line the route.
You’ll also be near to the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Bank of America Stadium (home of the Carolina Panthers football team), the Levine Museum of the New South, and kids’ favourite, Discovery Place.
There are also some hotels dotted around the Yorkmount Area, which is out of the centre of the city but close to the likes of the Charlotte Coliseum, where the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team plays, and Renaissance Park, where locals go for wide open spaces and to indulge in their favourite sports.
Charlotte Accommodation Options
As in most US cities, there’s no shortage of hotels to suit every budget, from motels through conference hotels to five-star establishments. As a major business centre, the city is home to many international hotel chains including Marriott, Hilton, Westin and Hyatt. With such strong competition for your dollar, getting a discount hotel rate is often a cinch -- especially on weekends when the business travellers head home.
The city centre is where you'll find most of the 4- and 5-star properties but there is also a healthy number of more budget friendly 2- and 3-star properties.
Out in the leafy Yorkmount area of Charlotte and University Place you’ll find hotels more suited to those on a budget, with Motel 6 leading the way on cheap hotel accommodation. There’s also Embassy Suites Charlotte and the Renaissance Charlotte Suites.
Charlotte Hotel Recommendations?
One of Charlotte’s most famous addresses is the Dunhill Hotel. Steeped in history, having hosted just about every luminary figure who has visited the city, the Dunhill is all about luxury with four poster beds and walk-in wet rooms. If you’re after a more homely feel, book a room at Matthews Manor Bed and Breakfast. It’s out in the suburbs 12 miles away from the bustle of downtown and husband and wife team Linda and George Megee create a home from home atmosphere. To be in the thick of the action, try the Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte City Centre.
Transport in Charlotte
From the airport, take the airport shuttle, known as the Carolina Transportation Airport Express, to downtown Charlotte. It runs every 20 minutes Monday to Friday until early evening when it runs every half hour until just after midnight. On the weekend, it operates every hour. The journey takes about 20 minutes. A taxi will take about the same time but inevitably cost you more.
Use the Lynx Blue Line Light Rail if you want to get between south Charlotte and the city centre attractions, sports stadium, restaurants and bars. It runs ten miles south, on a parallel to the I-77 and South Boulevard and it operates seven days aweek from 5am to 1am, serving 15 stations.
Hop on the Charlotte Trolley to learn about the city’s history at the weekend and travel on the same network as the light rail. This two mile trip runs 10am to 5pm and stops at Tremont Street in the South End to Ninth Street in the Center City
To run up and down Tryon Street and west along Trade Street take the free Gold Rush Trolley which stops at marked bus stops and eight and 15 minute frequencies from 7am to 6.30pm on week days.
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