Charlotte, North Carolina, is a major business and cultural magnet, as well as the state's largest metropolitan area. This city sleeps thousands of overnight visitors in the plethora of available lodging facilities. Guests have the option of staying near their focal point of interest, whether it is the concentration of business parks, universities, NASCAR race track, amusement park or international airport.
City Center (Uptown)
The City Center of Charlotte, also referred to as Uptown, tends to favor high-end hotels, including the 16-story Omni Hotel, with glass-walled guest rooms overlooking the city skyline and an escalator that connects to the OverStreet Mall. The Hilton is in the center of the financial district, across the street from the Charlotte Convention Center, and connected to the Childress Klein YMCA.
The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is one of the busiest airports in America, ranking eighth in number of operations for 2009. As the largest hub for US Airways, it moves millions of passengers through the city, many who stay overnight in nearby hotels. Economy choices for quick stays include name-brand properties from Econo Lodge, Days Inn, Knights Inn and Microtel. For a higher-end stay, both the Marriott and the Hilton have a presence in the Executive Park region near the airport, while the Doubletree is close by in the Lake Pointe Business Park.
The Arrowood Business District near Interstate 77 houses branch locations of numerous national corporations, bringing thousands of business travelers every year into Charlotte. Every type of conceivable lodging is available nearby, but particularly popular are the extended stay properties. Staybridge Suites and the Residence Inn South offer more space than traditional hotel rooms, with living and kitchen facilities available. Other long-term hotels in Charlotte include several Extended Stay America brand names.
Charlotte is home to several institutes of higher learning, including a major branch campus of the University of North Carolina. The University District offers many mid-range hotels for those attending sports events, graduations and parties on campus. The Comfort Inn, Holiday Inn and Sleep Inn are all near the university for standard hotel rooms, while suites at the Homewood and Springhill properties offer a bit more room for those traveling in groups.
The Duke Mansion, once owned by the benefactor for Duke University, is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a true Southern mansion, with original marble floors, French doors and traditional sleeping-porch balconies. It has 20 elegant rooms that are now operated as a nonprofit bed-and-breakfast inn. The Morehead Inn in the SouthPark section of Charlotte is another historic hotel, built in 1917, using the Colonial Revival style of architecture. In addition to private guest rooms, it also offers a four-bedroom carriage house furnished with period antiques.
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