Hotels Near Charlotte Convention Center

by Tricia Chaves

You can find a multitude of lodging options less than a mile from the Charlotte Convention Center, meaning you can pocket that rental car cash for checking out attractions like the NASCAR Hall of Fame or a pro sporting event. No matter your price point, you can find well-appointed guest rooms with modern conveniences and added extras geared toward relaxing and refreshing the weary business traveler.

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Bed and Breakfast

Morehead Inn is a colonial-style manor with period interior designs located in a historic neighborhood near downtown, .9 miles south of the convention center. Daily Southern breakfast is served on fine china with homemade pastries, tea and coffee. Bicycle rental is included in your room rate. The elegant, landscaped courtyard features seasonal botanicals and multi-tiered shrubs. You can obtain a day pass each morning for a nominal fee to use the local YMCA fitness center.

Budget

The Days Inn Charlotte Center City is .8 miles northeast of the convention center. The hotel welcomes pets for a $10 daily fee. Rooms are modestly furnished and have green carpet with mauve rose-print bedding. Take advantage of the free GoldRush Shuttle, with pickup in front of the hotel every eight and 15 minutes from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays, for easy access to other downtown-area attractions. The hotel has an outdoor pool.

Business and Extended-Stay

The Residence Inn Charlotte Uptown is neighbors with the Bank of America Stadium .3 miles north of the convention center. Suite-style lodging offers ample living, sleeping, work and dining space. Full kitchens include stoves, refrigerators and dishwashers. Striped flooring, electric-colored accents and modern furniture complete the suites' sharp interior decorating. Spacious whirlpool rooms are among the hotel's highlights. The on-site casual eatery serves dinner and offers in-room dining.

Green

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) gold-certified Ritz-Carlton is .4 miles northeast of the convention center and offers elegantly designed, fully furnished guest rooms and suites. A few highlights of the 13,000-square-foot Spa and Wellness Center include an Aqua Lounge with skyline views, fitness room with personal TVs and couples treatment rooms. The Ritz-Carlton caters to frequent and business travelers with the Travel Lite, Desktop on Demand and Luggage-Less Travel programs. The French-inspired BLT Steak received "Charlotte Magazine" awards for best new restaurant and cocktails in 2010.

Historic

The historic Dunhill Hotel is .5 miles northeast of the convention center in downtown's Uptown district. The hotel celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2010 and rooms have been restored to their 18th century splendor with stately writing desks, armoires and pillow-topped, four-poster beds. Flat-panel TVs and iPod docking stations are subtly incorporated. Pampering extras include a mini-fridge stocked with complimentary refreshments, exclusive bath products and a doeskin robe in the marble bathroom, and evening turndown service with chocolate. Fine cuisine is served for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the award-winning Monticello Restaurant.

About the Author

Tricia Chaves began her writing career after working in advertising and promotions for entertainment publisher "The New Times." In 2005, she earned her real-estate salesperson license from the state of Ohio and certification for leasing and property management from the Northeast Ohio Apartment Association. She was certified as a life and weight-loss coach and master practitioner of neuro-linguistic programming in 2011.