As the capital of North Carolina, the city of Raleigh boasts a vibrant array of art museums, barbecue restaurants and historic neighborhoods. At the heart of the city lies Hargett Street, a busy road that is only a couple of blocks from the state capitol and the Raleigh Convention Center. If you would like to stay at a hotel near Hargett Street, you will find a variety of options -- from luxury hotels to budget hotels to cozy bed and breakfasts.
For upscale accommodations near Hargett Street, you may want to stay at the Raleigh Marriott City Center. This hotel sits in the heart of Raleigh and provides a direct connection to the Convention Center, making it a smart choice for business travelers. Amenities include plasma TVs and high-speed Internet, and the concierge can arrange limousine services or valet dry cleaning for you. If the Marriott is fully booked, check out the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel, a hot spot for celebrities. Numerous rock musicians have stayed at the Sheraton, as well as politicians like Al Gore. The hotel's one-bedroom suites offer the utmost in elegance -- a 50-inch LCD television, a soaking tub, and a dining area that seats eight.
Mid-range hotels near Hargett Street include the Clarion Hotel State Capital. Only a block north from Hargett Street, the Clarion is a high-rise building with 20 stories. On the 20th floor, guests can dine at the Top of the Tower restaurant, which serves a Southern-inspired menu and provides panoramic views of the city. Although the rooms are modestly furnished, they come with amenities like satellite TV and computer hookup. Another mid-range option is the Holiday Inn Downtown. This hotel is the only one in Raleigh to offer pressure-relieving mattresses, and its suites come with marble bathrooms. One of the hotel's best features, however, is its location. Over a dozen restaurants are within walking distance, including college hangouts like Mitch’s Tavern and the Marrakesh Raleigh Hookah Bar.
Consider staying at a budget hotel to save money on your trip to Raleigh. About five blocks north of Hargett Street, the Days Inn offers an affordable price on accommodations and provides complimentary Wi-Fi and free continental breakfast. The guestrooms, while a little dated, are comfortable and have a bright décor. Keep in mind, though, the hotel has a no-pet policy so you will have to leave Fido at home.
Bed and Breakfast
If you’re looking for some Southern hospitality on your visit, consider the Oakwood Inn. Frommer’s describes this bed and breakfast as “an inn of charm and character” and it’s not difficult to see why: the wraparound porch evokes a lazy Southern charm while the claw-foot tubs give the rooms plenty of character. The Inn has six spacious guestrooms, each equipped with a private washroom and furnished with Victorian antiques. The building dates back to 1871, and the Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.