With a multitude of business parks, several universities, a NASCAR race track, an amusement park and a coliseum, Charlotte is one of North Carolina's most visited metropolitan areas. The Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is a major hub for US Airways, transporting millions of travelers to and through the area. Long-term hotels are numerous and scattered in prime locations, providing spacious suites with living and kitchen areas at discounted rates for weekly or monthly stays.
Arrowood Business District
The Arrowood Business District in south Charlotte is a conglomeration of business parks that are home to branches of national corporations like Microsoft, Verizon and Unisys. Extended-stay hotels here include name-brand properties like Townplace Suites by Marriott and Staybridge Suites, catering to people working on special projects, contractors and those relocating.
The part of Charlotte known as Carowinds is named after the amusement park that was established on the North and South Carolina borders in 1973, a portion of which lies in the city limits of Charlotte. Long-term hotels in this area are numerous and include the major brand names in the extended-stay hotel business. Visitors can choose between Mainstay Suites, Candlewood Suites, the La Casa Inn, Staybridge Suites, Extended Stay Deluxe, Suburban Extended Stay and Townplace Suites.
The University District of Charlotte is about 12 miles from Charlotte-Douglas Airport and 10 miles from the city's downtown area. Candlewood Suites, Studio Plus and Extended Stay America offer lodging near the Charlotte branch of the University of North Carolina. Also in the University District are long-term hotels in the Charlotte University Research Park on the other side of Interstate 85, including a Residence Inn and Townplace Suites, both by Marriott.
The intersection of Interstate 77 and Tyvola Road puts overnight visitors in the Charlotte Coliseum area, with only a four-mile drive to catch a flight at the airport. The CATS LightRail line also runs through here, providing easy access to downtown and numerous other attractions in the city. The Residence Inn by Marriott, Extended Stay America and Studio Plus all have branches of their properties at Tyvola Road.
If business or pleasure puts you in the west end of Charlotte, there are two long-term lodging properties just over the city line in the small town of Huntersville. The Residence Inn by Marriott Lake Norman and the Candlewood Suites Huntersville are both close to the Birkdale Golf Course and less than five minutes from Lake Norman and the Latta Plantation. The Charlotte-Douglas airport is about 15 miles from this area.
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