When visiting Charlotte, make sure to stay in the Uptown area, which is set right at the heart of everything this city has to offer. As well as being its historical nucleus, it is also home to the city´s main attractions. Among the most important places to visit, you will find the Spectrum Centre, the Bank of America Stadium, the Charlotte Convention Centre and the Nascar Hall of Fame.
The Spectrum Centre (also known as the Time Warner Cable Arena), is one of the largest attractions in the area. It’s a sport stadium which is home to the pro basketball team Charlotte Hornets, as well as welcoming a large variety of shows and concerts of world famous artists.
The Uptown area also offers many museums, cinemas and theatres. In addition to its diverse selection of restaurants that will make your mouth water after a day of shopping in the area´s best shops, you can later enjoy some of the city´s best nightlife, right in the epicentre.
To get around you can use the Lynx light-rail, bus, hire a bike or alternatively, you can enjoy the city on foot. If you are travelling by car, make sure to get information from your hotel about places to park and prices, as this can make quite a difference to your budget.
BEST LOCATED HOTELS IN CHARLOTTE NC
Price per night
Hampton Inn Charlotte Uptown
530 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
98€ - 118$
Residence Inn Charlotte Uptown
404 South Mint Street
142€ - 170$
Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown
401 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blv
104€ - 125$
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown
311 East 5th Street
113€ - 136$
Price per night
237 North Tryon Street
RECOMMENDED / BEST VALUE
102€ - 122$
Charlotte Marriott City Center
100 West Trade Street
129€ - 155$
Price per night
The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte
201 East Trade Street
312€ - 374$
On the map, which shows the best area to stay in Charlotte NC, you can see a selection of some of the best located hotels.
Uptown Charlotte is the best place to stay, where you can enjoy hundreds of restaurants, different kinds of shops, museums and many emblematic places of interest, all within walking distance. Amongst the many streets of the Uptown area you will find some lovely parks and entertainment options for all the family. This bustling area of town also holds hosts to many of the city´s most important cultural centres, such as the Uptown Mint Museum, The Harvey B. Gantt Center, The Bechtler Museum or the Levine Museum of the New South. You can also see a theatre show, concert or one the specials shows on at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Centre, as well as watch a game of baseball or visit the Time Warner Cable Arena. The area´s nightlife culminates in and around EpiCentre, in the heart of uptown, where you will also find a large variety of restaurants, bars and clubs.
Uptown is located 10km from the airport, meaning that getting to any of the hotels in Uptown is fairly easy by transfer service or taxi. Once you arrive, forget about taking the car or taxi and explore the city on foot, as the traffic can sometimes be slow in the centre.
Other areas to stay in Charlotte
The South Park area takes its name from the shopping centre, which was built here in the 70s, and is the biggest in the whole of North Carolina. With that in mind, staying in South Park offers excellent shopping opportunities, as well as a variety of gastronomical treasures to explore. Although Southpark is far away from the main highways, it takes just 10 minutes by car, at any time of the day, to get to Uptown, making it a great location. South Park doesn´t offer the same experience as Uptown, as this is mainly a shopping area, but it´s a good place to stay if you have hired a car and want to enjoy all the nearby amenities.
Although there are many different types of accommodation on offer in this area, Ballantyne is considered the most exclusive neighbourhood in Charlotte. Here you will find some of the best luxury shops and boutiques, a wide array of top quality restaurants, and a golf club with an excellent reputation. The area is located 20km from the airport and approximately half an hour by car from Uptown, but it´s the best place to stay if you want to play a round of golf or enjoy a luxury weekend away. Some of the best hotels, such as the elegant Ballantyne Hotel, also offer transfer services to surrounding areas.