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Charlotte - United States
Charlotte is a city rich in history. The city's lodging and hospitality offerings give both the business and leisure traveler countless options ranging from the most humble to the ultra swank. Whether it is four- and five-star hotels, luxe-plush resorts or simple and basic B&B's, Charlotte has them all.
Over the years, this neighborhood has developed into a close-knit community that thrives with bohemian culture and business. Many of the stores are homey restaurants or alternative art and music shops that flourish because of the area's diversity. The nearby VanLandingham Estate includes a bed and breakfast at the historic Harwood Home which sits on five acres of well-tended grounds.
Despite the name, this neighborhood is located in the center of Charlotte's business sector and has the majority of the city's skyscrapers. There is also a large selection of hotels and inns featuring 19th-century Queen Anne architecture. Decadent interior design and lavish service set the Dunhill Hotel, the Omni Charlotte Hotel, and Charlotte Marriott City Center, apart from the bustle of surrounding business. The Blake Hotel is ideal for conferences as it is centrally located to many of the largest attractions.
A popular choice among young professionals, this former “streetcar suburb” of Charlotte has maintained its popularity because of its traditional atmosphere and architecture. Just minutes outside of the center, the Morehead Inn is known for its unique Southern hospitality and service, and is a favorite for private parties.
This area has experienced a great deal of growth in the past few years and is a mix of residential and high-end commercial development. Featuring a spa, exercise facilities, and Golf Club at Ballantyne Resort, the Ballantyne Resort Hotel offers a full range of activities for the business or leisure traveler. The Staybridge Suites Charlotte-Ballantyne provides business travelers all the comforts of home in a convenient location.
Formerly the home of Elizabeth College, this neighborhood has preserved many of the impressive houses and buildings that once made it renowned as an exclusive residential area. One such example is Chez Arlaine Bed & Breakfast, a converted home built in 1910 with four private rooms in a verdant garden setting.
The historic trolley system of Charlotte has its roots in South End. Currently this system is under construction to build a new light-rail called Lynx.
NoDa is the primary arts district for Charlotte, where many galleries and performance arts venues have appeared in place of former textile manufacturing plants. Concentrated on North Davidson Street between 35th and 36th Streets, there is little in the way of accomodations in the area. It may be best to visit during the day and evening and head back to a hotel in nearby Uptown for the night. Days Inn Charlotte Central would be a solid choice.
This is the place to go for upscale shopping and luxury services. The Charlotte Marriott SouthPark maintains a one-to-one ratio of employees to guests, making it one of the best places for a relaxing retreat. The Hampton Inn & Suites Charlotte/South Park offers the all the amenities of a full-service hotel, including take-away breakfast baggies for the traveler on the go. Just a few minutes away is Ms. Elsie's Caribbean Bed & Breakfast, which retains tropical tradition and soul in the middle of city bustle.
Deriving its name from its proximity to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and University Research Park, this area is also close to Concord Mills, one of the largest tourist attractions in North Carolina. Comfort Inn UNCC is a great match for both vacation and commercial travelers and provides amenities for longer stays. The Hilton Charlotte University Place sits on lakefront property and offers extensive meeting space and several ballrooms.
Considered one of the most desirable residential areas of the city, Myers Park is filled with some of the city's oldest houses, enormous oak trees, and classic architecture. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Duke Mansion is an excellent embodiment of this style and offers personal service in a luxurious setting.