Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina and though it is not the Capitol, it is famously known as the “Queen City”, a nickname bestowed upon it in honor of Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744-1818), the Queen consort of the United Kingdom and wife to King George lll. The city was settled in 1755 and incorporated as early as 1768. It’s residents refer to themselves as Charlotteans and take great pride in their city with it’s abundance of activities, it’s diverse culture and vibrancy and it’s sub-tropical climate. Charlotte has a large variety of travel accommodations for the budget traveler. Here are some of the best that offer great locations and amenities at a great price.
Ramada Charlotte Northeast
5415 Equipment Drive
Charlotte, NC, 28262
Located in the University area near Lowes Motor Speedway, the Ramada Charlotte Northeast is a perfect location from which to enjoy the many activities that the Queen City has to offer. Just five miles from the heart of the city and 10 miles from the airport, this hotel puts you right in the middle of an area that contains attractions such as the Charlotte Coliseum, Bank of America Stadium and the Concord Mills outlet mall. With free WiFi, a business center and complimentary breakfast, you can work and/or play in rooms starting as low as just $50.00 dollars a night. Children 17 and under stay free with an adult.
5820 Monroe Road
Charlotte, NC 28212
Located within five miles of uptown Charlotte, and designed for the extended stay traveler, the Greenleafe Inn offers amenities including a refrigerator and microwave in every room. The tree covered grounds give a feeling of seclusion even though you are literally minutes from some of the most popular Charlotte attractions, as well as the fine shopping and dining offered at the Southpark Mall. This hotel was renovated just last year so the rooms are comfortable, clean and new and can be compared in quality to comparable brand name hotels. Queen rooms start at just $45.00 dollars a night with special rates for extended stays.
Red Roof Inn Charlotte Airport
3300 Queen City Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Red Roof Inn Charlotte Airport is the perfect place to stay for the business traveler and vacationer alike. With complimentary transportation to and from the airport, only two miles away, your room couldn’t be easier to get to. The hotel’s amenities include, free breakfast, free tea/coffee in the lobby, free expanded cable TV, a complimentary USA today newspaper, even adjoining rooms upon request. A “communications package” is also included in every room, offering WiFi, local and long distance calls within the continental U.S. and up to ten faxes all for free! Double rooms start at $48.00 dollars and children 17 and under stay free.
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Days Inn Charlotte
1408 W. Sugar Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28262
Just off of interstates I- 85 and I- 77 this budget hotel is the place to stay for NASCAR fans, being just minutes from the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Amenities include free Daybreak breakfast with fresh made waffles, spacious rooms with microwave and fridge and parking to accommodate vehicles of any size. The hotel is pet friendly and maintains an on call staff 24 hours a day. Handicapped accessible rooms are also available. The large outdoor swimming pool is open seasonally and is an oasis for hotel guests and their guests alike. Room rates start at just $40.00 dollars a night with a King non-smoking room from just $45.00 dollars.
131 Red Roof Drive
Charlotte NC 28217
Whether it’s taking in a basketball game, a concert or taking a stroll through the Mint Museum of Art, this hotel is centrally located to allow you to get to where you want to be fast. And at $49.00 dollars a night for a King room, it will also help you keep some money in your wallet that can be better spent on seeing the sights of the Queen City. Every room at this Motel 6 has been remodeled and now includes WiFi, granite counter tops with a raised wash basin in the bathroom and wood-effect flooring. This hotel also carries a “green key eco-rating” which means that it’s operations have been determined to be environmentally friendly. Kids and pets stay free.
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