The Best Motels and Cheap Hotels to Book in Charlotte, North Carolina

Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown offers seriously stylish surrounds
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19 November 2021
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Charlotte showcases a unique version of southern charm – one infused with a distinctly urban vibe. After all, it’s the most populous city in North Carolina. Along with an affection for skyscrapers, Charlotte is a city that loves sports. There’s the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets, plus lots of modern art venues. Luckily, visitors can choose from a robust inventory of budget-friendly motels in Charlotte to enjoy a memorable city getaway – all bookable with Culture Trip.

Super 8 by Wyndham Charlotte Downtown Area, for accessible travel in Charlotte, NC

Exterior of Super 8 by Wyndham Charlotte Downtown Area
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This Super 8 deserves kudos for its accessibility features – which go beyond hand railings in showers. The design of this Super 8 ensures accessible routes to the restaurant and pool, and an accessible car self-park and van self-park. Another perk of this hotel (along with the king rooms that come with whirlpool tubs for two) is the location just off I-77. You’re close to the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (CLT), as well as to light rail and public transportation options.

Hampton Inn Charlotte - University Place, for easy access to events in Charlotte, NC

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Chances are good that you’re heading to Charlotte for an event. A Panthers or Hornets game, perhaps? You’ve only got a 7mi (12km) drive from the hotel. Got tickets to a concert at the PNC Music Pavilion? It’s only 15 minutes away. Car buffs? You’ll be happy that the Motor Speedway is a short jaunt from the Hampton Inn. Everything else is just as you’d expect – an outdoor pool, fitness center and a smattering of comfortable king and queen room options.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown, for craft beer in Charlotte, NC

Traditional-style bar at Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott Charlotte Uptown
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If you’re into your brews, you’ve hit gold with this modern boutique-style hotel which gives you access to 28 local craft beers at the onsite restaurant (Q Tavern) that also serves belly-filling Southern food. Hickory-smoked pimento cheese with toasted ciabatta bread, anyone? Don’t fret about calories: you’ve got a pool and gym at the ready to work it off. If you’re in Charlotte for work as well as pleasure, you’ll be pleased your room has an ergonomic chair – and a balcony.

Hampton Inn and Suites - SouthPark at Phillips Place, for shopping in Charlotte, NC

Lobby area with art at Hampton Inn and Suites – SouthPark at Phillips Place, Charlotte
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Convenience is king at Hampton Inn and Suites. The hotel location in the Phillips Place Shopping Center means you can walk to get everything you need: food, souvenirs, bargain finds. The South Park Mall is also walkable. But if you do need to drive, three major venues are within 8mi (13km) of the hotel: Independence Park, NASCAR Hall of Fame, and Bank of America Stadium. The rooms are decked out in soothing beige, cream and off-white tones and you have access to the pool.

Comfort Suites University - Research Park, for great breakfast in Charlotte, NC

Facade of the Comfort Suites University - Research Park hotel, Charlotte
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Repeat guests at Comfort Suites University-Research Park enjoy the hotel’s extra touches. The free hot breakfast includes waffles (a guest favorite), as well as fresh fruit and other healthy options to energize you for the day. Appealing decor touches include an all-wood wall at the head of the bed, and another wood panel backing the wall-mounted TV. The king bedroom comes with a two-person whirlpool, a just reward after laps in the pool or an hour in the onsite gym.

Hampton Inn - Charlotte Uptown, for event access in Charlotte, NC

Elegant double room at the Hampton Inn - Charlotte Uptown
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Insider tip for anyone who’s going to Charlotte to mix business with pleasure: save on cab fares and ride shares by using the hotel’s free shuttle. The hotel’s rooms (which have lively splashes of orange throughout) have ample space even if you’re traveling with mountains of luggage. The king bed mini-suite offers everything you’d get in a private apartment. It sleeps five and includes a whirlpool tub.

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte Airport, for airport convenience in Charlotte, NC

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So, you skipped a few errands in the mad rush before your city break. Don’t sweat it. Guests at Spring Hill Suites at the Charlotte Airport have access to barber services, onsite laundry, an airline reservation desk, a beauty shop and other services. You’ll be able to relax once you’ve settled into your off-white room with its bright swatches of green. A morning recommendation: skip the standard scrambled egg and change it up for the spinach-and-cheese crustless quiche.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Charlotte Arrowood, an IHG Hotel, for thoughtful extras in Charlotte, NC

Indoor pool of the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Charlotte Arrowood
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Some hotel teams raise the bar with little extras that really count. Just ask guests who’ve stayed at the recently-renovated Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Charlotte Arrowood how much they appreciated the black-out shades, asthma and allergy-sensitive features, the complimentary morning newspaper, the oversized bath towels, or the hotel’s breakfast specialty cinnamon rolls. Family-friendly extras include proximity to Carowinds Amusement and Water Park and South Park Shopping Center.

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