After writing guides for countless publications about Charlotte, including the best places to stay around the city, it became time for our own guide to accommodations. There is a large diversity in the types and prices of properties spanning every loyalty program.
We’ve denoted which ones are our picks and which ones come highly recommended on travel websites so that you can be sure that you’re staying in the best place.
We occasionally accept complimentary accommodations in exchange for a review to offset costs but write honestly about our experiences.
Don’t limit yourself to just one type of accommodation!
Looking for a Charlotte hotel? Look no further. In this city, you’ll find a little bit of everything, from the chains in all corners of the city to stylish boutique brands.
Hotels are the preferred type of accommodation for visitors to the city due to the abundance of options and relatively cheap prices. Shop around on multiple websites, but we prefer Booking.com and Hotels.com.
Inns and B&Bs
Airbnbs and Rentals
Airbnb has a large presence in the greater Charlotte area with a wide range of accommodations. Expect to find everything from bungalows to cabins to treehouses. For a discount on your first stay, use our link.
Rent an apartment or house in one of Charlotte’s neighborhoods like this Chantilly neighborhood hideaway or this cozy NoDa ranch. There are also rentals on Booking.com like a NoDa tiny home and this historic home near Uptown.
The Charlotte/Fort Mill KOA has all the best amenities and is convenient to Carowinds theme park. McDowell Nature Preserve Campground has 56 campsites not far from downtown. If you don’t have your own RV, you can rent one from Outdoorsy.
Most visitors stay downtown, which is where the majority of the hotels are located. But there are plenty of other areas to explore.
Belmont is a great area to stay in because of the abundance of restaurants and coffee shops. Central Coffee Co. is the perfect place to fuel up for your day of exploring. White Duck Taco Shop is an Asheville import with a big following. Catawba Brewing Company also has a taproom here.
Commonwealth is very walkable and has all of the restaurants you might need. Midwood Smokehouse serves Carolina-style barbecue.
NoDa, or North of Davidson, is Charlotte’s unofficial brewery neighborhood with many of them along the street. NoDa and Birdsong breweries have been there for many years.
Optimist Hall is a popular food hall with dozens of eateries including dumplings, burgers, grilled cheese, tacos, and Indian fare.
If you pick one neighborhood just for its food, make it South End. It’s full of breweries like Sycamore Brewing and restaurants like Atlanta imports Superica and O-Ku. You can also browse for books and gifts at Paper Skyscraper.
Uptown is the main neighborhood where tourists visit in Charlotte. It’s home to attractions like the Mint Museum of Art, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Levine Museum of the New South.
After a number of visits to Charlotte, we have a lot of suggestions in terms of the best hotels and properties around town.
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel
The stylish hotel is in the heart of Uptown, located within walking distance of most attractions including Romare Bearden Park. There are over 200 rooms and suites with incredible views.
The property also has beloved Kimpton amenities like yoga mats, rental bikes, and an evening social hour. There are also in-room spa services, and two restaurants, and a rooftop bar.
If You Like: loyalty program, pet-friendly rooms
Other Features: valet parking, bike rental
Marriott Charlotte City Center
The Charlotte Marriott City Center is one of the biggest hotels in Charlotte and holds conferences and events. Despite being part of a chain, it has some uniquely local details.
The hotel has multiple restaurants and bars as well as a hip coffee shop. The over-400 rooms and suites boast floor-to-ceiling windows, WiFi, and coffee makers.
If You Like: convenient location, fitness center
Other Features: paid parking, club level lounge
Westin Charlotte Hotel
The Westin Charlotte is close to the city’s museums and the Stonewall Station on the LYNX Light Rail, connecting Uptown Charlotte to the rest of the city.
The hotel rooms feature the signature Heavenly beds, blackout curtains, and bathtubs. Guests can also enjoy high-speed WiFI and 24-hour room service.
If You Like: restaurant and coffee shop, spa
Other Features: New Balance Gear Lending, fitness center and pool
Other Recommended Properties
We haven’t had the chance to stay at these properties yet, but they are highly rated on TripAdvisor and other hotel review websites.
The Ballantyne Hotel
- Marriott property
- Golf and tennis onsite
- Indoor pool, spa, and salon
- Book here
The Dunhill Hotel
- Historic hotel
- Nightly turndown service
- Bar and restaurant
- Book here
Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte
- Kessler Collection
- Daily breakfast
- Terrace rooms
- Book here
The Ivey’s Hotel
- Historic building
- Stylish furnishings
- Restaurant and bar
- Book here
- LEED gold certification
- Rooftop garden
- Award-winning spa
- Book here