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Cheap areas to stay in Charlotte

You don't have to look far to find cheap hotels in Charlotte, North Carolina's biggest and most exciting city. From sleek Uptown hotels housed in soaring skyscrapers to budget inns strung along the I-85, Charlotte offers accommodation for every occasion. Find some of the best Charlotte hotel deals clustered around Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the UNC campus. For more choice, look to cheap hotels in satellite cities like Concord, Gastonia, and Rock Hill.

Cheap hotels in Charlotte

Housed in a handsome historic building, The Dunhill Hotel puts you in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. Beautifully decorated rooms promise a boutique atmosphere, while affordable rates attract budget travelers in search of a stylish stay. A 20-minute drive from the downtown core, Uptown Suites Charlotte/Concord offers affordable room rates and a great location. Spacious studio suites feature kitchenettes and full-size refrigerators. An outdoor pool and picnic area make Extended Stay America - Pineville a favorite with families. The property also treats guests to extras, such as fast WiFi, free parking, and on-the-go breakfast.

Where to find cheap food in Charlotte

Charlotte is considered a Southeastern foodie capital, with a treasure trove of chef-owned restaurants and award-winning brasseries to enjoy. That said, you'll also find plenty of cheap eats in trendy neighborhoods like NoDa and Plaza Midwood. Working your way through the casual bistros, soul food kitchens, tapas bars, and farm-to-fork eateries is all part of the fun. Charlotte's multicultural population also means you can dig into a colorful lineup of ethnic restaurants serving top-notch Greek, Vietnamese, Thai, and Italian cuisine. For picnic supplies, head to the 7th Street Public Market, where you'll find everything from artisan cheese to craft beer.

Cheap things to do in Charlotte

From art museums to outdoor concerts, there's plenty to keep you entertained, educated, and engaged in the Queen City. At under $10, admission to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is good value. Inside, you can admire works by Picasso, Giacometti, Miro, and other heavyweights. There's a wealth of African American history to discover in Charlotte, with highlights including the Levine Museum of the New South. The poignant museum traces the people, places, and events that have shaped the South since the end of the Civil War in 1865. The Harvey B Gantt Center is another gem, showcasing a fantastic collection of contemporary African American art. As well as celebrating the legacy of one of Charlotte's most celebrated artists, Romare Bearden Park is a fantastic place to watch the sunset, admire the city skyline, and catch free outdoor music concerts in the summer.

Cheap ways to get around Charlotte

Stay in walkable neighborhoods like Uptown, NoDa, and South End and you'll find it easy to travel in Charlotte on foot. The city is well-serviced by CATS, a public transport system that includes buses, streetcars, and a light-rail line. For a faster way to get from A to B, take advantage of Charlotte B-cycle, the city's shared-bike network. Just be sure to return your bike within 30 minutes to avoid extra charges. Heading to the airport? The CATS Sprinter Bus Route 5 whisks offers direct connections between downtown Charlotte and the airport.

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