Many corporate hotels are clustered in Uptown to serve the financial institutions that make Charlotte a major banking center. Some hotels offer bargain rates to lure customers during weekend lulls. Uptown is also a mecca for conventions.
South Park, an established but growing business and residential suburb within the city, has its share of hotels, and the area around the airport, of course, has good lodgings. Three other magnets for hotels are the executive park area off Interstate 77 at Tyvola Road, the area around the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Ballantyne area in south Charlotte just off the I-485 beltline. Small enclaves of office parks and hotels also are cropping up around the city.
NASCAR auto racing is a serious sport. Big race weekends fill hotels and clog roadways as enthusiasts head north to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. Marquee races are held the first weekend in October and the last two weekends in May. Conventions also should be considered: October, March and April are peak periods, but an occasional off-peak convention might fill hotels. Also, it's not a bad idea to look at the schedule of the NFL team, the Panthers, because a lot of out-of-towners stay in Charlotte on game weekends.
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