Charlotte, North Carolina was founded in 1768 at the crossroads of two Native American trading paths. Two-and-half centuries later, the hub of Charlotte’s business and nightlife is still found at the intersection of those two paths where Trade Street meets Tryon Street. It’s here where the United States’ second largest financial center and a young, vibrant residential downtown come to life. At the heart of that intersection is the Omni Charlotte Hotel, offering guests the best of Charlotte in terms of convenience and amenities.
The most centrally located hotel in Charlotte
While many hotels claim that they are located in Uptown Charlotte, I encourage you to look at a map. If they are not located within a block or two of the intersection of Trade and Tryon Street, then they are not centrally located in Uptown Charlotte. Access to Bank of America, Wells Fargo, or Duke Energy will involve a long walk or cab ride. The same goes for the Queen City’s Uptown culture and entertainment attractions.
The Omni Charlotte Hotel, however, is one of the few exceptions. The Epicenter is right next door as are multiple Bank of America buildings. A couple of blocks further are the Time Warner Cable Arena, Bank of America Stadium, BB&T Ballpark, NASCAR Hall of Fame, and both the Bechtler and Mint art museums. Other centers of attraction in Charlotte are just a short drive away like the North Carolina Music Factory and the historic North Davidson neighborhood. The South End District is also easily accessible via the city’s metro system.
Accommodations that feel the pulse of the city
The building itself is an all glass structure that comes to a point where Trade Street crosses Tryon Street. Thus, guests enjoy views of Uptown Charlotte no matter what side of the building they are staying in. The view in particular comes alive at night. I recommend picking up a growler of local beer and enjoying the sparkling lights from your room before heading out to explore Uptown Charlotte’s many dining and nightlife options (Rooster’s is a local favorite). The same view is also available from the hotel’s pool.
The rooms themselves are a little weathered but still offer all the comforts and extras one expects in a luxury hotel room like 250 thread-count linens and working desks. For early risers, catch the sunrise with a coffee from in-room coffee machines (something many luxury hotels don’t include these days). Deluxe rooms start at 239 USD a night. If your budget allows, upgrade to an executive suite at 319 USD. The executive suites are located at the point overlooking Trade and Tryon and offer the best views in the hotel. They also have a nice sitting area.
A kitchen in touch with the Southern food movement
Very rarely will I actually recommend eating at a hotel. Most hotel kitchens are corporate fabrications of basic, watered down cuisine with no local flavorings. Not so with Trade Restaurant and Bar. The restaurant features fresh, local dishes. The chef draws inspiration from local growers and regional food purveyors offering dishes such as shrimp and grits and a BLT with fried green tomatoes and pimento cheese. The Art of Breakfast allows guests to wake with a buffet featuring cage-free eggs, steel cut oats, and signature blueberry maple sausage.
The ideal hotel in Uptown Charlotte
Not only am I a resident of Charlotte, but I have also stayed at the Omni Charlotte Uptown. Thus, I can recommend it as the place to stay in Charlotte. As far as hotels go, the location is the most central you will find in Charlotte with so many conveniences that it’s tempting to spend the entire time in the hotel itself. But why when Charlotte’s top attractions are a short walk away.
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