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Old 09-17-2008, 08:49 AM
 
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Hi everybody.

I'm leaving for Blowing Rock this Saturday for one week.

I am flying in and out of Charlotte.

I plan on driving in to Charlotte from the mountains on Friday AM to not have to rush around to catch my early flight back on the following morning.

Q1:
I thought I'd stay at the Crowne Plaza, uptown? McDowell Street? Sound familiar? It's supposed to be about 6 miles from the airport and I need time to return the rental car also. Is that a good place to stay?

Q2:
What should I do all day Friday? Where should I eat (lunch and dinner)?

Where do I go to catch a glimpse of Friday's nightlife?

Thanks very much!!!
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Old 09-17-2008, 10:36 AM
 
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Crowne Plaza is fine... it's on the edge of uptown though.

I'd look at the Dunhill.. it's smack in the middle and not too expensive. A lot closer walk to the bar scene on College and Tryon. It's also (I believe) the oldest hotel downtown.

Friday you should go to the USNWC and take a raft trip. Eat lunch there.

Friday evening, get all scottied up and walk Tryon and College. Find a place that looks good, go in and eat. After that follow a crowd of ladies that meet your criteria to their favorite uptown bar.

Solved, /thread.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:29 AM
 
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Crown Plaza is definately not the greatest place to stay if you are looking to do lots of walking downtown. That hotel has definatley seen better days...and it is too far to the edge of "downtown" for my liking and the only thing near it is the government center.

The Holiday Inn downtown is very centrally located and has recently been remodeled. Also the Omni, Marriott, Courtyard, Westin, Hilton, Hampton Inn, Dunhill would be better bets for your money.

For nightlife, the biggest groupings are along College Street, 5th Street, Tryon St. If you stay at the Holiday Inn, you will be directly across the street from a huge selection of bars.
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Old 09-17-2008, 11:31 AM
 
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Maybe some CD locals could join you for lunch or dinner?
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:02 PM
 
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Maybe some CD locals could join you for lunch or dinner?
LOLLLL... maybe they could.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:05 PM
 
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Crown Plaza is definately not the greatest place to stay if you are looking to do lots of walking downtown. That hotel has definatley seen better days...and it is too far to the edge of "downtown" for my liking and the only thing near it is the government center.

The Holiday Inn downtown is very centrally located and has recently been remodeled. Also the Omni, Marriott, Courtyard, Westin, Hilton, Hampton Inn, Dunhill would be better bets for your money.

For nightlife, the biggest groupings are along College Street, 5th Street, Tryon St. If you stay at the Holiday Inn, you will be directly across the street from a huge selection of bars.
OH OH. I actually just booked the Crowne Plaza. Patience is not one of my virtues. But I think I can cancel without any penalty. I just didn't want to be left unreserved and then really not know where I'd land.

This is the one on South McDowell Street. It's really not good? Wow. It looked nice from the pictures, and it's not that cheap either. About $117/night + 15.25% tax + $15 parking per day.

OK. I'll check the others. Thanks for the suggestions!!!!

BTW....not a bar type anymore. Wayyyyyyyyyyy outgrown
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:18 PM
 
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I wonder if you & Anifani could set up a short notice meet & greet?
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:22 PM
 
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Crown Plaza is definately not the greatest place to stay if you are looking to do lots of walking downtown. That hotel has definatley seen better days...and it is too far to the edge of "downtown" for my liking and the only thing near it is the government center.

The Holiday Inn downtown is very centrally located and has recently been remodeled. Also the Omni, Marriott, Courtyard, Westin, Hilton, Hampton Inn, Dunhill would be better bets for your money.

For nightlife, the biggest groupings are along College Street, 5th Street, Tryon St. If you stay at the Holiday Inn, you will be directly across the street from a huge selection of bars.
I'm having a real hard time opening up that Dunhill reservation link but there's a note on the home page that says the hotel is currently undergoing guestrooms renovations.

When you say "downtown" (for the Holiday Inn) do you mean downtown or uptown? I know my downtown is your uptown over there so I just want to make sure I'm booking the right place.

Thanks.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:24 PM
 
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Crowne Plaza is fine... it's on the edge of uptown though.

I'd look at the Dunhill.. it's smack in the middle and not too expensive. A lot closer walk to the bar scene on College and Tryon. It's also (I believe) the oldest hotel downtown.

Friday you should go to the USNWC and take a raft trip. Eat lunch there.

Friday evening, get all scottied up and walk Tryon and College. Find a place that looks good, go in and eat. After that follow a crowd of ladies that meet your criteria to their favorite uptown bar.

Solved, /thread.

hummmm...same question.... uptown or downtown?? Which side should I try to be on? Looks like it's not just a matter of my downtown being called uptown in Charlotte but that there are actually both?

I'm soooooooo confused.
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Old 09-17-2008, 12:33 PM
 
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This one: Holiday Inn Center City - Charlotte

FYI - in Charlotte there is only one "downtown/uptown"...not one of each. Everybody calls is something different but it is all the same place.

And yes, I would cancel the Crown Plaza at that price.

You said you are too old for bars but you asked for a glimpse of the nightlife...aren't they one and the same? No sure what nightlife you are looking for specifically... For things to do uptown, this website has the most comprehensive list: http://www.charlottecentercity.org/nav.cfm?cat=19&subcat=111


Here are some links to the other hotels:
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...e-city-center/
https://www.marriott.com/hotels/trav...t-city-center/
http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/Charlotte.aspx
http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin...ropertyID=1383

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