University City’s popular hotel hub keeps growing and improving, thanks to easy access to uptown, campus, Charlotte Motor Speedway and University Research Park.
Completion of the UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Hyatt Place, and Fairfield Inn and Suites will bring our hub to 22 facilities near North Tryon Street and Harris Boulevard.
Hampton Inn and Suites, a short walk from the McCullough Drive LYNX Station, recently finished a refresh. See our directory (below) to learn who else is here!
Marriott Hotel and Conference Center taking shape at UNC Charlotte
The UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel and Conference Center will bring new energy to the North Tryon Street edge of campus when the facility opens in early 2021.
The 221-key full-service hotel will have a two-story lobby, specialty restaurant and premier conference facilities designed to attract higher-education conferences, promote distant-learning business, and host both private and university-tied social functions.
Besides hosting many campus events, the facility will certainly attract visitors coming to Charlotte for major events in uptown. An overhead walkway will link the hotel directly to the JW Clay Blvd LYNX Station. Learn more
Fairfield Inn and Hyatt Place coming near I-85
Fairfield Inn and Suites and Hyatt Place hotel will join a cluster of hotels already operating near the I-85 exit at West W.T. Harris Boulevard near I-85.
Fairfield Inn and Suites, with 104 rooms, is at 535 Collins-Aikman Drive, next to the Homes2Suites by Hilton. Learn more
Work started recently on the Hyatt Place Charlotte-University, located next to the Fairfield Inn and Suites. Learn more
Hampton Inn welcomes new LYNX-attuned guests
The Hampton Inn Charlotte-University Place at 8419 N. Tryon St. has a fresh new curb appeal these days, thanks to a major exterior remodeling completed early this year.
The Hilton property is attracting many new guests thanks to its location within a 5-minute walk of the McCullough Drive LYNX light-rail station on North Tryon Street.
“The LYNX definitely is a game changer, for sure,” says Lisa Hughes, sales coordinator for the Hampton Inn.
The 126-room hotel opened in 1990 and serves a broad mix of business, social, leisure-travel and sports-team business, Hughes says.
The direct LYNX connection to center city Charlotte and UNC Charlotte has brought many new visitors – for business, for sports events and for major shows at the Spectrum Center.
“Absolutely,” says the hotel’s general manager, Corie Blocker. “As people get used to this area and the fact that they can park and take light rail into uptown, that business is only growing.”
The hotel’s connection to campus – just a mile away – has gotten stronger thanks to the LYNX. The Blue Line ends at the UNC Charlotte Main Station, a short walk from the Popp Martin Student Union.
Hampton Inn has many families who come to visit the campus with prospective students and to visit them later once they become 49ers, Blocker says.
Hampton Inn makes those visits easier with a special $99 room rate for anyone visiting UNC Charlotte, Blocker adds.
Other hotels are riding the LYNX
Other hotels close to the McCullough Station also are promoting their easy access to the light-rail line via their websites.
Directory of University City hotels
The hotels listed here are within 2 miles of the North Tryon Street-Harris Boulevard intersection.
Most hotels are within a mile of a LYNX light-rail station; several are within a 5- to 7-minute walk.
People preferring not to walk will find convenient parking at the JW Clay Blvd LYNX Station and the University City Blvd LYNX Station. Both have large parking decks for LYNX riders. Parking is often free (get the details).
Click here for LYNX and Charlotte Area Transit Service schedules, fares and more.
Candlewood Suites Charlotte-University – 8812 University East Drive, Charlotte, NC 28213. Website
Comfort Suites University – Research Park – 7735 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28213. Website
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson – Charlotte University Place – 131 East McCullough Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park – 333 West W.T. Harris Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Drury Inn & Suites University Place – 415 West W.T. Harris Blvd, I-85, Exit 45A, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Extended Stay America – E. McCullough Drive – 123 East McCullough Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Extended Stay America Charlotte University Place – 8211 University Executive Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Hampton Inn Charlotte – University Place – 8419 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Hilton Charlotte University Place – 8629 J.M. Keynes Drive, I-85, Exit 45A, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Charlotte NE – University Area – 6020 University Pointe Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Holiday Inn Charlotte University – 8520 University Executive Park Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Home2 Suites by Hilton Charlotte University Research Park – 625 McCullough Drive, I-85, Exit 45A, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte – North/University Research Park – 8340 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
InTown Suites Extended Stay Charlotte NC – North Tryon – 7410 N. Tryon Street near Rocky River Road, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Microtel Inn and Suites by Wyndham Charlotte/University Place – 132 East McCullough Drive, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park – 8503 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
Sleep Inn University Place – 8525 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park – 8700 Research Drive, I-85, Exit 45B, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website
TownePlace Suites by Marriott Charlotte University Research Park – 8710 Research Drive, I-85, Exit 45B, Charlotte, NC 28262. Website