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In the Third Ward of Uptown Charlotte, on the Jonson and Wales University campus
Uptown Charlotte, often referred to as "Downtown" (confusing, right?), is the cultural heart of the city, as well as home to the city's thriving business district, with the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies like Duke Energy and the Bank of America. Due to its numerous sites and museums, Uptown draws in more tourists than any other area of Charlotte, and unlike other neighborhoods, Uptown is a relatively walkable area -- which is a plus because the traffic is always heavy.
Uptown is divided into four wards; the Doubletree is located in the Third Ward on the Johnson and Wales campus, by Gateway Village. The Third Ward is perhaps the most happening ward in Uptown Charlotte. Rich in culture as the home to the Mint Museum and the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Third Ward also has a heavy concentration of restaurants and shops in Gateway Village, right next door to Johnson and Wales University. The Bank of America Stadium, where the Charlotte Panthers play, is also in the Third Ward -- this area, especially, has a lively nightlife.
The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel right next to Johnson and Wales University in Uptown Charlotte has a convenient location and updated rooms with large flat-screen TVs and fun, modern decor (think chocolate brown mixed with lime green and slate blue). Standard rooms lack mini-fridges and microwaves, and the bathroom vanities are oddly blocked by the toilets. However, with a modern fitness center and an outdoor saltwater pool, the hotel is a good value (though extras like Wi-Fi and parking require an additional fee).