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Heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway (formerly Lowe's Motor Speedway) or zMax Dragway for a big race? All of these hotels are the fairly close to the speedway - either within walking distance or just minutes away driving. Of course, these hotels will fill up quickly around big races, so you may have to look elsewhere in Charlotte.
There are different levels of hotels listed, so I tried to give a price estimate for each property. For the rates listed, I found peak and off-peak pricing, and averaged them. Depending on when you book, and what service you use, your price may vary. But it should fall generally within the range I gave. But obviously, if you're staying during race week, expect things to be on the higher side.
As a side note, all of those hotels are very close to Concord Mills Mall as well!
The Embassy Suites Charlotte - Concord Golf Resort & Spa is the "official" hotel of Charlotte Motor Speedway. This 308 room resort is about half a mile from the speedway, so it's within walking distance for most people. It's really the only hotel I'd say is truly close enough to walk. As the name implies, there's a golf course and spa attached, so you know this is a quality property. Many NASCAR drivers and teams actually stay here.
This 117-room property is just a few minutes away from the speedway. You'll find free parking, free Wi-fi, an indoor pool. There's a bistro on site for breakfast or a light dinner. This hotel is near plenty of restaurants, but they're a little bit of a walk. If you're driving, you'll find dozens of restaurants and plenty of shopping.
This hotel is just a few minutes away from the speedway. You'll get free Wi-Fi, coffee, newspaper, and a free hot breakfast. There's also an indoor heated pool. This hotel is pet-friendly (for an additional fee). Studio suites include refrigerators, microwaves and wet bars.
Hilton Garden Inn
This is a newer hotel, so everything is still pretty clean. Checking out reviews online, this hotel seems to be very well received, and typical of a Hilton property. There's an indoor pool, restaurant on site, and you're close by to plenty of other restaurants. There is an extra charge for breakfast, but it's worth the price.
Holiday Inn Express
This four-story hotel was just renovated in 2011, so everything is still pretty new. The complimentary "Express Start" breakfast features eggs, cinnamon rolls and coffee. There's an outdoor pool and sauna, and you'll find free Wi-fi. There are plenty of dining and shopping options nearby.
Sleep Inn & Suites
Just two miles from the speedway, this hotel include a free "Morning Medley" breakfast and free weekday newspaper. There's a seasonal outdoor pool on site, and you're close by to plenty of food and shopping. All rooms include refrigerators and microwaves.
Hampton Inn Suites
Just a mile away from the speedway, this hotel includes a free hot breakfast and free Wi-fi, and a heated outdoor pool. You're close to plenty of dining and shopping. There's a manager's reception Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 7 p.m., where you'll find hot appetizers, free beer, wine and soft drinks.
This hotel is fairly new, and it has the service to match. It's just minutes away from the speedway. This hotel is near plenty of restaurants, but they're a little bit of a walk. If you're driving, you'll find dozens of restaurants and plenty of shopping. The rooms here are equipped kitchen with full-size refrigerator, ice maker, microwave, dishwasher & stovetop.
Great Wolf Lodge
Great Wolf Lodge is a great family destination. It may be a tad more pricy that other hotels, but that's because here, you get admission to the property's 80,000 square foot water park. And once you figure that into the price, it's a great deal. The hotel has dining and shopping on site, but you're right next to plenty more shopping and restaurants.