We are coming from Manchester, England for the first time to North Carolina! (We've had enough Florida to last a few years!). We'd like to know where to stay in Charlotte for 3 days before we head to the mountains. We'd like to be near the shopping malls and attractions, in a safe place, with restaurants etc in walking distance or nearby. We have looked on the Charlotte forums, info etc but still have not much clue to the layout of the city. Can anyone suggest the best area to look at for hotels to suit us?