We are family of 4 (kids are both 4 yrs old) driving from Cleveland to the Villages in Florida to visit the wife's parents. Charlotte is about the half way point. We are looking for hotel for a 1 night stay.
The plan is to drive through the night and get to the Charlotte area around 7 or 8am. Get breakfast somewhere before trying to check in. We also plan on visiting the Discovery Place. We probably will just order a pizza for dinner back at the hotel. Go to bed early and head to the Villages in the morning after checking out.
I know the Discovery Place is in the downtown area. But I was looking at the Courtyard South Park for $79/night on Priceline (not name your own price - prob could get it cheaper) or something similar in the South Park area. Main concern would be safety and close to I-77.
Is the area safe?
Should I look at stay downtown closer to Discovery Place. I assume downtown Charlotte hotels charge for parking as they do in most cities.
Any comments or suggestion is appreciated. Thanks in advance.