After searching on Tripadvisor and in the AAA Guide I chose this hotel because of its easy access from I-77 and its excellent proximity to the Lynx light rail line. The former is about a half mile away, while the latter is right across the street. Indeed, from the Sterling's lobby, it's barely a three-minute walk to the Woodlawn station, and then a quick fifteen-minute ride to the end-of-the-line in center city Charlotte, with convenient stops at the Convention Center, the Transit Center and the many restaurants and shops on the city's south side.
I got a room at the Sterling for an amazing rate, which easily could have been twice as much at a place closer to the city. The desk staff was eager to be of help whenever I had a question. Indeed, after I had checked in, I needed directions to get to another location in the city. To my surprise, the front desk person came out from behind the desk and accompanied me out the door in order to show me specifically how to get to my destination. There is a small but nicely-equipped exercise room, a room with computers for guests to use, and an ample free continental breakfast. There are also many standard-issue freeway-side restaurants nearby. But, for a not-your-everyday-treat, I recommend Parrilladas Che Caucho, an authentic Argentine and Uruguay Grill right next door, where you'll get delicious, hearty beef and chicken specialties for a way affordable price.
The only sour note came after midnight when I could hear a lot of lobby noise (e.g. some rowdy Saturday-night party-ers perhaps). Not only was it all really easy to hear in my closed room half-way down the hallway, but it went on for quite a while (perhaps half an hour) with no apparent intervention to stop it. I was disappointed, in that it marred an otherwise pleasant stay.
Because of the odd acoustics of the ground floor, and the possibilities of loud voices in the lobby...
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