Florence, SC named in honor of the daughter of the president of Wilmington and Manchester Railroad, had its official start in 1853. Five acres of property purchased for building a railroad terminal helped to launch the small settlement into a bustling juncture of three rail lines. Trains regularly carried supplies, artillery, and troops during the Civil War. Upon reaching its peak in the early 1900's Florence made great strides culturally and opened a library, museum, and public schools.
Today, the city population is nearly 40,000 and Florence is known for pharmaceuticals, paper, manufacturing, textiles, and agriculture. Surrounded by scenic farmland and the Great Pee Dee River, Florence offers a wealth of recreational activities and local attractions. Whether you are traveling to town on business, just passing through, or making Florence a vacation destination, you’ll find it’s a great city to visit.
Looking for the best hotels in Florence, SC?
Sifting through a directory of lodging, you'll discover nearly forty properties. These recommendations will save you time!
Quality Inn & Suites Civic Center
Hampton Inn and Suites Civic Center
Appreciate the coin laundry, cribs, highchairs, free hot breakfast, outdoor pool and fitness center in this family-friendly Florence hotel. Plus, the 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market offers snacks and toiletries to make your stay more comfortable. When limited on time to enjoy the sit-down breakfast, the Hampton offers a quick and healthy meal to go via their ‘On the Run’ breakfast bags.
On a side note, Hampton Inns offer a 15% military discount rate. Additionally, service animals are allowed, but unfortunately, Fifi and Fido are unable to be accommodated.
Baymont Inn & Suites Florence
Country Inn & Suites
The Country Inn & Suites strives to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all its guests. This hotel in Florence, SC has spacious rooms that reviewers have rated very clean. This facility comes at a moderate price. It has a swimming pool and a fitness center with a gym and workout room. And to sweeten the deal, coffee, cookies, and candy are complimentary all day.
The meeting room here can accommodate up to 50 guests with flexible seating arrangements. Plus, your group will have access to a TV/VCR and white dry-erase board.
If you are looking for comfortable, convenient, and accommodating hotels in Florence, SC then you have arrived. Compared to other Florence hotels, SpringHill Suites is a medium-priced affair. It comes with free parking and breakfast included in the price. If you are looking for a business center with internet access you can pick this from among Florence, SC hotels. Whether you are here with family or on a meeting, relax at the pool or fitness center with workout room.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
Florence, SC hotels are good for family visits, and this is a great example with two locations from which to choose. Both Holiday Inns comes at a moderate price. Choose from both continental and full buffet breakfast offerings, heated indoor pools and whirlpool, a cardio-packed fitness center, and on-site laundry services. Unfortunately, the Holiday Inn’s here may fine you $200 for bringing a pet into their facility.
Families may also appreciate the hotel because of the sundry shop, restaurant, and delicious Sunday brunch. While the property does have a fitness center, there is no pool.
In addition to pet-friendly hotels in Florence mentioned above, consider one of these:
- Home2 Suites by Hilton – Pay a $50 non-refundable fee for a maximum of 70 lbs.
- Residence Inn - Maximum of 2 pets per room, up to 50 lbs. each, with a $75 non-refundable fee
- Days Inn - Pets are allowed. Contact the hotel for details.
- Best Western - The hotel maintains several pet-friendly rooms. Up two two pets per room with an 80 lb. maximum. Daily rate is $20, not to exceed $100 total.
Florence offers a wealth of fun things to do
The Florence County Museum
The Florence County Museum showcases collections including an 18-foot fossil of an Ancient Bald Cypress from the Cretaceous period and numerous artifacts from the Native American and Colonial Periods. Here, you’ll see pieces from the Florence Stockade prison camp in the Civil War era, along with fragments of an atomic bomb that accidentally dropped into the nearby Mars Bluff community in the late 1950’s.
Florence has some beautiful stores if you enjoy discovering the perfect treasures and collectibles for your home, office, or to give as gifts. Visit the Thieves Market on Palmetto Street, Palmetto Peddlers antique mall on Hoffmeyer Road or Never Too Old Antiques located on Loop Road.
Timrod Park and Historic Neighborhood
Visit the park at 400 Timrod Park Drive in the historic Florence Timrod neighborhood and discover what this 18-acre recreational facility offers. Here you’ll find picnic areas and a shelter, gazebo, fitness area, rain gardens, amphitheater, tennis and pickleball courts, and hiking trails. Additionally, there is a nature-inspired playground focusing on molded concrete logs and hopping rocks so children can challenge themselves to walk on the linked items without touching the ground. Recently updated, the playground features new swing sets and and has a surface area made of wood fiber creating easy accessibility.