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Best Hotels in Florence, SC and Fun Things to Do

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? 

 

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Sifting through a directory of lodging, you'll discover nearly forty properties. These recommendations  will save you time!

 

 
Quality Inn & Suites Civic Center
 
Based on visitor reviews, the Quality Inn and Suites is one of the best hotels in Florence, SC where you’ll receive excellent customer service. A hot breakfast is included, along with daily newspapers Monday through Friday, coffee available in the lobby, and free Wi-Fi. If you have a conference, book the business center which accommodates up to 55 people, and offers copy, fax and internet capabilities as well. This affordable hotel includes in-room microwaves and mini refrigerators, and most rooms come with a work desk. Like other Florence, SC hotels, this property offers a seasonal outdoor pool and fitness center.  In your free time, visit the nearby Florence Veterans Park, Florence County Museum, Florence National Cemetery, or look for finds at an antique mall.  This hotel is pet-friendly so for just $20 bucks a stay, two pets may travel with you!
 
 
Beautiful woman eating her breakfast at home.jpegHampton Inn and Suites Civic Center
 
Located at the junction of I-20 and I-95, the Hampton Inn and Suites is across the street from the Florence Civic Center. Business travelers can plan an event or meeting for up to 40 guests and rent audio/visual equipment for $25, use the fax, printer, copier, and business 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. 
 
If the location at I-95 and I-20 is not convenient for you, consider the Hampton Inn & Suites - Florence I-95. Located at exit 164, and less than three miles from the city center, this Hampton offers similar amenities.  Meeting space here will accommodate up to 200 guests.

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
 
If you are looking for hotels in Florence, SC with outside entrances, then the Baymont Inn & Suites hotel is for you. Compared to other Florence, SC hotels, Baymont Inn is an inexpensive affair. Expect free parking, breakfast, cribs, a fitness center, and an outdoor pool. Nearby are plenty of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a quick bite. Small pets weighing up to 15 lbs. are allowed at this facility for a fee of $15 per night. 
 
 
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Like many of the hotels in Florence,  The TownPlace Suites is where to come with the entire family, and it’s ideal for an extended stay.  Book a one or two-bedroom suite and enjoy great amenities including a free breakfast.  Units have furnished kitchens with a stove and refrigerator, table and chairs, plus a sofa sleeper. Additionally, roll away beds and a crib/play-yard combo are available. On-site you’ll find a coin-laundry, fitness center and an outdoor pool.  Take your family bowling 2.6 miles away, play tennis 4 miles from the hotel, or go kayaking just 20 miles away
 
Of all the Florence, SC hotels, this is a moderately priced affair. Prices might be much lower compared to other hotels nationally, but for Florence hotels, it’s reasonably priced and pet-friendly too. Pay a $75 non-refundable fee for up to 2 pets per room, 50 lbs. each.
 
 
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.
 
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SpringHill Suites

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.
 
Hotel Florence
 
If you prefer to stay in the downtown area, choose to visit Hotel Florence.  A cozy boutique hotel, this is perfect for business travelers.  Offering 4,900 square feet of meeting space, the Hotel Florence offers state-of-the-art rooms to host 14 to 245 guests.  There are meeting areas to support small gatherings, and larger square footage sections to facilitate conferences, lectures, and seminars.  Amenities for meetings include free Wi-Fi throughout the property, teleconference services, and a business center with copy, printing and FAX services.  Plus, catered beverage and snack breaks, to buffet-style and multi-course plated meals are optional.

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. 
 
Being downtown allows guests an array of shopping and dining experiences.  Eat at the in-house restaurant specializing in steak and seafood, or choose from several restaurants within walking distance.  From this hotel, guests are close to the Florence Little Theatre, the performing arts center at Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, and for golfers -- the Palms Course and the Crossings Golf Club.
 

 

In addition to pet-friendly hotels in Florence mentioned above, consider one of these:

 

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  • 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
 
Journey through the history of Florence County with free admission, and explore exciting periods within the state’s Pee-Dee area.  The origin of South Carolina’s northeast corner stems from the Pee Dee Native American Tribe, which descended from 1000-1400 AD from the Southern Appalachian Mississippian Culture.

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. 
 
Check the museum’s website for accurate information about designated ‘Family Days’ and mornings at the museum for toddlers aged 3-5.  The facility also holds studios in the spring and summer months, a winter workshop and Imagination Ball, which the entire family may attend.
 
 
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Antique Collecting

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.
 
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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.
 
While here, take a stroll through the neighborhood to enjoy the Arts and Crafts style architecture of the homes built in the early 1900's through the 1940's.  Grab a cup of coffee and breakfast at the nearby Venus Pancake House or Krispy Kreme, or stop by the Piggly Wiggly grocery and pack a quick picnic lunch to enjoy at Timrod Park.
 
The friendly neighborhood lies within boundaries of Palmetto Street to the North, Cherokee Avenue to the South, between Park Avenue to the west and Irby Street on the eastside.
 

Straw Hat Distillery
 
Open from 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, the Straw Hat Distillery has been privately owned and operated since 2014.  Sample whiskeys and moonshines infused with 100% natural ingredients including coffee beans, teas, grains, and fruits.  Local ingredients such as corn and wheat come from area Pee-Dee Region farms.  Items such as mugs, t-shirts and pens can be purchased at the on-site gift shop.
 
 
 
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Florence Veterans Park
 
Adjacent to the Florence Civic Center lies the $2 million Florence Veterans Park. Commemorating World Wars I and II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf War, monuments and memorials line the park.  Additional features include an amphitheater surrounded by flags, a water wall and pool, and a steel wall showcasing the oath of enlistment.  The park has a scenic circular trellis area and includes walkways and plenty of landscaping. 
 
 
Florence National Cemetery
 
Less than 5 miles from the Veterans Park, visit the Florence National Cemetery which boasts a carillon.  Visitation is daily from dawn til dusk and the cemetery is open to burial for members of the armed forces who have met the minimum active duty service requirements and have been discharged for any reason other than dishonorable.
 
 
 
Darlington Raceway and Stock Car Museum
 
iStock-492914924.jpgAre you a NASCAR race fan?  Why not coordinate a long weekend trip and see a race at the Darlington International Raceway?  Just fifteen minutes from Florence, Darlington is a great side trip.
 
The first paved super-speedway, built on land that once produced cotton and peanuts, opened on Labor Day in 1950.  Plans originally called for a 1 -1/4 mile oval shaped speedway, bit Sherman Ramsey, the owner of the land kept a minnow pond near turns three and four of the track and requested his fish not be disturbed.  To accommodate his desire to maintain the fishing hole, Darlington was created in an egg-shaped design.
 
 
Nearly 70 years later, the raceway known as the track 'Too Tough to Tame' has seen victories from legends including Pearson, Petty, Yarborough, Earnhardt, Gordon and Johnson.
 
On site, you'll also find the NMPA Hall of Fame and the popular Darlington Raceway Stock Car Museum and gift shop.  Open Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4pm, kids under the age of 12 may enter for free.  Admission is $7.50 for adults and $5 for the military.    
 

Topics: South Carolina