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Best Hotels in Greenville, SC and Fun Things to Do

Prestigious U.S. publications have recognized Greenville, located in the 'Upstate Region' of South Carolina, as one of the fastest growing cities in the country.  Greenville is the sixth largest town in South Carolina and has an estimated population of 67,000 individuals. According to the Census Bureau, the city was ranked fourth in 2016 and recently voted by Forbes as one of the best downtown areas in America.


What are some of the best hotels in Greenville?


Embassy Suites

shutterstock_134189483Stay at the downtown Embassy Suites near the fabulous Falls Park located on the Reedy River and enjoy access to over 120 restaurants and shops in a 10-block area.


Start your day with a free cooked-to-order breakfast and enjoy drinks and snacks at the complimentary evening reception. Float away during a relaxing swim in the city's only indoor saltwater indoor pool then visit the rooftop restaurant and bar to take in the stunning night lights.


There are many excellent hotels in downtown Greenville, SC. As a business traveler, couple, or family, you will appreciate the all-suites format with a sofa sleeper, mini- fridge, microwave, and wet bar.


Homewood Suites

On Carolina Point Parkway sits Homewood Suites, a cozy, nice hotel with comfortable amenities and accommodating customer services. There are 110 suites, each equipped with a super-comfy, queen-sized bed, a walk-in shower, and a kitchenette with a spacious countertop and workspace. Guests also have access to free high-speed internet, free basic cable, flat-screen televisions, free daily breakfasts, and free parking on the premises. With close proximity to the Death Valley Stadium, this place is packed come football season. Their accommodations during sports seasons are expanded to include snacks and ticket deals.


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The Hyatt Regency

Located on Main Street downtown and at NOMA Square (short for North Main), the Hyatt Regency provides the ideal balance of modern amenities and the traditional Southern hospitality. With the largest ballroom in the Upstate Area, available for conferences, family reunions, or weddings, it has received the Four Diamond AAA award. This hotel is among the best hotels in Greenville and a perfect location.  Walk right out your door to dine, shop or attend one of the many concerts and festivals in the square. Pack the water bowl, treats, and a leash -- the Hyatt Regency also offers pet-friendly accommodations!


Traveling with a pet?  Here's a few more pet-friendly hotels in Greenville

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The Westin Poinsett

A bit pricey, The Westin Poinsett allows you to bring your pet.  Traveler ranked reviews are high and the hotel was a recent winner of Conde Nast Traveler "2016 Reader's Choice" awards.  Rooms are well-appointed, cozy and range from traditional rooms, to junior suites and even a spectaular Presidental Suite.

The hotel partners with Reedy Rides and allows guests to rent bikes during stays. Select from an array of Comfort Cruisers, kids bicycles or tagalong trailers for your family's convenience.  Contact Reedy Rides at 864-419-2944 before arrival to reserve your bike.


iStock-134568923.jpgDrury Inn and Suites

The newly renovated Drury Inn and Suites is also pet-friendly and just ten minutes east of the downtown area.  Positioned near the North Carolina border, the hotel is in a perfect location for a quick side trip to Asheville, NC. Visit the Biltmore Estate or take your pet for a joy ride on the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and check out the scenic views. A stay at this facility includes complimentary breakfast and the hotel's 5:30 Kickback® offering free hot food and cold beverages every evening. They even have popcorn and free soda for afternoon and night time snacks!


La Quinta Inn and Suites Haywood

Reasonably priced, the La Quinta Inn and Suites welcomes pets. Some restrictions may apply, so call in advance with questions. At La Quinta Inn, you'll enjoy an outdoor pool, free high-speed internet, and a complimentary breakfast. Plus, there are several popular chain restaurants and a mall close to the hotel.


Holiday Inn Express

The Holiday Inn Express on North Main Street is the tried-and-true go-to hotel for hundreds of return travelers every year. The accommodations are simple and comfortable, customer service is reliable, knowledgeable, and friendly, and the location is within walking distance to several shops, restaurants, and historic Greenville attractions. Accommodations-wise, guests can expect free high-speed internet, free daily breakfasts, free parking for guests, a fitness room with up-to-date workout equipment, a tennis court, an outdoor swimming pool, and 80 well-furnished suites with queen-sized beds, spacious living spaces, and extra-fluffed towels.


While breakfast is served at the Holiday Inn Express, the treats are left to nearby shops, like Kilwin's Chocolates, Fudge, and Ice Cream—less than a quarter-mile from the hotel.


These airport hotels cater to business travelers 


Businesswoman sitting on the couch with laptop with suitcase.jpegHome2 Suites by Hilton

Four miles from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, you'll appreciate the Home2 Suites. The extended stay hotel is in Greenville's business district, and you can walk to local shops and restaurants. Or, receive complimentary shuttle service anywhere within 5 miles of the hotel. For business travelers, the hotel offers audio/visual equipment rental, a business center, express mail service, a fax machine, printer and photo copying service. After a long day of work, enjoy your favorite game or TV show on the 42-inch flat screen HDTV and relax in your spacious living space.


Hampton Inn and Suites

A top traveler ranked airport hotel, the Hampton Inn and Suites is just four miles away from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport. The downtown area is a quick drive ten minutes away. There is a free 24-hour shuttle service to and from the airport and will take you anywhere within the five-mile radius. There are meeting rooms, a business center, express mail, and complimentary printing service.  For a fee, you may also rent audio/visual equipment, and use the fax and copier service.

Additionally, there are Hampton Inns adjacent to Haywood Mall, and another one at 1-385 and Woodroof Road which are among top TripAdvisor traveler ranked Greenville, SC hotels.


The Courtyard by Marriott

Located on The Parkway with close proximity to the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, The Courtyard is a classy, pleasant place to rest your head for a night or two. Since the airport is so close by, the hotel is often used by business professionals with next-day layovers, but The Courtyard also caters to families, week-long travelers, weekend trippers, singles, and couples.  The are 136 suites, a heated indoor swimming pool, an on-site bistro, bar, and lounge, and free high-speed internet. To unwind after a long trip, book a massage, facial, manicure, and pedicure at the Soulace Day Spa, located 4 miles from the hotel.


Discover fun activities in Greenville suitable for all ages!


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Paris Mountain State Park

One of the fun things to do in Greenville, SC is the visit the Paris Mountain State Park. The Just a few miles from downtown Greenville, the park is quite lush and filled with spectacular scenery. Whether you tent camp or bring the RV, hike the many trails, fish for bream, catfish, and bass or rent a small boat, you'll have a pleasant time. Pedal boats, kayaks, and canoes are available on weekends, weather permitting. Geocache, bike, swim, use the playground or enjoy a picnic lunch in one of the shelters. When finished, browse the gift shop, and pick up a commemorative T-shirt, hat, water bottle, stickers, or postcard.


Explore Bikeville, a community initiative to increase ridership

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Easily rent a bike for a half, full day or weekend rate on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a former railroad corridor stretching nearly twenty miles.  Small kids?  No problem, as there are plenty of children's bikes and trailers available. There is a paved surface for bicycles, skaters, and walkers, with a rubberized surface for runners.  Along the well-lit trail, you'll find ample restrooms, benches, picnic areas, benches, water fountains, signage, and bicycle racks.


The Greenville Health System made a generous $1 million donation along with many area funders to help develop the Swamp Rabbit Trail.  The well-designed pathway crosses the GHS North Greenville Medical Campus as it continues through the community's downtown. Passing the Reedy River, the trail winds through the park-like setting of the Furman University campus and continues to Lake Conestee Nature Park. This 400-acre preserve offers beautiful hardwoods evergreens and wetlands. Spot diverse wildlife including river otter, deer, raccoon, beaver and small mammals. According to the Greenville County Bird Club, over 200 bird species live here. What will you see on your journey of the Swamp Rabbit Trail?


Excited music fan at festival on a summers day.jpegEnjoy live entertainment at the Peace Center, the hub of cultural life in Greenville

Built on a six-acre downtown campus, within historical and cutting-edge architecture, visit the Peace Center. Enjoy a variety of concerts, lectures, and plays at the amphitheater, in the 2000+ seat concert hall, or the intimate 400-seat theater. Parking is plentiful in garages around the downtown area.


Are you an art lover?

Visit the Greenville County Museum of Art and view the largest collections of watercolor works of Andrew Wyeth. Also, enjoy several pieces from the American culture. Interested in the Southern history of the country from the colonial period? This museum is sure to provide a wealth of information.

Explore the local Farmer's Market each Saturday morning

Farmer selling organic peppers at a farmers marketDo you enjoy farm-to-table groceries? If so, then Saturday mornings are perfect for a shopping spree in the Market on Main Street at McBee Avenue. Local farmers bring their fresh produce, and you will be amazed by the home-made honey, soaps, pottery, and local culinary items for sale. Perhaps you'll find the perfect souvenir capturing your memorable visit to Greenville, SC.



Try some great South Carolina BBQ!

Greenville is home to true Southern cuisine, as evidenced by over a hundred great restaurants. Tastes are dynamic, chefs are prepared, and all kinds of fare is well-received by locals and travelers alike. However, Southern foods remain a must-try for first-time guests to Greenville. 


shutterstock_288789548Smoky Dreams BBQ, for instance, combines the deliciousness of Southern fare with the classics of American barbecue. Top-ranked as one of the best restaurants around, this South Carolina favorite, located in the Maxwell Pointe Shopping Center, is an old-fashioned BBQ shack with a simple, sauce-slathered menu. Some dish favorites from both locals and out-of-towners include the sliced beef briskets, baby back ribs, baked beans, homemade mac and cheese, and loaded vinegar slaw.


For dessert, the sweet lemon or peanut butter pies take the proverbial cake. Check out the option to buy one of their BBQ sauces and take some home!


Looking for more information about adjacent cities?  Check out hotels and attractions in Spartanburg, SC.


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Topics: South Carolina