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Downtown Hotels Offer A Variety Of Options For the Ultimate Greenville Experience

Any visit to beautiful Downtown Greenville, South Carolina starts with picking the right place to stay.  Whether you are looking for a room closest to where you intend to play, something central to allow you access all points Downtown with ease, or you want all the dining and luxury amenities a hotel can offer, Greenville has you covered.

Step back in time with the elegance of the Westin Poinsett, stay at the Hyatt Regency which stands as the key landmark that kicked off Downtown Greenville’s revitalization project, or treat yourself to the lavishness of the newer Embassy Suites at Riverplace. Fine dining, rooftop bars and pools, and spectacular views of the city are all available from a number of establishments. Each hotel on this list offers its own little special something to make your next visit to Greenville an unforgettable one and we are happy to be your guide for your next visit.


Sometimes, you just want a place to lay your head without all of the extravagant amenities (and the costs that come with them). For that, your most reliable go to is the classic Holiday Inn Express. Located right on Main St., one simply needs to walk out the front door and bear right to begin your tour of all there is to love about Downtown Greenville. If you are in town for an event, you are only a block away from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena which allows you to walk to your show without the hassles of traffic and parking.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Holiday Inn is clean, affordable, and right on Main St.

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Outside, you will find easy walking access to more restaurants, shops, galleries, and parks than you will likely be able to visit on your next stay in Greenville. Inside you will find flat screen TV's, complimentary high-speed internet access, and a state-of-the-art fitness center to make sure you stay is a comfortable one. Free shuttle service to and from Greenville Spartanburg Airport makes this an easy decision for your next trip to town. Coming during the winter? Get ready to lace up your skates for Downtown's pop-up ice rink for a little Rockefeller Center-style fun in the South.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Courtyard by Marriott offers a great, central location and lots of amenities.

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If you are planning to stay for more than a long weekend, you will definitely want to check out Home 2 Suites, Downtown Greenville's first extended stay hotel. Located right on Main St., the large studio and one bedroom suites are perfect for making your hotel feel more like home on your trip. Each suite features cooking and workspaces to make your visit more comfortable while grills and fire pits warm up the patio areas outside. There is even a market built into the hotel for groceries and any travel essentials you might need on your trip and a laundry/fitness facility for maximum productivity.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Home 2 Suites is Downtown Greenville's first extended stay hotel.

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Maybe a traditional hotel in the heart of Downtown Greenville is not your thing. For something a little more inviting, check out Pettigru Place Bed & Breakfast. Surrounded by blooming English gardens in one of Greenville's oldest historic districts, this 1920's-era home provides well-appointed rooms for vacationers and business travelers alike. Each of the six luxurious guest rooms has their own private baths so you will have all the privacy you need for your stay, just a 15 minute walk from Downtown Greenville. Enjoy wine and cheese offerings every evening and full gourmet breakfasts each morning to start your day for the perfect B&B experience.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: A bed & breakfast this close to Main St. is a rare treat.

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The newest addition to the Downtown Greenville hotel scene is Spring Hill Suites (and the Residence Inn attached next door). The lobby feels more like an art gallery than a hotel, which is a theme that continues as you explore your accommodations. The dining at Oak & Honey are fantastic and the pool and commons area seems to invite a backyard barbecue vibe you would not expect from a Downtown hotel. Access is easy as you are two blocks off of Main St. on Washington - just a short walk from everything with just a little less traffic to contend with. Head east on Washington and you will find yourself at Fireforge Crafted Beer for some of the best craft brews in town.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: The newest hotel in Downtown offers an environment a cut above traditional hotels.

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If you can resist uttering the word "swanky" at least a few times at Aloft, you are a better man than I. The contemporary design of the boutique hotels feels more suited for Manhattan than Greenville but that big city feel is a nice break from the expected. Conveniently located at ONE Plaza, the hotel offers easy access to everything, along with plenty of its own amenities. You will hardly want to stray from the rooftop pool and the WXYZ bar offers great views, signature cocktails, live music, and puppies. Yes, puppies. The pet-friendly hotel has them available for adoption or just to keep you company as you borrow them for a companion on your adventures.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Aloft brings a great big city vibe with a ton of luxury amenities.

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Overlooking the Reedy River, Hampton Inn Riverplace is one of Greenville's premier hotels. Its location is convenient to numerous shops, restaurants, and Downtown attractions including Falls Park, the Liberty Bridge, the Swamp Rabbit Trail, the Peace Center, and so much more. The balconies offer great views of the Peace Center Amphitheatre where you can often listen to a live concert without ever leaving your room. Even without the music, the view of the river and the Downtown skyline make this more than worth the visit. For dining, Hall's Chophouse is a stone's throw away, as are countless other Downtown restaurant options.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: For views of the Reedy River and access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, Hampton Inn is hard to beat.

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If you want everything a hotel could possibly offer, Embassy Suites is your place. The lobby greets you with a Ruth's Chris steakhouse for some of the best cuts of meat you will find in town. The 8th-floor rooftop bar Up On The Roof serves up great food, cocktails, and the absolute finest views of Downtown Greenville. Want to go for a dip but it's not quite swimming weather? Embassy Suites has Downtown's only indoor swimming pool, and it is saltwater at that because they are not messing around. Step outside and you are less than a block from Main St. and the Swamp Rabbit Trail where adventure awaits.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: This is arguably the most luxurious and amenity filled hotel on this list.

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The revitalization of Downtown Greenville began with the Hyatt Regency in the 1980s. Built during the height of the exodus from Main St., USA, the Hyatt brought business back to Downtown and ignited the flourish of growth that continues to this day. The recently modernized hotel offers luxurious rooms, a fantastic lobby bar, and access to one of the best farm to table hotel restaurants you will find anywhere, courtesy of Roost. Step outside onto NOMA Square, which always has a bustle, and begin your tour of Downtown from the north end of Main St. where Greenville's rebirth humbly began so many years ago.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Downtown Greenville might not be what it is today without the Hyatt.

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After standing vacant and condemned for more than a decade, renovations finally restored this elegant timepiece to its 1920's grandeur in 2000, while providing state of the art technology and modern conveniences. The understated lobby shines with splendor. Two ballrooms have 24-foot ceilings with the original decorative plasterwork, crystal chandeliers and marble work having been restored. The 200 guest rooms (including 19 suites) feature Westin's "Heavenly Bed," with a custom-designed pillow-top mattress topped by a plush, down comforter. The Westin Poinsett is within easy walking distance of the M. Judson Booksellers in the historic Greenville Country Court House, the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, and all of the other restaurants and entertainment Downtown Greenville has to offer.

Recommended for Best Hotels because: Westin Poinsett is an icon of Downtown Greenville with all the amenities.

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