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Greenville has some great hotels for a romantic night out

A romantic evening in Greenville can happen in any number of ways but, if you are not going home at the end of the night, the right hotel is key to the entire experience. The right accommodations can be a room with a view of Downtown Greenville or the Blue Ridge Mountains off in the distance. Whatever you are looking for in your “home” for the evening or weekend, the South Carolina Upstate offers plenty of options.

Step back in time with the elegance of the Westin Poinsett, enjoy all of the comforts of home at Homewood Suites in Greenville’s West End, or treat yourself to the lavishness of Hotel Domestique for the ultimate weekend getaway. 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.


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 1920s-era home provides well-appointed rooms for vacationers and business travelers alike. Each of the six luxurious guest rooms has 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 Romantic Hotels because: A B&B can offer a much more intimate experience than a hotel, just walking distance from Main. St.

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Courtyard By Marriott is perfect for the couple looking to experience all that Greenville has to offer in the most centralized location. A free shuttle service will deliver out of town guests directly from the airport and then you are right in the center of town with every date night option available via a short walk. Be it a show at The Peace Center, a stroll through Falls Park or ice skating on the rink just outside the hotel during winter months, Courtyard by Marriott is the perfect base of operations for your next date night in Downtown Greenville for tourists and area residents alike.

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

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AC Hotel By Marriott Greenville

The AC Hotel by Marriott is the newest addition to Downtown Greenville's hotel scene. The hotel brings a modern European design to Main St. for one of the most unique hotel experiences in the city. Located just a stone's throw from Falls Park and all the amenities downtown has to offer, you do not even have to leave the building for great dining experiences. Paloma offers guests a Spanish American fusion menu on the ground floor and Juniper serves up drinks and stunning views from the hotel's rooftop. Another restaurant, Camp Modern American Eatery, is also gaining a ton of critical acclaim right in the hotel's courtyard just to further ensure your stay is a delicious one.

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

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Aloft Greenville Downtown

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

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Homewood Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown

As nice as a hotel room can be, it is still often just a "room" that can feel claustrophobic at times. Homewood Suites allows guests to really spread out and feel like home for a more relaxing experience. A kitchenette and full-size refrigerator allow you to make yourself at home and keep the evening's focus strictly on each other for the perfect romantic evening. If you are looking to venture out, you are just steps away from Husk Greenville and other fine restaurants perfect for the date night experience. Also, Homewood Suites' rooms allow you to watch a baseball game in the most private "box seats" you will ever enjoy.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Homewood Suites gives you a more homelike experience where you can really nestle in for a cozy evening or weekend with your partner.

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Hyatt Place Greenville/Downtown

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 date night adventure right at the beginning of North Main St. with countless opportunities for a romantic evening right at your fingertips.

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

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Hampton Inn & Suites Greenville-Downtown-RiverPlace

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 Romantic 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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Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown Riverplace

If you want all of the amenities a hotel could possibly offer, Embassy Suites is your place. The lobby greats 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 best views of Downtown Greenville in town. Want to go for a dip but it's not quite swimming weather? Embassy Suites has Downtown's only indoor saltwater swimming pool. For a romantic evening filled with amenities you can enjoy all year round, the Embassy Suites is tough to beat.

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

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

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If you are looking for the ultimate romantic escape from the world, look no further than Hotel Domestique. The hotel, owned by renowned cyclist George Hincapie and inspired by his travels around the globe, looks like it was plucked right off of the French countryside and perfectly placed in the South Carolina Upstate. The rooms are luxurious, the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains are second to none, and the dining at the hotel's Restaurant 17 is worth the visit by itself. All of it comes together for arguably the Upstate's most unique hotel and the perfect place to enjoy a romantic evening or weekend with a loved one.

Recommended for Romantic Hotels because: Hotel Domestique is the most visually stunning luxury hotel in the Upstate with great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

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