FLORENCE, S.C. – Employees and executives of the Residence Inn at 2660 Hospitality Blvd. joined ambassadors from the Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce on Thursday to hold a Business After Hours event to celebrate renovations to the hotel.
Brittney Edwards, Corporate Director for Sales and Marketing at Raines Hospitality, said she was excited to unveil some of the new features of the hotel.
“We’re proud to be partnering with the Chamber for this event,” Edwards said. “They’ve done a great job and we’re really excited for everyone to see the renovations that have been done and, hopefully, welcome guests to come stay with us.”
Guests were treated to the musical stylings of SideSwiped and checked out the newly updated facility.
Edwards said the entire hotel was renovated, including the lobby, meeting room and guest rooms. The facility added new furniture, fixtures, flooring and many other features to revamp its overall look.
Edwards attributed the renewal of the hotel, in part, to the growth of the Florence community and the need for more hotels in the area.
“I think Florence in general is growing,” Edwards said. “We’re seeing great success with many organizations in the community with more businesses coming in and that’s helping us as a result. I’m from Florence originally, so it’s very exciting to see.”
Edwards said the Florence Chamber has been a great partnership for Raines Hospitality, which is a local business that oversees the Residence Inn, Springhill Suites and several other hotels around the area and state.
“The Chamber is a huge partner for us,” Edwards said. “They’re very supportive of everything going on in the community and they do an excellent job. We love partnering with them and they’re absolutely amazing.”
Edwards said the best part about being in the hospitality industry is being able to meet new people from all parts of the world.
“I’m such a people person,” Edwards said. “I’m a people pleaser and I love being able to get out there and interact with folks from all over.”