by Ardie Arvidson
The Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce welcomed Hyatt Place Downtown Florence as a member of the chamber with a ribbon cutting on Wednesday afternoon that included the grand opening of the newest hotel in downtown Florence. The event included music by Prettier than Matt.
The five-story, 103-room Hyatt Place was the 333rd Hyatt Place to open, said Ron Glancy, senior vice president of operations for Rains Hospitality. It opened its doors in February.
Owned by East Evans Hospitality LLC, the hotel is managed by Raines Hospitality, which manages several hotels in South Carolina and Florence. The property was developed by Springbridge Development. The hotel represents approximately $20 million investment in downtown.
Glancy said this is Raines’ third hotel to open since July.
“We are opening a lot of new hotels,” he said. “It is our first partnership with Hyatt Place.”
He said Hyatt Place was great to work with and it gave Raines Hospitality a tremendous amount of support.
“This is not our last Hyatt Place,” he said. The company will be opening one in mid-May in Mt. Pleasant and looks to have others.
Glancy said the hotel is situated on what was once part of Evans Street. He said the street was straightened for the hotel.
He said the view view of downtown from the upper hotel rooms is amazing.
“It is an urban oasis in downtown Florence,” Glancy said. “It is a fun and exciting addition to the community. We are so happy with the finished product.”
The hotel offers a casual atmosphere with amenities such as free Wi-Fi and 24-hour food offerings in the Gallery Kitchen. Guests can also access the Gallery menu 24/7. A coffee bar is available day and night, and the cocktail bar is open late.
The hotel offers meeting spaces for guests and the community, a 24-hour gym, and an outdoor pool.
Guests staying at Hyatt Place Florence Downtown can enjoy the close proximity of the hotel to the arts and entertainment district downtown, Guests can also enjoy shopping within walking distance of the hotel.
Faith Rogers is general manager.
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