Located in Darlington, South Carolina, Darlington Raceway hosts some amazing races every year including the NASCAR Southern 500. If planning a long-race weekend, you have a few choices for accommodations – camping or finding a hotel. Whichever you choose, you should book reservations in advance because vacancies including camp spots fill-up quickly. If choosing to rest easy in a nearby abode, there are some great hotels located near Darlington Raceway.
Baymont Inn and Suites – 1826 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC
The Baymont is about 8 miles from Darlington Raceway. The rooms start at about $50 a night. There aren’t many amenities but guests do have access to an outdoor pool, gym, and high-speed Internet. A complimentary breakfast is served which has a nice selection. The hotel is clean but could use some updating to the 21st Century.
Country Inn & Suites, 1793 Mandeville Road, Florence, SC
A bit more on the pricy side, Country Inn & Suites averages $100 a night. There are some extra room amenities including a microwave and refrigerator. The hotel serves a complimentary continental breakfast and offers wireless Internet. An outdoor pool and exercise gym is also available. One item to note about the location though – this hotel is located near train tracks which can be disturbing to some depending upon the room location. This hotel is also located about 7 miles from Darlington Raceway.
Fairfield Inn, 200 South 4th Street, Hartsville, SC
About 8 miles from Darlington, The Fairfield Inn has nice rooms and amenities that will cost you about $100 a night. You get full amenities including a complimentary breakfast, high-speed Internet access, and outdoor pool. Cribs and rollaway beds are also available but try to reserve these when booking your room. These items tend to run out quickly.
Holiday Inn Express, 3440 West Radio Drive, Florence, SC
Usually a moderately priced hotel, the Holiday Inn Express in Florence is actually one of the more costly places to spend the night. Rooms can set you back anywhere from $125 to $175 per night. However, this hotel is in a great location (at the intersection of I-95 and I-20) and it is close to other area businesses. Rooms have a kitchenette and all of the extra amenities you need for your stay like wireless Internet.
Guests are served a complimentary continental breakfast and the hotel has an indoor pool. The hotel is located closer to downtown Florence so guests are closer to the local restaurants like Olive Garden and Outback Steakhouse. The hotel is clean but a bit noisier on the outside due to its location.
There are a number of hotels in Florence where most race fans choose to stay. The prices vary depending upon the amenities, location, and the hotel’s reputation. Remember to check online deals for the hotel you choose. Call the hotel and ask about pricing then check online with websites like Priceline.com to see if you can get a better deal. And finally, do an Internet search for the hotel you are considering. You will be able to find reviews offered by other guests who have stayed at the hotel thus helping you make a wise choice.