On my latest trip up I-95 from Florida, I checked into this recently renovated motel close to one of several busy Florence exits. Despite the proximity of the interstate, gas stations, a shopping mall and many restaurants, the motel rooms are fairly quiet, and surprisingly comfortable, considering the moderate price.
As my photos show, my room was fairly stylish, a "superior" room booked through the AAA website for about $53. The spacious room includes a comfortable work area, flatscreen TV, fridge, microwave, coffeemaker, and safe (more on that later). After setting the fridge temp a bit colder, I tried the wi-fi, and connected OK. Not the speediest, but not bad, considering I was in a separate building from the lobby.
The tiny lobby is toward the front of the motel- check-in was swift as I was the only one there, however check-out can be slow when there is only one clerk working. No breakfast is provided, but there is an in-room coffeemaker, and there are many restaurants nearby, several within walking distance. A gas station right next door has a large convenience store: very handy.
At this price point, I found the Red Roof to be an *excellent* value. The (superior) room, king bed, desk & task chair, and bath facilities were above average. The lack of "free" breakfast is acceptable, considering the room rates. The proximity to the highway, restaurants, and even a big mall, is helpful. This a great overnight rest-stop for travelers in the I-95 pipeline.
The only negative aspects were a somewhat slow check-out procedure, and unapproved and unannounced charges for the presence of an in-room safe which I did not use. This is not noted on the AAA booking confirmation, or in the motel's info or check-in procedure. I did not notice the extra fee ($1.50) until I had driven away. I should have insisted that they remove the charge, as it violates the AAA rate agreement. But despite these minor annoyances, I can strongly recommend the Red Roof Inn Florence for an overnight stop.
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- Also Known As:
- Red Roof Inn Florence Hotel Florence
- Florence Red Roof Inn