Hotel Aiken is the perfect place for both leisure and business travelers alike. Check out our rates and see that we offer something unique in Aiken at an attractive price.Why not get away from the “cookie-cutter” Hotels for once and give us a try? We are sure you will enjoy the experience.Originally built in 1898 the Hotel has gone through many changes and the original building has gone through a series of major and continuous renovations since 2001, with the accent on retaining the historical feel of this landmark building whilst providing all the modern amenities one would expect from a contemporary Hotel, such as free use of hard-wired HSIA in all rooms. The rooms and bathrooms have been completely overhauled and tastefully appointed. Our main bar, The Polo Tavern, is one of downtown Aiken’s most popular watering holes. We have live entertainment on Wednesday, Thurday, Friday and Saturday nights and are open seven days a week. The recently added Tiki Tavern on the back patio has already been awarded the title of “Best New Bar” in Aiken for 2006 by readers of the prestigious Augusta Magazine. ** Don’t forget to check out our newly opened ultra-hip wine bar, One Hundred Laurens! **Due to the popularity of both our bars it should be noted when making reservations that we are very much “party central” in Aiken and if you’re looking for a lively, fun and busy venue,especially on weekends, then you should stay with us. Located on Richland Avenue, we are the only Hotel in town that is truly in the heart of downtown and therefore we are walking distance from all of Aiken’s many other excellent restaurants, bars and stores.
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Given to the City of Aiken by Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin, Hopelands Garden was opened in 1969 to the public. The garden spans 14 acres, shaded by 100 year old live oaks and magnolias. A pleasure for guests of all ages. The gardens also plays host to many private functions, such as weddings and a summer concert series. Hopelands Gardens is open 7 days a week from 10:00AM until sunset. No admission cost. Located at Whiskey Road and Dupree Place, approximently 1 mile from the hotel.
Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum
For equestrian enthusiasts, the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates Aiken’s contributions to the equestrian sports. Enshrined in the Hall of Fame are Aiken-trained horses who have gone on the become National Champions, such as, Kentucky Derby winner – Pleasant Colony, Preakness winner – Summer Squall, and 5-time Horse of the Year Champion – Kelso. Also on display are photos and trophies from the careers of some of the best known equestrian athletes. The Hall of Fame is open Tuesday-Sunday, September through May and Saturday & Sunday, June through August (weather permitting). The hours are 2:00PM-5:00PM. No admission cost. Located within Hopelands Gardens, approximently 1 mile from the hotel.
For additional information on Hopelands Gardens or the Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum call (803) 642-7631 OR go to http://visit.aiken.net
The Aiken Center for the Arts
A showcase for local artists, the Center hosts a variety of events, such as, exhibits and classes. Their gift shop offers one-of-a-kind gift items. Located in the heart of downtown Aiken on Laurens Street, less than a block from the hotel. Check out their website for upcoming exhibits!
For information visit: http://www.aikencenterforthearts.org or call (803) 641-9094
The Aiken County Historical Museum
A former college campus and public library, the Museum is located within Banksia, a historical estate home built by Richard Howe in 1931. The Nature Room, the Ergle Log House, and the Miniature Circus are just a few of the historical exhibits. The Museum hosts special events and art shows including photography, painting, quilting, and sculpture. Guided tours available. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:30AM-4:30PM and Saturday & Sunday from 2PM-5PM. Closed Mondays and National Holidays. Located at 433 Newberry Street, less than a mile from the hotel.
For more information call (803) 642-2015 or visit http://www.aikencountysc.gov/tourism/aikencountymuseum.htm
One of downtown Aiken’s historical landmarks, the Market is open year-round Monday through Saturday from 7:30AM-4:30PM (or until farmers are sold out.) The Market sells fresh produce, including corn, tomatoes, beans, fruit, and more. Located at the crossing of Richland Avenue and Williamsburg Street downtown, less than a mile from the hotel.
For more information: call (803) 642-7761