There's a lot to experience in Smithfield, whether it's history, fine dining, shopping, or viewing the natural beauty of the Piedmonts, and plenty of hotels to rest in after a day of exploration.
When to Visit Smithfield, NC
Smithfield, North Carolina, may be located in what is colloquially known as The South, but it doesn't get as hot as you might think. If you take a trip to Smithfield, you won't experience warmer temperatures until May, although it does start warming up in April. Temperatures reach the high 80s for most of the summer and only start to cool down toward the end of October.
Winter temperatures between November and February see an average high of 50 degrees during the day and lows averaging 32 degrees at night. If you're planning on being in town during the colder months, bring a jacket to avoid the chill that Jack Frost brings.
The region sees its fair share of rain during the summer, and the summertime is considered the wetter season with an average 34 percent chance of rain any given day between late May and early September. The drier months see an average of 25 percent chance of precipitation, and snow isn't unheard of in the coldest months. Make sure to bring along some warm clothes if you're visiting during these months.
Below is a chart of the current pricing seasonality of hotels and motels in Smithfield, NC:
Smithfield by Star Rating
Below we've posted 3 graphs demonstrating mean nightly cost patterns by star rating class in Smithfield, NC. You can use these charts to evaluate the least expensive months to book in Smithfield for your upcoming travels.
Luxury Hotel Options in Smithfield, NC
The towns of Smithfield and Selma don't have luxury hotels or bed and breakfasts for an upscale stay, but you don't have to travel too far in order to get a room with luxury appointments. Raleigh, which is about 25 miles away from town, is home to the Raleigh Marriott City Center. This hotel looks and feels the part of a luxury hotel with a building that resembles a modern art museum than it does a hotel. And the hotel delivers on its promise of luxury with all the amenities you could wish for and more.
Rooms at the Marriott City Center are known as plug-in high-tech due to the fact there are outlets in convenient places, a flat-screen TV with cable and premium movie channels, an iPod dock, an outlet with dual voltage adaptors, a work desk with an ergonomic chair and electrical outlet, and high-speed wired or wireless internet access for a fee. Some rooms have access to the Concierge lounge for a short trip to and from the lounge.
This hotel also features two restaurants and a branded coffee house as well as a convenience store on-site. Breakfast is available daily for an additional charge, and there are different types of breakfast offered. And for those who want to maintain their fitness, there's a fitness room and an indoor pool with towels provided.
Affordable Hotel Options in Smithfield, NC
3 Star Average Prices: $100.92
Comfort and convenience come with an affordable price tag at the Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Smithfield-Selma, NC. This hotel property is newer with rooms full of modern conveniences. Rooms come with free WiFi, a flat-screen TV with cable and premium channels, refrigerator, microwave, work desk with lamp and ergonomic desk chair, coffee/tea maker, wake-up calls, data port, and free local calls. If you need more room, you can get a studio suite with more sleeping areas or pick an extended-stay suite with a kitchenette. There's also free daily breakfast, a fitness room, and an outdoor pool to round out your stay.
Another hotel that offers affordability with quality conveniences is the Hampton Inn Selma-Smithfield. Rooms come with branded bedding; a flat-screen TV with HD and premium channels, on-demand movies, and video games; desk with ergonomic chair; mini-fridge and microwave; free WiFi; night lights in the room and bathroom; branded shower head and bath amenities, as well as spa tub with jets; free hot breakfast daily; and free newspaper Monday through Friday. There's also an outdoor pool open seasonally, so you can relax and lounge after a long day of exploring the area.
2 Star Average Prices: $70.86
Smithfield: Real Discounts
When you're looking to save money on your hotel room, you need discounts. And you can get those discounts at the Econo Lodge Selma. If you're a member of AAA/CAA, you can get a percentage off your room, and the same goes for those who are seniors or members of AARP. Simply show a valid ID for membership or proof of age to take advantage. If you're a member of the military or work for the government, you can get a special room rate, and groups who reserve 10 rooms or more can get a group rate.
Rooms at the Econo Lodge come with a flat-screen TV with cable channels, mini-fridge and microwave, coffee maker, and hairdryer. There are outlets on the nightstand for easy plugging in of your devices before you go to sleep. There's also a free continental breakfast offered daily, free WiFi, laundry facilities, and free coffee. All of the little details are taken care of at the Econo Lodge Selma.
The Americas Best Value Inn Smithfield is a budget-priced hotel that gets even more affordable when factoring in the discounts on offer. If you're a member of AAA, you'll get up to 10 percent off the daily room rate. And if you're a member of AARP, you can also enjoy a 10 percent discount. You'll also enjoy perks at this pet-friendly hotel that include a flat-screen TV in the room with cable and a premium movie channel, free local calls, desk with lamp, wake-up service, and free WiFi connection.
Best Value Options in Smithfield, NC
Looking for a room and don't need much other than a clean place to stay? You're in luck as Smithfield has hotels that provide just that and even have some extras that stretch your dollar even further.
One such hotel is the Super 8 by Wyndham. The Super 8 is a pet-friendly hotel located near the Carolina Premium Outlets and the Ava Gardner Museum. It's also a short drive from downtown Smithfield. You'll enjoy amenities that include a refrigerator and microwave, coffee/tea maker, desk with office chair, free WiFi, flat-screen TVs with cable channels, kitchenettes in some rooms, free newspapers in the lobby, a business center, free breakfast daily, and an indoor pool. You get all of this for a reasonable price on top of excellent access to everything in the area.
Another great value hotel is the Quality Inn Selma. While not right in Smithfield, Selma is right next door and it's a short trip to Smithfield from the hotel. It's also close to the Old Depot Museum in case it is on your list of destinations. This pet-friendly hotel offers amenities that include flat-screen TVs with cable channels, free toiletries in the bathrooms, hairdryers, desks with chairs, coffee/tea makers, free WiFi, and phones with free local calls. There's also a free continental breakfast put out daily, a business center, free newspapers in the library, an exercise room, a business center, and an outdoor pool that's open seasonally.
Top Smithfield, NC Destinations
Downtown Smithfield is an old-fashioned Main Street full of antique stores, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and more. The town has put significant investment into the buildings and encouraged small businesses to fill the storefronts. The end result is a vibrant street full of interesting things to do, see, touch, smell, and taste. Architectural buffs will enjoy viewing the building designs from different eras all clustered together in one central location and checking out the buildings that are on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Hastings House, built in 1839, is one of the oldest homes in Smithfield. It can be found along the Neuse River Walk. The home's significance comes from being a pre-battle command post for General Joseph E. Johnston prior to an attempt to stop General Sherman during the Battle of Bentonville. In a twist of fate, Sherman would later occupy the house after the battle.
Shadowhawk is an Old West town that was built from scratch by William Drake, a former actor. Over the years, he constructed a full-scale town complete with a jail, chapel, bordello, and more. It's so authentic looking that it's been used for movie sets. Drake left town a few years ago, but the current owners — a husband-and-wife team — are keeping the town going. To date, they've renovated buildings, improved upon the existing designs, and have turned it into a destination that's unlike any other in Smithfield.
Whether you're on the hunt for a relaxing getaway, want to enjoy nature, are interested in history, or enjoy the quaintness of small-town America, Smithfield, North Carolina, has a little bit of everything. Find the hotel that best suits your needs so you can relax between adventures.
Verified reviews of the city: Smithfield, NC
Below are reviews of the city of Smithfield, NC from an actual visitor's perspective.
Score 5.0 / 5
We actually stayed at the Country Inn & Suites inWilson, NC, which was a change due to easier drive the following day to our golf destination. Alsogot to Wilson early enough to play a round at a greatcountry course in Wilson.
"Had a pleasant time"
Score 4.0 / 5
The breakfast was nutritional and the rooms comfortable.
The average traveler rating of the city of Smithfield, NC shown above is 4.5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews