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Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
211 reviews
Loved this hotel

Recommend Valet Parking for the convenience of getting in and out quickly- great staff - so... See full review

  • Cotton Club
  • Aug 25, 2014
20th anniversary

Great hotel. Friendly staff. I let them know I would be there for my 20th anniversary and asked for... See full review

  • Bandjstrips
  • Aug 24, 2014
Historic charm, modern conveniences in downtown Charleston
The Francis Marion Hotel was built in 1924, completely renovated in 1996 with a $12 million grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but there's still plenty of old-fashioned charm. The rooms feature European-style bedding and marble bathrooms with pedestal sinks and brass fixtures. Over the years, the Francis Marion Hotel has hosted celebrities and historical figures, and its location is convenient to downtown Charleston's historic homes, shops, restaurants and other attractions.
Highlights
  • Named after Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox"
  • In the heart of downtown historic Charleston, walking distance from many attractions
  • Entire facility is smoke free
  • Listed on the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Places
  • The two ballrooms feature antique chandeliers, high ceilings and windows and marble accented fireplaces

 

Rooms
The Francis Marion Hotel has 233 rooms, 10 suites and seven penthouse suites. The room decor is reminiscent of 1920s grandeur, but with up-to-date amenities such as free wireless Internet and on-demand movies (fees apply).
Features
The Francis Marion Hotel offers concierge service, Spa Adagio Day Spa and an on-site fitness center.

 

Dining
The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar features classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Francis Marion Hotel also has a Starbucks on site and offers and room service.
Transportation
  • Charleston International Airport (11.2 mi/18 km)
  • Amtrak station (7.6 mi/12.2 km)
  • Walking distance from many attractions downtown
Attractions
  • Charleston's Museum Mile (0.1 mi/0.2 km)
  • Children's Museum (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Charleston Visitor Center (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Fort Sumter and Dinner Cruises (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • South Carolina Aquarium (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Gibbes Museum of Art (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Patriots Point Park including USS Yorktown (5 mi/8 km)
  • Magnolia Plantation (12 mi/19.3 km)
Business
  • 10 meeting rooms totaling 19,000 square feet, all with Wi-Fi
  • The Francis Marion added a 7,000 square-foot conference center in 2004
  • Audio/visual equipment available (fees apply)
  • Business center
Policies and fees
  • No pets allowed. 
  • Self-parking is available at a city garage next door (fees apply). 
  • Effective January 1, 2014, valet parking will be $21 USD and self-parking will be $16 USD.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

Francis Marion Hotel Rooms

Deluxe Room
One king or two double beds. Early 20th-century decor and furnishings. 350 square feet. Rooms includes air conditioning, refrigerator, wake up calls, complimentary toiletries, iron and iron board, clock radio, cribs(infant beds)available, satellite/ cable TV with pay movies, premium bedding, complimentary newspaper, multiline phone, voice mail, coffee and tea maker, house keeping daily, extra towels and bedding in room, hair dryer, electronic and magnetic keys. European-style bedding with overstuffed duvets and down pillows. Marble bathroom, pedestal sink, and brass fixtures. Nonsmoking
Treditional
Room includes one queen or two double beds. 250 square feet. Early 20th-century decor and furnishings, European-style bedding with overstuffed duvets and down pillows, desk with lamp and chair, wooden armoire with TV, dual-line phone, premium cable with pay movies, marble bathroom, pedestal sink and brass fixtures, Nonsmoking.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

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Hotel Map

32.7859 -79.9364
Area served
Charleston.
Nearby airports
Hotel is located 12 miles East of Charleston Airport (CHS)
Area description
Located in Historic Downtown Charleston. Marion square park- across the street, king street shops and galleries - 1 block, college of charleston - 0.25 mile, fort sumter tours - 0.5 mile, south carolina aquarium - 0.5 mile, old market place - 0.5 mile, charleston battery - 1.5 miles, old exchange - 1.5 miles, The citadel-2 miles, USS yorktown - 5.5 miles, Boone hall plantation - 9.5 miles, Magnolia plantation - 14 miles.

Nearby points of interest

  • Charleston Music Hall: 0.2 mi
  • Theater99: 0.2 mi
  • Charleston Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Children's Museum of the Lowcountry: 0.3 mi
  • Aiken-Rhett House: 0.4 mi
  • Unitarian Church in Charleston: 0.5 mi
  • The Black Fedora: 0.5 mi
  • Gibbes Museum of Art: 0.6 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist: 0.6 mi
  • Dock Street Theater: 0.6 mi
  • St. Michael's Episcopal Church: 0.7 mi
  • Port Charleston: 0.7 mi
  • The Calhoun Mansion: 0.7 mi
  • South Carolina Aquarium: 0.7 mi
  • Charleston Waterfront Park: 0.8 mi
  • Charleston Music Hall: 0.2 mi
  • Theater99: 0.2 mi
  • Charleston Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Children's Museum of the Lowcountry: 0.3 mi
  • Aiken-Rhett House: 0.4 mi
  • Unitarian Church in Charleston: 0.5 mi
  • The Black Fedora: 0.5 mi
  • Gibbes Museum of Art: 0.6 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist: 0.6 mi
  • Dock Street Theater: 0.6 mi
  • St. Michael's Episcopal Church: 0.7 mi
  • Port Charleston: 0.7 mi
  • The Calhoun Mansion: 0.7 mi
  • South Carolina Aquarium: 0.7 mi
  • Charleston Waterfront Park: 0.8 mi
  • Heyward-Washington House: 0.8 mi
  • Old Exchange & Provost: 0.8 mi
  • Nathaniel Russell House: 0.8 mi
  • Arthur Ravenel Jr.Bridge: 0.9 mi
  • Audbon Swamp Garden: 0.9 mi
  • Edmonston-Alston House: 1.1 mi
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium: 1.3 mi
  • The Citadel: 1.5 mi
  • Magnolia Cemetry: 2.4 mi
  • American Military Museum: 5.5 mi
  • Morris Island Lighthouse: 6.6 mi
  • Drayton Hall: 10.2 mi
  • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens: 11 mi
  • Middleton Place: 14.1 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
A full array of business services is available for conferences and meetings. Host an elegant business meeting in one of conference rooms. The new conference facility features 7,000 square feet of total conference space.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (211)

Ratings and reviews for Francis Marion Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
211 out of 211
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.5
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
1Dude1
Charlotte, NC
Aug 25, 2014

Old

Old and poorly renovated. location is good but for the money i would rather stay at the holiday inn around the corner they probably have water pressure in their showers

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
2
Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Living right
Louisiana
Aug 25, 2014

Hotel Needs update or better cleaning

This gorgeous hotel is located downtown in the middle of everything, great restaurants ( please try Virginia's for lunch or Joe's Pasta- awesome Caesar salad but the pasta was absolutely fantastic. Seasoning is amazing as long as you can handle a garlic after taste. If you drive to Shem creek, sunset is gorgeous! From hotel you have easy walk to many sites. Right by museums and visitor center. (By the way, watch out! The visitor center will offer you these free tickets if you go watch a 90 min presentation for time share!!! Don't waist your time!!!! It's not worth it!!!! They held us for over 2 hours!!!!) The room was nice but tiny bathroom. Toilete needs serious cleaning. Nice staff. Great breakfast at swamp fox restaurant at hotel Three elevators but the day we were leaving two were broken and third one acting up..., scary!!!!! So we will probably try another hotel if we ever go back.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

Please go see Middleton and Boone plantations no matter what! Better time should be in spring when azaleas are blooming. Breathtaking yards! Avoid summer. You will feel miserable!!!!

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Cotton Club
Indianapolis IN
Aug 25, 2014

Loved this hotel

Recommend Valet Parking for the convenience of getting in and out quickly- great staff - so friendly - it was for our anniversary and received a gift from hotel staff of chocolate covered strawberries. Beautiful hotel and so close to all the great shopping on King Street, Highly recommend.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Hall's Chophouse - but make reservations early.

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Bandjstrips
Mount Airy, NC
Aug 24, 2014

20th anniversary

Great hotel. Friendly staff. I let them know I would be there for my 20th anniversary and asked for a room with a view. Well Ms. Ross went above and beyond. We got a room with a great view of the park and USS Yorktown in the distance. There was chocolate coverd strawberries and a card congratulating us waiting in our room. Thank you!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

Parking is not connected to the hotel but you need to expect to walk in charleston.

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MustLoveDogs323
NY, NY
Aug 22, 2014

Great Hotel

great location, easily able to walk to restaurants and attractions. Hotel lobby is beautiful and staff was extremely friendly. Only issues were extremely slow elevator and expensive overnight parking(but able to park in several lots around downtown with the one overnight rate).

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MBELLESnREBELLES
New York, NY
Aug 18, 2014

weekend getaway

great location, central and beautiful hotel in a beautiful city!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
4
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

about a mile and a half away from beautiful waterfront!

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Jewellnut
Beaverton, OR
Aug 14, 2014

Perfect Location with Elegance and History

We stayed at the Francis Marion while moving our daughter into College of Charleston. The hotel is conveniently located and in an elegant historical building. The staff was very welcoming and helpful. The rooms are on the smaller side, but very comfortable and kept very clean. We would definitely stay there again.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Fish and Poogan's Porch were excellent and near the hotel. The restaurant in the Francis Marion is also excellent.

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
CofC Family
Myrtle Beach
Aug 12, 2014

Dropping Off Daughter for College

Perfect location for families visiting children at College of Charleston!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Poor Teacher
NYC
Aug 12, 2014

Charleston Getaway

Great location. Friendly staff. Bathroom was outdated.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Ordinary was GREAT!

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
EP and BH
Arlington VA
Aug 11, 2014

Wonderful Hotel - Perfect Location

Our stay at the Francis Marion hotel was absolutely wonderful. The staff were extremely accommodating and very friendly. They offered suggestions for restaurants, gave directions to nearby attractions, and were able to answer all of our questions. The concierge, Constance, was really helpful prior to our stay in purchasing an amenity for delivery upon our arrival. Definitely recommend the VIP amenities! The room was really comfortable and clean, with an incredible view of Marion Square. After booking our reservation we called the hotel and requested a king bed with a view if possible -- they definitely delivered! Valet service was reasonably priced and very convenient. We took the car out a few times to explore and new had a very long wait. Would definitely recommend to other travelers!!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Go to Hanks! Make a reservation well in advance of your stay.

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