Francis Marion

Charleston, South Carolina

The hotel

Named after General Francis Marion, the ‘Swamp Fox’ of the American Revolution, this hotel is one of the oldest and grandest in the Carolinas. Built in 1924 and sympathetically refurbished in 1996 to award-winning standards, it is packed to the rafters with Old World charm and modern comforts. The only high-rise hotel in the historic district, the views are spectacular from the top floors and the rooms are extremely well-equipped with a great range of home-from-home amenities. To keep you trim, there’s a fitness centre or head to Spa Adagio* for a well deserved spot of pampering. Classic Southern cuisine is on offer at the Swamp Fox Restaurant where the resident chef expertly showcases Charleston’s locally supplied produce. The menu changes monthly but regular favourites include Shrimp and Grits, Fried Green Tomatoes and Steamed Clams. Afterwards, relax in the cosy adjoining bar and if its the weekend you can enjoy some atmospheric live jazz music.

Amenities

  • Bar
  • Spa
  • Families
  • Room Service
  • Valet parking
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Laundry Service
  • Internet Access
  • Restaurant

Where is it

On Marion Square in the Upper King Street Design District of Charleston, South Carolina. Within steps of historic landmarks including Marion Park, a 6-acre park notable for its Revolutionary War and Citadel beginnings. Boutiques and restaurants are also close by.

Hotel information

235 rooms. All with air-conditioning, cable TV, telephone, complimentary WiFi, tea/coffee maker, hairdryer and iron and board. Traditional Rooms with 1 king-size bed or 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 adults.

The Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar. Starbucks® coffee shop. Fitness centre. Spa Adagio*. Entertainment includes live jazz music in the bar on weekends. Complimentary WiFi. Limited room service*. Laundry/dry-cleaning service*. Concierge service. Gift shop. Self-parking is $17 per day and valet parking is $22 per day (both payable locally, subject to change).

*Denotes local charge.

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Jul 3, 2020 Ann S

We got a great deal on the Francis Marion. Everyone at the hotel was super helpful and friendly! It was in the heart of the city, we couldn’t have asked for a better location! We will definitely be staying here again.
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Jul 2, 2020 maorine West Columbia, South Carolina

We went here on a quick overnight trip just to get away safely during the COVID crisis. The hotel is across from Marion Square and just down on King Street so it is a perfect location for a visit to Charleston. This is a strange time to travel but we felt that the Francis Marion would be a safer bet. They have several restrictions to lessen the… Read more
We went here on a quick overnight trip just to get away safely during the COVID crisis. The hotel is across from Marion Square and just down on King Street so it is a perfect location for a visit to Charleston. This is a strange time to travel but we felt that the Francis Marion would be a safer bet. They have several restrictions to lessen the risk. Rooms are kept open 24 hours between guests. Only one group at a time in the elevator. Loved the stay Read less
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Jun 30, 2020 623vinceb Lexington, South Carolina

Stayed here last week while visiting Charleston. Even in the midst of the COVID epidemic and political protests, the hotel and staff were magnificent. They were highly professional and polite and friendly. The room was facing Marion square which gave us a wonderful view of historic Charleston. The hotel was built in 1924 but has been restored with… Read more
Stayed here last week while visiting Charleston. Even in the midst of the COVID epidemic and political protests, the hotel and staff were magnificent. They were highly professional and polite and friendly. The room was facing Marion square which gave us a wonderful view of historic Charleston. The hotel was built in 1924 but has been restored with intimate detail. Rooms were clean, there is a nice restaurant downstairs and a Starbucks in case of a caffeine craving. I talked with Gail the manager she was very open and kind and has been in the hospitality business a long time. Probably the best hotel in Charleston. Overall a wonderful experience during strange and challenging times. Read less
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Jun 20, 2020 annmarielese Coatesville, Pennsylvania

Beautiful hotel with gracious staff located within 10-15 min walk of historic sights. Rooms are tastefully decorated and very well maintained. Extremely clean and sanitized during the pandemic. Steps away from restaurants and shopping.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Beautiful, historical stay

Jun 9, 2020 kristal h

My daughter and I took my mom on one of her “bucket list” trips to Charleston. She is a nurse/caregiver for my brother and rarely gets away for extended periods of time. Francis Marion Hotel proved to be the perfect place for her to escape. She absolutely loved the historical ambiance. The location is in the Historic District and within walking… Read more
My daughter and I took my mom on one of her “bucket list” trips to Charleston. She is a nurse/caregiver for my brother and rarely gets away for extended periods of time. Francis Marion Hotel proved to be the perfect place for her to escape. She absolutely loved the historical ambiance. The location is in the Historic District and within walking distance of everything we did downtown. The front desk, bellmen, and housekeeping staff were very hospitable and gracious. Shoutouts to Carlos, Natosha, and Suzie!!! Francis Marion is making an exceptional effort to follow CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19. Everything we needed was only a phone call away or available at the front desk as we maintained our room. We highly recommend the Swamp Fox restaurant, especially coming in on first night for dinner. Their shrimp and grits were some of the best I have ever had. Lizzie, our waitress, was very kind and helpful. It is important to note this is an historic hotel, so there’s obvious signs of age (which we love), very small bathrooms, and old style HVAC wall units. If we are ever blessed with the opportunity to return to Charleston, we will most definitely choose the Francis Marion again!!! Read less