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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Jan 16, 2020 BinkNarfus

I cannot adequately explain how helpful Rachel in booking has been! She is pleasant, knowledgeable, and has helped making arrangements a breeze. She has already provided such a pleasant experience before I ever stepped foot into the hotel!
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Very lovely and conveniently located

Jan 7, 2020 CZY4JAO Pewaukee

Friendlyds attentive staff, very good on-site restaurant, right on the trolly line and very close walking distance to many of the sites. If you're in good shape, you can even walk to "Rainbow Row". Parking in the historic district is very limited ans we did everything we wanted to do in the 4 days we were there without a car. There is good and… Read more
Friendlyds attentive staff, very good on-site restaurant, right on the trolly line and very close walking distance to many of the sites. If you're in good shape, you can even walk to "Rainbow Row". Parking in the historic district is very limited ans we did everything we wanted to do in the 4 days we were there without a car. There is good and inexpensive transportation from the airport as well. Ask for a room overlooking Marion Square - great morning views. Read less
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Jan 3, 2020 Linda S Charlotte, North Carolina

I can just imagine living back then and staying here! The decor is original. When we arrived there was a wedding reception occuring in the huge lobby. We stayed on the 11th floor and the view from our comfortable, ample room was stunning. Some reviews I read said the bathroom was small, but what does someone need a huge bathroom for? After all, it… Read more
I can just imagine living back then and staying here! The decor is original. When we arrived there was a wedding reception occuring in the huge lobby. We stayed on the 11th floor and the view from our comfortable, ample room was stunning. Some reviews I read said the bathroom was small, but what does someone need a huge bathroom for? After all, it IS an older hotel. We were given a ticket for a free drink at the Swamp Fox Restaurant downstairs, and that helped us to relax after our 2 hour drive. We self-parked our truck in the garage for $20 a day and only used it once, all the places we were able to walk to. We'll Definately be back next year, same time, same place. Read less
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Jan 2, 2020 GrandTour559745

We spent New year's day in Charleston.The consierge Suzie was extremely helpful.Wonderful hospitality and hotel stay. We had dinner at The Swamp Fox . Excellent food and service. Would stay again perfect location.
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Jan 1, 2020 ntflady San Marcos, California

I stayed here for a Christmas tour and booked an extra day as I was flying in from the West coast. The personnel at this hotel were definitely Southern charm at its best. My room was quiet, very clean, and very comfortable. Also their restaurant also has a great staff and very good food. It was truly a very welcoming place to spend Christmas. … Read more
I stayed here for a Christmas tour and booked an extra day as I was flying in from the West coast. The personnel at this hotel were definitely Southern charm at its best. My room was quiet, very clean, and very comfortable. Also their restaurant also has a great staff and very good food. It was truly a very welcoming place to spend Christmas. It was my first time in Charleston but I sure hope it is not my last. This hotel's location is in the Historic District and is close to pharmacies, restaurants, as well as excellent shopping. Read less