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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Oct 14, 2019 Salvatore G Amelia Island, Florida

The Francis Marion Hotel in central Charleston is an older hotel in a prime location. Very convenient to the downtown area, port, etc. Some of the rooms are interesting in that since this is an older hotel and hotel rooms have grown over the years, some of the rooms have been made up of two of the original rooms. We had a large room with two… Read more
The Francis Marion Hotel in central Charleston is an older hotel in a prime location. Very convenient to the downtown area, port, etc. Some of the rooms are interesting in that since this is an older hotel and hotel rooms have grown over the years, some of the rooms have been made up of two of the original rooms. We had a large room with two queen size beds and two complete bathrooms. We had a view of the harbor and the room was very comfortable, clean, and promptly attended to each morning. This was our first visit to Charleston. Based on our experience during this 3-night stay, the Francis Marion will be our hotel of choice on any future visits. The hotel was welcoming from the time we drove up to the door and met by curb side help, to check-in, the restaurants and bar, concierge, etc. All were friendly and first rate. Our group was a college graduation reunion and we held two functions in the hotel - both were handled expertly by competent and friendly wait staff. The food was outstanding. As I mentioned, this is our hotel in Charleston. Read less
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Oct 14, 2019 Journey04604046931

My wife and I were staying in town to attend a wedding at the CC of Charleston. Upon our arrival we were greeted promptly by the valet staff and our check-in experience at the desk was positive, informative and welcoming. Although we did not spend a lot of time there, the room was very clean and well-suited for our needs. Departure was also very… Read more
My wife and I were staying in town to attend a wedding at the CC of Charleston. Upon our arrival we were greeted promptly by the valet staff and our check-in experience at the desk was positive, informative and welcoming. Although we did not spend a lot of time there, the room was very clean and well-suited for our needs. Departure was also very efficiently taken care of by the valet staff. All personnel were encountered were helpful and friendly. Can't wait to return again when we have more time to spend at this lovely hotel! Read less
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Oct 12, 2019 Phyllis324 Naples, Florida

We could not have been more pleased with our stay. The Francis Marion is a beautiful historic property centrally located. Absolutely charming! The staff were friendly and helpful in every way. To sum it up in one word.....Impressive!
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Oct 12, 2019 Nomad173727

Excellent location, great restaurant, lovely lobby, small guest room and tiny bathroom-room sizes vary for the same price (historical hotel). It was an excellent choice for our college reunion. We could walk to the historical sites in Charleston.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 6 nights golf and sightseeing break from the UK

Oct 11, 2019 AndyBee Tiptree, Essex

We had spent a few days in Atlanta and Augusta and travelled down to Charleston to spend 6 nights at The Francis Marion Hotel - courtesy of Mike Hutchison (CHARLESTON & RESORT ISLANDS GOLF). We were tired on arrival but the valet parking was friendly, the reception was efficient and quick and we got to our room quickly. Unfortunately, my wife had… Read more
We had spent a few days in Atlanta and Augusta and travelled down to Charleston to spend 6 nights at The Francis Marion Hotel - courtesy of Mike Hutchison (CHARLESTON & RESORT ISLANDS GOLF). We were tired on arrival but the valet parking was friendly, the reception was efficient and quick and we got to our room quickly. Unfortunately, my wife had specifically asked for a room with a bath, and the room was a small shower. So back down to reception. The hotel was fully booked for the Friday night so they could not move up but The duty Manager - Elizabeth - went "above and beyond" to confirm that the hotel would move us the following day whilst we were out. To a nice room with a bath. The following day when we returned from our 1st round of golf, true to her word we had been moved to a corner room with a bath and a nice letter of apology from Elizabeth. Great customer care. We stayed for 6 nights and the room was lovely - although beware that the bathrooms are quite small and probably do need money spending on them. Everything was clean and everyone was friendly. Some nights when we cam back around 10pm I parked the car on a meter for free (10pm - 9am) and the parked the car in the next door garage ($18 a day) if not going anywhere. We had breakfast in the Swamp Fox on the ground floor and the food was good if not actually outstanding. Again service very good and friendly. We also had dinner there once and it was very good if a little quiet. It is definately a historic hotel by American standards, so not everything is perfect. But it had some charm and grew on us over the 6 days and nights. It is in a great position, overlooking a park and just at the top end of historic Downtown. Most of the restaurants were within a 5 minute walk on the same road. If we return to Charleston we would either stay at the Francis Marion Hotel or rent an appartment\ house well away from the city on the beach and travel in as and when to Charleston. The hotel certainly added to our 6 night holiday and experience on Charleston. Read less