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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Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Staff

Jul 14, 2019 L J F College Park, Georgia

We have just returned from a stay at the Francis Marion. The staff was amazing. Our room was on the 7th floor. Your housekeeping lady was Miss Carolyn. She was the best. We had a medical issue and she went out of here way to make sure we had everything we needed. Our trip came with breakfast. After the first day, the restaurant staff treated us… Read more
We have just returned from a stay at the Francis Marion. The staff was amazing. Our room was on the 7th floor. Your housekeeping lady was Miss Carolyn. She was the best. We had a medical issue and she went out of here way to make sure we had everything we needed. Our trip came with breakfast. After the first day, the restaurant staff treated us like we were family. We only had one issue and that was with the Wifi. It was slow and kept knocking us off. It would not be good for business travelers. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating A bit tired

Jul 14, 2019 kiwi_sparkles London, United Kingdom

We stayed here for two nights as part of our US road trip. The hotel is like a posh grandmother - elegant but a bit worn at the edges. They also need to sort out the A/C vents in the bedroom - the units are below the windows and as soon as the air-con is turned on, the curtains blow out into the room. We ended up putting rubbish bins and boots… Read more
We stayed here for two nights as part of our US road trip. The hotel is like a posh grandmother - elegant but a bit worn at the edges. They also need to sort out the A/C vents in the bedroom - the units are below the windows and as soon as the air-con is turned on, the curtains blow out into the room. We ended up putting rubbish bins and boots on the windowsills to stop this. (The next place we stayed, which is 2-stars at best, had figured out how to fix this by putting a hard plastic guard along the top of their AC vents!) Bathroom is really small with no ventilation/fan, and getting the shower to work is.... interesting. Parking is $25 for valet, or you can self-park in the same garage for $20. It was the only place on our trip where we used valet. Read less
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Jul 13, 2019 rsaastad Oslo, Norway

Our family of five stayed at Francis Marion for two nights. Lice location. Very friendly and helpful staff. Unfortunately, the hotel and especially the rooms are worn down and need a significant upgrade. In its current shape, it just does not justify the rates.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great Stay in the Heart of Charleston

Jul 12, 2019 Rhondamccormac

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Francis Marion hotel in downtown Charleston. The hotel was convenient & walking distance to all the great shopping & restaurants downtown. There’s a conveniently located Stabucks just downstairs with great hours. The staff are both helpful & accomodating. A staff member Linnell made all the difference for us… Read more
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Francis Marion hotel in downtown Charleston. The hotel was convenient & walking distance to all the great shopping & restaurants downtown. There’s a conveniently located Stabucks just downstairs with great hours. The staff are both helpful & accomodating. A staff member Linnell made all the difference for us by a kind guesture after finding out our family was going through a difficult time. Would choose again for our next stay. Read less
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Jul 12, 2019 Collier2827

The Francis Marion Hotel gave us a five star experience in beautiful downtown Charleston. We enjoyed every second of our stay. The cherry on top was the delicious chocolate covered strawberries that Linell left for us in our room after hearing we had a rough day. She is the absolute best! Thank you for the hospitality and we can’t wait to come… Read more
The Francis Marion Hotel gave us a five star experience in beautiful downtown Charleston. We enjoyed every second of our stay. The cherry on top was the delicious chocolate covered strawberries that Linell left for us in our room after hearing we had a rough day. She is the absolute best! Thank you for the hospitality and we can’t wait to come back!! Read less