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 Good Central Location

Mar 18, 2020 jkoslowski148 Canton, Michigan

If you are looking for a nice hotel that is centrally located, this hotel has it. It is a short walk to Charleston College, right across the street from Marion Square (where a lot of open air events take place), and the downstreet from numerous bars, restaurants and things to do in the evening. The hotel itself has a small workout area on the… Read more
If you are looking for a nice hotel that is centrally located, this hotel has it. It is a short walk to Charleston College, right across the street from Marion Square (where a lot of open air events take place), and the downstreet from numerous bars, restaurants and things to do in the evening. The hotel itself has a small workout area on the bottom floor (couple of treadmills, eliptical, free weights, and a few other things) to help keep you toned during your stay. It also has a spa (didn't try it) a restaurant (breakfast buffet), and a Starbucks (I don't drink coffee so I can't help you there either). Sadly, there is no pool. Our room had two bathrooms which for a guy staying with his wife and two daughters, was helpful. The parking lot (structure) is built on. The entrance is off of King Street. You can park there while you check in and they should give you a card that allows you to go in and out. The card for the structure is different from your room key. Don't mix them up as I found out the hard way. My only real knock on the hotel is the soundproofing. We were on the seventh floor and yet we could hear things going on outside. Granted our room was facing King Street where there was a lot of foot traffic but to be that high up and still hear radios from cars driving by or the conversations of people who are outside the front doors was a little surprising. If you are tired you will probably sleep through it but if you have a little one who needs to go to sleep but is awoken by noises outside, it can be an issue. It is a little more costly because it is a historical hotel and because everything in the area seems to be more pricey. If you need a spot that is in the middle of the city and is either a short walk or a short drive, this is a good place for you to stay. Read less
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Mar 16, 2020 travelingaround7371

Everyone and everything was great during my stay at the Francis Marion the end of February, 2020. I was there with a conference. The catered southern food was wonderful! The staff was great and the room was spacious and clean. The valet went out of his way to help me with my luggage even though I self-parked. We took several tours (carriage… Read more
Everyone and everything was great during my stay at the Francis Marion the end of February, 2020. I was there with a conference. The catered southern food was wonderful! The staff was great and the room was spacious and clean. The valet went out of his way to help me with my luggage even though I self-parked. We took several tours (carriage ride and bus rides) around the charming city of Charleston. We were not disappointed. Be sure to check out the market too. Flowers were already starting to bloom! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating 3.5/ 5 Just Good, But is that fixable?

Mar 11, 2020 Steve V

This hotel suffers from comparison. There has been a shift that I've noticed in the past five years alone - a movement to update and upgrade hotels in this price point to an experience. The AC in Asheville, NC is a good example. Built on the premise that having great location can be really capitalized on if attention is paid to the bathroom… Read more
This hotel suffers from comparison. There has been a shift that I've noticed in the past five years alone - a movement to update and upgrade hotels in this price point to an experience. The AC in Asheville, NC is a good example. Built on the premise that having great location can be really capitalized on if attention is paid to the bathroom being modern and comfortable. Device connection points handy and plentiful. Or, Having free filtered water dispensers on every floor. Even a rooftop restaurant/bar/meeting center with a view. Of course, this is a newer hotel and it was built this way, but it was built this way for a reason. The Marion has elements that are just plain under-developed or worse, left in their current state for economic reasons and re-branded as 'quaint'. The views from the upper floor windows facing the square are awesome. But, the rooms and windows are small. Seriously ... feeling just above cruise ship size. Little things like outlets to plug devices in being part of the lamp base and requiring rearrangement of the light to accommodate the plugs. It felt like a attempt at something was offered, but they never really checked the functional results. But, lets move to the elephant; the bathrooms are a deal breaker. It takes true generosity to try to candy-coat this issue in a review, and I'm just not going to. Its not just the bathroom size - which is seriously smaller than the last cruise I was on - but the plumbing design, which puts the flush handle in position to be hit by anyone larger than a marathon runner that sits there. Not since I was four have I felt that 'aiming' and leg position was such an important part of this exercise. I ended up going to the lobby restroom's one (ONE) stall every morning. This may be the only hotel with clusters of meeting rooms that has this level of facilities. I'm certain there may have been more about, but this was the one I was directed to by the front desk. Also ... as a bonus with the design of this room, with the shower on, the curtain gets sucked by airflow in to stick to the showerer. Lovely. If there was anything the hotel staff could have done to correct the above issues, I would have asked. But these are design problems and therefore ownership issues. Anyway ... On to positives. Location is excellent. Staff was friendly, there is a wow factor to the lobby, which is old-school elegant. Swamp Fox Restaurant has a good breakfast to offer. (The Corn Beef Hash, Shrimp and Grits) If, like many (like us), you travel for unique experiences, this has some to offer. But ... there are other hotels nearby that conform to modern standards within this price point. Please evolve Francis. Read less
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Mar 11, 2020 mcc0yf Raleigh, North Carolina

I always enjoy my stay here. It's a grand old hotel but in mint condition but keep in mind its a old building. The staff is super friendly and always very helpful. Parking garage is $20 a night ans a few doors down.the best shopping and food all around you.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating great hotel, small bathrooms

Mar 10, 2020 jmurray209 West Hartford, Connecticut

beautiful hotel with comfortable rooms, however the bathrooms are very, very small and uncomfortable. The toilet was very odd, as it did not have a back. The beds were comfortable and there wasn't too much noise at night.