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 Lovely older hotel...superb location!

May 19, 2019 tlwatch Troy, Michigan

We stayed 4 nights at the Francis Marion in early May. The hotel is older (elevator is slow) but charming in many ways. We had originally booked a king room but had to change our dates and only suites were available for our new dates. When we arrived we were told that we had been upgraded to a penthouse suite! We stayed on the 12th floor and had a… Read more
We stayed 4 nights at the Francis Marion in early May. The hotel is older (elevator is slow) but charming in many ways. We had originally booked a king room but had to change our dates and only suites were available for our new dates. When we arrived we were told that we had been upgraded to a penthouse suite! We stayed on the 12th floor and had a fantastic view of Charleston. Our very large suite (full kitchen, living area, bedroom and bath) was nice but the "living room" was in need of an update as far as the furniture. The couch was very uncomfortable to sit on However, the small washer/dryer came in handy after a day at Folly Beach! This hotel is in a great area and is walking distance to most everything in the historic district. We took a pedi-cab twice to dinner but otherwise walked everywhere. The Fort Sumter museum and ferry are about a 15 minute walk. We dined at several restaurants in the area. We enjoyed Coast and Virginia's on King. We also would recommend Fleets Landing, Blossom (happy hour is wonderful!), and Peninsula Grill. The Citadel was graduating the weekend we were there, so we missed out on being able to visit several recommended restaurants. The best thing about this hotel is the staff. We travel a lot and the staff at this hotel were the friendliest we have ever encountered! That goes for Charleston, as well. Exceptionally friendly people! We loved our time there! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Like the realtor always says..location, location,location

May 18, 2019 chrisg71

Definitely an older hotel...some people may call it charming. I love the location and inviting atmosphere. Check in is easy and there is so much to do once you step out the front door. There is a nice park across the street and the free shuttle is also just across the street. Everything is within walking distance, and the walks are what makes… Read more
Definitely an older hotel...some people may call it charming. I love the location and inviting atmosphere. Check in is easy and there is so much to do once you step out the front door. There is a nice park across the street and the free shuttle is also just across the street. Everything is within walking distance, and the walks are what makes Charleston a great place to visit. If you don’t want to walk, the free shuttle is a great option. We actually rode a few of the routes as a free way to site see and stay in air condoned comfort. If your going to camp out in your room...you may be disappointed. Although they are well appointed, they are small. I live in a modest home and my master bed with en-suite is larger...and I am not sure if that makes me happy or sad. The rooms were clean and the beds are comfortable. The housekeeping is on their game and we always came back to a fresh and clean room. They have valet parking as well as a parking garage a few doors over. The location of this hotel is awesome, I could walk a few steps and get a pedicure, a few more steps had me into a cigar bar, and then a few more and I am back at the bar in the Swamp Fox.....ah, it’s good to be a man. Every morning walk starts out to find a new breakfast place as well as read menus to plan what we will do for lunch. If you are going to enjoy downtown Charleston, this is a great place to stay. Read less
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May 17, 2019 Yasir9080 Ile-de-France, France

Found Foods of istanbul Tours on an internet search. Had a group of friends Everyone had a good time Our guide Naz was very enthusiastic and entertaining It was a pretty cold day but enough of the tour was inside as not to get too chilled. Got to see and visit restaurants and shops that we may not otherwise have gone too and all were great
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Updated amenities in a charming building

May 16, 2019 DEBORAH P Stratford City, United Kingdom

Our group enjoyed staying at the Francis Marion. The rooms were clean and large although the bathrooms were quite small. The location was wonderful. Very close to the Museum or Charleston and the wonderful Callies Hot Little Biscuit. A nice walk down into the main part of town made it a pleasure to be able to eat such yummy food, guilt free.
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May 16, 2019 SMSM978

Staying at The Francis Marion was a well-worth splurge. I went to Charleston on a whim for a quick vacation. I wanted to stay somewhere classy and opulent. The Francis Marion looked like it would fit the bill! When I arrived at the hotel, it was early and I wasn't expecting to get a room right when I got there, but they did have a room… Read more
Staying at The Francis Marion was a well-worth splurge. I went to Charleston on a whim for a quick vacation. I wanted to stay somewhere classy and opulent. The Francis Marion looked like it would fit the bill! When I arrived at the hotel, it was early and I wasn't expecting to get a room right when I got there, but they did have a room available for me. The wonderful woman working at the front desk asked what I was there for and I told her to escape my crazy children. She laughed and said to enjoy my mom-cation! I swear, I think she upgraded me to a bigger room...as she gave me a double deluxe, which was roomy and spacious. It had two bathrooms as well as a fantastic view of Marion park. That evening there was a knock at my door and there was a handwritten note from her along with a dish full of chocolate covered strawberries and candied pecans telling me to enjoy my vacation. I don't know if they do that for all the guests...but I'm going to pretend she did it just for me hahaha! I know that there have been reviews on how small the bathrooms are. Like I said I had two in my room. One was a very small full bathroom (that I didn't even realize was there--I thought it was a closet door at first!) and the other wasn't huge, but had plenty of space to move around. The space around the sink isn't big, but they do have a shelf above it to put toothpaste/toothbrush and a few toiletries. That did not bother me in the least because in the room there was a vanity with a chair and a great light up mirror, so there's a place to do your makeup and lay everything out. I thought the room itself was very 1920's, yet modern. Everything was pristine. The lobby was also gorgeous. The staff was attentive and wonderful...I cannot praise all the people that work there. They helped me several times with sightseeing in Charleston. I did eat at the swamp fox one night (as I wanted to try out as many local restaurants as I could). I got a salad and it was wonderful. Also--All the buses are free to ride! The hotel is in a great spot right at the top of king street. You can walk to almost everything. I highly recommend the Old South Carriage company for a tour. All in all a FABULOUS stay and I can't wait to return! Read less