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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Traveller rating

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Oct 29, 2020 Butterflies4you Palm Coast, Florida

The Francis Marion hotel is a great location to park and walk everywhere, we did for 3 1/2 days and it was perfect. All the staff we spoke to or asked for suggestions was excellen. Due to covid-19, no maid service, but you call or text and they bring items to your door, very professional. Everything was clean and we saw people all the time… Read more
The Francis Marion hotel is a great location to park and walk everywhere, we did for 3 1/2 days and it was perfect. All the staff we spoke to or asked for suggestions was excellen. Due to covid-19, no maid service, but you call or text and they bring items to your door, very professional. Everything was clean and we saw people all the time cleaning and wiping things down. The Swamp Fox Restaurant is excellent. We split breakfast there every morning and just a perfect way to start the day. The visitor center is 2 blocks from the hotel, tons of informaiton to help you explore. Cute pub 2 1/2 blocks north is John King Grill, great food and relaxing. The hotel is older, but kept in great condition. The rooms are alittle small and the bed was so so on being comfortable, but at the end of a long day, it is perfect. Highly recommend. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Best Hotel in Charleston, based on Location, Price, Quality, Cleanliness and Best Customer Service!!!

Oct 21, 2020 heathertC7205UT

We were so lucky to choose the Francis Marion Hotel! The prices were the cheapest for the best location. It has the coolest breeze. Right on King St so you don’t need a car! The city has a free dash trolly to take you anywhere you want but because of the location you can walk. It is across the street from the main park, ask for a room overlooking… Read more
We were so lucky to choose the Francis Marion Hotel! The prices were the cheapest for the best location. It has the coolest breeze. Right on King St so you don’t need a car! The city has a free dash trolly to take you anywhere you want but because of the location you can walk. It is across the street from the main park, ask for a room overlooking the park, you also see the ocean, the bridges light up at night and the church steeple, it’s gorgeous! The customer Service is the best I have ever had traveling the world. Everyone is so happy and helpful. They offer unlimited free water bottles. They even weighed my luggage for me! They offer late checkout, however late you need for free! The hotel restaurant has the best service, the best food in Charleston, and the prices are a lot cheaper! David Barwick is the restaurant manager and will ensure you have the best service, Latesha is spot on for the best waitress! Housekeeping is so kind and helpful and will give you extra of whatever you need! I will always stay here! The rooms are so cute! The reviews said they are small but we didn’t find that and we had a room with four people in it. The hotel is so immaculate. There is automatic hand sanitizers everywhere in the hotel. The windows open for a cool ocean breeze! Stay here every time for a happy vacation! The dash trolleys come on the corner so you don’t have to walk anywhere if you don’t want to! Choose this hotel every time! The other locations for hotels are worse and more expensive. We got so lucky to choose this one. Housekeeping will bring you extra of everything everyday if you ask and they are happy to help. We had Janelle and she was amazing!!!! We stayed on the 7th floor and loved it. The elevators are fast and clean!!! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Classic Southern Hospitality & Chatm

Oct 17, 2020 shuffman252 Greenville, South Carolina

Elegant surroundings, attentive staff, well-appointed room. Requested a room with a harbor view - it did not disappoint. Sunrise over the harbor & Francis Marion Park was amazing. Will return again when opportunity permits.
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Excellent location in Charleston

Oct 16, 2020 T5871AMjulief Dayton, Ohio

Excellent location in the heart of the historic district, right on the free bus line. Reasonable price for self parking. Excellent service and beautiful common area. The room was huge and nicely appointed with sofa and chair in sitting area. Only negative is the room smelled musty, but there for three days and I got used to it. Would… Read more
Excellent location in the heart of the historic district, right on the free bus line. Reasonable price for self parking. Excellent service and beautiful common area. The room was huge and nicely appointed with sofa and chair in sitting area. Only negative is the room smelled musty, but there for three days and I got used to it. Would absolutely stay here again. Also, no fan in the bathroom. Room was clean. Read less
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Oct 13, 2020 Sharon D Dallas, Texas

What a beautiful hotel! Perfect in every way. Staff was friendly and helpful, decor was gorgeous and, most important to me, the room was extremely clean. The location was awesome with lots of things to see and do in walking distance. We had the award-winning shrimp and grits breakfast at the Swamp Fox Restaurant and loved it! We look forward… Read more
What a beautiful hotel! Perfect in every way. Staff was friendly and helpful, decor was gorgeous and, most important to me, the room was extremely clean. The location was awesome with lots of things to see and do in walking distance. We had the award-winning shrimp and grits breakfast at the Swamp Fox Restaurant and loved it! We look forward to staying at the Francis Marion Hotel whenever we visit Charleston. Read less