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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Dec 8, 2019 K8982BYkevinc

We had a wonderful stay at the Francis Marion for our annual trip to Charleston. Tashia made our stay at the hotel perfect! Christmas season in Charleston is beautiful. Marion square is in full holiday swing!
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Dec 7, 2019 realjackneil Charleston, South Carolina

We checked in and we were told we received an ‘upgraded room’. It was room 212 (2nd out of 12 floors, but it was a corner at least). Did have good views of the corner of King/Calhoun streets but being on the 2nd floor in an old hotel with poor insulation means LOUD! Not only loud traffic, but on Saturday night they had a party in one of the… Read more
We checked in and we were told we received an ‘upgraded room’. It was room 212 (2nd out of 12 floors, but it was a corner at least). Did have good views of the corner of King/Calhoun streets but being on the 2nd floor in an old hotel with poor insulation means LOUD! Not only loud traffic, but on Saturday night they had a party in one of the banquet halls until 11pm. We were staying with our toddler and the amount of vase they used for music shook our room, glasses, windows, and bodies. Absolutely ridiculous they allowed this. We are Marriott Platinum members and they would NEVER allow something like this. This room should cost $70 and I’d expect a college level hotel room experience. Not $270. Do not stay here. Come by and visit - it is beautiful. But absolutely do not stay here. Stay at the Courtyard, Dewberry, Bella Grace, or Bohemian within 2 blocks but DO NOT STAY HERE. Trying to post a video showing just how loud it is. May edit this post when I figure out how to post a video. -Jack Neil Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Should have stayed across square at Courtyard by Marriott

Dec 5, 2019 gregp822 Birmingham, Alabama

This hotel coasts on its historical vibes, but you will be happier nearby. We checked in on a Wednesday night. Only 1 person worked the desk and give parties were ahead of us. It took a half hour to check in at 9 pm. The rooms are ill-designed: the bathroom in our room (and the one next door) is 3feet away from the head of the bed (not good). We… Read more
This hotel coasts on its historical vibes, but you will be happier nearby. We checked in on a Wednesday night. Only 1 person worked the desk and give parties were ahead of us. It took a half hour to check in at 9 pm. The rooms are ill-designed: the bathroom in our room (and the one next door) is 3feet away from the head of the bed (not good). We saw debris (a bobby pin, a piece of food) on the carpet in the hall outside our door on the first night and 3 nights later, all were still there. I don't think anyone ever vacuumed the floors of the elevators.Our rooms had views of walls and nothing else. For $250 a night, go across Marion Square outside to either the Hampton Inn or the Marriott Courtyard. Better deal, cleaner place, more professional hotel. The Swamp Fox restaurant at the hotel was fantastically overpriced. Parking was $20 a night. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Wonderful Stay!

Dec 1, 2019 je582

We just finished a delightful stay at the Francis Marion - celebrating our 32nd wedding Anniversary and the Thanksgiving Holiday! From the moment we arrived the desk personnel made us feel Special - gave us a corner room on the 10th floor with a Wonderful view of the Harbor and downtown Charleston. Customer service was outstanding. The hotel is… Read more
We just finished a delightful stay at the Francis Marion - celebrating our 32nd wedding Anniversary and the Thanksgiving Holiday! From the moment we arrived the desk personnel made us feel Special - gave us a corner room on the 10th floor with a Wonderful view of the Harbor and downtown Charleston. Customer service was outstanding. The hotel is historic but certainly updated so we felt we did not miss any amenities. It has the feel of a "family establishment" and not a big corporate hotel -- Perfect for us! The food at the Swamp Fox Restaurant was so Delicious and the Thanksgiving Buffet was Amazing! Definitely farm-to-table lowcountry specialties (yum)! The dining room is rather intimate so be sure to make reservations for special events early~! Highly recommend! Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Southern Charm and a fabulous vacation!

Nov 29, 2019 L7850UHnancyh United States

Charleston SC is a beautiful city with so much to do and the city has designed services to make visitors' experiences as close to ideal as possible. The Francis Marion is the grand dame of the hotels and retains its 1930s style while providing the latest in comfort and experience. The hotel's restaurant is incredible - the hush puppies and… Read more
Charleston SC is a beautiful city with so much to do and the city has designed services to make visitors' experiences as close to ideal as possible. The Francis Marion is the grand dame of the hotels and retains its 1930s style while providing the latest in comfort and experience. The hotel's restaurant is incredible - the hush puppies and shrimp dishes are amazingly good. The rooms are gracefully presented and the staff is very hospitable in every way. The hotel sits across the street from the 'town square' and is just a good walk from the ocean and aquarium in one direction and in another to museums, antique shops and even some local clothes designers. The hotel is a block away from the College of Charleston and the jibe is great in the many bars and restaurants nearby. It's easy to see why this is a regular stop for the cruise lines! Read less