The Francis Marion Hotel
What We Love
- Gorgeous lobby with dripping chandeliers and 1920s grandeur found throughout the hotel
- Outstanding location with beautiful views and within walking distance to the Historic Charleston City Market or other major attractions
- Excellent onsite restaurant that serves Southern classics for breakfast, lunch, and dinner using fresh, local ingredients
What To Know
- Self parking is available at the city garage next door for $16 per day, or the hotel offers valet for $21
- At around 250 square feet, traditional rooms are cozy. Opt for the deluxe rooms (350 square feet) if you need more space to sprawl
- To keep the air fresh and help protect the environment, it is a smoke-free hotel that also follows green practices
- Eco friendly
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
When the Francis Marion Hotel first opened in 1924 it was the largest – and perhaps most luxurious – hotel in the Carolinas. Today, the 235-room hotel has undergone many refreshments to add modern conveniences while preserving the historical opulence. Rooms feature stunning harbor views, flat-screen televisions, cherry and dark wood headboards, customized marble topped vanities, and walls and furniture splashed in hues of smoky blue and navy. Unwind in the full-service spa for aromatherapy or hot stone massages as well as facials and exfoliating sea salt body scrubs. The Swamp Fox Restaurant and bar showcases jazz piano music and crafted cocktails, as well as farm-to-table entrees such Low-country catfish served with pecan and blue crab coleslaw or spiced-rubbed pork chops topped with South Carolina’s, Virgil Kaine bourbon barbecue.
In the Area
The hotel is situated about a mile from the cruise port, around a 15-minute walk to the South Carolina Aquarium. Take a stroll through Marion Square Park, or explore the Charleston Museum – just steps from the hotel. Shoppers can meander the sophisticated boutiques of the Shops of Charleston Place, or check out the Charleston City Market, which hosts local vendors both day and night for saw grass baskets, paintings, jewelry, and more. In the evenings, see what is playing at the North Charleston Coliseum and Performing Arts Center, or make a reservation at one of the newest restaurants in the city, Stars Rooftop and Grill Room. The sophisticated venue features sustainable seafood and steak dishes and a trendy rooftop lounge.
How to Get There
Monique helped our visit be fresh and comfortable for our week long stay while attending Circe Institute’s Reason Conference. Will be back. Thank you Monique.
We had a nice city view, cool a/c, a very nice stay.
I booked the 2 night stay through Travelzoo. It was a great rate which included a nice bottle of wine delivered to the room and a good breakfast buffet. We found the bell hops and front desk staff to be extremely helpful as well as the wonderful concierge. We were accommodatied with a king size bed and the room was nicely decorated and bathrooms super clean. The lobby is so beautiful and I fact the hotel has been nicely restored.
We enjoyed our stay here very much. The hotel is directly in the center of the city and you can walk to all the interesting destinations in town. The service was fast and very friendly. We got a free map of the town and as we had a defect in the bathroom, it was quickly repaired. Only parking the car (directly near the hotel) was not free.
We booked a two-queen room with a city view, which was lovely. Room was spacious and clean. Bathroom was very small with only enough room to stand at the sink or sit down on the commode or step into the shower, all from the same spot in the room. Staff was friendly, as was everyone in Charleston. Hotel restaurant is handy, but nothing to write home about.
We loved this hotel. We loved the history of this hotel. The location was great right on King street, so u can literaly walk everywhere. There are tons of great restaurants near by, and the shopping too for ladies! their breakfast was pretty good too! The check in process was little bit underwhelmed, as it took quite sometime standing there to get our room. But overall we love our stay here. We definately will come back and stay there again!!