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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
We have just returned from a stay at the Francis Marion. The staff was amazing. Our room was on the 7th floor. Your housekeeping lady was Miss Carolyn. She was the best. We had a medical issue and she went out of here way to make sure we had everything we needed.
Our trip came with breakfast. After the first day, the restaurant staff treated us like we were family.
We only had one issue and that was with the Wifi. It was slow and kept knocking us off. It would not be good for business travelers.
We stayed here for two nights as part of our US road trip.
The hotel is like a posh grandmother - elegant but a bit worn at the edges.
They also need to sort out the A/C vents in the bedroom - the units are below the windows and as soon as the air-con is turned on, the curtains blow out into the room. We ended up putting rubbish bins and boots on the windowsills to stop this. (The next place we stayed, which is 2-stars at best, had figured out how to fix this by putting a hard plastic guard along the top of their AC vents!)
Bathroom is really small with no ventilation/fan, and getting the shower to work is.... interesting.
Parking is $25 for valet, or you can self-park in the same garage for $20. It was the only place on our trip where we used valet.
Our family of five stayed at Francis Marion for two nights. Lice location. Very friendly and helpful staff. Unfortunately, the hotel and especially the rooms are worn down and need a significant upgrade. In its current shape, it just does not justify the rates.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Francis Marion hotel in downtown Charleston. The hotel was convenient & walking distance to all the great shopping & restaurants downtown. There’s a conveniently located Stabucks just downstairs with great hours. The staff are both helpful & accomodating. A staff member Linnell made all the difference for us by a kind guesture after finding out our family was going through a difficult time. Would choose again for our next stay.
The Francis Marion Hotel gave us a five star experience in beautiful downtown Charleston. We enjoyed every second of our stay. The cherry on top was the delicious chocolate covered strawberries that Linell left for us in our room after hearing we had a rough day. She is the absolute best! Thank you for the hospitality and we can’t wait to come back!!