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
Business trip to Charleston and we stayed at the Francis Marion Hotel. The hotel is located near the College of Charleston and within walking distance of many restaurants and places of interest. The hotel staff were very friendly and the ladies that provided housekeeping for us were excellent. If there was anything we needed it was provided very quickly. We stayed on the 2nd floor,Tasha and Shada provided excellent service they should be commended for their outstanding work and dedication. I would recommend this hotel do to it excellent service.
The Francis Marion Hotel in central Charleston is an older hotel in a prime location. Very convenient to the downtown area, port, etc. Some of the rooms are interesting in that since this is an older hotel and hotel rooms have grown over the years, some of the rooms have been made up of two of the original rooms. We had a large room with two queen size beds and two complete bathrooms. We had a view of the harbor and the room was very comfortable, clean, and promptly attended to each morning.
This was our first visit to Charleston. Based on our experience during this 3-night stay, the Francis Marion will be our hotel of choice on any future visits. The hotel was welcoming from the time we drove up to the door and met by curb side help, to check-in, the restaurants and bar, concierge, etc. All were friendly and first rate. Our group was a college graduation reunion and we held two functions in the hotel - both were handled expertly by competent and friendly wait staff. The food was outstanding.
As I mentioned, this is our hotel in Charleston.
My wife and I were staying in town to attend a wedding at the CC of Charleston. Upon our arrival we were greeted promptly by the valet staff and our check-in experience at the desk was positive, informative and welcoming. Although we did not spend a lot of time there, the room was very clean and well-suited for our needs. Departure was also very efficiently taken care of by the valet staff. All personnel were encountered were helpful and friendly. Can't wait to return again when we have more time to spend at this lovely hotel!