$134 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jan 7, 2015 Check-out: Jan 8, 2015

Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
222 reviews
Friendly staff!

Awesome experience at the hotel! Had a really good time! See full review

  • shirshir
  • Nov 30, 2014
Relaxing mini vacation

Every employee at the hotel are very professional and friendly, they assisted us. Perfect location... See full review

  • Rupert my little boy
  • Sep 16, 2014
Historic charm, modern conveniences in downtown Charleston
The Francis Marion Hotel was built in 1924, completely renovated in 1996 with a $12 million grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, but there's still plenty of old-fashioned charm. The rooms feature European-style bedding and marble bathrooms with pedestal sinks and brass fixtures. Over the years, the Francis Marion Hotel has hosted celebrities and historical figures, and its location is convenient to downtown Charleston's historic homes, shops, restaurants and other attractions.
Highlights
  • Named after Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion, "The Swamp Fox"
  • In the heart of downtown historic Charleston, walking distance from many attractions
  • Entire facility is smoke free
  • Listed on the Virginia and National Registers of Historic Places
  • The two ballrooms feature antique chandeliers, high ceilings and windows and marble accented fireplaces

 

Rooms
The Francis Marion Hotel has 233 rooms, 10 suites and seven penthouse suites. The room decor is reminiscent of 1920s grandeur, but with up-to-date amenities such as free wireless Internet and on-demand movies (fees apply).
Features
The Francis Marion Hotel offers concierge service, Spa Adagio Day Spa and an on-site fitness center.

 

Dining
The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar features classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Francis Marion Hotel also has a Starbucks on site and offers and room service.
Transportation
  • Charleston International Airport (11.2 mi/18 km)
  • Amtrak station (7.6 mi/12.2 km)
  • Walking distance from many attractions downtown
Attractions
  • Charleston's Museum Mile (0.1 mi/0.2 km)
  • Children's Museum (0.3 mi/0.5 km)
  • Charleston Visitor Center (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
  • Fort Sumter and Dinner Cruises (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • South Carolina Aquarium (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Gibbes Museum of Art (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
  • Patriots Point Park including USS Yorktown (5 mi/8 km)
  • Magnolia Plantation (12 mi/19.3 km)
Business
  • 10 meeting rooms totaling 19,000 square feet, all with Wi-Fi
  • The Francis Marion added a 7,000 square-foot conference center in 2004
  • Audio/visual equipment available (fees apply)
  • Business center
Policies and fees
  • No pets allowed. 
  • Self-parking is available at a city garage next door (fees apply). 
  • Effective January 1, 2014, valet parking will be $21 USD and self-parking will be $16 USD.

This is not a comprehensive list of fees. Any amounts listed above may not include taxes and are subject to change.

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Francis Marion Hotel Rooms

Deluxe Room
One king or two double beds. Early 20th-century decor and furnishings. 350 square feet. Rooms includes air conditioning, refrigerator, wake up calls, complimentary toiletries, iron and iron board, clock radio, cribs(infant beds)available, satellite/ cable TV with pay movies, premium bedding, complimentary newspaper, multiline phone, voice mail, coffee and tea maker, house keeping daily, extra towels and bedding in room, hair dryer, electronic and magnetic keys. European-style bedding with overstuffed duvets and down pillows. Marble bathroom, pedestal sink, and brass fixtures. Nonsmoking
Treditional
Room includes one queen or two double beds. 250 square feet. Early 20th-century decor and furnishings, European-style bedding with overstuffed duvets and down pillows, desk with lamp and chair, wooden armoire with TV, dual-line phone, premium cable with pay movies, marble bathroom, pedestal sink and brass fixtures, Nonsmoking.

Amenities

  • Free internet
  • No smoking rooms/facilities
General
No smoking rooms/facilities
Concierge
Elevators
Activities
Fitness Center
Spa
Dining
Bar/Lounge
Restaurant
Room service
Services
Business center
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities

Nearby points of interest

  • Charleston Music Hall: 0.2 mi
  • Theater99: 0.2 mi
  • Charleston Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Children's Museum of the Lowcountry: 0.3 mi
  • Aiken-Rhett House: 0.4 mi
  • Unitarian Church in Charleston: 0.5 mi
  • The Black Fedora: 0.5 mi
  • Gibbes Museum of Art: 0.6 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist: 0.6 mi
  • Dock Street Theater: 0.6 mi
  • St. Michael's Episcopal Church: 0.7 mi
  • Port Charleston: 0.7 mi
  • The Calhoun Mansion: 0.7 mi
  • South Carolina Aquarium: 0.7 mi
  • Charleston Waterfront Park: 0.8 mi
  • Charleston Music Hall: 0.2 mi
  • Theater99: 0.2 mi
  • Charleston Museum: 0.3 mi
  • Children's Museum of the Lowcountry: 0.3 mi
  • Aiken-Rhett House: 0.4 mi
  • Unitarian Church in Charleston: 0.5 mi
  • The Black Fedora: 0.5 mi
  • Gibbes Museum of Art: 0.6 mi
  • Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist: 0.6 mi
  • Dock Street Theater: 0.6 mi
  • St. Michael's Episcopal Church: 0.7 mi
  • Port Charleston: 0.7 mi
  • The Calhoun Mansion: 0.7 mi
  • South Carolina Aquarium: 0.7 mi
  • Charleston Waterfront Park: 0.8 mi
  • Heyward-Washington House: 0.8 mi
  • Old Exchange & Provost: 0.8 mi
  • Nathaniel Russell House: 0.8 mi
  • Arthur Ravenel Jr.Bridge: 0.9 mi
  • Audbon Swamp Garden: 0.9 mi
  • Edmonston-Alston House: 1.1 mi
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium: 1.3 mi
  • The Citadel: 1.5 mi
  • Magnolia Cemetry: 2.4 mi
  • American Military Museum: 5.5 mi
  • Morris Island Lighthouse: 6.6 mi
  • Drayton Hall: 10.2 mi
  • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens: 11 mi
  • Middleton Place: 14.1 mi

Meeting facilities

Meeting Info
A full array of business services is available for conferences and meetings. Host an elegant business meeting in one of conference rooms. The new conference facility features 7,000 square feet of total conference space.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1600
Check-out:
1200

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

The amenities and/or facilities may not be located at the hotel, but within a reasonable distance, and additional charges may apply for use.

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Guest Reviews (222)

Ratings and reviews for Francis Marion Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
222 out of 222
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.5
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New Jersey
Jun 13, 2010

Great hotel for the price

The staff was extremely friendly and our room was very comfortable. The bed and pillows were amazing. The breakfast buffet is great and a good value, there's free computers for guests and there's a very historic feel to the decor. It's about 5 to 8 blocks from the "market" and "restaurant row" which starts to seem long after a day or two.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
3
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

If you like to shop, there are great stores all around the hotel.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Livermore
Dec 30, 2008

Great location

The Francis Marion was very friendly and helpful when checking in; they even gave us personalized maps for attractions upon our request. The rooms were comfortable except for the loud noises across the street that went on all night. Plush bedding and a comfortable chair to put on shoes. Beautiful view of the city on the upper floors. Very convienient Starbucks underneath hotel while walking to the park or shopping directly across the street.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Rochester, NY
Jan 21, 2011

Best bed and comforter.

This is an older hotel but all the necessary items are well maitained. Best bed I ever slept on in any hotel. Friendly staff and very good restaurant.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Hymman sea food

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Virginia
Jan 31, 2011

A good experience

I had a very positive experience during my stay at the hotel. I was there for a couple of nights for a meeting and had all of my needs met.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

The market is close by as is a larger shopping mall. The hotel is in a great location in the city. Along with shopping there are many good places to eat within walking distance.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
A Thawing Romantic
Business
Fargo, ND
Jan 29, 2011

Classic Charleston Lodging and Dining

[...], the concierge, was the greatest! She got me Kombucha and had it ready for me when I arrived. She also had a refrigerator for my medicine. She is so pleasant and helpful to deal with. The Breakfast buffet was great. Jerome and the other staff were so friendly. I enjoyed the Shrimp and Grits Martini. A wonderful meal. The room was beautiful and wonderfully appointed. The only downside was the air conditioner which had a black mold and had a musty aroma.I would stay there again, but would call ahead and have them check the a/c unit before I arrived.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Entertainment tip: Short walk from hotel

We took a pedicab from the hotel to the Dock Street Theater and saw a wonderful play. After the show, the same driver took us on a tour and then dropped us at Kominsky's for dessert and coffee. Then a short ride back to the hotel.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Louisville, KY
Jun 26, 2010

Francis Marion Hotel Experience

Charleston is a wonderful city and the Francis Marion is a lovely part of the experience. Located at the historic corner of King and Calhoun, it is close to some of the finest restaurants in the Holy City. The DASH trolley stops just across the street to take you any where in the historic downtown. Tours, whether in vans or carriages, are great fun, and the plantations are not ro be missed. Best seafood? Hyman's Restaurant.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

The City Matket is fun, but drive north of the city on HWY 17 ro buy handmade baskets.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Pensacola,fl
Nov 5, 2010

perfect location

The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Memphis, TN
Nov 14, 2010

Just what I needed

I was in town on business and needed a hotel that was comfortable and convenient. I enjoy the charm of renovated historical hotels and the Francis Marion is certainly charming. My room was roomy and comfortable; it seems like a study with a bed because of homey architectural details like crown molding and antiqued furniture. It was big enough that I could easily have had colleagues over to visit or work. One morning the cleaning staff left coffee in the pot, leading me to think the job had been a little rushed, but overall the room was clean and the amenities were fine. The front desk staff and doormen are all very friendly and helpful. There is a great ambiance if you appreciate a blend of comfy luxury. I was able to walk most places but unless you have some time, you might prefer to taxi to the market area. Being so close to the campus means that there are college-type options as well as finer dining. It is an understatement to say that there is an abundance of fine shopping in this area. There are many shops of all types from cupcake bakeries to computers to luggage. Personally, I would have traded some charm for a hot tub but they do have a spa if you can afford to pay for a little pampering.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Chicago, IL
Dec 16, 2010

Cute old Hotel with excellent service

I'd been to the Francis Marion once before for a conference, and decided to travel again to Charleston with my girlfriend for a little R'n'R. The hotel staff was excellent during our stay, very helpful whenever we needed a recommendation or assistance. The rooms are what would be expected at an older hotel, smaller, fewer conveniences, but nice and cozy if you don't need a ton of space.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Poogan's Porch on Queen St has excellent Lowcountry dining, and is within easy walking distance of hotel.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Grand Rapids
May 24, 2009

nice older european feel

The hotel location was great for us! Close to restaurants and many other sites....the starbucks was awesome to have right in the hotel! The rooms were fine...not brand new, but nicely kept up, minus a few small details.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

The Thai restaurant, Basil, was just down the street and was fabulous! We had dinner there twice in one week and the sweet potato fries at Sermats were only $5 and a great afternoon snack. We could easily walk all over town from our hotel...in fact, we never even needed any transportation other than to and from the airport.

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