$299 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jul 25, 2014 Check-out: Jul 27, 2014

Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
3.9
out of 5
280 reviews
Perfect Location

Historic hotel at the perfect location. Staff was pleasant and room was clean. See full review

  • Bugjar
  • Jul 2, 2014
Son's wedding

Check in was easy as staff was informative and helpful. Room was nice and perfect for my sister and... See full review

  • Mirt
  • May 30, 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.

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

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Hotel Map

32.7859 -79.9364
Area served
Charleston.
Nearby airports
Hotel is located 12 miles East of Charleston Airport (CHS)
Area description
Located in Historic Downtown Charleston. Marion square park- across the street, king street shops and galleries - 1 block, college of charleston - 0.25 mile, fort sumter tours - 0.5 mile, south carolina aquarium - 0.5 mile, old market place - 0.5 mile, charleston battery - 1.5 miles, old exchange - 1.5 miles, The citadel-2 miles, USS yorktown - 5.5 miles, Boone hall plantation - 9.5 miles, Magnolia plantation - 14 miles.

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 (280)

Ratings and reviews for Francis Marion Hotel

Overall score

3.9 / 5
5.01.0
19 out of 280
Amenities:
3.7
Room cleanliness:
4.4
Hotel staff:
4.6
Room comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.8
Value:
3.9

79% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Crosby TX
Nov 20, 2009

unbeatable location for the price

The hotel staff was very professional and the catering was exceptional. They were great in all areas.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

All kinds of things to see and do close to this hotel

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Jan 2, 2009

Location, Location, Location.

I know the bathrooms are small but that is my only complaint. It is one of the older hotels so you get what you pay for. YOu are right on King Street and will not have a need for your car if you are on vacation. (Cost around 15/day in addition to your room for parking)

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Everything is close. You are in the heart of Charleston.

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
Crosby TX
Nov 20, 2009

unbeatable location for the price

The hotel staff was very professional and the catering was exceptional. They were great in all areas.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

All kinds of things to see and do close to this hotel

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Mar 2, 2008

Great Location and Atmosphere

The Francis Marion Hotel was centrally located and within walking distance of many historical attractions and wonderful restaurants. Its quaint atmosphere transport you back to a simpler time. Our stay there was most enjoyable and we would not hesitate to stay again.

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

Business

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Jan 2, 2009

Location, Location, Location.

I know the bathrooms are small but that is my only complaint. It is one of the older hotels so you get what you pay for. YOu are right on King Street and will not have a need for your car if you are on vacation. (Cost around 15/day in addition to your room for parking)

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Everything is close. You are in the heart of Charleston.

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
USA
Mar 2, 2008

Great Location and Atmosphere

The Francis Marion Hotel was centrally located and within walking distance of many historical attractions and wonderful restaurants. Its quaint atmosphere transport you back to a simpler time. Our stay there was most enjoyable and we would not hesitate to stay again.

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

Business

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

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

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
EC SLP
Business
Narragansett, RI
May 25, 2011

Great location and facility

Historic hotel in the heart of downtown Charleston. Perfect location to walk to shopping, restaurants, market. Easy access. Well appointed rooms. Small bathroom. Great staff! Very enjoyable! Would recommend highly to friends and family.

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

Business

Shopping tip: Short walk from hotel

Any kind of shopping you want is just a brief walk down the street.

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

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.

Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Only1inTX
Business
Texas
Feb 21, 2014

Great staff and location

I have stayed at the Francis Marion before and as before they always do a good job. Staff was great and the hotel is very clean. The only drawback is that the rooms are are a little small, but this is the case with all historic hotels.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

There is nothing in downtown Charleston that is not within walking distance. Save $ by taking a cab from the airport rather than renting a car

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