$188 Avg/night
Rate and special offer based on Check-in: Jun 3, 2015 Check-out: Jun 4, 2015

Francis Marion Hotel

4 stars
View map of 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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Ratings and reviews for Francis Marion Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
242 out of 242
Amenities:
3.8
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.5
Comfort:
4.1
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.9

88% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Very Experienced traveler
Business
New York, NY
Nov 29, 2014

generic business hotel; feels old

Room 316: very small bathroom needed renovation; thermostat did not work for heating or cooling; available blanket in room appeared dirty; Alarm clock broken; bed was comfortable; elevator waits; ALL the hot dishes with the buffet breakfast for $15 were cold when selected from the dispensers.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
2
Location:
3
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Trendy and excellent new restaurants and boutiques north on King Street

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Indycindy
Business
Reston
Mar 2, 2015

Sleeping a problem

Nice hotels DO NOT put cheap crinkly plastic mattress protectors on their beds. First, they are noisy. Second, they reflect body heat and you find yourself waking up in a sweat and not able to go back to sleep. Surely, Francis Marion Hotel can find another way to protect their mattresses. Other hotels do. There were things I liked about this hotel, but if you can't sleep well, not much else matters.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
3
Comfort:
1
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Rubysky
Business
Chicago
Aug 20, 2014

Just OK

Good location, but Need to pay for parking. Room is small, bath is tiny, looks dated and many peelings and patches. OK for the value, but would not stay here again. Would rather stay some place simpler but roomier and cleaner.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
3
Location:
4
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Ytravels
Business
Norfolk, VA, USA
Dec 30, 2013

Great Stay

Clean and comfortable. Incredibly helpful staff, especially the concierge, Jeff, who gave us great advice on several activities and provided guidance to excellent food!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Awesome bakery nearby with wonderful croissants and scones: Macaroon Boutique @ 45 John Street. Kudu on Vanderhorst makes a good Italian cappuccino, but their baked goods leave something to be desired.

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Duke rules
Business
Mebane NC
Jan 14, 2014

Anniversary

Very nice hotel and everyone working at the hotel was very friendly

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
b3p0
Business
Milwaukee WI
Jan 15, 2014

Romantic Stay for Two

This is the perfect location for a stay in downtown Charleston.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
5
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

If you want to get a table at one of the finer dining establishments in the area on a Saturday night, be sure to make a reservation a day or two in advance.

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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
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
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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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
eurogirl123
Business
arlington, va
Feb 18, 2014

great hotel with personality

This is a great hotel located right on Charleston's main drag (King St.). It is close to many shops and restaurants and you can get around without a car. The staff was great and the concierge was extremely helpful, he booked us a city tour and also explained different options to see attractions, while being conscious of our tight budget.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

Time-saving tip: Short walk from hotel

For those not familiar with the area, most restaurants are located down to the left for Calhoun on King St. (facing the park in front of the hotel) and most shopping is located right of Calhoun on King St. Hominy grill is over rated and usually has a wait time. Try one of the local cafes near the hotel for a delicious breakfast.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Having Fun in Retirement
Business
Utah
Mar 13, 2014

Fun sisters' getaway

Beautiful historic hotel in a perfect location for exploring Charleston. It doesn't get any better!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
5
Cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
4
Trip purpose:

Business

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Drbob1a
Business
Platteville, WI
Mar 24, 2014

A great way to see Charleston

We were a little apprehensive, since many reviews of the FM have not been too complementary. However, I was at a conference at the hotel and didn't want to have to walk so we gave it a try. The location is perfect-King and Meeting streets run parallel thru downtown and many of the coolest stores/bars/restaurants/museums are on, or just off them. You can easily walk to almost anything you'd like to see and eat any kind of food you'd like. The staff were wonderful-very helpful and willing to try and accommodate us. The reservation went without a hitch, room was clean and smelled fresh, linen was nice, the bathroom was a little cramped. It's an older building but I think they've done a good job of upgrading. Noise levels were a bit peculiar-we couldn't hear the wedding band from the next wing over, so that was great. But the bridesmaids yelling in the next room seemed awfully loud! It's worth mentioning that the restaurant in the hotel has really good food, except the obviously packaged scrambled eggs. Otherwise the buffet breakfast is excellent, there's some really good stuff like the shrimp and grits that us midwesterners never encounter. Overall a very good experience, we'd go back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
3
Trip purpose:

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

Hyman's Seafood Restaurant-great food, great atmosphere, get there early and the wait in line won't be too long.

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