$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

Hotel Overview

Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
242 reviews
Amazing trip !!!

Everything was perfect , excellent location , everyone at the hotel was extremely professional. See full review

  • Elsa J.
  • Apr 24, 2015
Best service ever

On three different occasions I needed something brought to my room and each time They were at my... See full review

  • Reid M.
  • Apr 6, 2015
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
Large, beautifully restored room offering one king or two double beds with heavenly pillow-top mattress and luxurious bedding with triple sheeting. Features sitting area, marble and granite bathroom, dedicated work area with desk, a vanity, complimentary wireless internet, flat-panel TV with HD cable including HBO and Showtime, coffee maker. Non-smoking.
Traditional
Beautifully restored room offering one queen or two double beds with heavenly pillow-top mattress and luxurious bedding with triple sheeting. Features marble and granite bathroom, dedicated work area with desk, a vanity, complimentary wireless internet, flat-panel TV with HD cable including HBO and Showtime, coffee maker. Non-smoking.
Francis Marion Suite
Large, beautifully restored corner bedroom offers one king bed with heavenly pillow-top mattress and luxurious bedding with triple sheeting. Features marble and granite bathroom, dedicated work area with desk, vanity, flat panel TV, coffee maker. The separate living room features a pullout sofa, sitting area, table for 4, small refrigerator, safe, flat panel TV with HD cable including HBO and Showtime.

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
Laundry service
Meeting/Banquet facilities
Conference facilities
Gift shop
Internet
Free internet
Parking
Parking
Accessibility
Handicapped rooms/facilities
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant
Accessible facilities
Wheel chair access
Service dogs allowed
Service animals allowed
Public areas wheelchair accessible for disabled
Audible emergency alarm for sight impaired guest
Wheelchair accessible elevators
Visual emergency alarm for hearing impaired guest
Brailled elevators

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

Dining

Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar
The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar, named for Revolutionary War hero, General Francis Marion, features classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our Chefs create regional specialties that emphasize farm to table practices using locally grown fruits and vegetables with respect to the traditional beloved flavors and techniques of the Old South. Known for its award-winning Shrimp and Grits, The Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar overlooks historic Marion Square Park and is popular with both locals and visitors to Charleston. Guests can enjoy live jazz piano Friday and Saturday nights while sipping cocktails in the casually elegant surroundings.
Starbucks
There is a Starbucks located in the hotel.

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 19,000 square feet of total conference space.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
4:00 PM
Check-out:
12:00 PM

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.

Ratings and reviews for Francis Marion Hotel

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
37 out of 242
Amenities:
3.7
Cleanliness:
4.3
Hotel staff:
4.4
Comfort:
4
Location:
4.6
Value:
3.8

86% would recommend to a friend.

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Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
NYC
Jul 14, 2011

Not Happy

For the price it was a great location. However no clean towels, the cleaning lady left the hair dryer inteh sink and her bottle of tilex in our bathroom with no clean towels. Shady business with the cab/shuttle services, felt like they directed us to more expensive modes of trasnportation. Overall i felt they were shady and not helpful but the price was right at the time for hte location. Will not stay there again.

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

Business

Money-saving tip: Not Applicable

Take Yellow Cabs everywhere and not shuttles. Yellow cabs charge based on the meter and shuttles are per person. If you have more that one person in your group the shuttles are a BIG rip off. Our hotel was shady and kept directing us to shuttles. Trip to beach in a shuttle costed us $60, the trip back to the hotel in a yellow cab was $24.....

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
The Dude Kasper
Business
Nashville, TN, USA
Dec 7, 2011

Francis Marion

Hotel was nice and historic. There is a Starbucks in the front of the building, as well as the upscale Swamp Fox Restaurant. It's location is perfect, being located right at the head of the King St. shopping disctrict and next to the College of Charleston campus.I paid $109 per night. Parking is $12 per night, which was really the only option and a bit expensive. I suppose the location justifies the room rates, but I wouldn't pay the $150/ night rate they were asking. The bathroom was extremely small, but I'm a guy and didn't really care. I was on the 3rd floor. My friends who were on the upper floors (10+) had constant issues with their heat and air as well as hot water. Overall, I would stay again.

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

Business

Nightlife tip: Short walk from hotel

For the craft beer lovers, "Closed for Business" is about 2 blocks north on King St. and feature some great craft brews. Charleston Beer Works is a distant second. Go to Sullivan's Island and eat at Poe's. Not touristy, but a great little place to get cool burgers and seafood and beer.

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
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Business
san diego
May 30, 2013

2 night stay at the beginning of Spoleta

The price for the friday night stay is outrageous.. and you didnt include parking.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short drive from hotel

Go eat at Martha Lou's Kitchen

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Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Edisto mama
Business
Doylestown, PA, USA
Sep 20, 2011

Should not be a 4 star rating

While the lobby and amenities are fine, our room had an awkward arrangement. One of the beds were about 2 foot from the bathroom and the bath was very small. Although the room was clean, it was not a 4 star room based on the furnishings or the layout. This is a 3.5 star at best in comparison to other Charleston hotels.

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

Business

Dining tip: Long walk from hotel

High Cotton!

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Review of Francis Marion Hotel

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
michreunion
Business
Cleveland
Jul 5, 2014

Fair

Checked in early and room was not ready, thus had the staff store our luggage. Upon return that evening discovered our room had been given away and initially bags were missing. Ultimately bags were found and we were given a room that did not meet our requested specifications. The following day the staff were accommodating; but unable to provide refund for one night instead provided us a with a room upgrade.

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

Business

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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
Ann's Travels
Business
Richmond, Virginia
Mar 27, 2014

our extended weekend

The hotel and its staff are great but if you are not into walking to the historic district and by that I mean down to the waterfront it is a hike. We did have a few concerns with the cleaning staff but it was minor but still for a 4 star hotel really not acceptable. Forgot to clean out coffee machine, no coffee left for next day and towels left on the floor not picked up. My other big issue and it may happen at other hotels is the parking or lack of. There is a parking garage next door but not connected to the hotel which offers a hotel rate. It is not explained well and I had a slight run in with the attendant. You park and then come down the elevator and exit onto the street, walk past a few businesses and then get to hotel. The only other problem is the cabs, we used about 4 different ones and by the 3rd we learned to ask how much. No meter was ever turned on. Once it was 10, then 15, then 7 so ask first and haggle. Probably done with Charleston for a long while, 2nd visit, I will miss the fried chicken.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Jestines Kitchen was great.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Anonymous
Business
New York New York
Mar 8, 2011

Maureen trip to Charleston SC

I love Charleston...The Francis Marion Hotel was very confortable...The staff was excedingly helpful...Will return there again

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

From the Hotel within 3 Blocks there are several top rated restraunts...Hank Chophouse is by far the best followed by a close second is Fish...Both restraunts I would give 4 to 5 stars both for service price and a wonderfully exciting menues.

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Peter D
Business
Aiken SC
Aug 10, 2012

COMFORTABLE, NICE AMBIENCE

Hotel is undergoing renovations ...some rooms not yet complete....but a nice place to stay located on all free trolly runs

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

Business

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Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Charleston lover84
Business
North Carolina
Jan 5, 2013

Great hotel in a great location!

This is the place to stay if you are seeking comfort, class and a great location. The room was spotless and the staff were very helpful and friendly. The bathroom was a bit small but on the whole, awesome room with a great view! Bed was comfy as well.

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

Business

Dining tip: Short walk from hotel

Late night pizza place just a block away!

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