The Francis Marion is a more traditional hotel versus the many B&Bs in Charleston, but still keeps its historic feel, unlike the surrounding hotel chains. The main desk area is very classy and well kept. I stayed in the value room with a queen bed, and though it was a value room, it was still roomy. The room had a comfortable bed and also had a large, flat panel TV which was a nice upgrade from most. The bathroom was a bit cramped and the plumbing rusted in spots, but the shower was fairly decent. Being on the 10th floor, the view was excellent, looking right over the heart of the Charleston peninsula.
The front desk, concierge, and cleaning staff were all friendly and attentive, but the doorman seemed more interested in talking to each other or texting, and often slacked off in their job. Though the deck next to the building provided a decent discount on parking, it was still steep. This seems to be typical of Charleston so there are no big complaints here. Unless you are leaving the peninsula, there is no need to go in and out of the lot, as the hotel is located right on King Street, the main restaurant and shopping street. It is also a short walk from the market.
I would certainly recommend the Francis Marion, especially with its relatively cheap cost.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Experience unsurpassed views of the historic harbor at the Francis Marion Hotel, the only high-rise hotel in Charleston’s historic district. All 234 guest rooms including 10 Suites and 7 Penthouse Suites are tastefully furnished for today’s sophisticated traveler, and provide modern conveniences from wireless Internet access, voicemail and data ports to on-demand movies. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Francis Marion Charleston
- Hotel Francis Marion