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Francis Marion Hotel
Ranked #23 of 61 Hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence
Raleigh, North Carolina
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61 reviews
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“Nice hotel in a great location”
Reviewed 7 March 2012

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.

Room Tip: Higher floors, especially on the corners, provide excellent views of downtown
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Yarmouth, Maine
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

We stayed for 5 nights and would absolutely recommend the Francis Marion hotel for anyone who wants a central location to see Charleston. We walked everywhere which is exactly what we wanted. It's an old hotel but spotless. Our room had a view of the park where the Food and Wine festival was set up (didn't go as seemed like everything we would have done was sold out already). Bathroom was quite small but fine. There was noise from people in rooms next door and in the hall way (why do people think their voices don't carry in hallways?) but luckily it did not go on for long.
There are tons of great restaurants in Charleston - we loved Closed for Business and Coast so much we went back twice to each. Squeeze had a super bartender, Glazed had a Bacon Apple fritter that I still dream about. Holy City Brewing in North Charleston was just plain fun and touring the aircraft carrier Yorktowne at Patriot Point was a great experience.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 6 March 2012

My daughter and I spent one night here on our way home from FL. From the time we arrived the entire staff was pleasant and helpful. Our room was comfortable. The location of the hotel was convenient and we were able to walk to all we wanted to see.

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with family
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Mount Airy, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2012

Perfect place to stay for the Charleston Food + Wine Festival. Within walking distance of everything you want to see and do in Charleston. The staff was very friendly and helpful!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

We were in town for three nights for the Charleson Food and Wine Festival. The Francis Marion offered a wonderful package with tickets to the festival events and good overnight rates. The hotel was extremely well situated in getting to the main festival events. The staff was incredibly helpful, especially the Conceirge, Valerie Ross, in coordinating our stay before our arrival! In addition, the service was great while we were there, from the bellmen, the front desk staff and housekeeping, everyone was tremendous.

The room was pretty good sized for an historic hotel. It was well appointed with a flat screen tv and the bed was very comfortable. The bathroom, however, left a little bit to be desired. I expected a small bathroom for a small hotel. It was a bit difficult to maneuver and you couldn't get ready in the bathroom--but the room had a vanity so it provided a place for you to store your gear and put make-up on etc.

My one and only complaint is the fact that we had a room with an ajoining door. I could hear EVERYTHING the two girls said in the next room. They were up every morning at 7:30 and unfortunately, so was I. Ask for a room that does NOT have an ajoining door, unless of course, you're traveling with friends and family and want that. Otherwise, we would definitely consider staying here on our next visit to Charleston.

Room Tip: Rooms without an ajoining door are much quieter.
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Kingston, Canada
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Reviewed 5 March 2012

Hotels in Charleston are not inexpensive. And the taxes that are added are rediculous! Our room had a spectacular view of the harbour and surrounding area. It was situated right across the hall from where the service elevator is and the carts for room upkeep are kept as well as the stairs. Consequently, the noisy carts would cross the marble threshold with a thunk and a crash at regular intervals which spoiled the room (we stayed 2 nights). The front desk person cared less. Being an old building I should not have been surprised by silver fish in the bathroom, I guess. At almost $300/night with taxes though, I was still unimpressed. We arrived mid-morning and they had a room ready and didn't charge extra, so that was nice. And afternoon iced tea and roasted pecans was a nice touch. But be sure to check you bill as they tried to charge us for 2 nights of parking ($38) and we did not have a vehicle.

Room Tip: Steer clear of the rooms on the north-west corner.
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Asheville, North Carolina
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2012

The people are helpful and friendly! This hotel will not disappoint, they go above and beyond to service their guest. Wish they took pets!!

Room Tip: Suites are great and charming
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Property: Francis Marion Hotel
Address: 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403-6468
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Region: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Spa Hotel in Charleston
#13 Business Hotel in Charleston
#15 Luxury Hotel in Charleston
#21 Family Hotel in Charleston
#24 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Francis Marion Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 234
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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