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Francis Marion Hotel

3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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Ranked #29 of 54 hotels in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 hotel reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The hotel is old, but maintains that historic charm. The location is great, right on King Street but not in the middle of a noisy area. We ran every day and on Saturday enjoyed the farmers' market in Marion Square. The staff were very helpful and the lobby is clean and well-appointed. The room size was great (we had a... More

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Washington, DC
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As a long time professional meeting and event planner, I know what I am looking for when working with hotels. I can honestly say that the Francis Marion is one of the best I have worked with, anywhere in the country. (And that's saying a lot!) From initial contact with the sales staff, to execution of the program, to working... More

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Papillion, Nebraska
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The location of the hotel is great aside from that the rest of the hotel and service was average or ok with the exception of what should NEVER happen. The night before our departing flight we went to the front desk and asked to have a wake up call at 5:00am and a shuttle to the airport at 6:00am. Reasonable... More

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Walking into the lobby will take your breath away. You can feel the history of our young country oozing from the walls. There is a beautiful chandelier at every turn, and each room gives you new light on what you thought could not possibly be better. We had a romantic, corner room which was very cozy. The concierge sent up... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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8 hotel reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This hotel had excellent service. The rooms had a lot of character and the bathroom had a great shower. This hotel is very close to College of Charleston but on the north end of "where you want to be" while in Charleston.

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Upton, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It was a lovely hotel, its lobby aglow with chandeliers, classical music playing, and permeated by the scent of lavender. Very peaceful. Everything was well done, and the room comfortable. It is certainly a plus to have a restaurant right there in the hotel if you don't feel like going out and especially useful for having breakfast every morning. Good... More

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Scarborough, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We stayed here the end of March for five nights. The rooms are definitely small but we were prepared. The beds and pillows were extremely comfortable. I even looked for the name of the pillows and ordered some for my home. The closet was small but we had plenty of room. There were three large drawers in a bureau which... More

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FMH_Manager, Manager at Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review

You loved our pillows so much you ordered some for your home? That's about the best thing I've heard all day! Thanks so much for thinking of us when you were planning your trip to Charleston. I'll make sure the folks over at The Swamp Fox see your kudos, too! Until next time, Gayle Karolczyk, General Manager More

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7 hotel reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

As mentioned by several others, the rooms are small. Especially the bathroom. I had prepared myself and my wife for the size of the accommodations so we knew what to expect when we opened the door to our room. It was small but very clean and it offered us enough space so that we could relax. The bathroom is small... More

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4 hotel reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed at the Francis Marion the last week of March. The common areas were lovely and clean but I was not impressed with the room. The bathroom was so tiny, your knees almost touched the sink when sitting on the toilet. They seemed to have newly painted with the room, which is good, but it smelled like paint. Having... More

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FMH_Manager, Manager at Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear you weren't totally impressed when you stayed with us. Did you let someone on our staff know the paint smell was irritating your asthma? We're always willing to work with our guests to make sure they're completely comfortable! Regards, Gayle Karolczyk, General Manager More

Nashville, Tennessee
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125 reviews 125 reviews
17 hotel reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The property and location are above compare. The bedding and furnishings are also well above average. Also, it may be the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. The room, however, was barely big enough for three pieces of luggage and two people, to the point I found myself leap frogging over my husband just to get around the... More

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FMH_Manager, Manager at Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review

I'm happy to hear you appreciated our attentive staff and historic charm, but I'm sorry your room wasn't more to your liking, Patty. We have five different unit descriptions, but because ours is an older building, not every accommodation is exactly the same. Other reviewers definitely will appreciate you suggesting they inquire about the availability of larger rooms as much... More

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Also Known As:
Francis Marion Charleston
Hotel Francis Marion
Address: 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403
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Location: United States > South Carolina > Coastal South Carolina > Charleston
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#16 Business Hotel in Charleston
#18 Romantic Hotel in Charleston
#25 Family Hotel in Charleston
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Francis Marion Hotel 3.5*
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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