If you have read any of my other Charleston reviews, you know I am sort of addicted to the King Charles Inn. This trip, I had my 92 year old mother with me and we were visiting my daughter at C of C so we stayed here to be close to her dorm for convenience. The hotel is a beautiful old building dating to the 20s. The lobby is gorgeous and smelled phenomenal-scented but very clean scent. Our room was unbeleivable spacious. My guess is that it had been 2 very small rooms (ie twin beds) in days past and they ahd knocked a wall down. As a result we had lots of moving about space as well as 2 bathrooms and 2 closets. Since the bathrooms were also quite small, it was nice for us to each have our own. The beds were incredibly comfortable and our view from the 6th floor faced east toward Mount Pleasant, the park and the Arthur Ravenel bridge. If you are traveling with someone who does not climb steps well, you have to take a small elevator to get to the lobby and then another elevator to get to the rooms (may be incovenient for some). Parking is in a nearby garage (self for $14 and valet for $19) which DID make me miss my convenient off street free parking at the King Charles. Since I did have my elderly mom with me, we decided to eat in the hotel restaurant, The Swamp Fox (see separate review) and were pleasantly suprised. The Starbucks on the first floor provided an easy early option for a scone and latte for breakfast-no room service but easy enough to hop down and pick up yourself. I prefer the more central location of the King Charles as well, this IS very convenient to the college but a bit of a walk to the market and the battery.
- Also Known As:
- Francis Marion Charleston
- Hotel Francis Marion
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in the heart of historic downtown Charleston on Marion Square, the Francis Marion Hotel has offered gracious service and elegant accommodations since 1924. Meticulously restored, the Francis Marion combines 1920's style and grace with modern comfort and conveniences for today’s sophisticated traveler all within steps of some of the cities best boutiques, historic landmarks and great eateries. Amenities include doorman and bell service, concierge, valet parking, room service, complimentary wireless Internet services, business center, newsstand, gift shop, Starbucks™ and a well-equipped fitness center. Guests can enjoy classic Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner in The Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar, a Charleston restaurant, known for its artfully prepared dishes using local farm fresh ingredients. Or simply relax with cocktails and jazz piano music in The Swamp Fox Bar. The hotel also offers complete spa services at the on-site Spa Adagio.Enjoy a wonderful night's sleep surrounded by heavenly, European-style bedding with overstuffed duvets and down pillows. As the only high-rise hotel in the historic district, the hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston's church steeples, antebellum mansions and famous harbor. ... more less
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