We were in town for a wedding and the Frances Marion was one of the suggested hotels. It's in an excellent location and the staff was very friendly.
However, for the price you would do much better at one of the newer hotels. The rooms in the FM are very small. The bathrooms are no larger than a small walkin closet. When the FM was refurbished, they would have been wise to combine two rooms into one.
Parking is very difficult. It is not attached to the hotel. We elected to pay the $18/day instead of the $15/day for valet so we did not have to deal with the hassle.
Small things - like the vending machines which are on each floor. I learned the stairway because the machine on our floor was broken and the machine on the next level was broken. I could accept that if we had not been paying so much money for the room.
Our friends have always stayed at the Hampton Inn in the area. The next time we go to Charleston, we will as well.
- 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