I stayed at this hotel in November 2007. Chose a regular room with two beds. Although the room was definitely on the smaller side and did not afford a view (windows looked out over an alleyway and the parking lot), it was pristine--almost as though never used. The beds were sumptuous (the extra blankets provided were so wonderful I actually wrote down the brand name to go online and purchase one!). The room decor--although not art deco, as the hotel is--was pleasant, with touches such as an armoire rather than closet. The bathroom sparkled--pure-white grouting and period fixtures.
The building itself was an architectural treasure, and the desk staff pretty much gave us a personal tour of all the renovated areas. The entrance and sitting areas are seriously gorgeous.
The desk staff also went out of their way to chat with us and make sure we were enjoying ourselves and finding everything to our liking. I can't fault them or the rooms (even if ours was small).
My one concern was the connected restaurant. The night we partook, it was empty save for our party. A very highbrow menu (few choices at top dollar). The wait staff was one sweet older woman who wasn't really suited to table service at this type of restaurant--she cheerfully admitted she couldn't pronounce the items very well and took a very long time to mosey back and forth from the kitchen to the table (and keep in mind we were the only ones there). One of my party ordered the special--Cornish hen--because the price seemed very reasonable. Turns out it was because it was only *pieces* of Cornish hen--a tiny breast and a leg/thigh. We were not informed of that beforehand--the menu said only "Cornish hen." It was rather pitiful and comical to watch the guest try to find enough meat to fill her tummy. So honestly, although the food was well prepared, and my pasta portion was quite ample, we were not blown away by the service and bang for buck on the restaurant. And no one else came in during the entire time we were there eating.
Overall, yes, the hotel itself is a treat, and I commend those who so lovingly restored it. I'd be wary of the restaurant. And I'd hope for a special on the room rate--it's a bit pricy on the rack rate. But for those who, say, are planning on attending a show at the nearby also-restored Lincoln Theatre, a stay at the General Francis Marion would be a nice treat.
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