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387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403-6468
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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#25 of 73 hotels in Charleston
Travelers' Choice
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.
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Property amenities
Valet parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room
Bar / lounge
Taxi service
Business Center with Internet Access
Conference facilities
Paid public parking nearby
Coffee shop
Breakfast in the room
Kids' meals
Vending machine
Banquet room
Meeting rooms
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning
Laundry service
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Room features
Air conditioning
Room service
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
VIP room facilities
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Hair dryer
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Room types
Bridal suite
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Park View
Great View
Languages Spoken
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TravelLover wrote a review Jul 16
37 contributions1 helpful vote
My friend and I loved our stay at the Francis Marion. Our room was very clean, as was the entire hotel. I loved the historical vibe. Every employee we encountered was very helpful and friendly. The young gentlemen who helped us with our luggage both upon arrival and departure were impressive, helpful, and kind. Michael helped us when we arrived, and I am so sorry but I do not remember the gentleman's name who helped us when we left. The location is perfect. It's right in the middle of King Street - close to restaurants, bars, shopping, and the waterfront. Be sure to walk around everywhere to fully appreciate the gorgeous city of Charleston. The price was also perfect. The price was lower than others in the area and lower than I ever remember paying at other places we've stayed. The value for the price is unbeatable. I highly recommend the Francis Marion and would definitely return!
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Date of stay: July 2021
timothyswiftca wrote a review Jan 2021
Escondido, California41 contributions9 helpful votes
Hotel's Favorite
We decided to splurge and treat ourselves to the four star Francis Marion historic hotel. The hotel is a short walking distance to wonderful restaurants, quaint shops, and interesting row homes dating back to the 17th century. The staff at the hotel treated us like royalty and made us feel welcome like we were family. Their exemplary service included a surprise amenity delivered to our room, a birthday card from Michael (the bellman wishing us a happy birthday). Another big plus was our room had a spectacular view of the harbor and a brilliant morning sunrise. We had dinner at the hotel restaurant called the Swamp Fox. Shawn (the bartender) had great choices of local draft beer and told us his shrimp & grits was as good as any in Charleston. Shawn was 100% right about how good the food was at the Swamp Fox. We loved the shrimp & grits. The next morning we had breakfast at the Swamp Fox and told our server Sylvie it was Angela's birthday. Sylvie was so energetic to make sure our breakfast was a great experience and at the end of our meal she gave us chocolate covered strawberries with a birthday candle and sang happy birthday to Angela in her great french accent. Our experience staying at the Francis Marion hotel was totally enjoyable, and one we will always remember. Neil, at the front desk when checking us out, said it perfectly when I asked him who were some of the most famous people that stayed at your hotel and he said Elvis Presley and you. Sincerely, Tim & Angela
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Date of stay: January 2021
4 Helpful votes
Response from Anna Enloe, Marketing at Francis Marion Hotel
Responded Feb 12, 2021
Hi Tim & Angela! Where do I even begin?! We are elated to read about your stay. We are honored to of been a part of such a special day. We can't wait to welcome you back whenever you choose to visit the Charleston area again.
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reginaldlees wrote a review Jul 8
Duncan, Oklahoma27 contributions3 helpful votes
I stayed with my family of 4 and we had a suite, so plenty of room. The only downside was the bathroom - quite small. The staff were very friendly and helpful. They guys at the valet stand were extremely helpful. Suggest you read about Francis Marion and his moniker as the Swamp Fox. Its part of history. The only downside was the daily cleaning service. We were skipped over and had to call to request clean towels. Otherwise, had a great experience.
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Date of stay: July 2021
Room Tip: Get a suite if you need more room.
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Response from Stephen Parker, General Manager at Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear reginaldlees, Thank you for staying with us and taking the time to write a review! We appreciate your comments, especially encouraging others to read about our history. I apologize for the missed day of housekeeping service and hope you visit was overall enjoyable.
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ChinoMom1967 wrote a review Jul 5
Chino, California17 contributions21 helpful votes
We stayed at this hotel in June for 2 nights. The hotel is very historical located downtown within walking distance of everything. We enjoyed our stay here. The staff was amazing and our room was clean and comfortable. I've read other reviews criticizing the size of the bathroom. Yes, they are small but serves the purpose with a shower, toilet, sink and vanity. Didn't bother me in the least as I do not spend hours in the bathroom as I would rather be out enjoying what Charleston has to offer. Would recommend this hotel! Great location within walking distance of many attractions also a great staff!!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Response from Stephen Parker, General Manager at Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear ChinoMom1967, It was so nice to read your review! I am very happy you were pleased with the staff, room and location. We hope you consider the Francis Marion Hotel for your next visit to Charleston.
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Diana wrote a review Jul 2
Shreveport, Louisiana16 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a wonderful HISTORIC hotel in downtown Charleston. It has charm that we love in a hotel. It has that historic classy feel to it. It’s like stepping back in time to some degree.. I have smell sensitivity and I am happy to say this hotel has no unwanted odors! It smelled clean. It was a very clean hotel. I was happy they also offered housekeeping each day. That is something since COVID we rarely see. There were a few little things I could see would cause bad reviews. There were a few chipped paint places. But it’s a historical hotel, so it’s expected. We were at the end of the hall and didn’t have an issue with noise. Around 10 am or so we could hear the housekeeping coming to rooms to clean. The bellboy, Liam, was very nice and gave us some great suggestions for the area. A perk was they offered complementary water bottles in the room! My only complaint would be the blanket wasn’t as thick as I prefer. But was perfect for my husband! We booked through Expedia and actually felt the price was a good price for being downtown. You do pay for parking, but that has been the case for all hotels we stay at in a downtown area. From a very picky hotel goer, this is a great hotel to stay at!
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Date of stay: July 2021Trip type: Traveled as a couple
Response from Stephen Parker, General Manager at Francis Marion Hotel
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear LaneyDE, Thank you for the detailed review of our historic hotel. Your comments are very much appreciated! I will pass along to Liam as well.
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$147 - $375 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Francis Marion Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Francis Marion Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Pounce Cat Cafe (0.2 miles), College of Charleston (0.2 miles), and The Charleston Museum (0.3 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Francis Marion Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
Which room amenities are available at Francis Marion Hotel?
Top room amenities include air conditioning, a flat screen TV, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Francis Marion Hotel?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Francis Marion Hotel?
Yes, a parking garage, paid public parking nearby, and valet parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Francis Marion Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Halls Chophouse, Christophe Patissier-Chocolatier, and Breizh Pan Crepes & Deli.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Francis Marion Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a fitness center during their stay.
Is Francis Marion Hotel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the center of Charleston.
Are any cleaning services offered at Francis Marion Hotel?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Francis Marion Hotel offer any business services?
Yes, it conveniently offers a business center, meeting rooms, and a banquet room.
Are there any historical sites close to Francis Marion Hotel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting St. Michael's Church (0.8 miles), Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (0.3 miles), and McLeod Plantation Historic Site (2.7 miles).