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.
- 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