We went on a Hotwire bid for downtown, historic area, and got a good deal for a mid week stay for two nights. First the parking garage is before the hotle about a half block away on King St. With valet parking if you wish or drop off your bags, then go around the lock back to the hotel with staff to help with bringing your bags up to the second level where the front lobby is located. The daily rate at the garage is now $14 a day with your room key or hotel receipt to gat the discount rate with in and out privileges.
Once in the grand lobby, the front desk staff are very personable, helpful and efficient. The hotel is the tallest building in the area, as well as one of the oldest for grand ballroom, conferences, meetings and an excellent restaurant, the Swamp Fox, on the first floor, as well as a Starbucks and a small convenience store. We had breakfast and dinner at the Swamp Fox, which gets our five star rating.
Recommend a room away from the street because there is a lot of motorcycle and truck noise late and early, as well as some spring breakers yelling in the park at all hours. This was one of the noise issues including old pipes and air vent noises at all hours so if you need quiet for sleeping, bring your earplugs.
The room had unique styled furniture and mirrors - roccocco Southern tilted. Coffee maker, flat tv. Bathroom rather small with older plumbing with the gurgling toilet, watch the handle on the side! The bathroom paint could be refreshed a bit.
The location is great for walking around historic Charleston, just o down King St. To the harbor with all the shopping in the world. Great walking tours are described in the AAA South Carolina guide book, but get a better map at the front desk. No need to buy a tour or ride a carriage with a good walking map.
- 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