A friend and I spent a few days in Charleston on our way to Hilton Head. We found The Francis Marion Hotel and Spa to be a lovely older hotel. It is directly across from Marion Square, which is a very convenient location for sightseeing in Charleston. Parking can be a problem in downtown Charleston, so the valet parking was a plus. The free “hop on, hop off” bus stops on the corner across the street from the hotel. When you step into the hotel lobby it is like stepping back in time to the days of the Grand Old South. It contains several comfortable seating areas, a bar, a grand piano and beautiful chandeliers. Considering its’ age, the hotel is in good condition. Some items are showing a little age. Our room was rather small, but the bed was extremely comfortable. The room décor was standard. We had a wonderful view of the city and the harbor from our 11th floor room. The bathroom is very small compared to today’s standards; however, you have to remember they didn’t have large bathrooms during the time period the hotel was built. The service was excellent and the staff extremely helpful. The hotel offers a safety deposit box service to their quest free of charge. Their restaurant has a relaxed “nice-casual” atmosphere, full bar service and piano entertainment on selected nights. We enjoyed wonderful meals there, selected from their varied menu. I highly recommend the she crab soup.
- 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