Beautifully restored, well appointed, hot breakfast buffet (included), helpful staff, internet, late night food in the bar, location.
Steep staircase leading to the registration lobby, no elevator or mechanical means for taking luggage from street level to registration lobby.
Take light hand luggage only, if you don't see a hair dryer look in one of the dresser drawers.
The General Francis Marion hotel is a work of love. Beautifully restored to its original glory and name it is just a few doors from the Lincoln Theater, another work of love. If you plan to attend any of the now famous concerts at the Lincoln, such as Song Of The Mountains, this is the place to stay.
We stayed in a standard queen room. Although fairly small, the room was adequate for us. Appointed in period furniture, the room was very comfortable. The queen bed with iron four posters was a little too soft for me, but mattress hardness is a matter of personal taste. The room was spotlessly clean, an easy chair, work desk, hard wire internet connection (wire available from front desk), telephone, television, iron, ironing board, hair dryer in the dresser, closet, full bathroom, adequately lit, mints on the pillow, no microwave, no refrigerator, no coffee maker. The one night we stayed, a Saturday night, all was quiet and we had no problems sleeping.
After we checked in, the front desk clerk noticed that we were unloading two bicycles. She rushed into the street to tell us that we could store our bikes in the hotel basement in a locked room. We took her up on the offer and were impressed that she would take the initiative to do this.
The hard part about checking in was negotiating the steep staircase from street level to the registration lobby. We travel heavy with suitcase, portable refrigerator, back packs, and a box. Taking all this stuff up to our room is something we are not going to do again. Although there is elevator service in the hotel, it begins only at the registration lobby level. There is no mechanized way to carry the luggage up from street level and there is no one to do it for you. So, travel lightly unless you are prepared for a real workout.
The Black Rooster restaurant and lounge both serve the same menu. The lounge is open late for the theater crowd an it serves from the appetizer menu only after nine o'clock or so. We had local beer on tap, sweet potato fries, and nachos. All were very good. Breakfast, included in the room charge, is served in the restaurant. The buffet includes the usual cold breakfast items and also waffles and scrambled eggs. Certainly a very adequate breakfast.
Next time we go to the Song Of The Mountains we'll stay in this lovely hotel. The reason it lost our fifth star is for the difficulty of carrying luggage from the street level to the lobby.
- Also Known As:
- General Francis Hotel Marion
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The historic General Francis Marion Hotel was originally built in 1927 and was restored to its original elegance. The hotel's 36 guest rooms are beautifully appointed in period furniture with emphasis on comfort and luxury. The Black Rooster, the hotel's restaurant offers superb dining in a Roaring '20s atmosphere. Located just up the street from the famous Lincoln Theatre, the hotel is listed in both the National and the Virginia Historic Registers. ... more less
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