I lived in Charleston for two years during grad school, so when I came back for a conference at the Francis Marion recently I wanted to be able to stay at the hotel so I wouldn't have to bother with a rental car. It is in a prime location, and the city is best seen when you're out walking around. I love how elegant the lobby is. You really feel like you've stepped into a different decade. I also really enjoyed my room. It was a good size for one person, and the housekeeping staff always kept it spotless. I should mention that the Francis Marion is a historic hotel, so one needs to understand that the rooms and bathrooms will not be as large as what you'll find in more modern hotels, that's just the way they were designed back then. The bathroom was rather small, but for one person, I thought it was fine. If you need a lot of space in that regard, you might want to try a more modern hotel. The staff was always ready to help...even providing me with some band-aids when my new shoes gave me blisters. Being a single girl, I felt very safe in this hotel. Inside the hotel itself is very subdued and quiet, but the streets outside are always bustling with people since it's positioned at one of the busiest intersections in the city. It is the perfect place to stay with regards to dining and shopping. Some of the best places to eat and shop are on King Street within a few blocks of the hotel. Not to mention the Saturday farmer's market that is on the square right outside the hotel...it's awesome and convenient! There is also a CVS nearby to pick up any toilettries you forgot. I recommend this hotel to people who are visiting Charleston and want to experience the charm of the city and be within walking distance of dining and other attractions.
- 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