I went to Charleston a couple times to plan my New Years Eve Wedding and ended up choosing to have my ceremony at St. Luke's Chapel and the reception at the Francis Marion. The hotel is old and historic, so the size of the rooms and bathrooms just are what they are! This should not bother anyone who has traveled to older hotels in Europe or that appreciates the charm of older buildings. They have done a nice job with the space that they have- making a vanity space in the room to compensate for no counter space in the bathrooms. The staff could not be nicer or more accommodating. The bell captains, valet, etc go out of their way to make your stay enjoyable. The valet even helped me pack my car (which was packed to the rim) upon leaving! Caroline Bean and the catering staff were very accommodating to all my special requests (ie. having a praline station for my guests) and gave wonderful recommendations for vendors for my wedding. All of my guests have complimented the outstanding food. It was the best food that many guests said they had ever had at a wedding! The shrimp and grits were out of this world. The seared tuna station and homemade praline stations were a HIT. The fried oysters, BBQ meatballs, Fried Green Tomato Moons with Goat Cheese and Pepper Jelly, Charleston Crab Dip, Crab Cakes, Baked Brie, etc were all excellent.
I stayed in a Traditional room when I went to scope the hotel out. It was comfortable and very clean. The rooms are not luxurious by American standards, but having lived and traveled in Europe for several years- I found the hotel to be extremely quaint. As stated before, it is a historic hotel- almost 90 years old, so the rooms are not like newer hotels- but that is what makes the hotel so charming! For the 4 night wedding weekend, my parents had the Mark Clarke Suite which was really nice and spacious. I had the harbor view suite which was extremely nice with 2 nice bathrooms. Our group booked between 65-70 rooms and none of the guests complained about the small rooms. Everyone was just raving about the food, location and they were all so impressed by the hotel's charm and service! The rooms were priced fairly for what they were! It really was the perfect wedding!
- 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