The Francis Marion is an old hotel with grand old features and decor. Yes, the rooms are very classical in appearance...nothing modern here. We had a very nice, large old fashion and cozy room. Interestingly the bathroom is tiny, a one person bathroom...literally. It has old fashion fixtures and everything worked like a charm. The housekeeping staff was polite and attentive. Our one request to housekeeping was attended to instantly and to our satisfaction. The front desk staff could not have been more polite. Furthermore they were knowledgeable as to restaurants and things to do in the Historic District. Same for the bell hops. They were always polite and very helpful. The main lobby is quite attractive and a nice place just to sit. There is a pianist there in the afternoon. The hotel location is just right. It is on the edge of the HIstoric District which is where most tourists want to be. The walk from the hotel to the Charleston Battery might be about 2 miles...not crazy but it is a bit of walking. Walking is the thing to do...you get the best look at the homes that were built back in the 1800's.
After all this good stuff, I do have one criticism. The hotel's elevators left a lot to be desired. In the morning it was not unusual to wait between 5 and 10 minutes for an elevator. One morning we finally got on the elevator and the door closed and then opened and closed and then opened and closed and then opened, etc, etc, etc, etc. We gave up and snuck out of the elevator when the door opened. I called down to the front desk and their immediate concern was that we were stuck in the elevator. That was the proper thing for them to consider but it also indicated to me that people have been stuck in there prior to what happened to us. All things considered we would certainly return to the Francis Marion.
- 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