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General Francis Marion Hotel
Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Marion
Certificate of Excellence
Roanoke, Virginia
1 review
“looking forward to going back to marion,va.”
Reviewed 17 December 2013

our stay for the weekend was great. so very quaint.. like returning to my roots. staff was wonderful and very helpful. wonderful little shops on the same street which I loved browsing and buying unique things. ED AND KATHY G. ROANOKE, VA.

Room Tip: higher floors have less a/c noise we definitely will go back. right next to the theater, which was...
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Robert L, General Manager at General Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review, 19 December 2013
Hi Kathy &Ed: Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review on TripAdvisor. We are glad that you had an opportunity to "shop small" in Marion and that you enjoyed the 1927 ambiance of our hotel. The hotel staff look forward welcoming you again soon! We appreciate the opportunity to serve you.
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Nashville, TN
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Reviewed 30 November 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Francis Marion on our way up I-81, and liked it so much we stayed on the way back as well. The rooms are cute (exactly like the photos), the hotel is quaint as a person could want, its really well-maintained, and, the best thing of all, absolutely every person who worked at the hotel (and the restaurant) was as nice as they could be. Helpful, friendly, and fun. We got in early and the fellow who checked us in recommended a great walk. Absolutely what we needed after a day of being crammed up in the car. And the restaurant was delicious!! I really can't say how happy we were to find the place!

  • Stayed November 2013
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Robert L, General Manager at General Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review, 2 December 2013
We are so happy that you and your husband enjoyed your experiences at the hotel and restaurant. The 1927 ambiance is unique and there was a great deal of pride and care taken in the restoration of the hotel and the restaurant. The hotel and restaurant are fortunate to have attracted staff that are invested in our mission to be mindfully present in each guest interaction. Thank you for taking the time to let us know how we are doing on TripAdvisor. Thanks for your business and we look forward to serving you again soon!
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

A charming hotel! THe GFMH is probably the best historic small hotel we have stayed in. It maintains its old world aura but with all the modcons of newer hotels. Dinner at the hotel restaurant was excellent and the complimentary breakfast was an added bonus. If you love period hotels, this is most definitely your place! And my place too, on my next trip back to Marion.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Robert L, General Manager at General Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Hi Ms. Naomi F: We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel and dinner at the Black Rooster Restaurant. To qualify as the best, boutique, historic hotel you've experienced is exactly what we strive to provide each of our guests every time they visit. Thanks for letting us know that we made the mark and thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are honored to be "your place."
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Reviewed 7 November 2013

In Marion - it's a no-brainer.. I last stayed here a couple years ago on a motorcycle trip and it was very nice. I stayed again last week, on another motorcycle trip, and it was excellent. My room was spacious (for a historic hotel), clean, in excellent repair and quite. The lounge was cozy, well stocked and the service was superb. I didn't eat in the dining room, we had dinner in the lounge - and it was very good. If you're on a bike, even in a car, and you want to park for day and then enjoy food and drink, the General Francis Marion is great. Covered parking is right behind the hotel and Marion is safe and peaceful. If you like restored old hotels, downtown hotels or just good value; give it a try.

Room Tip: Bikers ask for the "Back of the Dragon" rate. You'll save a few bucks.
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with friends
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Robert L, General Manager at General Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review, 12 November 2013
Thanks so much for your review. The General Francis Marion Hotel is headquarters for the Back of the Dragon. We are 1.8 miles from the Back of the Dragon and many other phenomenal scenic routes that are easily accessible from downtown Marion. I am happy that you had a great experience in our lounge. We are a unique, historic property with an unbeatable location. We look forward to welcoming you a third time and many more times after that. Thanks for reviewing our property on TripAdvisor.
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Princeton, New Jersey
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Reviewed 5 November 2013

What a find! In terms of charm, this place is off the scale. The owners have done an extraordinary job of maintaining period detail in the rooms and in the common areas. Don't expect a polished, big city hotel. For example, tiles, handrails, etc.. look visibly worn. But that's because they kept the original tiles, handrails, light fixtures, etc.. This hotel could be used as the set for a movie set in the 1930s, and you can almost imagine yourself back into that time period.

If you're looking for an "experience," then you'll probably love this place. I did.

Room Tip: Be careful about rooms facing the font of the hotel: the facade spotlights are quite bright, and the...
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  • Stayed November 2013, travelled solo
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Robert L, General Manager at General Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review, 6 November 2013
Thanks so much for taking the time to write about our hotel on TripAdvisor. We certainly appreciate your compliments about our hotel's restoration. You are exactly right in noting our owners' intent to transport our guests back to another era, We are so glad you felt that way about the hotel. Retaining the 1927 ambiance, while providing modern amenities, such as free wifi, spacious modern bathrooms, free parking and complimentary breakfast in the hotel dining room are all designed to make our guests' experience memorable. We hope that you can return to our hotel one day soon. Thank you for the opportunity to serve you.
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Maryland
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Reviewed 17 October 2013

This a great find if you're staying in Marion, VA. While it is an old fashioned hotel, everything has been updated and the property is quite charming. My single room was cozy, but adequately sized with a very comfortable bathroom. Everything was meticulously clean. My only criticism is that the ventilation system was quite loud, which may be handy if you like a "white noise" in the background. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. There is a continental breakfast included, which is adequate but nothing to write home about. I would stay there again

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled solo
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Robert L, General Manager at General Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review, 22 October 2013
Hello Wurti 1221: I am glad that you enjoyed your stay at our hotel. Your positive comments will be shared with our housekeeping and guest services teams. Feedback, such as yours, will help the General Francis Marion Hotel to meet or exceed each guest's expectations. Thank you for commenting on TripAdvisor. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
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New York
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

My wife and I stayed at the General Francis for one night and liked it very much. We stayed in the Junior Suite with a king bed and found it more than sufficient. We also found the hotel to be quiet and well-constructed which was conducive for a good-night's sleep. The staff are very hospitable and the breakfast that comes with your stay is quite good.
The lobby is very elegant with lots of old world southern charm, and the staff equally charming. We found Karen, in particular, to be very nice.
Parking is available in the rear of the building.
Unfortunately the restaurant had a special event the night we stayed and space wasn't available, but we were very happy with the meal we had at Wolf's BBQ just down the street.
We would absolutely stay there again!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Robert L, General Manager at General Francis Marion Hotel, responded to this review, 17 October 2013
Thank you for complimenting our hotel and staff. We are fortunate to have a lovely hotel and a staff that is dedicated to serving our guests. Our location in downtown Marion offers shopping and eateries within an easy walk of the hotel. I am glad that you had a good experience at Wolfe's BBQ. We hope that the next time that you stay with us you will have dinner at The Black Rooster Restaurant & Lounge. Please let the front desk guest services person know that you want to have dinner with us either when you check in or when you make your hotel reservation; and we will have your table waiting. Thank you for your business.
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Property: General Francis Marion Hotel
Address: 107 E Main St, Marion, VA 24354-3105
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Region: United States > Virginia > Marion
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 5 Hotels in Marion
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — General Francis Marion Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 36
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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