Historic Charm with Modern Luxury

Overlooking the heart of downtown Charleston, the historic Francis Marion Hotel seamlessly blends historic charm with modern luxury, offering guests a refined experienced of stepping back into time. From exceptional service to timeless ambience, the Francis Marion is where history and hospitality unite.

February 2024 marked the 100th anniversary of The Francis Marion Hotel. Steeped in fascinating history dating back to 1924, the Francis Marion heralded a new era of Charleston Hospitality in the 1920s.  Built by local investors from plans by noted New York architect William Lee Stoddart, the Francis Marion was the largest and grandest hotel in the Carolinas- rising higher than the church steeples. The hotel opening occurred amidst the Charleston Renaissance, a vibrant age filled with a community of artists, writers, painters and dancers. With the 1920s also known for the Golden Age of railroads and radio, the city of Charleston was flourishing with travelers and locals enjoying all the renaissance entailed.

In 1996, the Francis Marion Hotel underwent a meticulous multi-million dollar restoration, earning the esteemed National Trust for Historic Preservation award. The renovation included restoring the guestrooms and common spaces, combining 1920s style and grace with 21st century comfort and convenience. Located on the corner of famed King and Calhoun streets, the historic hotel has been the epicenter of all events for an entire century. With 235 guestrooms and 19,000 square feet of meeting space including three large ballrooms and eight smaller rooms, the hotel has been the prime location for weddings, conferences, galas and more. Named for Revolutionary War Hero General Francis Marion, the historic hotel has welcomed in celebrities, politicians, military figures and many more icons throughout the years.

The Francis Marion Hotel, an iconic landmark in the heart of downtown, is within walking distance to the finest restaurants, shops, gardens and antebellum homes. The hotel features an in-house restaurant, The Swamp Fox, a nickname granted to General Francis Marion by Colonel Banastre Tarleton for his ability to disappear into the swamps. The Swamp Fox Restaurant highlights classic Lowcountry cuisine and seafood-inspired dishes, including award-winning shrimp & grits. Other on-site amenities include The Spa of Charleston, Starbucks, and a fitness center.

The Francis Marion Hotel commemorated the 100th anniversary along with the local community back in February. While grateful for the support by the historic city of Charleston, the huge milestone would not be possible without the exceptional hospitality provided by the staff and loyalty of guests traveling worldwide to stay at the Francis Marion Hotel.

From experiencing local attractions to enjoying the warm weather, the Francis Marion Hotel is the perfect destination to appreciate a Charleston summer.