One of the warmest places I’ve come across in my travels over this fine nation of ours is actually the Atlantic coastal community of Charleston South Carolina. I’m not really sure why this is however the average temperatures a good five months out of the year are well above 80 degrees; the humidity and sticky air usually make it feel like much more than that. Still, downtown Charleston is lovely and there are many fine places for folks to go and escape the heat. Steeped in the popular, “French Quarter” style architecture which has become synonymous with New Orleans, there is actually a hotel property in downtown Charleston which has a little bit of something for everyone. Opened in 1924, the Francis Marion Hotel (387 King Street Charleston South Carolina 29403. 843-722-0600) is centrally located, has a wonderful attached restaurant, and many other amenities which can make your Charleston stay that much more relaxing.
Francis Marion Hotel Location: Located in the crosshairs of downtown Charleston, the Francis Marion Hotel is actually found across the street from the lovely Marion Square Park at the intersection of Calhoun and King Streets. The Francis Marion hotel is also actually found on one end of the sprawling downtown campus of The College of Charleston which makes it a great destination for prospective students, visiting families, as well as corporate travelers who find themselves working in the very commercialized King Street area.
Francis Marion Hotel Prices: The rates at the Francis Marion Hotel are surprisingly competitive for its location in town; probably because it has been there for so long. While other chain hotel properties have sprung up in the downtown of Charleston in recent years with the areas rapid expansion, Francis Marion has been right where it always has; offering value and convenience for folks coming in from near and far.
Francis Marion Hotel Amenities: There are 234 guest rooms currently at the Francis Marion Hotel. For a number of years the twelfth floor of this downtown destination was apartments; when the newest owners took over the property, the top floor rentals gradually became guest rooms as they were vacated. All of the Francis Marion Hotel has free wireless internet. In addition to the concierge services, attached parking garage, free business center usage, and other perks, the Francis Marion Hotel also has retailers moved in who provide things like spa services and there’s even a Starbucks Coffee!
Francis Marion Hotel Lowdown: The bottom line with the Francis Marion Hotel is that they offer a real value for the Charleston traveler. The Francis Marion Hotel is an older property but recent upgrades have addressed many long-standing issues. There are smaller bathrooms and some oddly shaped rooms but all in all the Francis Marion Hotel scores high marks for price, location, and overall value.