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Francis Marion Hotel

The Francis Marion Hotel – located in the heart of downtown Charleston and rising twelve stories above the Historic District – offers spectacular views of Marion Square Park, impressive church steeples, antebellum mansions and Charleston’s famous harbor.

Originally built in 1924, the Francis Marion Hotel was the largest and grandest in the Carolinas. Today the elegant, historic charm and tradition of doorman & bell service blends with modern amenities such as free wireless Internet service, full-service spa and fitness center, and guestroom decor reminiscent of plush 1920’s grandeur.

Known for its award-winning Shrimp & Grits, the on-site Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar presents artfully-prepared “Old South” cuisine, live jazz piano music and is the perfect setting to enjoy a cocktail while networking with your conference peers from across the country.

Reservations and Travel Tips

Room Reservations

To book your room at the Francis Marion Hotel, call CU Conferences at 888-465-6010 for assistance.


The weather in Charleston during the month of June is generally warm. The average temperature reaches a high of about 86° during the day and 75° in the evenings.

Airport and Ground Transportation

Charleston International Airport (CHS) is approximately 20 minutes from the Francis Marion Hotel.

  • Shuttle for downtown Charleston is $15 per passenger and departs within 15 minutes of request. (The shuttle is a shared ride and may make other stops downtown, depending on the number of passengers).
  • Taxi fare from airport to Francis Marion Hotel (12 miles) is approximately $30. Additional passengers are an extra fee.

**All rates listed are subject to change and are estimates. Please check rates with the ground transportation taxi and shuttle booth prior to departure.

Francis Marion Hotel Experience


There are plenty of areas to walk along the water and enjoy the day.


Serving Classic Southern Cuisine Since 1924.


The lobby is a perfect spot to relax by yourself or enjoy conversation with fellow attendees.


Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the U.S. state of South Carolina. Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Town, honoring King Charles II of England. Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and hospitable people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination. What to do during your conference downtime? We have a few ideas...

Stars Rooftop & Grill Room

Stars Rooftop & Grill Room is located on Upper King Street, Charleston’s iconic downtown dining and entertainment district. Housed in a restored historic Arts and Crafts building, Stars upscale bar and grill serves signature Carolina Cuisine in a stunning 1930’s style Grill Room with a gorgeous Walnut Bar. Make a reservation with us today to experience the best fine dining in Charleston, SC! Don’t miss our incredible Rooftop Bar, which features a 360 degree view of the city’s historic district. Taken in the beautiful skyline, including seven historic church steeples and other amazing sights.


The Charleston Museum

Founded in 1773, The Charleston Museum, America's First Museum, has been discovering, preserving, interpreting, celebrating, and sharing ever since. Our collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and events are designed to inspire curiosity and conversation - about the South Carolina Lowcountry - and the stories that make us who we are.


Morris Island

Lighthouse Tour

Board our Carolina Skiff bay boat and wind through pristine tidal creeks out to Morris Island and the historic Morris Island Lighthouse. As you cruise the six miles out to the uninhabited barrier island, the captain will discuss and point out native wildlife, local history, and the diverse eco-systems of the Lowcountry. Along the way you may have the opportunity to see wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, wading birds, oyster flats, and sea turtles. Once you arrive at the island, you will have around 45 minutes to explore the beach in search of shells and spectacular views of the lighthouse. After beach combing, you will board the boat and enjoy the wind through your hair as we make our way back to the dock. This is the perfect way to see picturesque marshland, a natural beach, the historic Morris Island lighthouse and wild dolphins all in one trip.