Francis Marion Hotel - Charleston, SC
Two-Night Stay for Two Adults and Up to Two Kids in a Deluxe Room with Wine and Truffles
Renovated Jazz-Age Hotel in Historic Downtown Charleston
As the only high-rise hotel in Charleston’s historic district, the Francis Marion Hotel provides an unsurpassed view of King Street and Charleston Harbor. Its interior is nearly as rewarding: built in 1924, the hotel preserves its Jazz Era heyday with vintage decor such as marble floors and crystal chandeliers. A $12 million renovation, courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has equipped the building with modern-day amenities.
Upstairs, the hotel’s deluxe rooms feature harbor views, marble bathrooms with pedestal sinks, and free WiFi; sip your included wine and snack on the half dozen truffles here. Breakfast at the onsite Swamp Fox Restaurant and Bar includes belgian waffles and vanilla-tinged cinnamon french toast. Come back for lunch and dinner, when Executive Chef Simon Andrews makes use of locally grown ingredients in a variety of southern dishes, such as shrimp and grits. At the luxurious Spa Adagio, indulge in a foot massage before visiting the boutique shops lining King Street.
Charleston, South Carolina: Civil War Monuments and Sophisticated Arts Scene
Charleston, South Carolina, was recently named one of the best historic destinations in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Georgian mansions line the waterfront, the spires of colonial-era churches punctuate the skyline, and horse-drawn carriages frequently clop along its cobblestone streets. You can get an added sense of the city’s history by visiting a number of preserved period buildings and national historic landmarks such as the Battery & White Point Gardens, a living Civil War museum with Confederate cannons and views of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, and a double-parked Camry.
More recently, Charleston has merged its Old South identity with a strong arts-and-culture scene. The streets, once overrun with aristocrats, are now lined with top-tier art galleries and antique stores, and you can catch live jazz performances at night. Step out onto King Street to browse third-generation clothiers that have set up shop in historic landmark buildings. The city's reputation as a major culinary destination has been reaffirmed by the James Beard Foundation, which has named a different Charleston chef the best in the southeast three out of the past four years.
What You Get
Two-night stay for two in a deluxe room
- Option 1: $229, valid for Sunday–Wednesday check-in for Sunday–Thursday stays (up to a $413 value)
- Option 2: $299, valid for Thursday–Saturday check-in for a Thursday–Sunday stay (up to a $533 value)
Book by: 1/19/2013 (Option 1) or 1/14/2013 (Option 2)
Travel by: 2/14/2013 (Option 1) or 1/19/2013 (Option 2)
Included in all options:
- A bottle of red wine
- A half dozen chocolate truffles
- Card for 10% off at select King Street shops
- Onsite restaurant and bar
- Luxurious day spa
- Fitness center
- Starbucks coffee shop
- Free WiFi
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- Book by 1/14/13 or 1/19/13, depending on option purchased, or promo value expires
- Travel by 2/14/13 (option 1) or 1/19/13 (option 2)
- Not valid 11/30, 12/1, 12/5-12/6, 12/31, 1/10/13-1/11/13, 1/27/13-1/29/13, or 2/4/13-2/5/13
- Limit 1/person, 1 as gift, 1/visit
- Valid only for option purchased
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- Must be 21+ to check in
- CC req'd at booking & check-in
- Not valid with reward points
- Not valid for existing reservations & groups
- Advanced reservations req'd
- 13.5% tax not incl'd.
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- One king bed or two double beds
- Standard occupancy: 2
- Maximum occupancy: 4
- Adding occupants above standard: no charge for children 17 or younger; $10/night for each additional occupant 18 or older
- Check in: 4 p.m.
- Check out: noon
- Parking: available for $14 per day; valet available for $19+ per day
- Rollaways: free, subject to availability
- Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
- Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
- Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
- Room upgrades: upgrades may be available during booking or check-in for an additional cost.
- By plane: about 9 miles from Charleston International Airport (CHS)
- By cab: about $35 from CHS
The Groupon Guide to: Famous Hats
Every historical figure of any significance wore a now instantly recognizable hat, synonymous with their name:
- The Napoleon Hat: Military bicorn, worn side to side or "athwart" to serve as a better perch for enlisted falcons
- The Benjamin Franklin Hat: Small brass beanie with a large conductive spire jutting out of it, topped with a small eyelet for tethering a kite
- The Davy Crockett Hat: Famously a strict vegetarian, Crockett's "coonskin" was actually just a matted blob of reeds and buffalo chips that he moistened hourly from his canteen
- The Hercules Hat: Just a minotaur skull
Honorable Mention: Jughead's "hat" from the Archie comics is actually a crown (?) made of gray paper (?) with miscellaneous shapes affixed to it. Details remain vague because it is proven that overscrutinizing Jughead's hat makes you go insane.