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Francis Marion

Named for General Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox” of the American Revolution, the hotel opened in 1924 as the largest and grandest in the Carolinas. A member of the Historic Hotels of America, an extensive restoration earned the hotel the esteemed National Trust Award.

Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street | Charleston, South Carolina
Group rate: $179/night + tax for singles/doubles
Reservations: online (with Attendee Code: AAC2014) or by phone: 843-722-0600 (mention Alliance of Artists Communities to receive the discounted rate)
Note: The hotel is booking up fast. Limited room nights currently available: 10/22, 10/23

Francis Marion

If you are not able to book a room at the Francis Marion Hotel, the Courtyard Marriott Historic District is just one block away adjacent to Marion Square!

Courtyard by Marriott  Charleston Historic District
125 Calhoun Street| Charleston, South Carolina
Group rate: $219/night + tax for singles/doubles
Reservations: online (with Group Code: AARAARA)

Getting to Charleston


The Charleston International Airport (CHS) is 12 miles from the Francis Marion Hotel.

Taxi/shuttle service: Taxis are available 24/7 from the terminal’s Ground Transportation Center; travel time to the Francis Marion Hotel is about 25 minutes and fares are $30 one-way. Shuttles are also available and cost approximately $15 per person and depart within 15 minutes; no advanced reservation is required.

Public transit: Charleston Area Regional Transit Authority (CARTA) buses run daily from the airport to downtown; travel time to the Francis Marion Hotel is approximately 30 minutes and fares are $1.75 one-way. From the airport, take the XP3 bus toward downtown. Exit at St. Philip Street & Calhoun Street and walk 0.1 miles to King Street & Calhoun Street. Visit the CARTA website to confirm buses are running at your time of arrival.

Getting around Charleston


All Conference sessions will be held at the Francis Marion Hotel. Opening and closing receptions are a short walk from the hotel.

A variety of tours will be provided in the afternoons, including neighborhood walking and biking tours, visits to artist studios, and off-site workshops. For off-site tours and events, ground transportation will be provided. Charleston is a very walkable city, with shops, restaurants, museums, and nightlife all a short distance from the hotel. Attendees who wish to explore other neighborhoods may choose to use a taxi or the CARTA bus system.

All conference sessions and event venues are wheelchair accessible. In addition, afternoon tours and workshops will include multiple options that are accessible. If walking is prohibitive, or you have other concerns about accessibility, please contact us and we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

conference artwork: "Charleston" (2012) by South Carolina artist Kristen Solecki