Prohibition to Present: Marion’s Downtown Landmark

If you are fascinated with all things circa 1920, the General Francis Marion Hotel is a must-see. Located in downtown Marion, it is convenient to local shopping and dining. The hotel was originally opened in May 1927 and has 36 well appointed guest rooms. The rooms are decorated with an understated elegance including dark wood furnishings, crisp white linens, and plenty of fluffy pillows – inviting you to kick back and relax.

From Past to Present

This historic hotel was remodeled in the early 2000s, but the original charm from the 1920s is still visible. One of the most visited rooms in the hotel is the card room. As the name suggests, the cozy red and white room is ideal for playing a game. The card room includes several small tables and original tiles on the floor.

Prohibition Era

Still visible in various areas of the hotel, one original tile design is a black rooster, which indicated alcohol was for sale during the prohibition. In addition to the tiles, the original hardwood floors are throughout the common areas and the ballroom has stunning original walnut wainscoting.

Special Events

If you are looking for a place in southwest Virginia to host a wedding or conference, the General Francis Marion has you covered! A convention area was added to the original hotel and can accommodate up to 200 people.

This year, the General Francis Marion Hotel is the host of Merry Marion Indoor Christmas Market, a holiday celebration for the community on Dec. 2-5. There will be plenty of holiday cheer more than 20 vendors, warm beverages, and special guests the Grinch and Santa. The hotel is also decorated throughout, boasting 17 Christmas trees with different themes!

National Notes

Whether you need a night out or you are hosting a large event in Southwest Virginia, General Francis Marion Hotel is the perfect setting to mix treasured history and elegant charm. Listed on The National Register of Historic Places, a six-time award winner with Virginia Living Magazine, this small-town destination is noted among the top 150 hotels in North America by National Geographic.

The special treatment you receive from the staff, as well as the ambiance at the General Francis Marion Hotel makes for the perfect weekend getaway for any history or mountain adventurer