We first visited Charleston, SC a year ago (see our travel post), and were smitten by what the beautiful and historic city has to offer. I know quite a few of you are interested in traveling there, as we’ve gotten several requests for various recommendations! Now that we’ve stayed at four different hotels in Charleston, I’ll be sharing an update later with thoughts on each neighborhood and experience (and the surrounding food options, of course), from the perspective of both first-time and returning visitors.
Today, I wanted to take you guys on a tour of this newly-opened boutique inn, 86 Cannon, which combines historic charm with modern luxury. It’s located in an up-and-coming neighborhood, more removed from popular tourist areas but close to several foodie favorites. We visited thanks to the owners Marion and Lori, who kindly hosted us for a few days. They restored this 1860’s Charleston home (with an interesting history) into one stunning place to stay. Nick and I actually live in a renovated Boston brownstone built in the same era, so we appreciate what it takes to make a historic house this beautiful, while staying true to its roots.
The inn has 5 guest rooms, each with a king bed. We’d recommend it for a romantic getaway, a girls trip, or a larger group / family gathering since you can also rent out the entire house!
There’s three different room styles, so let’s start with the piazza king. It’s the smallest in size but also the brightest, opening right up to one of the two spanning piazzas (porches) pictured above. These are common-access, but we almost always enjoyed the whole piazza to ourselves during our stay.
The second room style is the grand king, slightly larger in size with beautiful hand-stenciled pineapples (a Charleston symbol of welcome & hospitality) on the wall with a cozy nook by the fireplace.
Last but not least is the king loft, with a darling striped chaise that matches the wallpaper. Each guest room also has a marble shower with Malin + Goetz products, robes and slippers, as well as a small refrigerator drawer stocked with complimentary drinks.
Gus and Sully, the owners’ two friendly pups who live at a cottage next door!
After checking in, we took the hotel’s bikes for a spin around the block – Nick didn’t trust my coordination abilities to go any farther than that! But if you have even halfway-decent biking skills, it’s one of the best ways to get around and explore Charleston. We always made sure to be back in time for complimentary wine and cheese hour, featuring cheeses from a cute local shop, Goat.Sheep.Cow. You can take a board back to your room or any of the common areas, or stay in the cafe to mingle with other guests.
If the turndown chocolate doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, there’s a little honor cash bar in the third floor library with wine, local beer (which Nick wasted no time in sampling), and Charleston treats.
Each morning, we helped ourselves to a continental breakfast in the cafe. There’s usually local offerings like biscuits from Callie’s and warm quiche in the oven, plus an assortment of pastries, fruit, and yogurt. Nick liked his morning coffee on the piazza, whereas I’m a breakfast in bed girl all the way!
Below is the salon sitting area, located on the first floor. Switching gears to fashion for a moment, I wasn’t kidding before when I said this skirt is a staple! It’s so easy to dress up or down (and to wash), I’ve already worn it countless times with various tops.
It’s rare to find gems that are so thoughtfully designed and run, you can’t wait to go back. If you love boutique inns, also check out my post on where we stayed in Napa Valley (another one of our favorite properties). We know how tough it can be choosing a place to stay, so hopefully these posts are useful for those researching a trip!