Charleston, United States

86 Cannon

Price per night from$403.33

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Land o’ verandahs

86 Cannon is a classically charming 19th-century residence, reborn as an elegant B&B in Charleston’s quietly cool Cannonborough-Elliotborough district. The five light-flooded rooms retain their original character, but have been updated with Farrow & Ball papers on the walls and mid-century furniture placed on the pine-planked floors. Laze away the afternoon in a wicker armchair on the verandah, pick your favourite pairings at the daily wine and cheese hour, then pour yourself a bourbon from the honesty bar in the library. Your authentic neighbourhood hosts some of this food-focused city’s most appetising restaurants; the Historic District is a short cycle away, on one of the free-to-borrow vintage bikes.


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Need to know




11am, check-in from 3pm.


Double rooms from £371.80 ($460), including tax at 14 per cent.

More details

Rates include a Continental breakfast of quiche, assorted pastries, fresh fruit, granola, yoghurt and fresh fruit.


The house has had several big-shot owners, including Peter P Poinsette, brother of civil-rights leader Septima Poinsette Clark.

Hotel closed

From 23 to 25 December, inclusive.

At the hotel

Free WiFi, bikes to borrow. In rooms: TV, minibar with free drinks, Boca Terry bathrobes and slippers, Malin+Goetz bath products.

Our favourite rooms

The Piazza King rooms are drenched in natural light and open onto the verandah; go for the Loft King for extra space, exposed beams, and views over the rooftops.

Packing tips

Focus on footwear – for cobbles, sand and swamps.


The hotel isn’t set up for wheelchair users.


You can’t bring your own pets, but the house cockapoos Gus and Sully will welcome you like old friends. See more pet-friendly hotels in Charleston.


Leave the whippersnappers at home for this one – it’s over-21s only.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Nab a spot by one of the six-over-six sash windows, just because they’re lovely.

Dress Code

There are notes of classic French design in the interiors, so follow suit with a pinch of Paris in your outfits.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no formal restaurant, but that just frees up more of your mealtimes to indulge in Charleston’s ever-evolving food scene. There is, however, a bountiful breakfast every morning, and wine and cheese laid on in the early evening. Both are served in the sophisticated, Venetian-plastered café on the first floor.

Hotel bar

In the intimate library – decked in crimson prints by designer Betsy Berry – you’ll find an honesty bar stocked with champagne, spirits, wine and beer. Help yourself (just sign for your choices), and pick an armchair.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am until 10am; wine and cheese hour is from 5pm to 6pm.


Photos 86 Cannon location
86 Cannon
86 Cannon Street
United States

86 Cannon is in the trendsetting residential district of Cannonborough-Elliotborough. It’s in a leafy, residential part of the city, with the main tourist sights around 30 minutes’ walk (or a short taxi ride) away.


Fly into Charleston International airport, 20 minutes by car from the hotel. It has direct flights from 26 cities in the US (including New York, Chicago and Denver), and from April to October British Airways run a nonstop route from London. Airport transfers can be arranged by the hotel for $45 for two people, each way.


North Charleston train station is near the airport, 20 minutes from the hotel. Long-distance Amtrak services run up and down the Atlantic Coast, to cities including Savannah (one hour and 40 minutes), Washington D.C. (nine hours) and New York (13 hours).


You won’t need a car for Charleston’s historic centre, but if you fancy a day trip to a plantation or the beach, it’s handy to have your own set of wheels. You can hire at the airport, and park at the hotel, for $25 a day.

Worth getting out of bed for

Pick a spot on the ‘piazza’ porches, lounge about in the salon, or snuggle up in the library – just make sure you’re at the café for wine and cheese by 5pm. Set out on foot to explore the vibrant neighbourhood of Cannonborough-Elliotborough, or borrow one of the hotel’s baby-blue bikes and ride into Charleston’s historic core.

Hit the shops in your hipster locale: Mac & Murphy prides itself on enviable stationery, Indigo & Cotton clothes Charleston’s coolest, J Stark sells minimalist bags made in its on-site factory, and Candy Shop Vintage specialises in bold and brightly hued rice-bead necklaces. In the Historic District check out the eclectic City Market, snap postcard-ready pastel townhouses at Rainbow Row, and learn the horrifying history of the Old Slave Mart Museum. Out of town, you’ll find miles and miles of golden sand on Sullivan’s Island.

If you’ve a hankering for history, take the ferry from Liberty Square to Fort Sumter – the island fortress in the middle of Charleston Harbor was where the first shots of the American Civil War rang out on 12th April, 1861.

Local restaurants

The menu of farm-to-table fare at the tucked-away Chez Nous is handwritten by the chef each morning – the content varies, but you can count on the quality. Xiao Bao Biscuit is a converted 1940s gas station now serving reimagined Asian cuisine – stop by and fill yourself up on dan dan noodles and the celebrated house okonomiyaki. The Ordinary is anything but – a cavernous 1920s bank now dealing solely in seafood. Chubby Fish is the local oyster-shucker of choice, while over at Leon’s, the bivalves are an appetiser to hunks of fried chicken, heaving salads and rosé on-tap. There’s a lot of great meat in these parts, but none better than at Lewis Barbecue; an able alternative is whole-hog specialist Rodney Scott’s BBQ – either way, go hungry. The Sugar Bake Shop is your neighbourhood go-to for first-class cupcakes, cookies and coffee.

Local bars

Babas on Cannon is one-part café, two-parts cocktail bar – pair your espresso martini with à la minute snacks, saucisson sec and smoked sprats. Go to Caribbean-inspired Dalila’s for Cuban sandwiches alongside creative cocktails, or swap grain for grape at Joséphine Wine Bar.


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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this home-from-home hotel in South Carolina and unpacked their Southern seasonings and stone-ground grits, a full account of their Charleston break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside 86 Cannon in Charleston…

You’ve probably heard a lot about Southern hospitality, but what does it really mean? It’s easy to think of it as simply a case of smiling sweetly at visitors and offering free top-ups of fried chicken, but the reality runs deeper than that. At 86 Cannon, it starts with a warm welcome from the lovable house pups, Gus and Sully, and a glass of champagne from your impeccable hosts, Marion and Lori. Then you’re at leisure to bury your head in a book on the broad ‘piazza’ porches, with an iced tea at your side and a warm breeze flowing gently through the balustrades. Later, you’ll be invited for wine and cheese in the sumptuous, sociable salon, lined with indigo grasscloth and with candles flickering in the fireplace. Fluffy Boca Terry robes, Malin+Goetz products and Frette linens make a strong case for showers and then bed, but don’t forget a nightcap in the library. There’s no bar up there, just a well-stocked drinks cabinet and a few crystal tumblers. Just like home, you might think, but somehow even more comforting – even more homelike. And that’s what Southern hospitality is really all about.

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