"First, the positives: this is a beautifully restored, intimate property in a lively, funky neighbourhood near central Charleston. The beds are extremely comfortable. The staff and at least the owner who spoke to us could not have been nicer. The evening wine and cheese was well done, if rather parsimonious. There is off-street parking. But this is not in our view a great property yet. Why? There is a parsimony about it. For nearly $500/night/room, there is a parsimoniousness about this place that is concerning. There is rarely someone present to help guests. Sure, you can call them, but they are not there. And, again, nearly $500. The breakfast was nicely presented but nothing hot unless you used the toaster over. The pastries were of inferior quality in a city with great food, and the coffee was ordinary. We asked for bread to make toast and after two days they came back with a store-bought, pre-sliced loaf. The bathrooms have virtually no amenities-not a cotton swab or cotton ball in sight, much less a shower cap. And the shower soaps, while nice (Malin Goetz) were in those containers strapped to the wall, like in a Motel 6. For $500? The wife-owner came in one day and didn't even welcome us or speak. For $500? For several years we've stayed at high-end properties in Charleston for Thanksgiving. But this is just not up to the game the same way, for example, The Spectator or Zero George are. We would go back - if they began to offer more TLC to their guests."
"I cannot say enough wonderful things about our stay at 86 Cannon! The property is immaculate and you can't help but immediately feel relaxed upon entering. The decor is fabulous, and the common spaces are such a wonderful touch. Our room (piazza king on second floor) was gorgeous, the perfect size, and perfectly appointed. One thing that may sound silly was the white noise machine in our room. Having a toddler, we have gotten used to sleeping with them and it was just a thoughtful addition for visitors who prefer a bit of comforting white noise. The bathroom was beautiful with marble finishes and a restored fireplace. We loved sitting out on the piazza reading, which is something we never get to do at home! The breakfast items were delicious (quiches, pastries, homemade granola) as was the evening wine and cheese hour. Mary Hannah was so helpful in giving suggestions and just chatting with us about the area. The complementary bikes are great and we took advantage for the whole day on Friday. We are frequent visitors to Charleston and have stayed many other places, but have now found our new favorite when staying in town!"
"I took my first solo vacation recently, and decided to visit Charleston. I spent three glorious nights at 86 Cannon. I highly recommend this adorable bed-and-breakfast. Cozy, charming, and historic, and it even smelled wonderful. I’m gluten and dairy free, and each morning, I enjoyed a delicious breakfast that met my dietary needs. They do a wine and cheese pairing at 5 o’clock each day, and for me they prepared vegetable crudités and hummus. The owners and staff were friendly, and I enjoyed conversation with them. The B&B is a five minute ride, or a 30 minute walk, to all the major attractions. I walked around during the day by myself and was perfectly safe. There are lots of cute little boutiques and cafés in the area too. I very much hope to return. Maybe next time, I’ll let my husband come with me!"