The Old Town Bluffton Inn is a luxury boutique Inn in the midst of Historic Old Town Bluffton, South Carolina — offering 14 picturesque French-inspired guest rooms, gracious public spaces and true Southern hospitality. Overlooking Old Town Bluffton SC’s charming May River Road in Bluffton’s Historic District, the Inn’s inspired elegance evokes a bygone era, when travelers would arrive at stately Southern mansions in horse-drawn carriages and toast the evening by gaslight.
About the Inn: A History
The first and only hotel in Old Town Bluffton, the Inn embraces the legacy of genuine hospitality and eccentric small-town charisma into a luxury boutique getaway experience in the heart of the Lowcountry. Developer and owner Larry Leary, who spent 40 years restoring historic homes for CEOs and industry captains, first proposed the three-story, 14-room hotel he called “a landmark in Old Town” in June 2016 – and, after two years of anticipation, the Inn officially opened in February 2019.
Each of the 14 rooms in the luxury boutique inn is individually designed, with lofty balconies and French-inspired designs. The Inn has been furnished by North Carolina-based French Heritage – with the company’s president so inspired by the Old Town Bluffton Inn that she created a new line of furniture based off of its historical and charming style. Attention to detail and craftsmanship is not only present in each elegant room, but can be immediately seen upon entering, stepping through the ornate doorway into a majestic French Eclectic foyer. All features and amenities throughout the Inn have been handpicked by its proprietors from some of the finest properties in the South and melded together for a custom fit of luxury and eccentricity.
Impact on Bluffton Tourism
The Old Town Bluffton Inn is an important development for Bluffton tourism. Prior to the launch of the Inn, visits to Bluffton from Savannah and Hilton Head were often short day trips; however, the Old Town Bluffton Inn enables visitors to spend a weekend, or longer, immersed in all that Bluffton has to offer, and enjoying every aspect of Old Town Bluffton’s charms. With its central location in the heart of Old Town Bluffton, the Inn is steps away from Old Town Bluffton restaurants, boutique shopping and a lively nightlife – as well as a short walk from a number of some of the Lowcountry’s best activities, including water excursions on the May River.
A Unique Backdrop for Special Events
With its backdrop of majestic oak trees, a charming small town square, and its picturesque setting just steps from the May River, the Old Town Bluffton Inn offers a unique venue for a wide range of special events -- from picture-perfect destination weddings, to intimate elopements, to bridal showers, baby showers and any type of celebration. The Inn was created to not only offer visitors to the area a new standard in luxury while enjoying the small-town charm and Southern hospitality of Bluffton, but as an incredible event venue on the coast of South Carolina.