New hotel opens in Bluffton

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In this economy, it’s a pretty rare sight to see a large business open its doors. But the folks at the new Candlewood Suites in Bluffton have a lot of faith in the local economy and in the community.

The 124-room hotel on U.S. 278 near Sun City Hilton Head opened its doors on June 22. Its central location puts guests just minutes from Hilton Head Island, Beaufort and Savannah.

One of the many unique features of Candlewood are the spacious pet-friendly suite accommodations. Suites include full-size refrigerators, two-burner stoves, microwaves and a huge amount of comfort, with an over-stuffed recliner in each suite.

Executive-style desks are equipped with free high-speed or wireless Internet service. There’s also a free movie lending library, the Candlewood Cupboard (for a snack or light meal) and a fitness center with the latest equipment. Outside, there’s a pool, gazebo and two barbecue grills for guest use. Guests can take advantage of free on-site laundry services. There are also several dining options with walking distance.

Candlewood Suites Bluffton is locally owned and operated and is managed by the Harris Hotel Group.

Clyde Harris, president of the Harris Hotel Group, told Monthly in a November 2009 story that he originally built Candlewood with the intention of having his son, Clyde Harris IV, help him run the Bluffton hotel. But tragedy struck. Clyde Harris IV died in 2006 after a three-year bout with tongue and neck cancer. He was 35.

At each of the Candlewood Suites, an oak dubbed the “Clyde Tree” is being planted next to a plaque in honor of Clyde Harris IV, and the hotel is on Clyde Court.

"Well, the day has finally arrived,” said Clyde Harris on the June day that Candlewood opened its doors. “The dream my late son and I developed almost four years ago is now a reality. The staff and I look forward to welcoming all of our new friends to our beautiful hotel."

Call 705-9600 for more information.