Former inn to reopen as boutique hotel

The former Maison du Pre inn has been closed since 2007.

A hotel executive who for 20 years ran Charleston Place is part of a close-knit group that has acquired and plans to reopen a shuttered downtown inn.

The former Maison du Pre at East Bay and George streets on the peninsula came under new ownership in a $3.2 million deal that closed April 5, it was announced Tuesday.

The property at 317 East Bay, in the Ansonborough neighborhood, will be reopened as a boutique hotel after a renovation project.

The buyers are Dean and Lynn Andrews.

The couple said in a statement that they “are very much looking forward to being back in Charleston with our friends, in a city and culture that we know well and very much appreciate.”

More details about their plans will be finalized in the next several weeks, according to the statement.

Dean Andrews was the longtime managing director of the 440-room Charleston Place, starting in 1986 when it opened as the Omni. He went on to become an Orient-Express Hotels executive after that company acquired a part of the downtown property.

He is now a principal in Connecticut-based Hay Creek Hotels, which invests in and operates boutique lodgings, mostly in New England. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Lynn Easton Andrews is owner of Easton Events LLC, an event design and management company.

Their newly acquired hotel venture includes three Charleston single houses and two carriage houses that have a combined 18 bedrooms. It was built around 1804 by French tailor Benjamin DuPre.

The previous owners, the Mulholland family, acquired the property in 1983 and opened the inn in 1987. Maison du Pre closed in 2007 and was put on the market. At the time, the asking price was $6.75 million.

The sale was announced by listing agent Jane Smith Smith of Carriage Properties LLC. The buyers were represented by Mona Kalinsky of William Means Real Estate.

Contact John P. McDermott at 937-5572.