The Hotel

Tucked between College Avenue and Sloan Street in downtown Clemson, South Carolina, The Shepherd Hotel awaits. At the Shepherd Hotel, we believe that life is about supporting those we love and those that need our love. We believe that home is more than just a location-- it's a feeling. The Shepherd Hotel encapsulates the heart of Clemson community, incorporating an eclectic mix of cozy, transitional furnishings and design, original work from local artists, and some very special employees.
Welcome to the Shepherd Hotel. Welcome Home.

Why the Shepherd Hotel?

Our Story

The Shepherd Hotel is more than just a place to gather, relax, and cheer on the Clemson Tigers -- it's meant to be a source of inspiration. It's where passion and expertise have combined to create something extraordinary in a very special place.

Inspired by his daughter Jamison who has Down syndrome, Rick Hayduk, a seasoned luxury hotel leader, has long aspired to operate a hotel and employ individuals with disabilities as service providers.

In 2011, Clemson's Head Football Coach, Dabo Swinney, introduced Rick to Rich Davies, a third-generation real estate developer and involved Clemson alum. The two have come together to bring The Shepherd Hotel to life.

Our goal is to approach the employment of individuals with special needs as a business challenge rather than one designated to social services. We aim to create opportunities for an under-engaged portion of the population in a collective, focused environment while providing top-notch service and care to our guests. We have partnered with the ClemsonLIFE program to create part-time roles for students and graduates, and are in the process of creating a Certificate of Hospitality for students who have trained and worked with us prior to graduating.


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