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Charlotte Gains Indie Hotels, New Brands

Within a one-year period, North Carolina's largest city is on track to see a 20 percent increase in hotel rooms in the bustling Center City. Among them:

  • The Ivey’s Hotel: The former home of Ivey’s Department Store finds new life as a 42-room boutique hotel. Features include the use of reclaimed 17th-century wood from France for flooring in the rooms and a grand staircase from the first to second floor. www.theiveyshotel.com
  • InterContinental (2019): North Carolina’s first InterContinental-brand hotel will rise atop a 1927 theater that closed four decades ago. The luxury hotel will offer 250 rooms in 20-story addition to the five-story theater, which will be restored. valorhospitality.com
  • Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel (November): Charlotte’s hotel boom includes a luxury high-rise from Kimpton as part of a mixed-use property. The 216-room hotel will include an indoor/outdoor rooftop bar overlooking Romare Bearden Park. 300southtryon.com, www.kimptonhotels.com Also from Kimpton: an intimate boutique hotel in the stately Dilworth neighborhood; opening TBD.
  • Dual-branded AC Hotel/Residence Inn at the EpiCentre (2018). A new tower atop Uptown Charlotte’s EpiCentre dining and entertainment complex will be home to two Marriott brands: an 182-room AC Hotel and a 120-suite Residence Inn. www.clevelandconstruction.com
  • Grand Bohemian (2019). The Kessler Collection is building a 254-room hotel with such Grand Bohemian hallmarks as a campanile, art gallery and bistro. The restaurant will also feature a rooftop bar and lounge plus a grand ballroom, spa and fitness center. www.kesslercollection.com 
Hotels to Transform Historic Asheville Buildings

Asheville's tallest high-rise and three foundry buildings will soon find new life as boutique hotels. Developers of the Asheville Foundry Inn aim to debut the 92-room hotel in spring 2018. Part of Hilton's Curio Collection, the inn incorporates two new buildings plus three structures where steel for Asheville's original building boom was made. The property will include a a 100-seat restaurant, a luxury spa and fitness center, and a lounge with library and fireplaces. www.charlestownehotels.com A few blocks from the Foundry, the 18-story BB&T Building will be reborn as the Hotel Arros, a 128-room hotel with 54 condominiums. It will be affiliated with Starwood's Tribute Portfolio of independent, luxury-minded hotels. The top floors will offer exceptional views of both mountains and city lights. www.mckibbon.com These projects are part of a wave of Asheville hotel developments that include the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown and the soon-to-open Cambria Hotel ― Downtown Asheville

Winston-Salem Landmark to Become a Hotel Indigo

The Pepper Building, a 1928 landmark that originally housed an upscale department store in downtown Winston-Salem, will soon be reborn as a 75-room Hotel Indigo. The redeveloped project will include meeting rooms, a fitness center and two restaurants that reference the city's past: the first-floor Sir Winston Steakhouse and Martini Bar, which takes its name from a previous tenant, and the basement-level Prince Albert Restaurant & Bar, a nod to the classic pipe tobacco introduced by local tobacco tycoon R.J. Reynolds. A late 2018 opening is expected. The developer, Mayfair Partners, is also building a Hyatt Place on an adjacent lot. mayfairstreetpartners.com

StateView Hotel Adds Luster to Raleigh Lodging Roster

N.C. State University's Centennial Campus, the university's research park and educational campus, gains a major amenity that will appeal to business travelers as well as leisure visitors. The StateView Hotel, opening in October on Lake Raleigh, is a 164-room hotel and conference center affiliated with Marriott’s independent-minded Autograph Collection. The StateView, which is less than quarter mile from the Arnold Palmer-designed Lonnie Poole Golf Course, addresses its target market's high-tech demands with the "fastest, most reliable, high-speed internet." Its signature restaurant, Flask & Beaker, draws inspiration from NCSU's heritage as a land grant university. www.stateviewhotel.com 

Downtown Wilmington Welcomes a Boom in Rooms

October's opening of the 186-unit Embassy Suites Wilmington Riverfront Hotel becomes the newest option for business and leisure travelers to the Port City. The hotel, which is connected to the Wilmington Convention Center, enjoys a prime location on the Riverwalk, a 2-mile pedestrian path along the Cape Fear River adjacent to downtown shops and restaurants. Its arrival follows the April opening of the 92-room Hampton Inn Wilmington Downtown. Developers of the Port City Marina, USA InvestCo, plan to build an adjacent Hotel Indigo. And Starwood Hotels lists the Aloft Wilmington Hotel at the Coastline Conference and Event Center for 2019 and The Westin Wilmington North Carolina for 2021. www.harmonyhospitality.com/embassy-suites 

Horton Hotel to Complement Boone's College Town Vibe

Boone's status as a consummate college town should rise with the opening of the Horton Hotel in summer 2018. The 1920s building will be transformed into a 14-room boutique hotel with a cocktail lounge and rooftop deck with views of 4,396-foot Howard Knob, the tallest peak in Boone. The building, which sits amid shops and restaurants that appeal to travelers and students at Appalachian State University, was most recently used as an art gallery and gift shop. www.facebook.com/thehorton1924 

Inn at Half-Mile Farm in Highlands Expands

Old Edwards Hospitality Group has opened 12 new guestrooms at Half-Mile Farm, a luxury country inn and sister to Old Edwards Inn, a Relais and Chateaux property. The inn, which previously closed in the winter, will now remain open year round. The new wing is between the forest and the new Garden House, which features panoramic glass walls, a fireplace, and a terrace adjoining the grape arbor. A second dining room has been added, and the heated mineral pool has a new deck, pool house and Jacuzzi with a rock wall and small waterfall for a backdrop. www.halfmilefarm.com 

New Properties Maintain the Excitement in Durham

After scoring a pair of top-rate boutique hotels in 2015 (The Durham and 21c Museum Hotel Durham), the Bull City has added two more attention-worthy hotels.  In June, Dream Hotels launched its new Unscripted Hotel brand at the restored Jack Tar Motel downtown. The hotel has 74 rooms plus a rooftop deck with pool. www.dreamhotelgroup.com  And a Duke University campus conference center has reopened as the 198-room, full-service JB Duke Hotel. “JB” is tobacco and energy industrialist James Buchanan Duke. www.jbdukehotel.com

Other Developments at a Glance
  • Chapel Hill: AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown opened September, just in time to accommodate fans of University of North Carolina football. Features at the four-story, 123-room hotel include a community mural and a fire pit where locals and travelers can mingle. www.marriott.com At Southern Village, the town's "New Urbanism" neighborhood, the 110-room Hyatt Place Chapel Hill / Southern Village opened in May. chapelhill.place.hyatt.com
  • Concord: Uptown Suites, the new extended-stay brand from Starwood, opened its first hotel in Concord in April. Uptown Suites offers budget-conscious, studio apartment-style rooms with full kitchens. uptownsuites.com 
  • Kinston: A 1960s motel was stylishly retrofitted for its revival as the Mother Earth Motor Lodge. Owner Stephen Hill, co-founder of Mother Earth Brewing and owner of The O’Neil boutique hotel, prescribed flashback decor of its 45 rooms and suites. Amenities include a three-ring pool, shuffleboard court and nine-hole miniature golf course. www.MotherEarthMotorLodge.com

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