Lodging News

Hotels Transform Historic Asheville Buildings

Asheville's tallest high-rise and three foundry buildings find new life as boutique hotels.The 18-story BB&T Building will be reborn as Kimpton Hotel Arras, a 128-room hotel that promises a laid-back-meets-luxe experience featuring locally curated artwork and culinary craftsmanship with Asheville chef Peter Pollay at the helm of a ground-floor bar and restaurant. Opening TBA. www.hotelarras.com  A few blocks away, the 92-room Foundry Hotel Asheville opened in November. It incorporates two new buildings plus three structures that forged steel for Biltmore estate and structures from Asheville's original building boom. Part of Hilton's Curio Collection, the property includes a 100-seat restaurant (Benne on Eagle), spa and fitness center, lounge with library and fireplaces, and a 3,400-square-foot manicured courtyard. curiocollection3.hilton.com 

Brewery Incubator Campus Adds Tiny House Hotel

Rocky Mount Mills, a riverside redevelopment project with five breweries and counting, has opened the world's largest tiny house hotel, a collection of 20 tiny homes with bedroom, kitchen and living room space. River and Twine is part of the transformation of one of North Carolina’s first cotton mills and surrounding village into a 150-acre community with rental homes, a brewery incubator, restaurants, retail and offices plus green space and recreation on the Tar River. The “tinies” occupy a wooded tract near the mill’s hub, which sits about five miles from Interstate 95. www.rockymountmills.com

Arrive Hotel Finds Harmony With Wilmington

With 36 rooms and a neigbhorly restaurant, the new Arrive Wilmington occupies the space between the Port City's gracious B&Bs and its high-rise hotels. Arrive Wilmington, the brand's second property, applies its "low-key luxury" touches to three buildings that made up the old Wilmingtonian inn. Guests, who check in at the library, can enjoy a courtyard bar, fireplaces, games and a confessional as well as the 36-seat Dram Yard restaurant. The hoteliers hope to mirror downtown Wilmington's magic as a place shared by residents and out-of-towners on the blocks along the Cape Fear River. Arrive is part of a flurry of hotel development in Wilmington that includes a 186-room Embassy Suites, the rebranded Ballast Hotel, and the 125-room Aloft Coastline Hotel that's aiming for a 2020 opening.

Beaufort Hotel Extends Options for Crystal Coast Travel

The quaint-meets-cool town of Beaufort got its first lodging property with more than 45 rooms with April's opening of the Beaufort Hotel. The three-story, 133-room property, an affiliate of Choice Hotels' Ascend Collection of independent boutique hotels, includes four suites overlooking Taylor's Creek across from the Rachel Carson Reserve and its herd of feral horses. The project also includes a separate building with an indoor-outdoor restaurant called 34° North plus 8,444 square feet of meeting space. The Beaufort Hotel is an expansion of Front Street Village, home of a full-service marina: Guests can dock their boats, check in for a stay, and use golf carts to explore the town, a gateway to the Cape Lookout National Seashorewww.choicehotels.com

New Hotels Add Boutique Options in Downtown Raleigh

The Capital City's ascent on the culinary scene might soon be matched on the lodging front. Among the developments: 

  • The Longleaf Hotel: An old Days Inn will see new life as a 57-room boutique hotel at the gateway to downtown. Invoking the state toast in its name, the hotel feature classic cocktails in its lounge. Matt Fern, longtime beverage director for Ashley Christensen’s restaurant group, will create (ish) Delicatessen next door. A fall opening is planned. www.thelongleafhotel.com
  • Origin Hotel: With an opening planned for winter 2019, the seven-story hotel will offer 126 rooms plus a wine and tapas restaurant, meeting space, a gym and bike sharing. Origin, created by the Mississippi-based Thrash Group with "experience junkies" in mind, has hotels in Golden, Colo., and Lexington, Ky. originhotel.com/raleigh
  • Montford Hall: An Italianate-style mansion just west of downtown, Montford Hall will open in 2020 as a nine-room inn and venue for small events. Completed in 1860, the house was designed by William Percival, who added bold strokes to North Carolina architecture in a repertoire of homes, churches, campus buildings and a courthouse. www.montforthall.com
  • The Willard: A block from the Origin, developers are building The Willard, which will include a 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott, condominiums and retail space. Spring 2021 is the target opening date. The name "Willard" is shared by the project's cross street and hotel company founder J. Willard Marriott. www.summithospitality.com
Revived Smokies Motel to Revel in Vintage Style

The old Rocky Waters Motel in Maggie Valley will reopen as the Route 19 Inn, a 32-room motor lodge with a mid-century vibe. In renovating the 1949 motel, the new owners will display a 1951 Kaiser, serve homemade ice cream sandwiches by the pool, and depict the curvaceous Tail of the Dragon mountain road in a mural. Also on site will be an original carousel horse from Ghost Town in the Sky, the neighboring Wild West theme park that aims to reopen in 2020. The inn takes its new name from U.S. 19, a pre-interstate highway that runs from the Gulf of Mexico to Lake Erie. Owners hope to have the inn open this summer. www.route19inn.com

Downtown Morganton Hotel to Create Close-to-the-Action Option

A new hotel in downtown Morganton will let visitors stay within walking distance of an ascendant beer scene and nearby restaurants and shops. The 82-room Fairfield Inn & Suites, which includes a pool and bar with outdoor seating, will offer views of the surrounding mountains from rooms on the upper floors. Investors in the project include the owners of the agriculture-focused Fonta Flora Brewery, the most celebrated of Morganton's three breweries. Opening of the hotel, which is designed to blend with the neighborhood's historic character, is TBD. www.marriott.com

Westin Greensboro Aims to Open by 2020 ACC Tournament

Developers plan to complete a 180-room Westin Hotel in downtown Greensboro by the time the Atlantic Coast Conference's hot hoops teams arrive for 2020 tournament play in March 2020. The Westin Greensboro will feature the brand's 24/7 fitness center as well as dining and bar space, 22,000 square feet of event space and 6,500 square feet of outdoor space. It will be North Carolina's second Westin Hotel, following the Westin Charlotte by 17 years, with Westins also under way in Raleigh and Wilmington. 2020 will mark the 27th time since 1954 that the ACC men's basketball tournament has been played in the Gate City, where the ACC is based. The women's teams crowned a champion at Greensboro Coliseum 19 times since 1978. www.westingreensboro.com 

Winston-Salem Landmark Becomes a Hotel Indigo

The Pepper Building, a 1928 landmark that originally housed an upscale department store, has been reborn as a 75-room Hotel Indigo. The property, which opened in April, includes meeting rooms, a fitness center, and the first-floor Sir Winston Wine Loft & Restaurant, named for the restaurant that once occupied the space. The developer, Mayfair Partners, is building an adjacent Hyatt Place hotel that will face a new courtyard called Merschel Plaza. Fall 2020 is the targeted completion date for the project. www.ihg.com/hotelindigo

New Hotels, New Brands Arrive in Charlotte

After adding hundreds of hotel rooms and raising its profile on the luxury scale, Charlotte sees no slowdown in lodging construction in the center city. Here's a look at rooms to come:

  • 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 

  • Even Hotel at Novel Stonewall Station (2019): The 10-story, 181-room hotel will be among the first dozen or so from IHG's new wellness-focused brand. Situated on the LYNX Blue Line light rail extension, it will be paired with a 181-room Home2Suites by Hilton in the mixed-use development. novelstonewallstation.com

  • Grand Bohemian (2020): The Kessler Collection has broken ground on 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 

  • JW Marriott (2021): Developers of Ally Charlotte Center plan to build the North Carolina's first JW Marriott with 350 oversize rooms and suites plus a full slate of amenities. White Lodging will develop the hotel, which will include meeting space, multiple food and beverage outlets, and a rooftop deck overlooking a plaza that connects to the project's 26-story office tower. www.allycharlottecenter.com

    Moxy (2022): BPR Properties of High Point plans to build a 19-story, 200-room hotel under Marriott's millennial-focused brand. It will feature ground-level retail, a rooftop bar and a sixth-floor amenity level with a fitness center and terrace. www.bpr-properties.com 

Horton Hotel Complements Boone's College Town Vibe

Boone's status as a consummate college town has risen with February's opening of the Horton Hotel in the heart of the adventure-loving college town. The 1920s building has been transformed into a 14-room boutique hotel with a cocktail lounge and rooftop deck that offers views of 4,396-foot Howard Knob, the tallest peak in Boone. Amenities include loaner bikes, Bald Guy Brew coffee and a tailgate spot for Appalachian State University football games.The building sits amid shops and restaurants that appeal to travelers and students alike. thehorton.com

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