[Jan 10, 2018, 8:49 PM]
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 late September. 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 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 Arras, a 128-room hotel with 54 condominiums. Scheduled to open in early 2019, 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 Cambria Hotel ― Downtown Asheville.
Rocky Mount Mills, a riverside redevelopment project with five breweries and counting, gives travelers a place to stay as well as play this fall with the opening of River & Twine, a collection of 20 tiny homes with bedroom, kitchen and living room space. River & 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” will be installed on a wooded tract near the mill’s hub, which sits about five miles from Interstate 95. Each measures about 200 square feet, compared with 325 square feet for the average hotel room. www.rockymountmills.com
The Pepper Building, a 1928 landmark that originally housed an upscale department store, 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. An October opening is expected. The developer, Mayfair Partners, plans a second hotel and an extended-stay property that will face a new courtyard park called Merschel Plaza. mayfairstreetpartners.com
Boone's status as a consummate college town should rise with this fall's opening of the Horton Hotel. 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. thehorton.com
The historic port city of Wilmington is living up to TripAdvisor's designation as a 2018 "destination on the rise" with a surge of hotel development near its riverfront convention center. As 2018 began, Embassy Suites by Hilton Wilmington Riverfront added 186 rooms, STEAM Restaurant and Cloud 9, a rooftop bar with views of the Cape Fear River, Port City Marina and Battleship North Carolina. In April, the former Hilton Wilmington Riverside reopened as Hotel Ballast Wilmington, part of Hilton's new Tapestry Collection. The rebranding was accompanied by an $8.5 million renovation with hardwood floors in guest rooms, high-end marble bathroom finishes, and the new Board and Barrel Coastal Kitchen. More hotels are in the works. A January 2019 opening is targeted for the seven-story, 125-room Aloft Wilmington Hotel and Conference Center. East of downtown, planning is also underway for The Westin Wilmington North Carolina (2021) and an unspecified seven-story hotel.
Travelers heading to Raleigh for the progressive dining and nightlife will gain two new lodging options in the lively Glenwood South neighborhood. The seven-story Origin 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 A block from the Origin, developers are building The Willard, which will include a 150-room AC Hotel by Marriott, condominiums and retail space. The name "Willard" is shared by the project's cross street and hotel company founder J. Willard Marriott. www.summithospitality.com
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 of rooms to come:
Dual-branded AC Hotel/Residence Inn at the EpiCentre (summer). 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. It will feature a rooftop restaurant and bar called Nuvolé. www.clevelandconstruction.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
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
These properties join such notable newcomers as Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel, a 216-room luxury high-rise overlooking Romare Bearden Park; and the Ivey's Hotel, a 42-room luxury hotel with 400-year-old reclaimed French wood floors, Frette Italian bedding and a curated art collection.