[Jan 10, 2018, 8:49 PM]
Asheville's tallest high-rise and three foundry buildings soon find new life as boutique hotels. The 92-room Asheville Foundry Inn, which is accepting reservations as of Dec. 21, 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, a luxury spa and fitness center, a lounge with library and fireplaces, and a 3,400-square-foot manicured courtyard. curiocollection3.hilton.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 Jan. 1, it will be affiliated with Marriott's Tribute Portfolio of independent, luxury-minded hotels. The ground floor will include a bar with outdoor seating plus retail and restaurant space, and the top floors will offer exceptional views of both mountains and city lights. www.mckibbon.com
The first lodging property in Beaufort with more than 45 rooms is under construction with March 2019 as the targeted opening. The three-story, 133-room Beaufort Hotel, an affiliate of Choice Hotels' Ascend Collection of independent boutique hotels, will have 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° 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 Seashore. Raleigh-based Concord Hospitality is the lodging partner.
Boone's status as a consummate college town should rise with the New Year's opening of the Horton Hotel, which is accepting reservations starting Jan. 1. The 1920s building is being 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
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 and 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
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:
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
Brand TBA (2021): Developers of Ally Charlotte Center plan to build a premium-branded hotel 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
Charlotte’s notable newcomers include a dual-branded AC Hotel-Residence Inn with 300 rooms and a boast-worthy rooftop bar featuring close-up views of the skyline and a two-bedroom penthouse suite for VIP and event rental; 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.
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
The Pepper Building, a 1928 landmark that originally housed an upscale department store, will be reborn as a 75-room Hotel Indigo. It's accepting reservations starting Feb. 17. 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 an adjacent Hyatt Place hotel that will face a new courtyard park called Merschel Plaza. mayfairstreetpartners.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.