BEAUFORT, NC—Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, joined by representatives from the Crystal Coast Tourism Authority, broke ground on the 133-room Beaufort Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection.
Slated to open in 2018, the property is a joint venture between Concord and Beaufort Hospitality Enterprises. The three-story inn—which represents an expansion of the existing Front St. Village development—will offer 133 guestrooms, including four waterfront suites overlooking Taylor’s Creek. A separate 30,488-sq. ft., two-story building will provide 8,444 sq. ft. of meeting space and a restaurant, 34° North.
“With our headquarters in Raleigh, NC, this hotel is part of our extended hometown, an area in which we have operated for more than three decades,” said Mark Laport, Concord’s president and CEO. “This marks our eighth property in the state, and we look forward to being good neighbors and active members of the community for years to come.”
“The construction of Beaufort Hotel and 34° North is a great step forward for the tourism and economic development on North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. With this new property comes 100 new jobs and additional revenue for the area,” said Bucky Oliver, co-founder of Beaufort Hospitality Enterprises.
The Ascend Collection comprises historic, boutique and distinctive hotels. In all, 235 Ascend hotels are open or under development worldwide, with 45 set to open this year. Concord Hospitality has been brought on board to manage the property, while Live Oak Bank of Wilmington, NC, will finance the project.