ASHEVILLE, NC—McKibbon Hospitality has opened the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown here. Perched atop a four-story parking deck with 336 spaces and public access, the property has 132 upscale guestrooms, an array of public spaces and European-inspired decor.
The second AC Hotels by Marriott to open in the Carolinas and 21st in the United States, the project was developed by chairman of McKibbon Hospitality, John McKibbon, who has been conducting business in the city for more than 20 years. To create a design-led hotel, McKibbon Hospitality collaborated with Doug Stratton of Stratton Design Group on the interior design and Brian Bunce of BB+M Architecture on the project’s exterior. McKibbon Hospitality also worked with Winford Lindsay Architects on the project.
Among the amenities are Capella on 9, a rooftop bar and tapas concept offering daily breakfast, evening cocktails and small plates; a collection of custom paintings, sculptures and hand-blown glass pieces by 10 local and regional artists, which were selected by John McKibbon and sourced by Liz L. Barr, owner of Art Resources in Asheville; a 2,000-sq.-ft. meeting space on the ninth floor that can be divided into two separate meeting rooms as well as indoor and outdoor space; and a lobby with seating and free WiFi.
This is McKibbon Hospitality’s fourth Asheville hotel in addition to the Aloft Asheville Downtown, Courtyard Asheville and SpringHill Suites Asheville. The company is also currently developing the Hotel Arras and Arras Residences, which are set to open in late 2018 across from the AC Hotel. In total, McKibbon Hospitality’s portfolio consists of 88 hotels across the U.S.