Three firms combine for second AC Hotel to open in the Carolinas, AC Hotel Asheville Downtown

John McKibbon collaborated with Doug Stratton of Stratton Design Group, Brian Bunce of BB+M Architecture and Winford Lindsay Architects on the project.

McKibbon Hospitality has opened AC Hotel Asheville Downtown in downtown Asheville at the corner of Broadway and College streets. The hotel is located on the top of a four-story parking deck and has 132 guestrooms with European-inspired décor.

The second AC Hotels by Marriott to open in the Carolinas and twenty-first in the U.S., the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown was developed by the chairman of McKibbon Hospitality, John McKibbon, who collaborated with Doug Stratton of Stratton Design Group in Asheville on the interior design, Brian Bunce of BB+M Architecture on the project’s exterior, and Winford Lindsay Architects on the project.

The hotel has a collection of custom paintings, sculptures and hand-blown glass pieces by 10 local and regional artists, all of which were selected by McKibbon and sourced by Liz L. Barr, owner of Art Resources in Asheville. The artwork was purchased by McKibbon and is officially part of McKibbon Hospitality’s art collection.


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The lobby has seating for informal gatherings, as well as free Wi-Fi connectivity. The AC Library provides reading materials and additional space for collaborating.

For events, the property has 2,000 square feet of meeting space on the ninth floor that can be divided into two separate meeting rooms, as well as indoor and outdoor space with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

For dining, the property has Capella on 9, a rooftop bar.

The hotel is McKibbon Hospitality’s fourth Asheville hotel in addition to the Aloft Asheville Downtown, Courtyard Asheville and SpringHill Suites Asheville. McKibbon 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 US.





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