09 April 2019

Kimpton® Hotels and Restaurants to expand presence in North Carolina

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Kimpton® Hotels & Restaurants announces today it will open a new hotel in Asheville, North Carolina this summer. A historic conversion of the former BB&T Bank building, Kimpton Hotel Arras will transform the tallest building in the city into a 128-room boutique hotel and bring to life a modern mountain aesthetic with locally curated artwork, culinary craftsmanship and a laid-back-meets-luxe experience.

The property, located in the heart of downtown Asheville at 7 Patton Avenue, also includes 54 residences, a locally-owned family-style restaurant, Bargello, and cocktail bar, District 42. 

Developer John McKibbon of award-winning McKibbon Hospitality and Glenn W. Wilcox, Sr. of Asheville-based commercial real-estate company Tower Associates, Inc. joined forces to create a top-of-the-line hotel that highlights culture, connection and community. “It’s an honor to have been trusted to transform this historic landmark into a modern destination,” says hotelier John McKibbon. “And to be able to do it under the unique Kimpton umbrella makes this project even more notable. As the pioneers of the US boutique hotel space, Kimpton’s been on our radar as a partner for quite some time. We’re thrilled to be joining their portfolio of best-in-class hotels.” 

Designed as an inviting retreat and an immersive getaway, Hotel Arras offers a crafted experience drawn from the culture of Asheville. Named for a region in France famous for its woven fabrics, Hotel Arras captures the essence of the eclectic Asheville arts community. Immediately upon arrival, regionally influenced interiors and artwork welcome guests in the lobby. The culinary offering includes a Mediterranean restaurant and a more casual eatery, both from local husband-and-wife duo Peter and Martha Pollay of Mandara Hospitality Group. The property also features more than 5,000 square feet of flexible meetings and events space with an option to secure an exclusive wine cellar for private entertaining.

Mike DeFrino, chief executive officer, Kimpton, echoes McKibbon's sentiments: “Welcoming Hotel Arras to the Kimpton family at a time of accelerated international growth for the brand as our first property in Asheville and our third in North Carolina is exciting in many ways,” says DeFrino. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with McKibbon and know that guests will love the local feel of the hotel that’s come to be synonymous with our boutique offering.”

Further immersing guests in the arts experience, all guest rooms feature works by local artists, with pieces from Catherine Murphy, John Wayne Jackson and Naomi Rogers. Other standout room amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows and spa-like bathrooms. Visitors will also appreciate the hotel’s serenity cart. This artisanal handcart, which is filled with everything from books by Asheville authors to lavender sachets and evening cordials, will be available upon request for guest room delivery. 

In addition, hotel highlights include morning coffee and tea service, complimentary PUBLIC bikes, private Hotel Arras art tours, nightly social hour and mobile check-in. Wellness amenities abound with a massage room, yoga studio and state-of-the-art fitness center. And as with all Kimptons, Hotel Arras welcomes pets of all breeds and sizes.

Kimpton Hotel Arras is owned and will be managed by McKibbon Hospitality. To learn more about Kimpton Hotel Arras, visit www.hotelarras.com


For further information please contact:

Faith Yi
*1 (415) 955-5430

About IHG®

IHG ® (InterContinental Hotels Group) [LON:IHG, NYSE:IHG (ADRs)] is a global organisation with a broad portfolio of hotel brands, including Regent Hotels & ResortsInterContinental® Hotels & ResortsKimpton® Hotels & RestaurantsHotel Indigo®EVEN® HotelsHUALUXE® Hotels and ResortsCrowne Plaza® Hotels & Resortsvoco™ HotelsHoliday Inn®Holiday Inn Express®Holiday Inn Club Vacations®Holiday Inn Resort®avid™ hotelsStaybridge Suites® and Candlewood Suites®.


IHG franchises, leases, manages or owns more than 5,600 hotels and approximately 837,000 guest rooms in more than 100 countries, with more than 1,900 hotels in its development pipeline. IHG also manages IHG® Rewards Club, our global loyalty programme, which has more than 100 million enrolled members.


In February 2019, IHG acquired Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, adding 16 hotels (1,347 rooms) to its system and 18 hotels to its development pipeline.


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About Kimpton® Hotels and Restaurants

San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is the original boutique hotel company, which pioneered the concept of unique, distinctive, design-forward hotels in the United States in 1981. Anchored in one-of-a-kind experiences, Kimpton now operates more than 60 hotels and 80 restaurants, bars and lounges across urban locations, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Canada, Europe, Caribbean and Greater China. Kimpton spaces and experiences center on its guests, offering inspiring design to forward-thinking flavors that feed the soul. Every detail is thoughtfully curated and artfully delivered, so that guest experiences remain meaningful, unscripted and ridiculously personal.

In January 2015, Kimpton became part of the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands. For more information, visit www.KimptonHotels.com.   


About McKibbon Hospitality

Headquartered in Tampa, FL, McKibbon Hospitality creates memorable hospitality experiences that inspire brand and property loyalty. It’s how we’ve grown into one of the largest (and most awarded) hotel development and management companies in the country. We build and operate hotels across the country for Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, IHG and other iconic hospitality brands. We guide every facet of hospitality development and management, from site selection, design and construction management to hotel openings, operations and renovations. Beyond building and managing hotels, we create experiences that reflect and define the local culture. Our legacy is built on a foundation of integrity, anchored in how we value our guests, treat our associates and partners, and give back to our communities. Visit McKibbon.com to learn more.