Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants to Expand Presence in North Carolina, Announces Hotel Arras in Downtown Asheville
Scheduled for Summer 2019 – 128 Rooms
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 dedicated to large format dishes and hand-made pastas and pizzas and a restaurant and bar space focused on small plates and handcrafted cocktails in a warm and relaxed setting. 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.
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