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McKibbon Hospitality added 300 rooms to Uptown Charlotte, N.C. with its first dual-branded hotel, the 22-story AC Hotel and Residence Inn Charlotte City Center.

Partnering with Vision Ventures on development and Cleveland Construction as general contractor, McKibbon brings the first AC Hotel to Charlotte. Levels five through 12 of the hotel tower house AC’s 184 guestrooms and 2,400 sq. ft. of meeting space that opens up to the outside. The Residence Inn’s 116 apartment-style rooms sit on levels 14 through 21. Room types range from studios and suites offering one or two bedrooms.

John McKibbon, chairman of McKibbon Hospitality, and Paul Picarazzi, principal of Vision Ventures, worked with art consultant Liz Barr, principal of Art Resources, to select the local artists for the hotel’s collection. Paintings, sculptures, hand-blown glass and 3-D canvas works are featured throughout the property from more than 20 local artists, including: mixed-media artists Stephen Wilson and Lori Love; 3-D canvas artist Paul Rousso; oil painter and landscape artist Paul Hastings; and 13-year-old glass artist Elijah Kell.

An independent rooftop bar and lounge, Nuvolé Rooftop TwentyTwo, adds another element to this urban development. McKibbon and Picarazzi collaborated with consulting from Chef Peter Pollay of Mandara Hospitality Group in Asheville, N.C. to bring the space to life.

Photo of Residence Inn Charlotte City Center guestroom: Courtesy of Marriott


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