News & Press

Good news travels fast.

We love sharing our success stories, new developments and upcoming projects with the world. This is where you’ll find our recent press releases, media coverage and stories we just can’t keep to ourselves. It’s also where members of the press can get ahold of us to help meet their deadlines, consult a hospitality industry expert or inquire about one of our recent or upcoming initiatives.

Media Queries

  • Lauren Bowles
  • Director of Communications
  • Email

Featured Press

Business Observer May 26, 2017

McKibbon Wins Top Marriott Award

McKibbon Hospitality has been awarded Marriott International’s top hospitality manager award, the only company in Florida to receive the designation for 2016. McKibbon also received the award in 1995, the first year Marriott made the designations. The Partnership Circle Award is given annually to only about a dozen companies nationwide that own or manage 10 Marriott hotels or more.

Read More
Press ReleaseMay 02, 2017

Sneak Peak of the AC Hotel

View photos of the AC Hotel, currently under construction on Broadway St. in Asheville, NC.

Read More
Tampa Bay Times Mar 27, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality Unveils Revamped Corporate Headquarters

McKibbon Hospitality finished expanding its Tampa headquarters today. The 10,000-square foot office in Avion Park's Westshore business district was constructed and designed by local architects, designers and consultants.

Read More
Tampa Bay Business Journal Feb 06, 2017

Tampa Hotel Management Firm Adds Aloft in Orlando to its Roster

Tampa's McKibbon Hospitality has added the Aloft Orlando Downtown hotel to its management portfolio, expanding its presence in Orlando. McKibbon currently manages three hotels in Orlando, and adds the new Aloft Hotel to its portfolio alongside Aloft Greenville Downtown, Aloft Asheville Downtown, and Aloft Tallahassee Downtown.

Read More
Hotel BusinessDec 16, 2016

McKibbon Hospitality Tops Out Dual-Brand Marriott

McKibbon Hospitality topped out the construction of a 22-story tower at the site above the Epicentre entertainment complex in Charlotte, NC. The structure will host a 184-room AC Hotel, a 116-room Residence Inn, 2,400 sq. ft. of meeting space, a two-bedroom super suite on the rooftop level, an independent rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as restaurant and retail space for lease. It is slated to open in early 2018.

Read More
Press ReleaseNov 30, 2016

McKibbon Hospitality Adds Three More Awards to its Industry Honors List

McKibbon Hospitality announced the addition of three industry awards – Homewood Suites by Hilton “Catch Me at My Best” Award, Homewood Suites by Hilton Spirit Award and the Absolut Bartender Mix Off “Fall for Greenville” bartending competition.

Read More

News & Press

Lodging Magazine Aug 18, 2017

Hotels Help Dogs Find Their Forever Homes

McKibbon Hospitality’s foster dog program—in which one adoptable pup lives at a hotel at any given time—started when two strangers on an airplane decided to bond over pet photos. On a flight three years ago, Emma Ledbetter, director of food and beverage at McKibbon Hospitality, sat next to Rick Wilson, a board member of North Carolina animal rescue organization, Charlie’s Angels.

Read More
Charlotte Business Journal Aug 18, 2017

Why This Uptown Hotel is Adding a Rooftop Bar

This uptown hotel developer says its latest project offers the ‘perfect opportunity’ to add a unique rooftop bar at the EpiCentre. Rooftop bars are currently trending when it comes to urban hotels, says Erik Rowen, vice president for development for McKibbon Hospitality.

Read More
Hotel OnlineAug 17, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality Celebrates the Opening of its AC Hotel Asheville Downtown

McKibbon Hospitality, an award-winning leader in the hotel development and management industry, today announced that the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown opened its doors in the heart of downtown Asheville at the corner of Broadway and College streets.

Read More
Hotel Management Aug 17, 2017

Three Firms Combine for Second AC Hotel to Open in the Carolinas, AC Hotel Asheville Downtown

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.

Read More
Charlotte Observer Aug 17, 2017

New uptown hotel opening in Feb. includes rooftop bar, restaurant with Asheville chef

The new, dual-branded hotel under construction atop the EpiCentre plans to open in Feb. 2018. The AC Hotel and Residence Inn, both in the 22-story tower, will total 300 rooms. The new hotel will also include a rooftop bar, retail space that’s available for lease, a “super suite” to rent and meeting space. Hotel developer McKibbon Hospitality is partnering with Asheville chef Peter Pollay on the project.

Read More
Hotel Management Aug 16, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality Open the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown

McKibbon Hospitality opened the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown in the heart of downtown Asheville at the corner of Broadway and College streets in Asheville, N.C. The hotel sits atop a four-story parking deck with 336 spaces and public access, as well as 132 guestrooms, multiple public spaces and European-inspired décor.

Read More
Hotel Business Aug 15, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality Opens AC Hotel Asheville Downtown

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.

Read More
Hospitality TrendzAug 15, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality brings European décor to the new 132-room AC Hotel Asheville Downtown

McKibbon Hospitality opened the doors of its upscale AC Hotel Asheville Downtown on Friday, August 11. The second AC Hotels by Marriott to open in the Carolinas and twenty-first in the U.S., the AC Hotel Asheville Downtown is situated in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Read More
Hotel Business Aug 15, 2017

McKibbon Hospitality Unveils Opening of AC Hotel Asheville Downtown

McKibbon Hospitality has unveiled the opening of AC Hotel Asheville Downtown. The hotel sits atop a four-story parking deck with 336 spaces and public access and has 132 upscale guestrooms, an array of public spaces, and European-inspired decor. The project was developed by chairman of McKibbon Hospitality, John McKibbon, who has been conducting business in Asheville for more than 20 years.

Read More
Mountain XpressAug 09, 2017

AC Hotel Poised to Open Downtown

On Friday, Aug. 11, McKibbon Hospitality’s AC Hotel Asheville Downtown will open to guests. Located at the intersection of Broadway and College Street, the hotel boasts 132 guest rooms, along with 336 parking spaces in a four-story parking deck. Of those spaces, 202 will be available to the public.

Read More
Press ReleaseAug 08, 2017

Hotel Chic: Sleek, Modern 132-Room AC Hotel Set to Open Downtown Friday

The site at the corner of Broadway and College Street has long been home to hotels in downtown Asheville but it's safe to say they never looked quite like this. The new 132-room AC Hotel will open Friday, August 11. It features an ultra-modern design with a sophisticated blend of neutral colors in black, beige, white, and silver, and local artwork that is arresting and intriguing.

Read More
Citizen-Times Aug 08, 2017

AC Hotel to Open Friday

Slideshow of the new AC Hotel Asheville Downtown.

Read More
AshVegasAug 08, 2017

With Minimalist Design and Millennials in Mind, AC Hotel nears Asheville Opening

The new 132-room, upscale AC Hotel by Marriott in downtown Asheville will begin hosting guests Friday. Hotelier John McKibbon, chairman of McKibbon Hospitality, took reporters’ questions and led tours around his latest hotel Monday morning. He highlighted the hotel’s European flair, displays of work by local artists, spacious meeting rooms ripe for wedding events, the captivating views from the ninth-floor rooftop bar area and its city-center location.

Read More
Citizen-Times Aug 08, 2017

Sleek, modern 132-room AC Hotel set to open downtown Friday

The site at the corner of Broadway and College Street has long been home to hotels in downtown Asheville, but it's safe to say they never looked quite like this. The new 132-room AC Hotel, on the site of the former Langren and Buck hotels, will open Friday. It features an ultra-modern design with a sophisticated blend of neutral colors in black, beige, white and silver, and local artwork that is arresting and intriguing.

Read More
ABC - Good Morning America Aug 07, 2017

Sneak Peak Inside the New AC Hotel by Marriott

Sneak Peak Inside the New AC Hotel by Marriott

Read More