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North Carolina’s first AC Hotel to be built in Raleigh’s North Hills

Originally published on BoutiqueDesign.com on January 16, 2015

Concord, Kane Realty team on 133-key new-build

Marriott Intl.’s AC Hotels lifestyle brand is continuing its rapid rollout in the U.S., with the announcement of a locale in Raleigh, N.C. Concord Hospitality Enterprises Co. and Kane Realty Corp. are teaming up to develop the new-build hotel, which is slated to open in 2016 in Raleigh’s North Hills area.

Designed to house 133 guest rooms with a European-inspired aesthetic, the AC Hotel Raleigh is one of more than 30 hotels set to open under the flag within the next three years. Serving as the architect and interior designer for the project is DLR Group. The property marks the third joint hotel venture in North Hills for Raleigh, N.C.-based Concord and Kane Realty

“We saw the potential for this project when we developed the Renaissance Raleigh/North Hills in 2008 and continued to share the vision when we built the Hyatt House hotel in 2013,” says Mark Laport, Concord’s president and ceo. “It is clear to us that this flourishing urban center can support and will benefit greatly from the addition of another well-respected Marriott brand that speaks to a slightly different demographic than the existing hotels.”

Upcoming AC locales include one Miami Beach, which is being designed by Miami-based Kobi Karp Architecture and is slated to debut in April, and the AC Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, which is scheduled to open early next year. The European brand planted its first flag in North America last month, with the opening of the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon.