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

Originally published in Travel Examiner on January 16, 2015

Concord Hospitality Enterprises and Kane Realty Corporation announced Thursday afternoon that they will develop and operate North Carolina’s first AC Hotel, a Marriott International lifestyle brand, in Raleigh’s Midtown at North Hills. This will be the third hotel for North Hills, an innovative mixed-use district that includes high-end boutiques, well-known department stores, the Triangle’s best dining and a year-round calendar of entertainment. The new AC Hotel, a 133-room upscale property, will be located in the Park District at North Hills and is slated to open in 2016.

Founded in 1998, AC Hotels is an international hotel brand with nearly 100 hotels located primarily in Europe. AC Hotels target travelers searching for a design-led hotel in a great location. Sleek, sophisticated, European-inspired aesthetics bring the culture of the location alive to support the guest experience., according to its website. AC Hotels and Marriott International formed a joint venture in 2011 to expand the brand into the United States and further abroad. AC Hotel Raleigh is one of more than 30 hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Other U.S, properties include: New Orleans, Kansas City, and Miami.

“North Hills is the premier midtown Raleigh address and is at the forefront of a national trend in urban development, providing a refined mixture of everything that makes a community desirable,” said Mark Laport, Concord’s president and CEO. “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. 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.”

In 2001, Kane Realty purchased North Hills Mall, an aging and failing enclosed mall established in 1967, with the intention for redevelopment. It closed the mall in 2003, and reopened North Hills in late 2004. Located in the heart of Raleigh, North Hills is off Exit 8 on the I-440 interstate, and is only 15 minutes from RDU International Airport. The multi-faceted district is home to numerous luxury apartment complexes, more than 700,000 square feet of office space and many outdoor gathering spots. Quality-of-life options include spas, salons, and a state-of-the-art 60,000 square foot gym. Entertainment outlets include a 14-screen cinema and bowling center, as well as a range of dining establishments from quick-serve to fine dining, high-end boutiques, department stores and cafés.

“We are ecstatic to bring AC Hotel Raleigh to the Triangle,” said John Kane, CEO of Kane Realty Corporation. “As the region continues to receive national acclaim, we remain committed to the vision of creating irresistible places within vibrant communities. With shopping, dining, and entertainment all within walking distance, we know that a lifestyle hotel will be very successful in this location.”

Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, an award-winning hotel management and development company based in Raleigh, N.C., owns and-or manages more than 90 hotels comprised of more than 13,000 guest rooms in 20 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The company operates hotels and resorts under leading brand affiliations including Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental Hotels Group, Marriott and Starwood, as well as select independent boutique hotels. Concord properties are some of the most awarded hotels in the country, having won nearly 100 top honors in the past two years alone.

Leigh Hines, Travel Examiner