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A dog is not just for Christmas – it’s for overnight stays in the New Year, too. Or, rather, it is if you’re staying at Aloft Asheville. Its partnership with a local animal rehoming charity means that you can check in petless, and check out with a new furry best friend.
Aloft is working with Charlie’s Angels Animal Rescue to rehome pets – which means a beauty parade of doggies around the public areas. Or, rather, one doggy at a time – wearing an “adopt me” vest, and giving pleading eyes to guests at check-in.
AC Hotels by Marriott are working towards opening their first hotel in New Orleans in October, followed by South Beach, and Kansas City with JFK Airport and Chicago on the (tentative) horizon as well. And now, AC will open in Asheville, North Carolina too.
According to the Citizen-Times newspaper, design review approval was given to the owners of the BB&T building's parking garage. The garage will be razed and in its place a nine-story hotel--with 132 guest rooms, a restaurant and a bar--will be constructed.
Yay, exciting and that jazz. But what's also interesting, is that the BB&T building itself will be turned into an upscale, boutique hotel topped with six floors of condos. Naturally, we assume this brand has to be a Marriott-branded hotel as well. And if we had to place our bets, we'd put our money on a Renaissance Hotel which is definitely Marriott's boutique brand, after Edition of course. But the condo element has us a bit thrown off. So...what will it be? We're gonna go with Renaissance but only time, and maybe a loose-lipped developer or designer, will tell. Hint, hint.
[Rendering via AC Hotels]
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Ready or not, Aloft is slowly infiltrating every corner of the world—India, China, and the US are all in line for multiple openings this year. And it was announced last week that South Korea is even set to get its first Aloft by 2014.
But in the more immediate future, we're looking at two US openings this month: Aloft Asheville on Aug 23 and Aloft SFO on Aug 30. One will be a place to retreat from (or invite back to your hotel room) all the ukulele-strumming Blue Ridge Mountain hippies. The other will be a place to lament your delayed flight. Both will spoil you with free WiFi.
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A modern boutique hotel in Asheville? Such a thing didn't exist until the Hotel Indigo (part of the ICH group) opened its doors last fall. On my recent trip to what I learned is considered the "San Francisco of the east" my partner and I stayed there to check things out.
While the property is located smack against the interstate, which initially turned me off, that all changed once we walked inside. The lobby is modern, sleek, and inviting, during the day, with a large reception desk. Check-in was a breeze after they realized we weren't with the woman who walked in before us.
Currently the hotel is offering their Harvest Home Celebration which is actually a bunch of celebrations running now through October 22nd such as bluegrass music, corn shelling and grinding demos, horse farming demos and folk tales and storytelling. The events take place at different parts of the estates like the Historic Horse Barn, the Farmyard, Firepit and the hotel's very own winery.
Rooms are starting at about $289 for October but if you can't make it for the fall, don't worry the hotel has a whole bunch of holiday packages lined up.
· Inn on Biltmore Estate reviews [TripAdvisor]
Feel like gettin' crafty in the dirty south? Ok, so Asheville isn't exactly dirty, but the city's four star resort, The Grove Park Inn will definitely be a craftin'.
Running through June 6th, the hotel will display 80 booths boasting true American crafts. And they are offering package deals for these crafty weekend getaways for you to choose from.
If crafting or golf isn't in your interest, let's hope the Blue Ridge Mountains or the hotel's extensive spa will suffice. If that still doesn't get you excited, the cool cave-like pool is definitely worth the dip.
Built in 1913 the hotel seems to be a local favorite but can end up getting pricey. We couldn't help but bring your attention to one traveler's advice:
Be careful that every purchase you make is already taxed BY LAW, 15-20 percent. You are looked at strangely if you do not add an extra graturity
All we know is that we'd love to see the looks these cheap, crafting, grandmas will potentially get....
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