Kimpton Hotel Arras Opens Its Doors to Guests in Asheville

By Jeremy Del Nero on 1 October 2019
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InterContinental Hotels Group announced the opening of the Kimpton Hotel Arras in Asheville, North Carolina.  The new hotel is located in the former Northwestern Bank Building – now known as the Arras – that was constructed in 1965 and is now a mixed-use complex.

The building, which resembled a vertical brown shoe box, was stripped to its core – 18 levels of poured concrete and reinforced pillars – even though it was an almost exact copy of several of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s skyscrapers, including the Seagram’s Building in New York.  The faded brown panels and thin glass windows have been removed in favor of a contemporary, sleek exterior.

The 128-key property features floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the hotel tries to immerse guests in local art, having commissioned pieces from 20 local artisans for its public spaces. The lobby opens out to a large terrace with mountain views.

Guest amenities including morning coffee and tea service, an evening social hour, and an artisanal serenity cart filled with books by local authors. Evening cordials are available upon request.  Other amenities include a fitness center, massage room, yoga studio, and complimentary bicycles.

Dining options for guests include Bargello, a Mediterranean-themed restaurant, and District 42, which serves shareable dishes and cocktails.

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