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McKibbon Hotel Group Begins Construction on the 115-loft-style room Aloft Hotel
Asheville Downtown Located in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina

(ASHEVILLE, NC – 04/07/11) McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc. has begun construction on the Aloft Hotel Asheville Downtown, located in the heart of the city on Biltmore Avenue, one block from Pack Square. 
The 63,521 square foot hotel will feature 115 loft-style rooms (including four suites) with a contemporary, urban feel, along with unique amenities, including the W xyz® bar and dining with an outdoor deck that overlooks Biltmore Avenue, Starbucks® coffee bar and breakfast, a third floor outdoor pool deck with cabanas and a bar that overlooks the surrounding mountains and a comprehensive art collection featuring local artists.  Hotel dining will feature fresh products produced at local farms.
The hotel is a part of a mixed-use development, which will include a restaurant and several retail spaces fronting on Biltmore, as well as a new City of Asheville public parking garage.  John Spake of Spake Real Estate represented McKibbon Hotel Group on the site acquisition and will be handling the leasing of the 6,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space.
“This fantastic location will be THE downtown destination in Asheville for business travelers and tourists alike,” explained Vann Herring, President/CEO of McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.  “The vibrant, urban feel of this new hotel concept will be a perfect match for Asheville and the people who love to visit this charming city.”
Kellogg & Kimsey, Inc. of Sarasota, Florida has been selected as the general contractor for the Aloft Asheville Downtown project.  They have partnered previously with McKibbon Hotel Group on several hotel projects in the Southeast, including the Aloft Tallahassee Downtown, which opened in 2009 and was awarded the Starwood New Build Project of the Year for the U.S. and Canada.  Financing for the hotel is provided by First Tennessee Bank.  The Architect for the project is Winford Lindsay Architect, with support from PBC+L Architecture of Asheville, North Carolina.
The Aloft Hotel Asheville Downtown will open in Summer 2012.  For project updates, visit  For restaurant/retail leasing information, contact John Spake at 828.277.9670 or
About McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc./McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc.
McKibbon Hotel Group, Inc., based in Gainesville, Georgia, is a privately owned enterprise that has grown into an award-winning premier real estate developer and owner of nationally franchised hotel brands for Marriott, Hilton and Starwood Hotels.  McKibbon is proud to be a recognized leader for over 84 years in the hospitality industry, and McKibbon Hotel Management, Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, currently operates over 60 mid and upscale brands in 8 states throughout the Southeast.  The company has a rich history and culture that promotes a family oriented environment, while holding true to its core values of honesty, integrity and loyalty.  For more information, visit

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