A dual-branded hotel tower in uptown Charlotte will open to the public this spring.
The 22-story AC Hotel and Residence Inn Charlotte City Center above the EpiCentre at 210 E. Trade St. will open in late March, according to McKibbon Hospitality, which is developing the project in partnership with Charlotte-based Vision Ventures. An exact opening date has not yet been confirmed.
The 116-room AC Hotel and 184-room Residence Inn will add 300 rooms to Charlotte's hotel inventory when complete. The project also includes an independently operated rooftop bar and restaurant, a for-lease penthouse suite, and meeting and retail space throughout.
The project will include Charlotte's first AC Hotel, described as a "lifestyle brand" by Marriott. Most of its locations are in Europe, but the brand has begun to move into the United States and so far has three hotels in North Carolina: Raleigh, Asheville and Chapel Hill.
McKibbon also says it has finalized the management team of the hotels, including general managers, directors and sales managers.
Karl Oates, vice president of lifestyle hotels for McKibbon Hospitality, said in a statement that the team brings together "strong expertise" in hospitality, the local market and both hotel flags.
The management team includes Don Lockhart as general manager of the AC Hotel Charlotte City Center, Stephanie Parisi as general manager of the Residence Inn Charlotte City Center, Colin Burnheimer as assistant general manager of the Residence Inn, Amy Vigil as assistant general manager of the AC Hotel, Katherine Bradley as director of food and beverage, CJ Parisi as director of engineering, Jeffrey Teeters as catering sales manager, Katie Garrett as sales manager and Maxine Elleby as market director of sales.
Elsewhere in Charlotte, Florida-based McKibbon Hospitality manages the Residence Inn by Marriott Charlotte SouthPark, Homewood Suites by Hilton Charlotte-North/University Research Park and the Hampton Inn Charlotte-University Place.