In 2015, Vision Ventures partnered with hotel operator McKibbon Hospitality to develop a new hotel at the site above the EpiCentre entertainment complex in Uptown Charlotte. Cleveland Construction, the general contractor, began work on the 20-story tower in January 2016, with completion planned for early 2018.
The dual-branded hotel will include a 116-room Residence Inn and a 184-room AC Hotel by Marriott with over 2,400 square feet of meeting space. The tower will feature a rooftop level with an independently operated restaurant and an ultra-luxe, two-bedroom “super suite” that can be rented on a long-term basis.
The dual-branded hotel tower brings 300 new rooms to uptown Charlotte, providing two distinct options for travelers: the European-style boutique AC Hotel and the extended-stay comfort of a Residence Inn. AC Hotels, Marriott International’s newest upper-moderate boutique lifestyle brand, caters to creative, well-traveled, entrepreneurial spirits with a millennial mindset. The design-led, classically modern AC Hotel will be the first of its brand to open in Charlotte and the second in North Carolina
Building on what was originally designed to be a condo tower posed some challenges but also provided opportunities. The remnants of the condo structure, mostly a two-story entrance lobby on the fifth level, have been reconfigured into the entrance for the AC Hotel. The base from the EpiCentre’s original tower crane, a concrete block laid 12 feet below the ground, was reused for the tower crane now building the hotels.