vandre_nouveua_hotel_design_1_asheville_2015The McKibbon Hotel Group is planning to remake Asheville’s tallest building, the BB&T office structure, into a boutique hotel and condo complex, according to plans that are in the works.

The announced name was the Vandre Nouveau Hotel. A McKibbon representative sent me an email recently saying a new name would be announced soon. Meantime, the remodeling plans are working their way through city advisory boards and committees, with a stop at the Asheville Planning and Zoning Commission this week.

I don’t know the reason for the renaming. But “The Vandre Nouveau Hotel” does not exactly roll off the tongue. And yes, it sounds a little pretentious.

There’s been a lot of attention and debate surrounding the construction of a wave of new downtown Asheville hotels. (John McKibbon noted such as a recent Asheville Citizen-Times panel discussion about growth in Asheville, referring to himself as “Dr. Evil,” as in the evil developer of hotels.) A new name sounds like a good idea.

Got any suggestions?



  1. I like shannon’s suggestion^^^ Ellington Tower

  2. La Dalle Avec du Rouge à Lèvres

  3. Hotel Ashvegas

  4. I can think of several names that are meaningful to our town
    The Hotel Independence or The Asheville Independent
    The Samuel Hotel for Samuel Ashe
    The Wolfe Hotel for Thomas Wolfe
    The Davidson Hotel for one of the first settlers.
    Hotel Pisgah for our tallest mountain in the county.
    For an Art Deco hotel, Ellington would be a great name.
    Hotel Bellamy for our first African American Mayor.

    So many good possibilities.

  5. #BlackBuildingsMatter

  6. ‘Charlotte Bouringe Hotel’, ‘Bourgeoisie B&B’, ‘McKibbon’s Monstrosity’

    • hauntedheadnc says:

      I like “Charlotte Bouringe.” It has the requisite misspelling you need to convey authentic old-timeyness. In all fairness though, the Indigo and Aloft are more in the Charlotte Boring architectural style — the Indigo especially what with its requisite beige. As I’m sure you’re well aware, blank beige walls are a vital component of the Charlotte Boring style.

    • Got news fer ya: Da Bourgeoisie owns yer ass!

  7. Aww man, I was so looking forward to the Luther Vandross meme that was just about to kick into high gear!!!

    Let’s hope the McKibbon Team comes up with something equally pretentious and non-nonsensical!

  8. Here’s where we have all been duped.

    It’s going to be an Econo lodge.

  9. hauntedheadnc says:

    “Hotel Nuckasunnah” It’s derived from a Cherokee word.

  10. How about the Art Vandelay…

  11. Tall Brown Rectangle Inn.

  12. How about something as simple as “The Asheville.” Since it is int the center of town.

  13. The drawing looks a lot more art deco than the Photoshop rendering. I like it.

  14. Jason Holland says:

    The Jason Holland Tower

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