The Radical Hotel highlights graffiti art in Asheville, NC

Located in the heart of Asheville, North Carolina’s River Arts District, The Radical is a boutique hotel and living art installation that debuted in October 2023. Housed in a once-abandoned 1920’s warehouse that was formerly a cereal factory, the hotel takes inspiration from the River Arts District’s RAD moniker with 70 unmistakable guest rooms and suites, a flagship wood-fire restaurant, a rooftop bar and a cafe – all from local Asheville resident and two-time James Beard nominated restaurateur Jacob Sessoms.

Asheville’s Radical Hotel

The Radical breathes new life into a historic building while preserving beautiful evidence of its past lives — from a 1920s breakfast cereal factory to a graffiti artists’ vacant paradise. With rebel luxe interiors by Suomi Design Works, the hotel’s richly layered design melds towering raw concrete pillars, exposed brick walls, and original street art from decades past as well as modern pieces.

The Radical’s guest rooms combine contemporary design while honoring decades of organic artistic expression preserved on the walls of the historic building. The hotel offers eight room types including suites, river views and ones with spacious seating areas, plus black-out curtains, writing desks, smart TVs and wet bars.

Reservations start at $239 per night depending on when guests stay. Check rates and availability here.

Radical Hotel Art

Artwork inside guest room at The Radical hotel in Asheville, NC.
Artwork inside guest room at The Radical hotel in Asheville, NC. Photo Courtesy of Hatteras Sky.

The Radical is a living, evolving museum of street, classical and modern art. The previously vacant building was covered in wall-to-wall graffiti, and instead of erasing it, the owners adopted the artwork as design inspiration, incorporating the concept into the hotel. 

To honor the history of the building and reflect the surrounding River Art District community, The Radical team engaged veteran local artist Ian Wilkinson to foster the tradition of graffiti in the building and curate what is now a world-class collection of art. The hotel features over 200 unique and original works of art, and Wilkinson and a team of talented artists from Asheville and beyond designed and painted murals in each guest room plus large-scale immersive works featured throughout the hotel’s common areas.

Specializing in archival mural production, Wilkinson serves as a valuable resource for fellow artists and has forged relationships with many preeminent figures in the mural and street art world. His work continues to add to the vibrant tapestry of cities around the world, like Miami, New York, Denver, Sacramento, Denver, San Francisco, Paris, Lyon and others.  

Artists involved in The Radical include Ishmael, Patch Whisky, KOMBS, Brett Bell, Brian, O’Rourke, Gillian Maurer, Stacy Kraft, Colton Dion, Dan Reid, Roan Allen, Shannon Owens, Maryanne Pappano, Emery, Joey Hindi, Mason Arana and Ian Wilkinson.

Food and Drink at The Radical

Helmed by celebrated local Asheville restaurateur Jacob Sessoms, The Radical takes guests on a culinary journey with three in-house food and beverage concepts. 

Golden Hour, the downstairs wood-fire restaurant, is open daily for dinner starting at 5pm and offers a full bar. The restaurant is an easy-going spot for hotel guests and locals alike to grab a bite or drink. The free-flowing space is centered around a racetrack bar in the middle of the dining room and an open kitchen featuring a custom-made, wood-fired grill that fuels the buzz of the restaurant. The space includes an outdoor patio.

Guests looking to unwind or get work done can head to after/glow, a coffee bar that evolves into a cocktail lounge each afternoon. The morning, noon and night spot is open from 7am-10pm and offers daytime counter service including espresso, drip coffee from North Carolina-based Counter Culture Coffee and Dobra teas.

Come 3pm, after/glow transitions into a down-tempo bar serving handcrafted cocktails with music from a live DJ every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. after/glow serves coffee-forward cocktails like Irish Moonlight – lush, rich, dark and warm, Bitches Brew – not your morning matcha latte, the Player’s Anthem – a cold frothy rum creamsicle and an Espresso Martini – say less!

See here for the drink menu.

The Roof is a rooftop bar overlooking the French Broad River and Asheville’s River Arts District. Open from noon to midnight when the weather is right, the Roof’s open-air bar serves up an inviting atmosphere with the best views in town for nibbles, sunset cocktails and weekly live music.

About The Radical Hotel

Artwork inside The Radical hotel in Asheville, NC.
Artwork inside The Radical hotel in Asheville, NC. Photo by Matt Kisiday

The Radical is owned by Hatteras Sky and capital partner Somera Capital East and operated by Lark Hotels. Hatteras Sky is a commercial real estate development firm founded by Jason Cordon and Amy Kelly. In addition to conventional development, the group specializes in adaptive rehabilitation of historic buildings with a focus on hospitality and multifamily projects. For more information about the firm, its team, and additional projects, please visit the Hatteras Sky website.

Lark Hotels is a best-in-class hotel operator with a portfolio of more than 50 independent spirited boutique hotels located throughout the United States. Launched in 2012, the company focuses on low-key-count lifestyle hotels with unique character and distinct stories in iconic, high profile destinations.

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