The Marriott AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, appointed Sara Davis-Zapata to GM of the property. In her new role, Davis-Zapata will be responsible for all hotel operations at the 226-room hotel, which is located near Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
Prior to joining the Marriott AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, Davis-Zapata served as general manager of the Raffaello Hotel in Chicago, Ill., where she oversaw all hotel and beverage operations for the 173-room boutique property. Her previous positions at the Raffaello Hotel included serving as controller and human resources account manager, as well as working for the hotel’s management company, Crescent Heights, as a special projects coordinator.
Davis-Zapata began her hospitality career at the Allerton Hotel in Chicago and Chicago’s Hard Rock Hotel. She received a bachelor’s degree in social science from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Ill. She and her family reside in Wauconda, Ill.
“Sara’s strong Chicago connections and deep experience managing hotels in this popular travel market will be a great asset to the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown. Her leadership will help further advance our position as a top lifestyle hotel in Chicago,” Joseph Khairallah, president and chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement.
Located in Chicago’s upscale shopping, dining and entertainment district, the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown opened in June 2015 and was one of the first five AC Hotels by Marriott branded properties to open in the U.S.
AC Hotel Chicago Downtown offers nearly 3,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, European style breakfast, small plate dining in the evening, craft cocktails at the hotel’s AC Lounge, communal spaces and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property.