PHG Hotel Fund I, an affiliate of Pacific Hospitality Group, opened the 176-room AC Hotel Irvine in Orange County, Calif. Located within 1 mile of John Wayne Airport, the property resides in the City of Irvine’s Park Place development – a mixed-use office, retail and residential community that serves as home to a variety of tech, finance and global companies.
Designed with entrepreneurial spirits in mind, the hotel caters to those who are on the go through its food-and-beverage programming, service, locally inspired art and modern guestrooms. Both business and leisure guests will have access to the hotel’s heated pool located on its second floor, complimentary Wi-Fi, fitness center and Hydration Stations on each guestroom floor. Three meeting spaces are also available to guests, including two audiovisual-equipped Media Salons for up to eight people and a 500-square-foot meeting room for up to 40. Kallpods, wireless service buttons, are provided in the public and meetings spaces, enabling guests to request a staff member’s attention.
“AC Hotel Irvine is the epicenter of Park Place, one of the most vibrant mixed-use communities in California, making it a great addition to PHG’s strong hotel presence in Orange County,” Kory Kramer, CIO of Pacific Hospitality Group, said in a statement. “We are eager to continue investing and expanding our portfolio in the lifestyle select-service segment in partnership with Marriott International. AC Hotel Irvine perfectly resonates with today’s entrepreneurial guests who desire a modern, elevated hotel experience within a walkable neighborhood offering a multitude of beverage and food lifestyle experiences.”
Each AC Hotel is designed to reflect the uniqueness and character of its urban location. At AC Hotel Irvine, the textural and colorful art collection pays homage to the destination’s agricultural heritage and modern landscape. The AC Lobby includes the brand’s open-concept spaces with a collection of furnishings and décor that evoke the feeling of an art gallery. Ambient lighting and seating in the AC Library and Lounge areas invite travelers and locals to relax, while also creating a space in which to conduct a business meeting or connect with friends over cocktails.
“We’ve created an atmosphere that allows locals and visitors to comingle, share ideas and socialize in an environment that offers a sense of place,” Paul Maddison, GM at AC Hotel Irvine, said in a statement.
A twist on the traditional hotel bar, the AC Lounge serves up beer from local breweries, specialty wines by the bottle and on tap, expertly made craft cocktails and a selection of tapas-style small bites. A nod to the hotel’s European heritage, the lounge’s signature cocktail, The Swedish Fish, was developed with Orange County’s first craft distillery, Blinking Owl. In the morning, AC Kitchen serves a European-inspired continental breakfast selection of flaky croissants, egg tarts and Nespresso coffee. The Berkel slicer offers visitors hand-cut meats including artisanal La Quercia Prosciutto for a true taste of Spain. The AC Store, open 24 hours, also offers a selection of beverages including Four Sons Brewery beer, Cutwater spirits, wine by the bottle and soft drinks as well as a variety of premium snacks and sweets.
Within 10 miles of the closest beach and less than 25 minutes from Disneyland Park, AC Hotel Irvine’s central location enables guests to explore greater Orange County’s host of attractions with ease. Key surrounding offerings include shopping venues, innovative restaurant, a contemporary eatery serving Mexico City-inspired cuisine debuting later this summer within the hotel building and access bike share stations, hiking and running trails in Great Park.