New York's first AC Hotel names leadership

The AC Hotel by Marriott Times Square. Photo credit: Marriott International (Benjamin Britton and Joanna Buiza are joining the property as GM and director of sales, respectively.)
Joanna Buiza. Photo credit:
Marriott International

In the lead-up to its spring 2018 opening, AC Hotel New York Times Square appointed Benjamin Britton as GM and Joanna Buiza as director of sales. This is AC Hotels by Marriott’s first New York City location.

Britton is no stranger to the Marriott brand, having begun his career as a bellman at a Courtyard by Marriott in Wichita, Kan. Prior to coming on board at the AC Hotel New York Times Square, Britton had the opportunity to spend several years in New York City working with multiple brands and service models. Britton will oversee and manage all aspects of the AC Hotel New York Times Square.

Ben Britton. Photo credit:
Marriott International

Buiza has 13 years of experience in the hospitality industry, managing, marketing and selling branded and independent hotels in New York City. She began her hospitality career in operations: doing everything from answering phones to managing the food-and-beverage department for a luxury hotel. Buiza obtained her master’s degree in hospitality management with a concentration in hotel investment finance at NYU, and found her calling in hotel sales and marketing. Her love for providing extraordinary experiences for guests led her to lifestyle hotels, and eventually the leadership role as the director of sales for the AC Hotel.

The Midtown Manhattan hotel melds an urban aesthetic with elements that harken back to its Spanish roots. Shared spaces include local artwork, while guestrooms draw on modern design, offering complimentary WiFi and wide-screen TVs. A year-round rooftop bar provides views of NYC’s skyline, along with signature cocktails, happy hour rituals and shareable plates. Local restaurant Boqueria, located on the lobby level, includes a European-inspired breakfast, as well as market-driven authentic Spanish cuisine for lunch and dinner.