AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International’s upper-moderate-tier lifestyle brand, announced global plans for 22 new hotels slated to open in 2016, a number of which are in North America.
According to Marriott, January 2016 is expected to bring five AC hotels, AC Guadalajara Mexico; AC Cincinnati North/West Chester, Ohio; AC Boston North, Mass.; AC Marseille, France; and AC Queretaro, Mexico. Additional properties expected to open in 2016 are:
AC Panama City, Panama;
AC San Jose Downtown, Calif.;
AC Atlanta North;
AC Asheville, N.C.;
AC Rio Barra de Tijuca, Brazil;
AC Rio Porto Maravilha, Brazil;
AC Herzliya, Israel;
AC Birmingham England, U.K.;
AC Boston Cambridge;
AC Phoenix Tempe;
AC Santiago, Chile;
AC Manchester England, U.K.;
AC Des Moines Downtown, Iowa;
AC Santa Fe, Mexico;
AC Mainz, Germany; and
AC Wroclaw, Poland.
Hotelier Antonio Catalan founded the brand in 1998 and grew it into one of the most well-respected hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011, which launched AC Hotels by Marriott globally into France, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and the U.S.
“AC Hotels by Marriott is a new breed of lifestyle hotels created to inspire the next-generation traveler through innovative design,” said Tina Edmundson, global officer, luxury and lifestyle brands, Marriott International. “Our rapidly growing portfolio of design-led hotels illustrates Marriott International’s commitment to making distinctive architecture and design affordable and accessible for creatives and entrepreneurs around the world– appealing to a large and growing demographic, with a robust development pipeline to match.”
The brand currently offers a portfolio of more than 80 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Turkey, France and the United States. Growth plans include more than 50 hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Latin America. AC Hotels by Marriott debuted its first U.S. location in November 2014 in the iconic Cotton Exchange Building in New Orleans, followed by AC Kansas City in March 2015, AC Hotel Washington D.C. at National Harbor in April 2015, AC Chicago in May 2015, and AC Hotel Miami Beach in June 2015.
A number of additional AC Hotels properties are under construction or about to break ground.
North Central Group of Middleton, Wis., a Midwest owner, developer and operator of hotels, began construction in August on the AC Hotel Madison, downtown Madison’s first Marriott brand property.
The 10-story AC Hotel Madison, set to open in late 2016, will provide 164 guestrooms to the downtown Madison market. The hotel will have valet parking, a fitness center, coffee and espresso bar, ninth floor terrace and lounge and flexible meeting space for business, social or family events. The tenth floor will also have a rooftop bar/restaurant offering hotel guests and local diners signature cocktails, specialty wines, craft beers and a menu of European and locally influenced small plate cuisine.
The design and architecture of the AC Hotel Madison is by Gary Brink & Associates of Middleton, Wis.
Ground was broken in Raleigh, N.C., in December for another AC Hotel by Marriott. Concord Hospitality and Kane Realty will be in charge of the hotel’s development.
“They’re trying to put them in top 20 locations where travelers go: New York City, Chicago, Orlando. So for Raleigh, N.C., to be one of the very first hotels, I think that tell us that we’ve arrived as a real modern destination,” Kevin McAteer, senior vice president of marketing and sales at Concord Hospitality Enterprises, told WNCN.
The Raleigh property will include 133 rooms and a roof-top terrace and bar.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., city commissioners recently approved site plans for Fort Lauderale Beach’s first AC Hotel by Marriott, according to The Real Deal.
The next step for the hotel, which will be built on a roughly three-quarter-acre site, is to seek building permits. OTO Development, a South Carolina real estate company and the project lead, expects to break ground in early 2016. Plans are for a 10-story building with 175 rooms, a fifth-floor pool and tapas-style restaurant.
The developer will build its hotel on three joined parcels, which it is under contract to purchase for a price in the neighborhood of $9 million, Dan Teixeira, a Douglas Elliman agent, told TRD. Two of those lots house a small apartment building and a boutique hotel, while the third is vacant.