The AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, owned and managed by Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, has opened its doors to guests in the heart of Chicago’s thriving River North neighborhood. The AC Hotels by Marriott brand’s first property in Illinois is part of a new breed of lifestyle hotels targeting millennial and business travelers.
Designed by the award-winning, international hospitality consultancy headquartered in Chicago, The Gettys Group, AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates the beauty of classic modern designs with its European soul and Spanish roots, borne from the signature vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, who founded the brand in 1998 and grew it into one of the most well respected hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Spain, Italy and Portugal, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011 which later launched AC Hotels by Marriott globally into France, Denmark and the US.
Based on a belief that purposeful design improves lives, AC Hotels by Marriott edits away what is unnecessary, in order to provide guests with thoughtfully designed moments of elegance that elevate their stay and help them focus on what’s important to them. That’s why at AC Hotels by Marriott, guests get only what they need, without paying for what they don’t. The result is elegant yet unpretentious style, innovative beverage & food programming and locally inspired experiences for both guests and locals.
A signature element of the hotel includes an innovative beverage and food program within its AC Lounge. A twist on the traditional hotel bar, the experience includes local craft beers, specialty wines on tap, expertly made signature cocktails and a selection of tapas-style small bites. Located adjacent to the AC Lounge (featured above), the AC Kitchen serves a European-inspired Continental breakfast selection of flaky croissants, freshly-sliced artisanal LaQuercia Prosciutto, savory egg tarts, and Nespresso coffee.
The AC Hotel Chicago Downtown uses muted colors and a monochromatic scheme throughout, showcasing a timeless design that is modern and sleek. Guest rooms incorporate warm grays and charcoal tones, with clean lines and hardwood floors; furniture is lifted to create a sense of space, and crisp white linens.
The eight story hotel also offers outdoor terraces with views of the city, a fifth floor outdoor patio and indoor pool, along with a state of the art fitness center. The AC Library is a central work area for guests. Additional amenities include secure on-site parking, 3,000 square-feet of meeting space and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The new lifestyle hotel is AC Hotels by Marriott’s fourth property in North America (second in the Midwest) following the brand’s debut in New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington D.C, and is part of a growing portfolio of over 50 hotels expected to open in the next few years in the U.S. and Latin America