Marcus to Bring Marriott's AC Hotels Brand to Chicago
Thursday January 30th, 2014 - 9:29AM BOAPK
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CHICAGO—Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation, will convert its Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile hotel located here into one of the first AC Hotels by Marriott in the U.S. with an anticipated opening in spring 2015.
The AC by Marriott Chicago will include 226 rooms and 6,000 sq. ft. of meeting space. Public spaces will feature multimedia areas and local museum-quality artifacts. Inspired by the fashion houses of Spain and the runways of Italy, the AC Hotels by Marriott brand targets travelers searching for a design-led hotel.
Overlooking the Magnificent Mile, the AC Lounge will offer a bar area with cocktails, craft beers and small plate food offerings as well as complimentary WiFi. The AC by Marriott Chicago will also include the AC Library, AC Fitness and AC breakfast, offering healthy crafted breakfast options.
“AC Hotels by Marriott brand is all about connecting with the culture of the city and all Chicago has to offer. We are excited to be one of the first AC Hotels in the U.S. and bring this successful brand to Chicago,” stated Chris Anderson, SVP, Marcus Hotels & Resorts.
Founded by Antonio Catalan, The AC Hotels by Marriott brand was launched in Europe in 2011 as a joint venture between Marriott International and Spain’s AC Hotels. Today, the brand has a total of nearly 80 hotels located in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France.
“We are very excited to bring our successful European brand to Chicago, as it is a perfect gateway city for design-conscious travelers,” said Callette Nielsen, VP, AC Hotels by Marriott. “This vibrant brand will fit in perfectly with Chicago’s fashion-forward, trendsetting environment, and will provide guests with an authentic travel experience right in the heart of downtown.”
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