RIO DE JANEIRO—The 225-room AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha and the 378-room AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca, have opened. The two Rio openings debut the brand in Brazil following a launch in Latin America with openings in Guadalajara and Queretaro Antea, Mexico.
Later this year, AC Hotels by Marriott is scheduled to expand its portfolio with hotels in Mexico City, Panama City and Santiago, Chile.
Tim Sheldon, president of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International, said, “With the recent opening of the Museu do Amanhã and the investment by the private sector and government in Porto Maravilha, we feel the AC Hotels brand will fit perfectly with the neighborhood’s revival. The AC Hotel Barra da Tijuca is centrally located in Barra and an excellent destination for next-generation travelers expected to visit the 2016 Summer Games in August.”
Influenced by its European roots, the AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha and the AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca attempt to showcase timeless design that is modern and sleek, according to Marriott. Guestrooms incorporate grays and charcoal tones, with clean lines accentuated by wood floors; and furniture is lifted off the floor to create a sense of space.
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.
The AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha offers a gym and a rooftop pool with views of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado Mountain, Guanabara Bay and Maracana Stadium. The AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca features a rooftop pool and deck with views of Rio de Janeiro’s East Zone.