NATIONAL REPORT—DLR Group’s Hospitality Studio unveiled four new properties as part of its ongoing design program for AC Hotels by Marriott. To date, the firm has delivered 16 AC Hotels for multiple developers in markets from coast to coast for AC Hotels by Marriott’s portfolio.
“DLR Group’s designs seek to interpret and deliver the AC Hotels by Marriott brand vision and spirit in a distinct and sophisticated way that’s catered to each location,” said DLR Group Global Hospitality Leader Tom Mitchell. “Our aim is to be the most valued partner to Marriott and our owners by celebrating the brand through design, and successfully executing on schedule and on budget.”
AC Hotel Gainesville
Situated adjacent to the University of Florida, DLR Group’s refined interior design presents an elegant interpretation of research and biotech through the use of polished and tactile materials. The 144-room hotel showcases work created by local artists and inspired by bioresearch.
AC Hotel San Francisco Oyster Point
The 187-room hotel takes inspiration from its locale. Once inside, art panels evoke textural ocean shells, which then guide them into the hotel. The lobby features a commissioned ceramic oyster shell installation, which was created by sculptor Kevin Chambers and is suspended from the ceiling.
AC Hotel Chapel Hill Downtown
The 128-room hotel’s central location in downtown Chapel Hill, NC, supports the city’s bustling revitalization. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by an outdoor communal lounge that has soft seating and a fire pit. The bar/lounge has architectural gateways made out of wood and smoked chrome, while curvilinear wire sculptural art and soft drapery soften the aesthetic of elegant furniture and full glass views.
AC Hotel Spartanburg
Located in Spartanburg, SC, it’s the first property in the U.S. to blend classic architecture styling with modern interior flair, and redefines the city’s historic downtown skyline. At the 114-room hotel, the design offers a museum-like experience with original artwork created by faculty members and students at the experimental arts enclave of Black Mountain College.
DLR Group’s first AC Hotel design for was the AC Hotel Westport in Kansas City, MO, which opened in 2015. Since that time, the firm has continued a partnership with Marriott and developers to collaborate on an additional 15 properties across the country. AC Hotels by Marriott has been opening locations in urban neighborhoods across the United States since 2011.