Now Open: SC Gets First AC Hotel, Homewood Suites Opens in ND, More…

NATIONAL REPORT—Hotel Business is tracking a spate of U.S. hotel openings, including South Carolina’s First AC Hotel by Marriott and a few properties in the Hilton family of brands. Here’s a look at what’s open:

AC Hotel Spartanburg

AC Hotels by Marriott has opened its first location in South Carolina—AC Hotel Spartanburg. The 114-key property offers five suites and 109 guestrooms with either two queen-sized beds or a king with a pullout sofa.

This arts-focused AC Hotel blends old with new, emulating a long tradition of urban lodging, according to the company. Classic masonry combines with custom accents to craft a facade of decorative stone and brick with a barrel tile roof. AC Hotel Spartanburg is locally owned by the Johnson family and operated by OTO Development, a Johnson Management company.

“This AC hotel reinvents the Spartanburg skyline,” said Geordy Johnson, CEO of Johnson Management, noting that the 10-story property is the first new hotel to open in Spartanburg’s central business district since 2004. “It’s a dynamic addition to a rapidly revitalizing downtown and everything—from architecture to amenities to artwork—is designed to introduce South Carolina to the AC brand’s ‘New Way to Hotel.'”

Constructed of nearly a quarter-million bricks laid the old-fashioned way, the sustainably built hotel is on track to attain LEED Silver Certification, according to the company. Architectural design was a collaboration of DC-based David M. Schwarz Architects and Spartanburg’s McMillan Pazdan Smith, with interior work by DLR Group of Minneapolis. Robins & Morton served as general contractor.

“The level of detail is amazing,” said OTO President/CEO Corry Oakes, pointing to exterior stonework incorporating custom motifs, such as the Jessamine, South Carolina’s state flower. “The hand of the craftsman is evident throughout.”

Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area

Developed and owned by West Fargo Hospitality LLC and managed by Sioux Falls, SD-based KAJ Hospitality, Homewood Suites by Hilton West Fargo Sanford Medical Center Area offers 107 new suites in a combination of studio and one-bedroom options with fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas.

Amenities include complimentary daily, hot breakfast; an evening social Monday-Thursday; WiFi; and a grocery shopping service. There’s an outdoor kitchen and grill veranda, expansive fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool.

Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta

The 142-room Hilton Garden Inn Santa Barbara/Goleta hotel has opened in California. It will operate as a Hilton franchise, managed by Huntington Hospitality LLC of Irving, TX.

Located four miles from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport, 11.2 miles from downtown Santa Barbara, and 108 miles from LAX Airport, the hotel is accessible to the University of California Santa Barbara campus.

F&B options include the Garden Grille, rooftop Spyglass Bistro & Bar and The Shop for quick meals. In-room amenities include Keurig coffeemakers. Downstairs, there’s an outdoor swimming pool, fitness center, free WiFi and wireless printing. Dry cleaning services and on-site guest laundry are also available.

Home2 Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport

Home2 Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Airport has opened, bringing the brand one step closer to its 200th property milestone. Owned by Premier Hospitality Group 3 LLC and managed by Platinum Hospitality LLC, the hotel offers all-suite accommodations with fully equipped kitchens and modular furniture.

Amenities include complimentary internet, communal spaces, and trademark Home2 Suites amenities, such as Spin2 Cycle, a combined laundry and fitness area; Home2 MKT for grab-and-go items; and the Inspired Table, a complimentary daily breakfast. There’s also an indoor saline pool, fire pit and grill area. Home2 Suites Oklahoma City Airport is also pet-friendly.