Marriott International and Marcus Hotels & Resorts Open New AC Hotel
by Marriott; Steps Away from Chicago’s Magnificent Mile
MILWAUKEE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 1, 2015--
Hotels & Resorts, a division of The
Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), and Marriott International, Inc.
announced today the opening of the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, bringing
European timelessness and elegance to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The
226-room hotel located at 630 N. Rush Street is the fourth AC Hotels by
Marriott branded property to open in the U.S.
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Located in Chicago’s River North area, the heart of the city’s shopping,
dining and entertainment district, the AC Hotel by Marriott lifestyle
brand targets the millennial traveler searching for a design-led hotel
in a vibrant location with high-quality service. The brand boasts urban,
simplistic and clean designs with European aesthetics and elegance, the
latest technology and communal functional spaces. The result is elegant
yet unpretentious style, innovative food and beverage programming and
locally inspired experiences for both guests and locals.
“We are very excited to bring one of the first AC Hotels by Marriott in
the U.S. to Chicago’s popular River North area,” said Gregory S. Marcus,
president and CEO of The Marcus Corporation. “The urban-inspired feel
and sleek, European designs make this brand the perfect fit for Chicago,
providing guests with a cosmopolitan, yet relaxed atmosphere. This
sophisticated, lifestyle brand will fit in perfectly with Chicago’s
fashion-forward, trendsetting environment, and will provide guests with
a unique travel experience right in the heart of downtown.”
Designed by The Gettys Group, an award-winning international hospitality
consultancy headquartered in Chicago, the AC Hotel Chicago Downtown
provides an energetic vibe, drawing from the runways and fashion houses
of Milan. Taking influence from its European roots, the AC Hotel Chicago
Downtown uses muted colors and monochromatic color schemes throughout,
showcasing a timeless design that is both modern and refined.
Guestrooms and suites aim to please the millennial traveler,
incorporating a tone-on-tone color scheme with clean lines, sleek
furnishings, hardwood floors, luggage benches, separate showers and open
closet systems. High-tech amenities include “kallpods,” “media salons”
with Bluetooth technology and USB charging stations, and complimentary
Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.
The AC Lounge is the place to start and end the evening. The
communal space offers a bar area with handcrafted cocktails such as the
signature Gintonic, craft beers in a can, including Chicago’s very own
Revolution, Spanish-inspired tapas and wine on tap. Kallpods allow
guests to easily request a check, talk to a server or order an espresso
any time of day. Chicago’s best “Barcierges” blend a mixologist and
concierge, connecting guests to the latest Chicago happenings with
insider tips and recommendations on the local area and nightlife.
Adjacent to the AC Lounge, the AC Kitchen serves a
European-inspired breakfast menu, such as all butter-Bridor croissants,
artisan-cured meats and signature iced coffee. A Berkel artisan slicer
allows guests to experience a taste of Europe each morning with Iberico
inspired artisanal La Quercia Prosciutto, and a Nespresso machine is
always on hand.
The AC Library, located just off the main lobby, is a
collaborative space with communal tables, self-service business center
and individual reading areas, providing a quiet space to work, think and
be inspired. Guests can also enjoy a selection of books, magazines and
guides to all that Chicago has to offer.
AC Fitness includes state-of-the-art equipment, yoga mats and
free weights, open 24/7.
“Chicago is such a vibrant city with an active arts scene and energetic
urban culture,” said Toni Stoekl, VP Lifestyle Brands, Marriott
International. “Located in the heart of the shopping district and within
walking distance to the city’s main tourist attractions, AC Hotel
Chicago Downtown is situated perfectly for millennial travelers looking
to experience everything the city has to offer.”
Other amenities include outdoor terraces with views of the city, on-site
parking and 3,000 square-feet of meeting space.
The new lifestyle hotel by Marriott is AC’s first property in Illinois
(second in the Midwest). Along with Chicago and other U.S. locations, AC
Hotels by Marriott currently offers a portfolio of nearly 80 hotels
throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and France. 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, more than 50 additional hotels are set to open within the next
three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.
Marcus Hotels & Resorts will own and manage the AC Hotel Chicago
Downtown. To learn more about AC Hotels by Marriott or to book an
experience at AC Hotel Chicago Downtown, visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chiac-ac-hotel-chicago-downtown.
For the latest news and updates from Marcus Hotels & Resorts, please
About Marcus Hotels & Resorts
Hotels & Resorts, a division of The
Marcus Corporation (NYSE: MCS), owns and/or manages 20 hotels,
resorts and other properties in 11 states. A force in the hospitality
industry, Marcus Hotels & Resorts provides expertise in management,
development and historic renovations. The company’s portfolio includes a
wide variety of properties including city-center meeting hotels, upscale
resorts and branded first-class hotels. For more information on the
latest news and updates, please visit: http://media.marcushotels.com
and follow the company on Facebook
About The Marcus Corporation
Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., The
Marcus Corporationis a leader in the lodging and entertainment
industries, with significant company-owned real estate assets. In
addition to its Marcus
Hotels & Resorts division, the company’s movie theatre division, Marcus
Theatres®, is the fifth largest theatre circuit in the United States
and currently owns or operates 681 screens at 55 locations in Wisconsin,
Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and Ohio. For more
information, visit the company’s web site at www.marcuscorp.com.
About AC Hotels by Marriott
AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott
International global portfolio of 19 brands. AC Hotels currently offers
a portfolio of more than 75 hotels throughout Spain, Italy, Portugal and
France. The brand’s first U.S. hotel debuted in New Orleans in November
2014. Growth plans for the brand include the opening of its next North
American locations in Kansas City’s stylish Westport neighborhood and in
the heart of Miami Beach early this year and additional growth in Latin
America and Europe. We expect more than 50 AC hotels to open within the
next three years throughout the U.S. and Latin America.
Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brands portfolio currently
includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION, JW Marriott Hotels &
Resorts, the Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels by
Marriott and Moxy Hotels. Accounting for approximately 25 percent of the
company’s system-wide pipeline, Marriott expects to add more than 200
luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years,
reflecting over $15 billion of investment by the company’s owners and
About Marriott International, Inc.
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is a global leading lodging
company based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, with more than 4,100
properties in 79 countries and territories. Marriott International
reported revenues of nearly $14 billion in fiscal year 2014. The company
operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts
under 19 brands, including: The Ritz-Carlton®, BVLGARI®, EDITION®, JW
Marriott®, Autograph Collection® Hotels, Renaissance® Hotels, Marriott
Hotels®, Delta Hotels and Resorts®, Marriott Executive Apartments®,
Marriott Vacation Club®, Gaylord Hotels®, AC Hotels by Marriott®,
Courtyard®, Residence Inn®, SpringHill Suites®, Fairfield Inn & Suites®,
TownePlace Suites®, Protea Hotels® and Moxy Hotels®. Marriott has been
consistently recognized as a top employer and for its superior business
ethics. The company also manages the award-winning guest loyalty
program, Marriott Rewards® and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® program, which
together surpass 49 million members. For more information or
reservations, please visit our website at www.marriott.com,
and for the latest company news, visit www.marriottnewscenter.com.
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