Marriott's 'lifestyle' brand AC Hotels opens in Chicago

The AC Hotel Chicago Downtown will open its doors to the public for the first time today (29 May).

AC Hotel Chicago Downtown
AC Hotel Chicago Downtown

The eight-story property is Marriott International's first in Illinois, and is said to be part of a 'new breed' of lifestyle hotels targeting millennial and business travellers.

Owned and managed by Marcus Hotels & Resorts, it features a minimalist décor inspired my Marriott's European roots.

Facilities include 278sqm of meetings space, outdoor terraces with views of the city, a fitness centre, on-site parking, and a library. The hotel bar will serve speciality drinks and small Tapas-style dishes, while the AC Kitchen will serve European-inspired breakfasts.

Toni Stoekl, vice president lifestyle brands, Marriott International, said: "Chicago is such a vibrant city with an active arts scene and energetic urban culture. 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 travellers looking to experience everything the city has to offer."

Joe Khairallah, chief operating officer of Marcus Hotels, added: "We’re thrilled to be partnering with Marriott to bring a new lifestyle hotel to Chicago. At Marcus, we manage a wide variety of properties ranging from city center meeting hotels to upscale resorts. We’re so excited to collaborate with Marriott to bring the AC Hotel to Chicago."

The property is AC Hotels by Marriott’s fourth opening in North America following the brand’s debut in New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington D.C.

The brand has plans to expand its portfolio in the U.S. and Latin America to more than 50 hotels over the next few years.

More on Chicago:

Spotlight on Chicago

First Virgin Hotels property opens in Chicago

Marriott to expand Moxy Hotels brand in US

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