The 188-room AC Hotel Guadalajara Mexico and the 175-room AC Hotel Queretaro Antea, opened its doors, inviting guests to experience Mexico’s newest class of lifestyle hotels that cater to the creativity and passions of travelers with a millennial mindset. Both properties are owned and were developed by FibraHotel and are operated by Marriott International.
AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates the beauty of classic modern designs with its European soul and Spanish roots, borne from the signature vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, who founded the brand in 1998 and grew it into one of the most well-respected hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011, which launched AC Hotels by Marriott globally into France, Denmark, the United States and now Mexico.
These two openings mark the first hotels for the Caribbean and Latin America region. Later this year, AC Hotels plans to open hotels in Mexico City (Mexico), Panama City (Panama), Santiago (Chile) and two hotels in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) in time for the summer Olympic Games.
“We are thrilled to be bringing this new breed of lifestyle hotel to Mexico’s dynamic neighborhoods of Queretaro and Guadalajara,” explains Toni Stoeckl, Vice President Lifestyle Brands, Marriott International. “Our rapidly growing portfolio of design-led hotels illustrates Marriott International’s commitment to making distinctive architecture and design affordable and accessible for creatives and entrepreneurs around the world.”
Based on a belief that purposeful design improves lives, AC Hotels carves away what is unnecessary, in order to provide guests with thoughtfully designed moments of beauty; moments that elevate their stay and help them focus on what is important to them. That is why at all AC Hotels guests get only what they need, without paying for what they don’t. The result is sophisticated yet unpretentious style, innovative beverage and food programming and locally inspired experiences for both guests and locals.
“Guadalajara and Queretaro are two of Mexico’s most vibrant cities with active arts scene and energetic urban culture,” said Tim Sheldon, President of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. “These hotels are both centrally located and within walking distance to their city’s main tourist attractions, perfect for millennial travelers looking to experience everything the Guadalajara and Queretaro have to offer.”
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Marriott International to bring a new lifestyle brand to Mexico,” said Simon Galante, CEO of FibraHotel. “These hotels address the Mexican travelers’ desire for hotels with style and functional design, while also providing unique and authentic experiences in major cities. I have no doubt these two hotels will be a major success and set the tone for future lifestyle brands in Mexico.”
AC Hotels by Marriott is designed for those creative, well-traveled, entrepreneurial spirits who are constantly on the go and who appreciate the oasis of a well-designed hotel that allows them to welcome moments of tranquility, be present and connect with others. Taking influence from its European roots, the AC Hotel Queretaro Antea and the AC Hotel Guadalajara Mexico showcase a timeless design that is modern and sleek. Guest rooms incorporate inviting grays and charcoal tones, with clean lines and elegant floors; furniture is lifted to create a sense of space, and crisp white linens are used to create a look that’s both refined and elegant.
Beverage and Food Programming
At AC Hotels, premium touches are balanced with comfortable service. 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.
Located adjacent to the AC Lounge, the AC Kitchen serves a European-inspired Continental breakfast selection of flaky croissants, freshly-sliced artisanal LaQuercia Prosciutto, savory egg tarts, and Nespresso coffee.
The AC Guadalajara Mexico offers an outdoor pool deck with sweeping views of the city. And the AC Queretaro hotel has an indoor pool.
Both hotels’ AC Library and Lounge areas invite travelers to relax in chic surroundings, while also creating an effortless space in which to conduct a business meeting or connect with friends over cocktails. Complimentary Wi-Fi is offered for guests and locals to work, connect, explore and socialize. To facilitate frictionless service, Kallpods – wireless service buttons – are provided in the public and meetings spaces– enabling guests to immediately request a staff member’s attention. A state-of-the-art fitness center rounds out the hotels’ offerings.
AC Hotels by Marriott guests who are enrolled in the award-winning Marriott Rewards loyalty program are able to earn points during their hotel stays that can be redeemed for free holidays, flights, hotel rooms and merchandise, including jewelry, home furnishings, fashion and more.