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AC Hotels by Marriott opens its first hotel in Jamaica

Published:Wednesday | June 26, 2019 | 12:18 AM
The entrance to the new AC Hotel Kingston.
The entrance to the new AC Hotel Kingston.

Introducing its timeless design, European soul and Spanish roots to the island, AC Hotels by Marriott has opened the doors to its first hotel in Jamaica.

Born from the signature vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, the brand was founded in 1998 in Spain and brought into the Marriott International portfolio of brands in 2011, which launched AC Hotels by Marriott globally in France, Denmark, the United States, Latin America, Puerto Rico and now Kingston, Jamaica.

Located next to the BMW Showroom, Lady Musgrave Road in New Kingston, the hotel, which boasts some 220 rooms, was officially opened last Monday.

Embracing what the designers have described as “purposeful design,” the AC Hotel Kingston provide guests with thoughtfully ­designed, moments of beauty and experiences that elevate their stay and help them focus on what is important to them.

The result is sophisticated yet unpretentious style, and innovative food and beverage offerings with locally inspired experiences for both international and local travellers.

Guests will have access to a spacious 24-hour fitness centre; an outdoor pool; the brand’s signature AC Kitchen, which provides a daily European-inspired breakfast buffet infused with a taste of Jamaica; and the AC Lounge, which offers a chic, open and comfortable ambiance, ideal for co-working and socialising for guests and locals alike.

“We are delighted to welcome our first AC Hotel to Jamaica, offering travellers a modern aesthetic and intuitive service, as well as an opportunity to slow down and uncover the beauty in the essential while visiting the destination,” said Toni Stoeckl, vice-president, Distinctive Select Brands for Marriott International, and global brand leader, AC Hotels by Marriott.

This new addition to the city is expected to have positive ­implications for the country’s tourism sector.

In a recent walk-through of the hotel, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said, “The debut of a brand like AC Hotels in Kingston will solidify the city’s status as a strong city tourism destination, and help us to market it as such”.

AC Hotel Kingston adds a ­modern touch not only to the Kingston skyline, but to the wider Caribbean region. The hotel design includes elegant, clean lines that are signature features of the brand, along with thoughtful touches that harmoniously reflect Jamaica’s vibrant flair.

Throughout the hotel, guests will find an impressive collection of art, each crafted by Jamaican artists, and one-of-a-kind furnishings that have also been locally made.

The hotel is equipped with over 18,000 square feet of cutting-edge meeting and banquet facilities, making this the largest meeting space in the city. Whether hosting a small meeting, or a group of up to 600 people, the hotel is ready to cater to groups of various sizes.

“My family and I are determined to play our part in building the economy in the Caribbean. This is a monumental occasion as we venture beyond the beach to establish our first AC Hotel by Marriott,” said Adam Stewart, deputy chairman of the Sandals Resorts International and ATL Group of Companies.

“We are excited to work with a global company like Marriott International while retaining the local Jamaican touch for guests visiting the city.”

The Stewart family, who owns the AC Hotel Kingston, selected Koen Hietbrink to oversee the hotel’s operations as general manager. In addition to his 14 years of leadership experience with the Marriott brand, Koen has led the openings of numerous Marriott properties in the Caribbean.

Guests staying at AC Hotel Kingston may earn and redeem valuable Marriott Bonvoy Loyalty Points when staying at the property. Marriott Bonvoy is Marriott’s new travel programme launched in February 2019 to replace Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). The programme offers its 125 million members an extraordinary portfolio of 30 global brands and 7,000 hotels located in 130 countries and territories, an expansive list of experiences allowing members to pursue their passions while travelling or during a ‘stay-cation’, and unmatched benefits and rewards.

For more information on the AC Hotel Kingston, visit the hotel’s Instagram and Facebook social media pages, @ACHotelKingston.