AC Hotel welcomes first guests
By Vicky Karantzavelou TravelDailyNews.com
EL SEGUNDO, CA - The 180-room AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay has officially opened its doors, bringing its timeless design with European soul and Spanish roots to El Segundo, California. The new-build lifestyle property, part of AC Hotels by Marriott, is located in South Bay, a growing business and entertainment destination, just minutes from both the coast and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
Developed and managed by El Segundo-based Welcome Group, the six-story design-led hotel provides a modern option for business and leisure travelers. From its sleek design and scenic rooftop, to its state-of-the-art fitness center, tech-friendly and flexible meeting spaces, and guest room options ranging from pet-friendly to sky-high ceilings, the nearly 100,000-square-foot property embodies a contemporary style that is sophisticated yet unpretentious.
“We are excited to bring AC Hotels to South Bay, a thriving destination for entrepreneurial spirits,” says Toni Stoeckl, Global Brand Leader, AC Hotels by Marriott, and Vice President, Distinctive Select Brands for Marriott International. “The proximity to the airport and beach, paired with AC Hotels’ design-minded flair makes this hotel ideal for today’s modern traveler.”
Born from the signature vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, the AC Hotels 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. The brand is now present in 19 countries & territories around the world; including France, Denmark, Turkey, the United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and South Africa.
Guests of AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay can fuel up for the day with breakfast at the AC Kitchen, which features a European-style spread of French croissants, artisan-cured meats and more. Additionally, an indoor/outdoor AC Lounge provides a place for guests to work in the morning and play by night. Here guests can pack in a power lunch on the patio, unwind with handcrafted cocktails, or snack on shared tapas after dark.
Embracing the AC brand’s philosophy that purposeful design improves lives, guests can recline quietly with a book in the AC Library or opt for a few hours of productivity at the hotel’s 24/7 business center equipped with complimentary computers, printers and WiFi. With more than 7,200 square feet of versatile indoor/outdoor event space, AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay can accommodate a variety of groups and events of up to 200 people.
The lounge serves as a prelude to the opening of Flora, the hotel’s rooftop garden oasis. Planted in the middle of a bustling business district, Flora will bring an alfresco dining experience unlike anything in the area. It will provide a social setting with sweeping views, perfect for happy hours with friends or gathering with clients over dinner. A creative menu will serve up vibrant tapas style dishes made with locally sourced and sustainable ingredients, while innovative and fun cocktails, a tasteful seasonal wine selection and local craft brews will be poured.
In addition to its proximity to LAX, AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay is centrally located with easy access to Manhattan Beach, Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park (coming soon), downtown L.A. as well as next to many major businesses, sports and shopping complexes, new restaurants and distilleries, museums and the Green Line Mariposa Station.
"After months of anticipation, we’ve been anxiously awaiting the day we open our doors and welcome guests to the hotel,” said Ahmed Elassy, General Manager of AC Hotel Los Angeles South Bay. “Travelers in town on business or those looking to escape for the weekend to South Bay, are going to love our central location and the sophisticated look and feel we are bringing to the market. The debut of our rooftop experience later this summer with our unique cocktail and culinary offerings will further enhance the overall experience.”
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