South Carolina’s First AC Hotel by Marriott Opens in Spartanburg
AC Hotels by Marriott, the European-inspired, simplistic, elegant brand for the modern traveler, has announced the opening of AC Hotel Spartanburg, the brand’s first location in South Carolina. AC Hotel Spartanburg is locally owned by the Johnson family and operated by OTO Development, a Johnson Management company.
Nestled in the heart of Spartanburg, this AC Hotel blends old with new, emulating a long tradition of urban lodging. Classic masonry combines with custom accents to craft a façade of decorative stone and brick with a barrel tile roof. While echoing the elegance of grand historic hotels, the style emphasizes a simple sophistication designed for today’s discerning business and leisure traveler.
AC Hotel Spartanburg is locally owned by the Johnson family and operated by OTO Development, a Johnson Management company.
“This AC Hotel reinvents the Spartanburg skyline,” says Geordy Johnson, CEO of Johnson Management, noting that the 10-story property is the first new hotel to open in Spartanburg’s central business district since 2004. “It’s a dynamic addition to a rapidly revitalizing downtown and everything — from architecture to amenities to artwork — is designed to introduce South Carolina to the AC brand’s ‘New Way to Hotel.’”
Constructed of nearly a quarter-million bricks laid the old-fashioned way, the sustainably-built hotel is on track to attain LEED Silver Certification. Architectural design was a collaboration of DC-based David M. Schwarz Architects and Spartanburg’s McMillan Pazdan Smith, with interior work by DLR Group of Minneapolis. Robins & Morton served as General Contractor.
“The level of detail is amazing,” says OTO President/CEO Corry Oakes, pointing to exterior stonework incorporating custom motifs such as the Jessamine, South Carolina’s state flower. “The hand of the craftsman is evident throughout.”
The 114-key AC Hotel Spartanburg offers five suites and 109 guestrooms with either two queen-sized beds or a king plus pullout sofa. Interior common spaces incorporate crown moldings, raised paneling and other traditional architectural detailing juxtaposed with modern fixtures, furnishings and artwork.
“At AC Hotels by Marriott, we believe in paying attention to the details, and this is evident at the new AC Hotel Spartanburg,” says Benoit Racle, Senior Global Brand Director, AC Hotels by Marriott. “From the architectural detailing to the nods to the brand’s European heritage that intermingle with local touches, every feature of the hotel has been carefully curated to give travelers an elegant, frictionless and uncomplicated experience, whether they are traveling for business or leisure.”
The hotel’s lobby and second floor showcase a significant selection of masterworks on loan from the nationally acclaimed Johnson Collection. Guests are encouraged to interact with the 40+ objects on view — paintings, works on paper, textiles, and sculpture — created by artists associated with the progressive arts enclave of Black Mountain College.
Sequestered in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Black Mountain College was a living laboratory for creative experimentation. Open from 1933-1957, the avant-garde school attracted a coterie of groundbreaking artists who went on to shape modern art in this country and beyond.
AC Hotel Spartanburg offers 2,662 square feet of flexible meeting space that’s easily configured for business meetings — complete with LCD projectors, large drop-down screens, and total connectivity — as well as social events.
Other amenities include an outdoor pool and 24/7 fitness room. The AC Kitchen serves a European-inspired breakfast featuring freshly baked croissants, sliced prosciutto and cheese, savory and sweet breakfast tarts, yogurts and fresh fruit.
The AC Lounge in the lobby emphasizes the AC signature Gin & Tonic, Spanish wines, crafted cocktails created with liquor distilled by Spartanburg’s Mottes & Sons Bootlegging Co., and local micro-brews from RJ Rockers Brewing Co., which is located right across the street — so “local” truly is local. A tapas menu features small plates with a Spanish flair.
A train whistle launches Happy Hour every evening in the AC Lounge, as the bartender offers samples of “The Crescent,” the hotel’s signature cocktail (a mix of Motte & Sons Vodka, Palmetto Rum, Gin, Triple Sec, Peach Izzy and a splash of lime juice) along with the backstory of the drink’s namesake. The Crescent — one of the first-ever trains designed for passengers, with elegant dining, specialty cars and upscale services — enjoyed an always-anticipated stop in Spartanburg along its crescent-shaped route from New Orleans to New York.
The 10th floor is devoted to a rooftop restaurant — scheduled to begin operations in late January — that serves up incredible 360° views of the city. Operated by the Rick Erwin Dining Group, Level 10 is a high-end concept centered on seasonally-driven small plates, handcrafted cocktails and a wine cellar for all tastes. Level 10’s sleek, sophisticated design is the work of Greenville SC architects Craig Gaulden Davis.
AC Hotel Spartanburg is located at 225 W. Main St. in downtown Spartanburg. To make a reservation, call 864-585-8900 or visit ACSpartanburg.com.