I read an article in USA Today that states Marriott is planning to open 200 AC Hotels in the U.S. in the next 10 years. I personally have not had the opportunity to stay at one and I would like to. What does everything think about this news?
Just back from Italy where we stayed at the AC Arezzo & AC Bologna.
These hotels are not located in the city centres. They are fine if you are using the hotel as a base and travelling to other destinations also.
We had a car so it was fine for us.
On both ocassions we were given smoking rooms despite reserving non smoking rooms.
We immediately contacted reception and were moved to other rooms.
It would have been nice though if that were the case to start off, considering you are guaranteed that room type and upgrade if available.
The rooms are modern and clean. I don't like the frosted glass door for the toilet though as there is no lock.
The king beds are two beds together.
The only real benefit for elites at these hotels is the free internet, which was Euro 9 per day.
There are no free breakfasts for elites, you will have to book up the rate that includes breakfast.
Both offered a decent continental breakfast with limited hot food offerings.
Overall the hotels from my experience are fine, but there is limited benefit or acknowledgement for elites.
They seem more geared toward the business rather than leisure traveller.
Later in the year we will stay in a few AC Hotels in Spain, this should provide an interesting comparison between countries.
We've stayed at two very different AC hotels in the last couple of years with completely different feelings from the hotels.
First one was https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/nycak-the-algonquin-hotel-times-square-autograph-collection/ in Manhattan which was very boutiqueeeeeee and impeccably kept. We were only staying one night however; the room we received was so small we had no room to even move with two roll-a-board carry on bags and a laptop for the computer. When we opened the door to the room I went back to the front desk to ask if this room was a king guest room and was told yes and we were lucky to even have that as the hotel was sold out. The room was so stuffed with furniture we couldn't even pull the chair from under the desk to sit down and still have room to walk between the chair and the bed. Needless to say we didn't enjoy that AC hotel stay at all.
The second was https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/eisak-scrub-island-resort-spa-and-marina-autograph-collection/ in BVI, a totally different experience and impeccably kept as well. We stayed five nights at this wonderful resort in the Governors Suite which was huge with full kitchen. This room was larger than most apartments with a balcony that overlooked the beautiful waters of the Caribbean. The staff greeted us as Marriott loyal guests and remembered our names saying hello Mr/Mrs each time we saw them. Probably the most relaxing and beautiful place to spend a vacation in the islands all while have a great time exploring the BVI.
Two completely different hotels with very clean rooms and property in very different settings to say the least. I'm all for a higher level of service at Marriott properties with a new brand of hotel and room design, so bring it on and we'll try them.
The two hotels you described are part of the Autograph Hotel Collection. Currently the AC Hotels are only located in Europe but Marriott is now planning to bring the brand to the US as described in the article. Here is a link to the current locations of AC Hotels:
Thanks vaboywnder for attempting to make me smart!!! Ya know, we learn something every day and had I read the first link you provided I would not even have thought of the Autograph Hotel.......wow don't I feel special now.