March 15, 2016 - Marriott International’s design-led lifestyle brand, AC Hotels by Marriott has opened its fifth hotel in France, the AC Hotel Marseille Velodrome. Located in the heart of the city’s thriving business district, the new hotel is set to bring purposeful design and an unpretentious style to Marseille’s recently revitalised Prado area.
Conveniently located for discovering Marseille, the 126-room hotel offers close proximity to the Calanques National Park, Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, the historic district and the “Vieux Port”. Equally well-situated for business travellers the hotel is just steps away from the Chanot Congress & Exhibition Center and Velodrome Stadium. AC Hotel Marseille Velodrome is 30 minutes from the International Marseille Provence airport and 10 minutes from the Saint Charles train station making the hotel an excellent base not just for the town center, but the wider Provence region, too.
Reflecting the contemporary architecture of the city, the AC Marseille’s guest rooms incorporate an urban colour-scheme with hints of bright colour, clean lines and hardwood floors. Furniture is lifted from the ground to create a sense of space and crisp white linens are used to craft a look that is both refined and elegant.
Guests and visitors can enjoy Oh Massalia restaurant, which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine with fresh, local produce at lunch and dinnertime, including sea bream fillet with olives and a signature burger with Charolais beef and comte cheese. The restaurant boasts a tranquil landscaped garden perfect for savouring a signature cocktail and enjoying Southern France’s famous evening sun.
For small meetings and events, the hotel features one versatile space for up to 12 people featuring the latest technology. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout all rooms and public spaces.
AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates the beauty of classic modern designs with its European soul and Spanish roots, born 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, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and the U.S.
Based on a belief that purposeful design improves lives, AC Hotels by Marriott 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 by Marriott, 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.
AC Hotel Marseille Velodrome joins AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, AC Hotel Nice, AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot and AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget in France. In January 2016 Marriott announced plans for 22 new AC hotels slated to open in 2016, strengthening its position as a leader in the boutique-lifestyle hotel sector.
Olivia Donnan, Marriott International Europe email@example.com
AC Hotels by Marriott
AC Hotels by Marriott is a lifestyle brand within the Marriott International global portfolio of 19 brands. The brand currently offers a portfolio of more than 80 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Turkey, France and the United States. Growth plans include more than 60 hotels set to open within the next three years throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East & Africa. AC Hotels by Marriott debuted its first U.S. location in November 2014 in the iconic Cotton Exchange Building in New Orleans, followed by AC Kansas City in March 2015, AC Hotel Washington D.C. at National Harbor in April 2015, AC Chicago in May 2015, and AC Hotel Miami Beach in June 2015. For more information, visit http://achotels.marriott.com.
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About Marriott International Luxury + Lifestyle Brands: Marriott International’s luxury and lifestyle brand portfolio includes The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, EDITION Hotels, BVLGARI Hotels & Resorts, JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Autograph Collection, Renaissance Hotels, AC Hotels and Moxy Hotels – totaling over 550 properties worldwide. By the end of 2016, we expect that the portfolio will grow to 650 hotels with new locations in Geneva, Switzerland; Paris, France; Santiago, ; and Sanya, China.
Marriott’s Luxury and Lifestyle portfolio also accounts for approximately 28 percent of Marriott’s system-wide development pipeline. Future plans call for more than 250 additional luxury and lifestyle hotel projects over the next several years.
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