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AC Hotel Huntsville Downtown is officially open

The AC Hotel Huntsville Downtown, the first AC Hotels by Marriott® in Alabama, is officially open to guests.

Located in the heart of downtown Huntsville, the new-build property includes six levels and 120 guest rooms, as well as co-working spaces, event space for up to 200 and multiple beverage and food experiences.

Combining elements of Huntsville’s historic past and contemporary European design to create a modern but comfortable look and feel, the hotel allows guests to co-work by day, and relax and socialize by night.

“We are delighted to introduce the AC Hotels brand to the Rocket City,” said Srinath Yedla, President and CEO of Yedla Management Company, which will manage the property. “AC Hotel Huntsville Downtown remains true to the brand’s philosophy and centers on a frictionless experience for on-the-go guests.”

Developed by Doradus Partners in partnership with RCP Companies, the hotel was the 10th signed U.S. location for AC Hotels, a global joint venture with Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan.

The hotel’s three flexible meeting rooms are named after the city’s historic mills—Lincoln, Lowe and Merrimack. Combined, they make up The Gallery at Big Spring Park—an event space for up to 200 guests that overlooks the downtown park and is perfect for wedding receptions.

Attached to the event space is The Veranda—the hotel’s second-story terrace bar overlooking Big Spring Park. The Veranda is set to open in summer 2019 and will serve as a place for guests and event attendees to enjoy craft cocktails and views of the city.

Beautiful layers of deep gray and charcoal tones create a sophisticated and modern European sensibility, showcasing a timeless design that is contemporary and sleek. Guest rooms incorporate monochromatic schemes, with 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’s both refined and elegant.  

The AC Lobby features the brand’s signature open-concept spaces and features a thoughtfully selected collection of inviting furnishings, modern designs and textures that evoke the feeling of a well-curated art gallery. Ambient lighting and cozy seating invites travelers to relax in chic surroundings, while also creating an effortless space in which to conduct a business meeting or connect with friends over cocktails.

At the AC Lounge, guests can expect a twist on the traditional hotel bar. Along with a selection of tapas-style small bites, the experience includes offerings of local craft beers, specialty wines and expertly made signature cocktails like the brand’s signature Gin & Tonic.

Atlanta chef and restaurateur Marc Taft was tapped to develop the hotel’s signature cocktail—“The Starry Night,” which is a nod to the integral role Huntsville has played in America’s space program as well as its burgeoning arts scene. The hand-crafted combination of Cathead Vodka, cucumber syrup, violet liqueur, lime and lavender sea salt syrup is garnished with lime rosette and blueberries. 

The nearby AC Kitchen serves a European-inspired continental breakfast selection of flaky croissants, savory egg tarts and Nespresso coffee. A signature piece in all AC Hotels is the Berkel slicer, offering visitors hand-cut meats including prosciutto for a true taste of Europe.

AC Hotel Huntsville Downtown is the first tenant for CityCentre at Big Spring, a highly anticipated $100 million, mixed-use development in Huntsville’s rejuvenated urban core. The development includes 30,000 sq. ft. of retail and restaurant space, 277 upscale apartment units and an artisanal food hall.