Marcus Hotels & Resorts will transform its Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile hotel into one of the first AC Hotels by Marriott in the US.
Located at 630 N. Rush Street, the new hotel is slated for opening in spring 2015
AC Hotels by Marriott, which will be inspired by the fashion houses of Spain and the runways of Italy, will aim to attract travellers searching for a design-led hotel with high-quality service.
According to the company, the brand features European aesthetics, stylish artifacts, simplistic designs and technology enabled functional spaces.
Marcus Hotels & Resorts interim president Thomas Kissinger said the group is excited to bring one of the first AC Hotels by Marriott in the US to Chicago’s River North area.
"This stylish, urban lifestyle brand brings together a contemporary and elegant look with the latest amenities and technology for the savvy traveller," Kissinger added.
"The urban-inspired feel and sleek, European design makes this brand the perfect fit for Chicago, providing guests with a cosmopolitan, yet relaxed atmosphere, while having a strong connection to a very vibrant and lively city."
The new hotel will include 226 rooms and 6,000ft² of meeting space, while its public spaces will feature multimedia areas and local museum-quality artifacts.
The AC Lounge at the property will offer a bar area with cocktails, craft beers and small plate food offerings along with complimentary Wi-Fi.
The AC by Marriott Chicago will also feature the AC Library, AC Fitness and AC breakfast serving crafted breakfast options, while all of its guestrooms will have dramatic lighting, functional work spaces, free Wi-Fi and sophisticated furnishings.
Marcus Hotels & Resorts senior vice president Chris Anderson said, "Chicago’s lively Michigan Avenue is known as one of the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in the US, and the rebranding will capture that local spirit and style that makes Chicago so special."
Launched in 2011, the AC Hotels by Marriott brand is a joint venture between Marriott International and Spain’s AC Hotels, and currently has about 80 hotels in Spain, Italy, Portugal and France.