At the beginning of December, the first AC Hotels by Marriott in the Africa and Middle East region opened in Cape Town. The AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront is an 188-room property, and stays true to the brand’s Spanish roots through its design as well as its tapas food and beverage offering. Located in The Yacht Club mixed-use development, the property is within walking distance of the CTICC and boasts views of Lion’s Head, Signal Hill and Table Mountain
“We are delighted to open our very first AC Hotel by Marriott in Middle East and Africa in Cape Town, further strengthening our long-standing partnership with the Amdec Group” said Alex Kyriakidis President and Managing Director Middle East and Africa Marriott International. “The opening of this hotel reinforces our commitment to driving growth for our lifestyle brands in South Africa in response to a continued demand from discerning travelers seeking hotels with style and functional design, while also providing unique and authentic experiences.”
Commenting on the announcement, James Wilson, Amdec Group CEO says: “We are proud to pave the way for Marriott International’s growth plans in South Africa and help to open up new markets for the world’s leading hotel company and its many loyal guests from around the globe. The Yacht Club mixed use development, where the AC Hotels by Marriott is situated, is the second property in our portfolio of iconic precincts to welcome Marriott, with Melrose Arch in Johannesburg being the first, and Harbour Arch in Cape Town, to follow. We are thrilled with the opening of AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront and believe it will provide another great place for international tourists to stay when visiting the city. It is exciting to be part of creating new dimensions for hospitality and tourism in the country and, by doing so, provide more opportunities for visitors and locals alike.”
The hotel features numerous public spaces: the AC Lounge, where visitors can enjoy a signature beverage; the AC Kitchen, where locally-sourced ingredients are used for the tapas menu; the AC Market offers grab-and-go convenience; and the AC Library, a quiet space tucked away from the hubbub. The hotel also has numerous green features including a desalination plant, population sensor lighting to save power, heat pumps for hot water, and biodegradable straws and packaging.
“With the Spanish heritage of the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, our design-driven hotel brings new inspiration to the city,” said Michael Liffmann, General Manager of AC Hotels Cape Town Waterfront. “We provide everything essential you need – and nothing you don’t – creating a seamless, tranquil and frictionless experience for our guests, whether they’re traveling for business or leisure.”