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AC Hotel Debuts in Downtown Grand Rapids

AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown opened its doors steps from the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Convention Center. The modern, design-driven brand from Marriott International is the first to open in Michigan.

The 130-room hotel transformed a historic 127-year old warehouse into a haven for entrepreneurial-minded travelers, featuring minimalist design details and the building’s original brick facade.

The converted hotel features nods to the destination, such as the AC Lounge serving custom brews by Grand Rapids-based Elk Brewing and spirits from local distillers like Gray Skies, Coppercraft and Long Road as well as public spaces exclusively outfitted by renowned West Michigan-based furniture designer Herman Miller.

The lobby features selections from some of Herman Miller’s most influential designers such as Charles and Ray Eames (Eames Lounge Chair, Eames Stool), George Nelson (Nelson Pedestal Table) and Isamu Noguchi (Noguchi Coffee Table).

The lobby’s design pays homage to early 19th-century Grand Rapids when the destination was home to more than 40 furniture companies and earned its nickname “furniture city.”

The AC Kitchen offers a European-inspired breakfast such as freshly baked croissants, sliced prosciutto and cheese, savory and sweet breakfast tarts, yogurts and fresh fruit. The AC Lounge features a food and beverage program inspired by the brand’s Spanish roots including the Signature Gin & Tonic with Hendrick’s Gin and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic and and tapas-style small bites.

“From our lobby to our guest rooms, our minimalist aesthetic is intended to allow business and leisure travelers to relax, unwind and connect with the city,” said Ryan Schmied, general manager AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown. “We hope to create a sense of community for both our hotel guests and local residents by hosting a series of events that will capture Grand Rapids’ essence and history.”

Additional amenities include a include a space for small meetings or gatherings, 24-hour fitness center, AC Store and the AC Library, designed to serve as a quiet workspace for guests and locals.

Curated programming includes a rotating guest speaker series featuring local creatives, “vinyl and vino” (music and wine) pairing led by the sommelier-certified general manager, temporary art exhibits and more.

Information is based off a press release from AC Hotel Grand Rapids Downtown.

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