Marriott International, Inc. (NYSE: MAR) today announced the signing of its first AC Hotel by Marriott in Paris, the 166-room AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot.
The hotel will be operated under a franchise agreement with SHEPI SNC. The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will represent Marriott International’s 14th hotel in the capital city and its third AC Hotel by Marriott in France.
The joint venture and co-brand, AC Hotels by Marriott, was launched last year, adding over 80 existing AC Hotels throughout Spain, Italy and Portugal to the Marriott global portfolio. In line with ambitious growth plans for the brand, AC Hotels by Marriott opened their first hotel in France earlier this year, the AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes Juan Les Pins and recently announced the signing of the AC Hotel Nice, due to open in early 2013.
“We are thrilled with the AC Hotels by Marriott development momentum in France and the signing of this fantastic new hotel in Paris,” said Amy McPherson, president and managing director for Marriott International in Europe. “The AC Hotels by Marriott brand already has a strong holding in Spain, Italy and Portugal, and we have been actively seeking opportunities to expand into France where we see the brand’s urban lifestyle feel fitting perfectly. Ever popular with both business and leisure travellers, and one of the most visited capitals in the world, Paris is a robust market where we see continued development opportunity for this exciting brand.”
The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will be ideally located to the west of central Paris in the well-known district of Porte Maillot, overlooking the Boulevard Périphérique, with excellent transport links to the city’s centre and world-class tourist attractions, including the Champs Elysées just a few metro stops away. Considered the gateway to the major business district of La Défense, Porte Maillot is home to the Palais des Congrès, one of the city’s largest and best-equipped congress venues.
The AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot will exude the modern comfort and urban style associated with the AC Hotels by Marriott brand. Blending quality, comfort, design and technology, the hotel will boast a fitness centre, stylish guestrooms and signature AC Lounge and Bar offering complimentary Wi-Fi and zones to relax, work or unwind. The hotel’s prime location, just in front of the Palais des Congrès, delivers a host of restaurants and bars to be enjoyed just a short stroll away.
AC Hotels by Marriott is part of Marriott Rewards, one of the world’s largest hospitality loyalty programmes with 37 million members.
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