AC Hotels by Marriott recently unveiled its newest property in Kingston, Jamaica Fusing the international brand’s cutting-edge design with the Caribbean island’s easy, laidback island vibe, AC Hotel Kingston seamlessly integrates business and pleasure.

Founded in 1998 by renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan in Spain and brought into the ambit of Marriott International in 2011, the luxury hotel chain has a repertoire of over 150 hotels across 19 countries, including France, Denmark, USA, Latin America and Puerto Rico. AC Hotels are known for their design-led approach that puts the spotlight on essential experiences, and this property does just that.

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“We are delighted to welcome our first AC Hotel to Jamaica, offering travellers a modern aesthetic and intuitive service, as well as an opportunity to slow down and uncover the beauty in the essential while visiting the destination,” said Toni Stoeckl, vice president, Distinctive Select Brands for Marriott International, and global brand leader, AC Hotels by Marriott.

Location
Sprawled across six acres of land, the hotel is conveniently located on Lady Musgrave Road, just minutes away from attractions such as the Bob Marley Museum, Emancipation Park, National Gallery of Jamaica, Trench Town Culture Yard Museum and more. The neighbourhood has a thriving restaurant scene, so make sure you hop in to one of the many eateries that dot the road for your fix of Greek, Japanese, Lebanese or Italian food.

Try your hand at golf at the Constant Spring Golf Club in the vicinity or go swimming at Dream Beach. Hike up the coffee plantations of Blue Hills. Or soak in a dramatic sunset by the beach, as you channel your inner Harry Belafonte, wishing you didn’t have to bid Jamaica farewell eventually.

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Design
With its Spanish roots and a decidedly European aesthetic, AC Hotel Kingston celebrates purposeful design and immersive local experiences. Think clean lines, thoughtfully designed spaces and innovative yet unpretentious style – a recurring theme that runs through the property’s 219 rooms. Local art and furnishings add a hint of Jamaican flair to the eclectic décor of the space.

The hotel has functionality built in its core. Take the AC Lounge, for instance. A co-working space by day and a buzzing bar by night, the space is fluid, fun, and just lets you be. Speaking of bars, the property prides itself in its bartenders who are “urban spirits” in their own right, your unofficial guides to the city, if you will. It helps that they can whip up a mean handcrafted cocktail, even as they regale you with stories of Kingston.

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The property’s European influence is apparent in the breakfast counter as well. AC Kitchen serves up a delectable spread of European-inspired dishes – from savoury Spanish egg tarts to local artisan-cured meats. Reason enough to wake up on time, we reckon. Guests can also avail the pool bar and 24-hour fitness centre. The hotel has a whopping 18,000 square feet of banquet and meeting facilities perfect for both small, intimate meetings and larger gatherings.

For more details, visit www.ackingstonhotel.com

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