Fresh look inside

The AC Hotel on West Santa Clara Street at Highway 87 opens Jan. 4, offering “Millennial-minded” guests modern rooms that emphasize time-
lessness and harmony.

“This is the first of many AC Hotels planned in California,” said General Manager Sean Hadley.  “There’s nothing like this in this market.”

The 210-room hotel – the first new hotel to open downtown since the Marriott in 2003 – emulates the boutique chain of the same name that stretches across Europe.  It is efficiently and intuitively designed with “cutting edge” systems, Hadley said.  Examples include:

  • Heating and air conditioning operates on a smart grid rabbit system allowing cold air and warmer air to flow into rooms where they are needed most
  • Temporary media salons (work rooms) in the lobby
  • Saltwater pool and outdoor fireplace
  • Carpetless flooring and European-style bath and shower
  • High-end windows silencing freeway and airplane noise
  • Laundry room for guests
  • Signature cocktails each evening
  • And, a $10,000 prosciutto-slicing machine

“The hotel is frictionless,” said Lilinda Carta-Samuels, director of sales and marketing.  “You can find everything without needing signs.” 

The hotel competes in the “lifestyle’ category that includes Aloft.  Its 55 employees are ready to serve. Visit