One of the newest hotel brands of Marriott
International, the Autograph Collection, is to debut in Europe
with the addition of four new hotels in Spain. The first four
Autograph Collection hotels in Europe are:
• AC Santo Mauro, Madrid, Spain
• AC Palacio
del Retiro, Madrid, Spain
• AC Palacio de Santa Paula, Granada,
• AC Baqueira Hotel & Spa, Baqueira, Spain
By May 2011, these four hotels will join the
company’s Autograph Collection as part of a recently announced joint venture with AC
Hotels and its portfolio of 9,100 hotel rooms in Europe. The joint
venture also includes the launch of a new brand, AC Hotels by
Marriott, which will initially be comprised of up to 86 rebranded
AC Hotels in Spain, Italy and Portugal, plus the four hotels
joining the Autograph Collection.
With the addition of
these Autograph Collection properties, the AC Hotels by Marriott
portfolio, and a strong pipeline in Europe,
Marriott is over a
quarter of the way to doubling the number of rooms open or signed
in Europe by 2015, a goal announced last year.
thrilled to expand our relationship with AC Hotels and to launch
the Autograph Collection in Europe with such a dynamic and distinguished group of hotels,” said Amy McPherson, president and
managing director of Marriott International in Europe. “Each of
these properties offers a truly unique guest experience and fits
perfectly within the positioning of the Autograph Collection. As
we continue our ambitious growth, we expect the Autograph
Collection will be a very popular conversion brand in Europe given
the region’s variety of iconic and independent hotel groups.”
Collection launched in
January of 2010, and has grown to include 14 hotels in four unique
categories: Boutique Arts, Iconic Historic, Boutique Chic and
Luxury Redefined. The hotels include the Cosmopolitan
of Las Vegas, one of the newest hotels on the famed Las Vegas strip, the
Algonquin Hotel in New York (a New York City Historic Landmark)
and the Kessler Collection hotels, including the art-filled
Bohemian hotels in Orlando, Florida and Savannah, Georgia.
Marriott anticipates it will end 2011 with close to 40 hotels in
the Autograph Collection worldwide.
The Four Hotels in
AC Santo Mauro in
Madrid occupies the premises of an elegant late nineteenth-century
building, which was once the residence of the Duke de Santo Mauro.
Housing 50 luxurious guestrooms, the hotel is located a stone’s
throw from Paseo Recoletos and Buen Retiro Park.
50-room AC Palacio del Retiro is housed in a twentieth
century building and preserves the original mouldings, woodwork
and stained-glass windows of the original noble residence.
luxurious 75-room AC Palacio de Santa Paula is a true restoration
masterpiece, located in the historic center of Granada and is housed in the premises of what used to be the Santa Paula Convent,
a Moorish house and a Spanish noble house, all fused into one magnificent building within walking distance of La Alhambra.
The charming 102-room AC Baqueira Hotel & Spa will be the
first ski resort in Marriott International’s portfolio in Europe,
located in Baqueira-Beret ski station looking over the impressive
landscape of the Pyrenees.
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