AC Hotels by Marriott Opens its First Middle East and Africa Region Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa

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AC Hotels by Marriott, Marriott International’s European-inspired lifestyle brand, has this week announced the opening of AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, marking the debut of the brand in the Middle East and Africa region.

The hotel is owned and developed by the Amdec Group, a South Africa-based, privately-owned property development and investment business.

The Amdec Group is recognized as South Africa’s leading developer of New Urban lifestyles. Their prestigious portfolio includes the iconic Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, The Yacht Club and Harbour Arch in Cape Town, Westbrook in Port Elizabeth, Val de Vie and Pearl Valley in the Cape Winelands, as well as numerous Evergreen Lifestyle Retirement villages across Gauteng and the Western Cape.

“We are delighted to open our very first AC Hotel by Marriott in Middle East and Africa in Cape Town, further strengthening our long-standing partnership with the Amdec Group,” said Alex Kyriakidis Marriott International President and Managing Director for the Middle East and Africa.

Marriott International is a United States-based hospitality brand that encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 129 countries and territories.

“The opening of this hotel reinforces our commitment to driving growth for our lifestyle brands in South Africa in response to a continued demand from discerning travelers seeking hotels with style and functional design, while also providing unique and authentic experiences,” Kyriakidis added.

Commenting on the announcement, James Wilson, Amdec Group CEO said his firm was proud to pave the way for Marriott International’s growth plans in South Africa and help to open up new markets for the world’s leading hotel company and its many loyal guests from around the globe.

“The Yacht Club mixed use development, where the AC Hotels by Marriott is situated, is the second property in our portfolio of iconic precincts to welcome Marriott, with Melrose Arch in Johannesburg being the first, and Harbour Arch in Cape Town, to follow.  We are thrilled with the opening of AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront and believe it will provide another great place for international tourists to stay when visiting the city. It is exciting to be part of creating new dimensions for hospitality and tourism in the country and, by doing so, provide more opportunities for visitors and locals alike,” he said.

The hotel boasts 188 spacious and efficiently designed rooms that boast unparalleled views of the imposing Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill, AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront.

Other features include the AC Library, a quiet space lined with interesting and ever-evolving reading material tucked away from the buzz as well as a fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. Located within walking distance from the Cape Town International Convention Centre, it also features four flexible meeting rooms and a boardroom with a total of 250 sqm of event space, boasting natural light and stunning Harbour views.

“With the Spanish heritage of the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, our design-driven hotel brings new inspiration to the city,” said Michael Liffmann, General Manager of AC Hotels Cape Town Waterfront.

“We provide everything essential you need – and nothing you don’t – creating a seamless, tranquil and frictionless experience for our guests, whether they’re traveling for business or leisure.”

The hotel’s green status also sets it apart from other establishments in the Mother City. Some of its green initiatives include: a desalination plant; population sensor lighting to save power; heat pumps to supply hot water, eliminating the use of heat elements, as well as biodegradable straws and packaging.

“In the age in which we live, we simply cannot ignore that our precious natural resources are being depleted faster and faster, before we’re even able to identify replacements or alternative methods. At AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, we are committed to introducing green initiatives to help save our planet and conserve it for future generations,” Liffmann added.

AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront is a significant addition to Marriott International’s fast-growing portfolio in South Africa, which includes Protea Hotels by Marriott, Marriott Hotels, Autograph Collection, Westin and Sheraton among other brands.

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