South Africa: AC Hotels by Marriott has announced the opening of AC Hotel Cape Town Waterfront, marking the brand’s debut in the MEA region.
Owned and developed by the Amdec Group, the 188-key hotel is close to the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, and a 25-minute drive from Cape Town International Airport within the city’s thriving central business district.
“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, president and managing director, Middle East and Africa, Marriott International. “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.”
James Wilson, CEO of Amdec Group, said: “We are 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.”
General manager Michael Liffmann said: “With the Spanish heritage of the AC Hotels by Marriott brand, our design-driven hotel brings new inspiration to the city. 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.”
Marriott says hotel’s green status sets it apart from other establishments in Cape Town. Some of its green initiatives include a desalination plant, population sensor lighting to save power, heat pumps to supply hot water, and 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,” said Liffmann.