Published on August 22nd, 2016 |1
AC Hotel Buckhead officially opens next to Phipps Plaza; 1st new hotel since ’09
The hotel opening also signaled the coming to life of a long dormant strip of land along that has separated the Simon Properties shopping and busy Wieuca Road just north of Peachtree Road.
The AC Hotel Buckhead is the second hotel of that Marriott brand that Atlanta-based Noble Investment Group has in its portfolio, having opened the AC Hotel Kansas City last year.
Mit Shah, CEO of Noble Investment Group, and Buckhead Coalition President Sam Massell led a group of the development team and Robin Suggs of Simon Properties in cutting the ribbon to officially mark the hotel’s opening.
The AC Hotel brand, which originated in Spain, has become synonymous with European-inspired accommodations with generous amenities and value which appeals to many millennials and business travelers.
Along with 166 guest rooms and suites, the AC Hotel Buckhead offers 24-hour health and fitness, including indoor swimming. Business travelers and local companies can also take advantage of the 2,500 square feet of executive meeting space and AC Library.
Guests can enjoy both a breakfast selection of self-serve European fare in the AC Kitchen and afternoon tapas-inspired small bites, craft beers, cocktails and specialty wines in the AC Lounge.
In remarks prior to the ribbon cutting, Massell said, Buckhead has many images—shopping, dining, art galleries, nightlife and hotels—“that nurture the economic health of this community.”
Hotels started in Buckhead 40 years ago, Massell pointed out (with the opening of the opening in 1975 of both the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center and the DoubleTree Hotel—Atlanta Buckhead. “Now with the AC Hotel Buckhead we have our 28th hotel.”
Massell told the group gathered for the opening event, that Buckhead now has 5,857 hotel rooms and consistently has the highest occupancy rates with the highest rack rates. “One upscale hotel has a suite that rents for $6,000 a night,” he added.
Shah recounted that Noble Investment Group was founded in 1993 “just down the street” in Buckhead from this hotel. “We now have four hotels here. This is a group project that represents our community,” Shah stated.
The Noble organization specializes in investments in the lodging and hospitality retail sector. It has invested more than $3 billion throughout the U.S. in primarily select service and extended stay hotels affiliated with premium brands by Marriott, Hyatt, Hilton, Starwood and InterContinental.