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Development group proposes Marriott AC Hotel downtown
A new seven-story Marriott AC Hotel is being planned for downtown Bellevue. The proposed 110,000-square-foot facility includes 234 guest rooms and nearly 41,000 square feet of onsite valet parking for 106 vehicles.
The hotel is a partnership between AC Hotels and Marriott International and their joint global expansion into the United States.
AC Hotels was founded in 1998 by Antonio Catalán, and partnered with Marriott in 2011 to leverage "the unique style and design of these upscale urban-inspired hotels with the portfolio power and distribution of Marriott International," according to Marriott International's development webpage. AC Hotels owns around 80 properties in Spain, Italy, France and Portugal. Through its joint venture with Marriott, it has now expanded into North America, "expanding Marriott's reach to an under-served $2 billion customer base."
Property owner FPG Development Group lists the Marriott, Hilton and Hyatt as partnering hotels with which it works. According to FPG's website, "The company seeks to develop hotels that many other companies pass up due to the project’s complexities and difficult permitting processes." The development group is based in Palm Beach, Fla., and describes itself as a "fully integrated, privately held, real estate operating company with a knowledgeable and experienced management team."
The hotel will be constructed at 202 106th Place Northeast, down the road from where the 17-story Bellevue Marriott Hotel is being constructed on 110th Avenue Northeast. That hotel is slated to open in the fall, while the Marriott AC Hotel plans to begin construction in September with an October 2015 completion date. An existing one-story structure will be demolished ahead of construction.
Building materials will include a metal panel system for the exterior, Prodema wood panels and masonry, according to documents included in the city's weekly permit bulletin. It also states widening of Northeast Second Street will be necessary.
Marriott International describes its AC Hotels as including public space with a linear design that features curated museum-quality artifacts, a lounge with cocktails and small plate offerings and guest rooms with a "sleek European-inspired design with sophisticated furnishings and dramatic retail-inspired lighting."