Design-Driven Lifestyle Brand AC Hotel by Marriott® Opens in Downtown Chapel Hill
Now open – 123 Rooms
European-inspired, frictionless, elegant hotel for the modern traveler. Notable as the first Marriott-branded modular construction
project on the East Coast, the property also plays a pivotal role in the revitalization of Chapel Hill”s central business district.
The 4-story, 123-key hotel is nestled in the heart of Chapel Hill – adjacent to the town”s social district and just around the corner
from the University of North Carolina – adding distinctly Southern elements to the AC brand”s European vibe. Its contemporary
façade complements surrounding downtown structures, both commercial and residential, mixing modern architecture and local
accents to capture the character of this historic college community.
Architectural details – expansive windows and an exterior corner den with an outdoor fireplace, for example – encourage visitors to
intermingle with local residents, both inside the hotel”s buzzing AC Lounge, which is designed as a neighborhood hangout, and
outside amidst the community”s vibrant street scene. A central location makes it easy for hotel guests to park in the onsite garage,
then get everywhere else via sneakers or bikes; those who prefer a ride can access the AC”s complimentary shuttle, which operates
within a 3-mile radius of the hotel.
A subtle European sensibility defines AC Hotel Chapel Hill”s 123 sleek, smart guestrooms, with a calming, neutral color palette,
natural lighting and open sense of space.
Artwork in the common areas is all about community. In partnership with NC-headquartered Kalisher, OTO commissioned regional
artist Lincoln Hancock to create a 96×72 mixed media work on canvas that celebrates the rich history of Chapel Hill”s Northside
neighborhood, which sits adjacent to the hotel. Hancock collected source materials (photos, newspaper clippings, stories) from
residents and community organizations; he layered these into an abstracted timeline – a montage of images and text – that serves
as the hotel”s focal piece of art.
Ten other pieces of local and regional artwork commissioned by Kalisher and OTO include three sculptures by Matt McConnell
(Raleigh NC) and an abstract wood installation outside by sculptor Robert Winkler (Asheville NC).