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AC Hotels by Marriott brings urban design to Marseille  

Marriott International’s design-led lifestyle brand, AC Hotels by Marriott has opened its fifth hotel in France, the AC Hotel Marseille Velodrome. Located in the heart of the city’s thriving business district, the new hotel is set to bring purposeful design and an unpretentious style to Marseille’s recently revitalised Prado area.

Conveniently located for discovering Marseille, the 126-room hotel offers close proximity to the Calanques National Park, Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, the historic district and the “Vieux Port”. Equally well-situated for business travellers the hotel is just steps away from the Chanot Congress & Exhibition Center and Velodrome Stadium. AC Hotel Marseille Velodrome is 30 minutes from the International Marseille Provence airport and 10 minutes from the Saint Charles train station making the hotel an excellent base not just for the town center, but the wider Provence region, too.  

Reflecting the contemporary architecture of the city, the AC Marseille’s guest rooms incorporate an urban colour-scheme with hints of bright colour, clean lines and hardwood floors. Furniture is lifted from the ground to create a sense of space and crisp white linens are used to craft a look that is both refined and elegant.  

Guests and visitors can enjoy Oh Massalia restaurant, which serves authentic Mediterranean cuisine with fresh, local produce at lunch and dinnertime, including sea bream fillet with olives and a signature burger with Charolais beef and comte cheese. The restaurant boasts a tranquil landscaped garden perfect for savouring a signature cocktail and enjoying Southern France’s famous evening sun.  

For small meetings and events, the hotel features one versatile space for up to 12 people featuring the latest technology. The hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi throughout all rooms and public spaces.   

AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates the beauty of classic modern designs with its European soul and Spanish roots, born from the signature vision of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, who founded the brand in 1998 and grew it into one of the most well-respected hotel brands in Spain. Following its success in Europe, a joint venture was formed with Marriott International in 2011, which launched AC Hotels by Marriott globally into France, Turkey, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and the U.S.  

Based on a belief that purposeful design improves lives, AC Hotels by Marriott carves away what is unnecessary, in order to provide guests with thoughtfully designed moments of beauty; moments that elevate their stay and help them focus on what is important to them. That is why at all AC Hotels by Marriott, guests get only what they need, without paying for what they don’t. The result is sophisticated yet unpretentious style, innovative beverage and food programming and locally inspired experiences for both guests and locals.  

AC Hotel Marseille Velodrome joins AC Hotel Ambassadeur Antibes, Juan-les-Pins, AC Hotel Nice, AC Hotel Paris Porte Maillot and AC Hotel Paris Le Bourget in France. In January 2016 Marriott announced plans for 22 new AC hotels slated to open in 2016, strengthening its position as a leader in the boutique-lifestyle hotel sector.

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