The long-awaited 154-room Marriott International AC Hotel in Midtown Detroit has started construction. The hotel is going to use the iconic Bonstelle Theatre as a bar and event space, according to developer Roxbury Group. Completion is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2024.
Construction of the AC Hotel was subsequently delayed by the pandemic and its effects on the travel and hospitality industries after it was first announced in early 2020. Since 2011, Marriott has become the owner of the mid-and upper-level, European-inspired AC Hotel brand, which originated in Spain. After Grand Rapids, the Midtown location will house the second AC Hotel in Michigan. The Midtown location was originally going to be a West Elm Hotel, but those plans were revised earlier in 2018.
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David Di Rita, principal of the Roxbury Group, said in a statement: “We are very happy to be bringing the AC Hotels brand to Detroit. We are even happier to be doing so in such a magnificent fashion with the connection to the Bonstelle. We take great satisfaction in combining upscale hospitality with renowned historical properties. It is thrilling to be restoring the Bonstelle’s beauty and flawlessly fusing it with AC Hotels’ contemporary sensibility, he said.
A 117-hote ROOST apartment hotel opened this month in Dan Gilbert’s beautifully refurbished Book Tower, 1265 Washington Blvd. Additionally, the 154-room Cambria Hotel Detroit, 600 W Lafayette Blvd., downtown, recently opened. The 227-room Godfrey Hotel Detroit, located at 1401, Michigan Avenue, is anticipated to open later this summer. The Ilitch organization and Stephen Ross’ The Related Cos. are working together to open two hotels in the downtown area at the Fox Theatre and close to Little Caesars Arena in the future.