AC Hotels opens in St Louis after $44m build

by | 17 Jan 2022 | Hotel Openings, Projects

Featuring interiors by DLR Group, the 192-room AC Hotel St Louis Central West End combines European-inspired motifs with natural materials like wood, leather and marble.

Following the completion of building work, AC Hotels’ latest outpost in Missouri is now hosting its first guests.

AC Hotels reaches St Louis

St Louis’ inaugural AC Hotels-branded scheme is a seven-storey, 192-key property located in the heart of the city’s upscale Central West End district at the eastern edge of Forest Park. The project – the result of a US$44 million ground-up build – aims to cater for both travellers and locals alike.

The development was overseen by Koplar Properties in partnership with Homebase Partners and Concord Hospitality Enterprises.

HomeBase Partners founder and owner Andy Holloran said: “Together with the Koplar family and Concord Hospitality, HomeBase Partners is excited to bring the AC St Louis hotel to market in the heart of the vibrant Central West End. Within walking distance to so many restaurants, bars, coffeeshops, Forest Park and the incredible medical campus anchored by Barnes Jewish, Children’s and Washington University, the AC Hotel is a much-needed and welcome addition.”

Thoughtful design by DLR Group

Fitting in neatly amid the surrounding galleries, this new property fuses St Louis’ urban landscape with minimalist and sophisticated design that integrates artwork from the renowned St Louis-born artist John O’Hara.

Behind an exterior distinguished by contemporary wooden accents and greenery, the DLR Group-designed interiors blend European-inspired elements with modern decor and abundant natural materials like wood, leather and marble. The hotel’s check-in desks are flanked by leather mosaics, and this area is joined by the lobby’s communal space, featuring a double-sided fireplace and floor-to-ceiling marble wall.

“The hotel design is purposeful, simplistic and elegant while staying true to our unique aesthetic,” said general manager Candice Woodring. “We’ve tailored our experiences for business travellers, leisure enthusiasts and locals to all find something at our property. Whether it’s a chic guestroom after a long flight or Spanish tapas, signature cocktails and local craft beer with friends, we’ve got something for everyone – business or pleasure.”

A wealth of amenities

The hotel is home to 192 guestrooms designed with classic modernism in mind. Each comes with plush bedding, spacious work areas, open closets and Korres bath products, while additional in-room amenities include coffeemakers, temperature-controlled smart fridges and 55-inch smart televisions with app streaming.

There’s also a state-of-the-art fitness centre with Peloton, the AC Store and self-parking across the street from the hotel.

Meanwhile, guests can enjoy breakfast in the AC Kitchen and head to the AC Lounge for cocktails and tapas in a cosy space featuring an ambient double-sided fireplace and modern minimalist design. Cocktails are served in scientifically engineered glasses etched with a guide to the perfect ratio of ingredients.

In addition, corporate and celebratory events can be held in flexible event space that includes a dedicated conference room and pre-function space. Neighbouring restaurant Edera Italian Eatery can also provide chef-curated menus.

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AC Hotels was born from the vision of Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan - who wanted to create a new kind of stay for a new kind of traveller that prefers to have fewer things, but expects them to be better than good.


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