The 199-room, 13-story AC Hotel by Marriott, opening today at the Arizona Center in Phoenix, is a double first – it is the first upscale boutique hotel with select service in downtown the city and also the first joint venture between NewcrestImage. from Dallas and a LaPour partner based in Las Vegas. Jeff LaPour, President of LaPour Partners, says: “Lively art, sophisticated furnishings and state-of-the-art technology – this is what the AC brand stands for and we have combined all these qualities and much more to create an elegant, modern travel experience in an urban environment.” The AC Hotel in downtown Phoenix blends contemporary, minimalist European design with the latest in high-tech amenities. In guest rooms, for example, elegant “floating” furniture allows travelers to use the space according to their needs, while in the public areas, dramatic works of art from the region and surfaces made of wood and stone with chrome accents can be seen. Amenities include a penthouse fitness center with multiple drinking stations; an outdoor deck with fireplaces and water features; and a lobby lounge with tapas, handmade cocktails and a “Porron” wine experience that uses a special Spanish glass jug so everyone can drink from the same container without touching their lips. The hotel also has almost 5,000 m² of flexible conference space, including a ballroom, two media salons and a boardroom. The AC Hotel is the crown jewel of the Arizona Center, a million square feet mixed-use facility with shopping, entertainment, dining and prime office space. Destinations such as the Phoenix Convention Center are within easy walking distance; the state capital complex; Phoenix Sun Arena; and Chase Field, home of the Arizona Diamondbacks of professional baseball. Other nearby attractions include three theater and music venues and four college campuses including Arizona State University Downtown and the University of Arizona College of Pharmacy. Working with NewcrestImage and LaPour Partners on the project were Layton Construction of Phoenix as the contractor; Axis GFA Architecture & Design in Los Angeles as architects; and DESIGN Duncan Miller Ullman in Dallas as interior designers.