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by Matt Alderton | August 01, 2016
Just in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, which begin this week in Brazil, Marriott International has opened the 378-room AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Barra da Tijuca and the 225-room AC Hotel Rio de Janeiro Porto Maravilha.

Founded in 1998 by European hotelier Antonio Catalanin, AC Hotels is a design-led boutique hotel brand that entered into a joint venture with Marriott in 2011. It opened its first U.S. property in New Orleans in 2013 and currently has nearly 100 hotels across Europe, North America, and Latin America.

"We are thrilled to be bringing this new class of lifestyle hotel to two of Rio de Janeiro's most dynamic neighborhoods: Porto Maravilha and Barra da Tijuca," said Toni Stoeckl, vice president of lifestyle brands at Marriott International. "Our rapidly growing portfolio of design-led hotels illustrates Marriott International's commitment to making distinctive architecture and design affordable and accessible for creatives and entrepreneurs around the world."

While AC Hotels are designed to reflect the destination they're in, each property has an open-concept lobby with a curated art gallery; a lounge serving local craft beers, specialty wines on tap, and tapas-style small bites; a library offering specialty reads selected by guest curators; complimentary Wi-Fi; state-of-the-art fitness centers; and private meeting spaces. In addition, both Rio hotels offer rooftop pools.

"Rio de Janeiro is certainly one of South America's most vibrant cities with a thriving art scene and energetic urban culture," said Tim Sheldon, president of the Caribbean and Latin America at Marriott International. "With the recent opening of the Museu do Amanhã and the investment by the private sector and government in Porto Maravilha, we feel the AC Hotels brand will fit perfectly with the neighborhood's revival. The AC Hotel Barra da Tijuca is centrally located in Barra and an excellent destination for next-generation travelers expected to visit the 2016 Summer Games in August."