Located at the intersection of West Main Street and South Daniel Morgan Avenue, the 10-story, 114-key AC Hotel Spartanburg anchors the west end of downtown, forming a towering gateway to the city and vibrant destination for residents and visitors alike.
The building is crafted in the style of America’s grand historic hotels, referencing the warm tradition of Southern hospitality while also incorporating the conveniences, amenities and services expected of successful, contemporary hotels. The design weaves together a rich palate of durable, regional masonry materials throughout the exterior and interior, incorporating local custom motifs such as the Jessamine (state flower of South Carolina) in its detailing. The hotel is sustainably designed and built to last and is on-track to attain LEED Silver Certification.
The lobby interiors continue the theme of an inviting and finely-crafted historic property, with crown moldings, raised paneling and other traditional architectural detailing juxtaposed with modern fixtures, furnishings and select pieces from The Johnson Collection’s Black Mountain College Artists series. An open grand-stair leads to the second floor that includes over 2,500 SF of flexible meeting space, fitness room and administrative offices. Guest rooms and suites synonymous with the AC Hotel brand are located on floors 3 through 9. The hotel is capped off with a rooftop restaurant and bar with indoor/outdoor terraces that offer a 360-degree view of the city from high above.
“He strongly believes, as we believe, that the core of downtown needs to speak to the entire community” – Correy Oakes, OTO Development
As Marriott brand’s first AC Hotel in South Carolina, its location in downtown Spartanburg is no coincidence. The City, in conjunction with private entities like Johnson Development and OTO Development, has been working towards the creation of a vibrant, walkable, economically diverse downtown environment for several years. AC Hotel Spartanburg is the latest contribution to the city’s renaissance in building a better community. DMSAS also designed two other substaintial contributions to the growing downtown core – the Chapman Cultural Center and the USC Upstate Business School.
“He understands Spartanburg and designs his buildings with our community in mind. Regardless of use, all of his buildings are seen as interactive parts of a larger whole. He designs buildings of appropriate scale and detail to serve the people who use them.” – George Dean “Geordy” Johnson III, Johnson Development
The project was a collaboration between David M. Schwarz Architects as Design Architect, McMillan Pazdan Smith as Architect of Record, and DLR Group as Interior Designer. The building is owned by Johnson Development of Spartanburg, SC and operated by OTO Development.