AC Hotels by Marriott owns and operates a chain of hotels in Brazil, Denmark, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and North America. The company's amenities include accommodation, dining, corporate programs, meeting and conference rooms, and facilities for weddings. It serves business and leisure travelers. The company was known as AC Hoteles S.A. until it changed its name to AC Hotels by Marriott on June 8, 2011. The Spanish corporation is known as Belagua 2013. The company was founded in 1998 and is based in Pozuelo de Alarcon (Community of Madrid), Spain. As of June 8, 2011, AC Hotels by Marriott operates as a subsidiary of Marriott International, Inc.
On June 3, 2013, Marriott International announced that it would bring AC Hotels to the North American market, with the first hotel likely to open by the end of 2014. Marriott executives said the launch of AC Hotels in North America, the first select-service brand Marriott launched in the U.S. in 15 years, would target Generation Y consumers seeking a hotel experience with a "design-led sensibility". The first AC Hotel in the United States, the AC Hotel New Orleans Bourbon, opened to the public on December 8, 2014, and was followed by properties in Miami Beach, Washington DC, Kansas City and Chicago.