Last night I stayed at my first AC (Autograph Collection) hotel. AC is a Marriott brand which I have seen primarily in Europe, although they may exist elsewhere too. Most AC hotels I have seen on Marriotts website before appear to be smaller hotels, and quite frankly look like local hotels that Marriott has included in their chain. My stay at the AC hotel in Barcelona Sants appeared to validate my thinking.
I moved to the AC Barcelona Sants from the Renaissance Barcelona because of an early morning train I was taking from Barcelona to Madrid. This hotel is literally right outside the Barcelona Sants train station’s main entrance. The picture attached of the train station is from my room window. In fact it is so close that the hotel does not get any taxi’s parked outside. I had to walk across the strain station to its taxi stand to find one. Waking up in the morning to get to the train was of course a breeze, and served by purpose. I will review my AVE high-speed train experience in a later post.
The rooms are nothing special, except for the extra-large screen TV in it. Typical European hotel room with a tiny shower (no tub) and toilet area. The bed was nice and comfy, though I found the pillows to be way too soft. The shower was excellent with good water pressure, something I care about a lot. The soap at the sink was in the shape of a Golf ball. I found that interesting, though forgot to take a picture.
I am a Marriott Platinum. The experience was …um… none. I was not offered any welcome gift (points or beverage) upon checking in. Nor was I told about the free breakfast. However, in their defense, when I was checking out, the agent told me that I was entitled a free breakfast and as it was too early to get me something from the kitchen, let me take a food item and a beverage from their snack sales area. A fresh fruit bowl (fresh fruit always awesome in Spain) and a water served me well on the train.
In all, it was a cute hotel with a location near the train station. Else, it had nothing to offer. If you are looking for a good Marriott property in Barcelona, I recommend the Renaissance where I stayed my first night in the city. It is located right in the center of Barcelona, walking distance from all the great shops and restaurants. I will review that too in a later post.
If you have stayed in an AC hotel and would like to share your experience, leave a comment below.
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