by Michael J. Shapiro | August 29, 2016

Marriott International executives celebrated the grand opening of the 188-room AC Hotel Guadalajara in Mexico on Thursday. The hotel, in a striking new tower overlooking the financial zone on Avenida de las Américas, marked the brand's debut in the Caribbean and Latin America region when it soft-opened two months ago. The property is owned and was developed by Mexican hospitality trust FibraHotel.

Marriott International and lifestyle brand executives were present to celebrate the property's official coming-out party, as was AC Hotels brand ambassador and reality-show personality Nigel Barker, who welcomed guests with a curated exhibit of his fashion and lifestyle photographs. Two local mixologists fixed creative interpretations of gin-based cocktails - one of which, based on social-media votes, soon will be named the hotel's signature drink.

The sleek, 12-story hotel occupies the bottom third of a mixed-use tower that houses offices on the floors above. The AC brand's "purposeful design" aesthetic is showcased throughout, with stylish but functional guest rooms and junior suites, all offering complimentary WiFi. One bilevel suite also provides a hammock, a pool table and a PS4 gaming system.

One floor above the lobby is the expansive AC Lounge, flanked by the AC Kitchen on one side and the AC Library on the other. The lounge offers an open seating plan that blends into that of the restaurant. The AC Kitchen offers a European-style breakfast buffet daily and features fresh-sliced jamón serrano and fresh-baked croissants, both signature AC Hotels menu highlights.

The AC Library, on the other side of the lounge, offers several small desks and free access to a computer and printer; a media salon is available for small meetings. Three adjacent larger meeting rooms are able to accommodate up to 50 attendees each, or 150 when combined.

The 12th floor offers a fitness center, a partially open-air infinity pool and the Sky Deck, which offers spectacular city views as well as a bar and lounge. Currently, the Sky Deck is available for hotel guests and private events up to 80 people, but is not open to the public.