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AC Hotel Cuzco

by Katie Skrzek

Sep 1, 2018
GT Tested

Arrival/Check-In: I arrived in Madrid early in the morning after a long day of travel. AC Hotel Cuzco is a short drive from Madrid-Barajas International Airport. Though I arrived at the property hours before check-in time, my room was ready. After a swift check-in process, the front desk attendant pointed me toward the elevator bank, and I made my way to my room on the 10th floor.

Guest Quarters: Tired from a long day of travel, I sank into the comfortable bed before doing much else. I needed that brief nap. The brand takes comfort seriously, and this is reflected in the bedding. The mattress had the perfect balance of firm and comfortable. The brand’s mattresses are all made in Spain.

AC Hotels takes a harmonious, discerning and modern design approach. The décor reflected the brand’s modern, European design with hardwood floors, crisp white linens, contemporary gray furnishings and an overall elegant design. All of the room furnishings are purposeful, simple and elegant. The goal is to make guests feel at home.

The bathroom mirrored the design of the rest of the room with bright, white fixtures and dark wood floors and walls. The shower featured both a handheld and rainfall showerhead. Large, soft towels were available for extra comfort. Rooms offer open closets; I enjoyed the feature for ease of getting ready and navigating the space.

Services/Amenities: One of my favorite aspects of a hotel stay is the dining. I particularly enjoy a European breakfast. During my stay I dined at the property’s basement-level breakfast buffet. The spread featured popular Spanish and European dishes including sliced meats and cheeses, pastries and tortilla española — a favorite of mine. Lunch and dinner service is available in the same room, though I did not experience either service during my stay. However, I enjoyed tapas at the lobby-level AC Lounge. Freshly sliced jamón ibérico and lightly fried calamari were standouts. If you prefer, room service is available 24 hours a day.

I was in Madrid for a short visit, so I didn’t have time to experience all of the on-site amenities. The property has 12 meeting rooms covering more than 9,500 square feet. The fitness center, open 24 hours, offers cardio equipment and weights. WiFi is complimentary throughout the property.

AC Hotel Cuzco is an ideal property for business or leisure travelers.

TOP TAKEAWAYS:
◆ Stop by the AC Lounge for the brand’s signature gin and tonic cocktail, meticulously crafted by the superb bartenders. It was one of the best I’ve ever experienced.
◆ The property is steps away from the Cuzco metro stop, for easy access to transportation around Madrid, and Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for fútbol fans.
◆ AC Hotels currently has more than 100 new properties in the pipeline. Keep an eye out for the opening nearest you.

AC HOTEL CUZCO

Paseo de la Castellana 133
28046 Madrid, Spain
tel 34 915 56 06 00
achotels.marriott.com

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