Utah Bride and Groom

The New Hotel (and Bar) Your SLC Wedding Party Will Actually Love: AC Hotel

Picture this.

You finally check “Find downtown SLC venue” off your wedding checklist. But, wait. Before relief sinks in, you think, “Where will our guests stay? Where can we meet up for cocktails? What’s hip and close to the center of downtown?” Don’t panic. Utah’s newest hotel—AC Hotel Salt Lake—has your wedding party covered.

Sure, it’s a big-business hotel chain, but this Marriott brand— founded by Spanish hotelier Antonio Catalan—provides the weekend warrior boutique offerings. The hotel flaunts local cuisine, minimal design, and walkable access to downtown culture. Located on the corner of 2nd & 2nd (225 West 200 South) downtown, AC Hotel’s 164 guest rooms are in the center of the city’s expanding art district.

“AC Hotels complements the spirit and culture of downtown Salt Lake City by providing a chic experience, exceptional beverage and food offerings, local art and culture, and a comfortable working and gathering space,” says AC Hotel Salt Lake‘s general manager Jared Steere. “This grand opening gives us the opportunity to take a moment and celebrate the culmination of the hard work and dedication of so many people who have helped breathe life into this beautiful hotel.”

AC Hotel Salt Lake General Manager Jared Steere (center) chatting with Christie Marcie (Salt Lake magazine) and Kelli Fratto-Bland (Love Communications)

AC Hotel’s Campfire-Inspired Smoked Manhattan

Bar Demonstration at AC Hotel Salt Lake from Salt Lake Magazine on Vimeo.

So, what’s in it for party hosts?

Well, cocktails—paying homage to Robert Redford, Butch Cassidy, Thelma & Louise, Dumb & Dumber and The Sandlot—lure out-of-town partygoers into Utah movie history. To boot, the AC bar is happy to create custom cocktails for any engaged couple. The bar also serves up local distilleries like Five Wives and High West, alongside local cuisine from Creminelli and Caputos. Our team happily tasted crafted blends of their signature AC Hotel Gin & Tonic, Smoked Manhattan and Espresso Martini.

Utah’s inspiration doesn’t stop at the bar.

The design is flocked with Beehive State symbolism. Downtown street grids inspire the artwork, our Great Lake’s salt influences a white-and-black color palette, and our state flag sparks a beeswax wall form behind the check-in counter.





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Val Rasmussen
Val Rasmussen reports on local trailblazers in design and fashion for Utah Bride & Groom, Utah Style & Design and Salt Lake magazines. Additionally, she works with marketing teams to create content about leaders impacting business, construction, technology and healthcare.

1 Comment

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    October 24, 2019

    Hi, Val!
    Great story on the A/C Hotel! I just returned home to Oklahoma after a fantastic visit to SLC.

    Do you know who created the large square black and white mixed media painting that you feature in your photographs? I have found many references to the art being local, but no one–not even the hotel–can tell me who the artist is.

    Any help is appreciated!




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