Vastint Hospitality’s AC Hotel Inverness has opened its doors, offering modern accommodation in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. The opening was celebrated together with the operator Hotel Co 51.

The AC Hotel is the very first for the brand in Scotland and creates 35 full and part-time jobs. The four-story hotel is – with 191 bedrooms – the largest in the city and sits on the banks of the River Ness on Glebe Street, overlooking the Kessock Bridge.

The brand’s signature offerings include the AC Lounge®, complete with a cosy fireplace, which transitions from a space to relax or work during the day into a social bar and restaurant at night offering expertly made cocktails including a locally inspired gin tonic, and local craft beers. The all-day restaurant has 60 seats as well as a riverside terrace for outdoor dining available for 30 guests, set to be a hot spot for guests and locals alike.

Guests staying at the hotel have access to a well-equipped 24-hour fitness centre with floor-to-ceiling windows boasting weights and cardio equipment. Each guest room offers sleek desks, open closets and integrated bathrooms with an added sensory experience for guests who would like a lavender turndown.

Joining Hotel Co 51’s portfolio across Europe of 35-plus hotels in eight countries, AC Marriott Inverness is the company’s seventh property in Scotland and 16th in the UK – joining the likes of Moxy Edinburgh Fountainbridge, Courtyard by Marriott SEC in Glasgow and Moxy London Excel.

John Farrelly, Corporate Commercial Lead for Hotel Co 51 commented; “We are honoured to open the first AC Marriott in Scotland and it’s in a great position, close to the start and end of the renowned NC500 in the capital of the Highlands.

AC Marriott is all about offering the perfect blend of form and function at an affordable price, so it will attract a lot of business and leisure travellers who know the Marriott brand well and can rely on what this hotel will deliver.

At Hotel Co 51 we’re proud that we continue to grow apace, adding to our rapidly expanding portfolio in Europe in strategic locations.”