AC Hotel by Marriott set to open in April in El Segundo

A rendering of the AC Hotel by Marriot off East Maple Avenue in El Segundo shows a rooftop lounge that would offer guests panoramic views of LAX and the South Bay. City council will be weighing in on approval of a liquor license for the property on Feb. 19, 2019.

A rooftop bar, the first of its kind, may be on the way in El Segundo, offering visitors panoramic views of LAX and the South Bay.

Alcohol service at the 2,409 square foot open-air lounge is being proposed as part of a new six-story, 180-room AC Hotel set to open in April at 2130 East Maple Avenue, according to Marriott’s website.

AC Hotels, considered an upscale offering, is one of Marriott's 30 brands which focuses on "public space designed for entrepreneurial-minded and modern global traveler." Marriott has opened other AC Hotels in California: one in Irvine and one in Beverly Hills.

The El Segundo location on Maple Avenue is convenient to both the El Segundo Green Line stations and the airport.

“It’s definitely going to be a destination for the local community. It overlooks the runway (at LAX) so (guests) will have a great view of planes landing,” said Arjun Shokeen, a partner with Welcome Group, Inc. that is developing the hotel, in a Feb. 18 interview.

The Type 47 liquor license application, which would allow the bar as well as the hotel to serve alcoholic beverages from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, was approved unanimously at El Segundo’s planning commission meeting Jan. 24.

Shokeen anticipates a similar reception to the liquor license application at the El Segundo City Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

“I think the city, in general, is pretty excited about the rooftop bar coming into the city. We haven’t really faced any hurdles,” he said.

Shokeen added the company’s biggest obstacles thus far had been construction-based, ensuring the building met code requirements in terms of occupancy.

“We worked with the city and Marriott to get designs for a space that meets code requirements and will add something of value to the community,” he explained.

As for what the rooftop lounge will look like, Shokeen said his company worked hard to incorporate elements such as landscaping and a projector to create “an indoor-outdoor space that excites.”

The new hotel, located at 2130 East Maple Avenue at Campus Square Drive, will also feature a gift shop, three conference rooms, two restaurants with bars, an indoor lounge on the sixth floor and another outdoor area on the ground floor.

Shokeen noted AC Hotels, originally a European company acquired by Marriott in 2011, is extremely selective about locations due to the brand’s upscale reputation.

Thus, he said, approval for the franchise’s location was a particularly exciting flag for Welcome Group.

“We really fought to bring that brand here,” Shokeen said, “(We felt) specifically its contemporary, modern and exciting new product is representative of El Segundo and the South Bay’s growth.”

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