AC Hotel Columbus Dublin: Sophisticated Simplicity

November 17, 2017 in Hotel Reviews, Marriott, Ohio, Travel - 15 Comments
From the contemporary modern European design to the palate-pleasing tapas at VASO, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin offers everything a traveler needs. | Where to stay in Dublin, Ohio | Where to stay in Columbus, Ohio | TravelingWellForLess.com

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The AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is sophisticated simplicity. The hotel embraces the concept of less is more without sacrificing quality. When planning your visit to Columbus, the 14th largest city in the United States, consider staying at “a new way to hotel,” the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin.

Disclosure: My stay was provided courtesy of Diamond PR to cover the grand opening of the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin. All opinions are 100% mine.

AC Hotel Columbus Dublin

From the contemporary modern European design to the palate-pleasing tapas at VASO, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin offers everything a traveler needs. | Where to stay in Dublin, Ohio | Where to stay in Columbus, Ohio | TravelingWellForLess.com

The AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is Marriott’s version of a boutique hotel. There are 150 rooms including 6 suites. Suites are located on the northwest corner of each floor.

You get the familiarity of a big hotel chain but the cozy feel of a small private hotel. A stay at an AC hotel gives you all the comforts of a loyalty program with the personalized and intimate service of a private hotel.

Marriot Platinum and Gold elite members get 400 points for their stay. Platinum members also get a $10 food and beverage credit.

The AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is a Category 4 hotel and a total steal if using points! This is also a great hotel to redeem your free hotel night.

Pro-tip: The AC Hotel Columbus Dublin will remain a Category 4 hotel for the first year. But it could increase in category. So book and stay now vs later.

Attention to Detail

From the wood floors to the last roll of linen wallpaper, every detail of the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin has been carefully planned. The black and white print carpet in the elevator keeps your suitcase from rolling away as you’re whisked to your room.

The European styled design takes advantage of its riverfront location. Wall to ceiling glass windows throughout the hotel provide unobstructed views of the Scioto River.

Location

Located in the Bridge Park area, historic downtown Dublin is a short walk across the bridge. This newly developed live/work area features a craft brewery and restaurant, a ramen restaurant, and an event/meeting space. More restaurants and services including a day spa are opening soon.

Dublin is about 25 minutes from the Columbus airport. If you’d rather not rent a car, you can Uber to the hotel or arrange for a hired car pickup through the hotel.

Pro-tip: Get a $25 credit when you sign-up for Uber.

Lobby

The open lobby offers soft leather low benches for plenty of seating. | AC Hotel Columbus Dublin | TravelingWellForLess.com

The open lobby offers soft leather low benches for plenty of seating. Two computers and a printer make up a business center tucked away behind a partition off the lobby in the AC Lounge.

Relax in a leather chair while enjoying a glass stone fireplace and sipping a cocktail or two. | AC Hotel Columbus Dublin | TravelingWellForLess.com

Relax in a leather chair while enjoying a glass stone fireplace and sipping a cocktail or two.

Simplicity

Described by Nigel Barker as “a simplicity in design.” The AC Hotel Columbus Dublin offers everything you need without unnecessary extras.

You get exactly what you need without wasted space, form, and function. For example, phones in the room are simple handsets with a dial pad. No wasted plastic on additional buttons that may or may not be used.

King Sofa Bed, River View Room

King River view rooms offer stunning views of the Scioto River. The furnishings are modern, understated elegance with a refinement that comes from experience. There are no throw pillows or shams. | Where to stay in Dublin, Ohio. | TravelingWellForLess.com
King River view rooms offer stunning views of the Scioto River

The furnishings are modern, understated elegance with a refinement that comes from experience. There are no throw pillows or shams.

Form and function reign at the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin. Every object has a purpose.

An open closet rack holds clothes, a coffee maker, a small glass front refrigerator, two drawers, and a safe. The leather benches in the rooms double as luggage racks. The leather couch transforms into a sofa bed.

The coffee table has wheels so you can roll it under the bench to make room for the sofa bed. Unlike its American counterparts, the European design is friendly on your back. A simple tug on the leather strap quickly unfolds transforms the couch into a double bed.

The bed welcomes you in a gentle embrace. A simple plush mattress ensures a soft restful sleep.

The crisp white sheets and comforter keep you warm in the chill of winter and cool in the heat of summer.

No more searching behind headboards and under the bed for outlets. There’s a plethora of USB ports and outlets throughout the room including on both sides of the bed.

AC Hotel Columbus Dublin King River view room bath room | TravelingWellForLess.com

The Corian countertops are void of knick-knacks leaving you all the room you need to spread out your toiletries. Each room contains Gilchrist and Soames Fresh Neroli toiletries. The perfumed citrus scent isn’t overwhelming.

A compact two-tiered glass and metal rolling cart fits under the counter and holds extra towels and personal items. The hairdryer hangs on the wall freeing up space on the counter.

The large walk-in shower includes both a fixed rain shower head and adjustable shower head. You’ll love and appreciate that the shower controls are on the opposite wall. No more scalding yourself or impromptu cold showers!

Pro-tip: The AC Hotel Columbus Dublin does not offer room service.

A bottle of Apple Pie Mead from Brothers Drake Meadery and a box of sea salt chocolates were waiting for me in my room. After a walking food tour, sipping on mead was the perfect end to a delightful day.

Pro-tip: You can buy a bottle of Apple Pie mead in the lobby gift shop.

Food

AC Kitchen

A European styled continental buffet breakfast is available in the AC Kitchen. | TravelingWellForLess.com
Just enough food without being wasteful

A European styled continental buffet breakfast is available in the AC Kitchen for $15 per person. A selection of quiches, fruit, yogurt, cheese, and deli meat are available.

A choice of one of two hot a la carte egg options: open-faced toast with scrambled cage-free egg, manchego cheese, arugula and La Quercia Prosciutto | AC Hotel Columbus Dublin | TravelingWellForLess.com
Open-faced toast

A choice of one of two hot a la carte egg options: open-faced toast with scrambled cage-free egg, manchego cheese, arugula and La Quercia Prosciutto or a Cazuela with whole cage-free egg, manchego cheese, and La Quercia Prosciutto.

Pro-tip: Vegan options are available.

You can enjoy small plates (tapas) in the AC Lounge and AC Kitchen in the evening.

VASO Rooftop Lounge

A meal at the Spanish inspired VASO Rooftop Lounge at the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is a must. | Where to eat in Dublin | TravelingWellForLess.com
VASO bar

A meal at the Spanish inspired VASO Rooftop Lounge at the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is a must. You’ll delight in the flavors of the tapas and custom drinks.

We tried an assortment of dishes along with each of VASO’s specialty cocktails.

Plan on sharing because the portions are generous. You can easily make a meal from a few tapas.

You haven’t had a gin and tonic until you’ve had the G&T at VASO. From custom-made gin from Columbus’ own Watershed Distillery to the spray of baby’s breath, a gin and tonic is an experience not to be missed.

There’s a second bar outside (weather permitting). You can enjoy the night scene while relaxing in a cabana or fireside chair.

Read my review of the VASO Rooftop Lounge.

AC Hotel Columbus Dublin
6540 Riverside Drive, Dublin, Ohio
614-798-8652

Conclusion

When visiting Columbus or Dublin, a stay at the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is a must. From the contemporary modern European design to the palate-pleasing tapas at VASO, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin offers everything a traveler needs.

Perfectly positioned in the upcoming Bridge Park area, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is Category 4 Marriott hotel. So it’s both valued priced and conveniently located.

I loved my stay at the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin and am excited to stay at more AC hotels. Did you know there are 32 AC hotels in the United States?

Which is your favorite AC hotel?

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The AC Hotel Columbus Dublin is Marriott's version of a boutique hotel. You get the familiarity of a big hotel chain but the cozy feel of a small private hotel. A stay at an AC hotel gives you all the comforts of a loyalty program with the personalized and intimate service of a private hotel. | TravelingWellForLess.com

 

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  • nathalie salcedo November 18, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    wow, this hotel looks pretty nice and comforting to stay 🙂
    I like how the kitchen looks like, feels really posh too 😀 And the glass stone fireplace was such a very nice idea 🙂 first time I get to see of that! Amazing.

  • Medha Verma November 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    I see what you mean by sophisticated simplicity – the hotel does a great job to explain this term. It is minimal yet chic and the interiors have been done up beautifully. You’re right, it still remains very cozy, despite having the feel of a large hotel. Looks like you found a wonderful gem, thanks for sharing it with us!

  • Jayce Cairo November 18, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    This hotel looks so awesome! I love the part when you describe how their preference for simplicity results in the less use of plastic for parts of the telephones. Quite commendable!

  • Marvi November 19, 2017 at 12:06 am

    AC Hotel Columbus Dublin does sound like a gem! I like how it is situated near a newly developing area. More places to explore when you’re out and about! It does have the feel of an established and well-known hotel! So classy and inviting! 🙂

  • Jolina S. November 19, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Such a sophisticated modern hotel 🙂 I’ll be honest, I’m not familiar with the hotel chain but now I’ll have to check it out. My favorite has to be the Spanish inspired VASO Rooftop Lounge. Tapas, cocktails and a rooftop view — sounds like an awesome way to the spend night!

  • Kate November 19, 2017 at 2:49 am

    This looks like a nice hotel in a good location. I particularly like the look of the Rooftop Lounge. It’s nice that you can get tapas there. I always feel put off from going to a tapas restaurant because the portions are normally tiny and expensive for what you get, so I’m glad that the portion sizes at this hotel are a bit more reasonable.

  • Marcelle November 19, 2017 at 2:49 am

    The outside of AC Hotel Columbus Dublin didn’t appeal to me at first but seeing the beautiful interior makes me a fan of this hotel. The warm colours with the wooden floors and the luxury simplistic design shows good taste. A great place to stay on a journey to Columbus.

  • Carol Colborn November 19, 2017 at 10:22 am

    A Marriott boutique hotel should be a great experience. I have never stayed in one.

  • Shivani November 19, 2017 at 10:28 pm

    The lobby and the fireplace from the hotel Columbus got me right there. I am really impressed by their interiors and despite the rating of 4-star this one looks like a 5-star hotel. I usually don’t stay in 5 stars(budget traveler) but 3/4 stars are my preferred choice and considering it to be in line with Marriot chain, I think this should be must try! Although I’m yet to make my first US trip, will keep this hotel in mind when I’m there on a long term travel!

  • Lydia Smith November 20, 2017 at 8:50 am

    AC Hotel Columbus Dublin looks like my kind of hotel. The interior decor I’d just it fot. The hotel is beautiful. The lounge too attract me. Everywhere seems comfortable. I’d hive the hotel 10/10

  • Rashmi and Chalukya November 20, 2017 at 9:37 am

    The hotel lobby looks very impressive and the room interior simple yet elegant. Loved the idea of wall to ceiling glass windows providing views of the Scioto River. The hotel located short walk from the historic downtown Dublin would be a great plus.

  • Alli November 21, 2017 at 7:49 am

    The lounge looks like a very fun and lively spot to hang out for a drink! And the open faced toast . . . looks soooo good! Definitely looks like a great spot to spend a few nights 🙂

  • Jitaditya November 21, 2017 at 9:23 am

    It surely is sophisticated. I think I would say it is some sort of minimalistic in design. It does not look lavish or showy… in a good way that is. So, it is perfect for a historic city like Dublin.

  • Ami Bhat November 22, 2017 at 12:13 am

    Seems like a lovely hotel with just enough luxury and no extra frills. A comfortable bed, lovely contemporary interiors and like you said. not over the top breakfast. Also, the location seems to be a huge plus. Glad you shared this option with prospective travelers to Dublin

  • Cai Dominguez November 22, 2017 at 5:04 am

    By simply looking at the facade of the hotel I could say that it will surprise me as I read. And yes it Did. The lobby is really classy. truly less is more. I love how the put accent on it. Leather chair, wooden walls and just enough lights. The bed looks comfortable, you said your room has a river view. That should be lovely for sure. The Vaso rooftop lounge would be my favorite spot for sure. Would definitely check this place out!

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