World-Class Accommodations
In a Museum Setting

Situated in the heart of Spartanburg’s resurgent city center, the AC Hotel Spartanburg functions as a showcase for modern masterpieces created by internationally renowned artists associated with the experimental arts enclave of Black Mountain College. A selection of forty works, carefully curated from The Johnson Collection’s holdings for site-specific presentation, is on permanent view throughout the first floor and mezzanine—the perfect complement to the AC brand's European origins, offered with a decidedly Southern twist.
Redefining the Art of
Southern Hospitality

Sequestered in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Black Mountain College was a living laboratory for creative experimentation and interdisciplinary collaboration, attracting artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and thinkers from around the world. Operating between the years 1933 and 1957, the school’s roster included luminaries of the burgeoning modern art scene—groundbreaking artists who would play vital roles in shaping twentieth-century aesthetics. Many of the school’s leaders—including the school’s longtime director and Bauhaus master Josef Albers—were intellectual refugees who had fled Nazi oppression. Robert Rauschenberg, Kenneth Noland, Robert Motherwell, Elaine de Kooning, Buckminster Fuller, Ilya Bolotowsky, Ruth Asawa, and Esteban Vicente are among the artists whose work is featured at the hotel.

Photo courtesy of Black Mountain College Collection, Western Regional Archives, State Archives of North Carolina.


Timeless Modernity

Recognized globally as a sleek, design-driven brand, AC Hotels are intended to be a lifestyle experience. Founded in Spain, AC was acquired by Marriott in 2011 and imported into US markets in 2014. “Blending Black Mountain College’s bold aesthetic with AC Hotels’ timeless modernity is a perfect match. To showcase works of museum caliber is atypical in hospitality and we are thrilled to make them available to our community and guests,” OTO Development’s Founder and CEO, Todd Turner, said. “We’re enhancing the guest experience in a unique way, and bringing light to an important time in art history.” Constructed of nearly a quarter-million bricks laid the old-fashioned way, the sustainably built AC Hotel Spartanburg opened in December 2017 and features 114 handsomely appointed guest rooms, popular cocktail lounge, outdoor pool, and other amenities. An elegant rooftop restaurant, Level 10 (part of the Rick Erwin Dining Group), offers stunning 360-degree views of the downtown skyline and the foothills.

About OTO Development

OTO Development, part of The Johnson Group, is an award-winning, fast-growing hotel development and hospitality management company. Founded in 2004 and partnering with the Hilton, Hyatt and Marriott brands, OTO's industry leadership position is anchored by a portfolio of excellent hotels staffed by exceptional people. The company currently owns and/or operates seventy hotels comprising approximately 8,000 room keys. OTO's impressive growth is focused on developing new hotels in high-barrier-to-entry markets; purchasing and repurposing existing hospitality properties; and expanding management contracts with clients ranging from publicly traded REITs to private equity firms to high net worth individuals. For more information, please visit otodevelopment.com.