AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown Welcomes Jon Craven as General Manager

/AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown Welcomes Jon Craven as General Manager

AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown Welcomes Jon Craven as General Manager

|2019-07-22T15:39:55-04:00July 19th, 2019|

HOUSTON (July 19, 2019) – Jon Craven has been named General Manager of AC Hotel by Marriott Houston Downtown, the first AC in Houston and only second in Texas, opening in late July. In his role, Craven will oversee the entire hotel operation and will be responsible for ensuring Marriott and AC brand standards are maintained to meet and exceed guests’ expectations.

“I am thrilled to join the AC Houston team as we near the opening of this unique, historic property,” said Craven. “I aspire to provide warm but effective leadership to our hotel staff, so that in turn our team will provide exceptional service to all guests and visitors at AC Hotel Houston Downtown.”

Craven has more than two decades of hospitality experience, with the past 11 years in the Houston area. He was most recently the Houston Area General Manager for Holiday Inn, overseeing multiple properties, and before that, was Opening General Manager at SpringHill Suites by Marriott Houston Westchase. Prior Houston GM positions include Residence Inn – Houston Westchase; Courtyard by Marriott – Houston I-10 West; and Homewood Suites Houston NW Cy-Fair.

A native of England, Craven has earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in Hotel and Catering Operations Management from the University of Huddersfield in Huddersfield, England.

Dallas-based NewcrestImage is the owner and operator of AC Hotel Houston Downtown, scheduled to open in late July and located at the corner of Rusk and Main Streets in downtown Houston. The hotel is an adaptive reuse of the ten-story, 105-year-old building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It includes an historic midcentury modern renovation, and the restoration of an original 1914 silent movie theater, now called the Zoe Ballroom, which will host luxury events for corporate and social groups. Originally commissioned by famed Houston entrepreneur, Jessie Jones, and designed by Alfred Finn as the headquarters of Gulf Oil, the building has been home to the National Bank of Commerce and most recently served as The Houston Bar Center.

About AC Hotels

AC Hotels by Marriott celebrates the beauty of classic modern design with its European soul and Spanish roots. Born from the entrepreneurial spirit of renowned hotelier Antonio Catalan, AC Hotels and Marriott formed a joint venture in 2011. The brand offers concept-driven, turn-key customization of guest room and public space design built for a new kind of guest – a creative, entrepreneurial-minded and modern global traveler – who prefers to have fewer things but expects them to be better than good. With 145 open hotels (49 in the U.S.) and a strong pipeline of more than 100 approved and under construction properties (82 in the U.S. and Canada), the brand continues to grow into major travel markets.

Design-driven AC Hotels by Marriott® edit away the unnecessary to remove friction, providing thoughtfully designed moments of beauty, allowing guests to focus on what’s important to them. The properties modern design for modern business include buzzing AC Lounges, the perfect place for locals or visitors to get work done in style or to enjoy handcrafted cocktails and tapas. High-design guest rooms and public spaces with sleek furnishings and intuitive technology features such as the Media Salons and AC Libraries inspire and connect.

About NewcrestImage

Currently, NewcrestImage owns and operates 28 distinctive hotels in three states—Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. It has another 15 properties under construction or in development, including projects in Arizona, Ohio, and Oregon. The company has earned a reputation for ingenuity, for example, by developing large hotel campuses that feature multiple hotel properties immediately adjacent to each other, such as the four-hotel, 900 room development in Frisco; a three-hotel, 300-room development in Amarillo, Texas; and a six-hotel development in Grapevine, Texas.

In addition, NewcrestImage has repeatedly won industry awards and accolades for its creative make-over of historic locations into prestigious, one-of-a-kind hotels—such as for its AC and Residence Inn dual- brand property in downtown Dallas; its SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites dual-brand in New Orleans; and its Courtyard by Marriott in downtown Amarillo. For more information, please visit

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