The casting call for downtown Spartanburg’s AC Hotel has been issued.
Spartanburg-based OTO Development has announced it will host a hiring event for the $20 million, 10-story hotel that will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, at RJ Rockers Brewing Co. at 226-A W. Main St.
Alyssa Stroup, who was announced in February as the hotel’s general manager, said OTO is seeking to fill up to 50 jobs, including bartenders, day and evening servers and cooks, front desk staff, housekeepers, night audit workers, and maintenance crew members.
“This is an exciting time for us because we will be selecting the people who will help establish this hotel’s footprint in downtown Spartanburg,” said Stroup, who began her career with OTO in 2009 as an assistant general manager for the Residence Inn in Hoover, Ala. “This won’t be your typical job fair.”
Stroup said the hiring event will be casual. Applicants will be able to mingle, and participate in games and other fun activities.
“It’s not going to be your typical job fair,” Stroup said. “We’re telling everyone that all you need to bring is your ‘resume and a smile.’”
She said hiring for Level 10, a new rooftop restaurant and bar with an outdoor terrace operated by Greenville-based Rick Erwin Dining Group, will not be conducted at the event on Aug. 28.
Mark McCalmont, who will serve as the general manager for Level 10, could not be reached for comment on Friday.
Although she said she did not know when Level 10 will begin hiring, Stroup said about 95 are expected to work at the hotel, including those employed by OTO and those by Rick Erwin Dining Group.
Spartanburg’s Johnson family owns the hotel, with OTO serving as the developer and operator. It is located at the southwest corner of West Main Street and Daniel Morgan Avenue.
A group of executives and founders of Extended Stay Hotels, which was created by Spartanburg businessman George Dean Johnson Jr. in 1995, founded OTO in 2004.
AC Hotel Spartanburg is anticipated to open this fall. It will be South Carolina’s first hotel to fly the flag for the Marriott boutique brand that originated in Spain.
The hotel will showcase artwork from The Johnson Collection’s Black Mountain College portfolio. Black Mountain College was an experimental arts enclave that operated in Western North Carolina from 1933 to 1957.
More than 2,600 square feet of meeting space in three meeting rooms will be available at the hotel. The meeting rooms will be named in honor of the college’s most prominent figures: Josef and Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, and Kenneth Noland.
The exterior of the hotel will have a traditional look, but the interior will be sleek and modern. Guest rooms will have a chic, European feel.
Other amenities, including an outdoor pool, AC Lounge, onsite surface parking, and a 24-hour fitness center, will also be featured in the hotel.
For more information, visit otodevelopment.com.