Leadership Team Named for All New AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown

USA, Washington, D.C. January 14, 2020

OTO Development, the owner and operator of the all new AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown, named the leadership team responsible for guiding the hotel and staff through opening and into operation. Nasur Almutairi has been named the general manager and Martha Valenzuela will serve as director of sales.

Almutairi comes to the hotel after serving as general manager at two other Washington D.C.-area properties, the Capitol Hill Hotel and the Residence Inn Tyson's Corner. He also served as the assistance general manager at three previous properties.

"It is very exciting to be opening a completely new build hotel in downtown DC and we are proud to have Nasur and Martha help guide this process," said David Del Russo, Regional Director of Operations in the Northeast for OTO Development. "They have come on board and really put their hearts into making sure that we are fully prepared to provide an incredible experience from day one."

With more than a decade of hospitality experience in the Washington D.C. and New York City markets, Almutairi brings a proven track record of customer service and leadership to the new AC Hotel by Marriott Washington DC Downtown.

"Having worked in Washington, D.C., hospitality for most of my career, it's an incredible opportunity to lead the opening of a brand-new property here," Almutairi said. "Combining the style and sophistication of the AC brand with the reputation and leadership of OTO Development, I am confident our guests will have an unparalleled experience at our hotel."

Building on her 10+ years of sales experience in Washington, DC, Valenzuela looks forward to developing new programs to attract guests to the hotel and the area. Following a career in media and pharma sales in Spain, Valenzuela transitioned to hospitality sales with Modus Hotels in 2009.

"I love working in hospitality and having the opportunity to build new relationships that benefit both our clients and our hotel," she said. "Being a part of OTO Development and the AC Hotel families is very fulfilling, and I cannot wait to introduce this amazing new property the world."

Valenzuela previously served as the director of sales and marketing for the Virginian Suites, an Ascend Collection and Hilton Garden Inn Georgetown.

The 219-room AC Hotel Washington DC Downtown brings a European influence to the heart of the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District as the first ground up new hotel to built in the area since 1971. The hotel provides a sophisticated style and an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the downtown area. The hotel is perfectly situated for government, business, and leisure travelers and features more than 2,000 square feet of meeting space with an outdoor rooftop terrace, AC Kitchen, and AC 19th Street Lounge.

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