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How is the AC Lounge at the NEW AC Hotel Kingston?!

 

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Suga Taster, Craig Fleming’s Ratings for AC Hotel Kingston

Date and time of visit: Friday, June 21, 2019 at 1pm

No. of diners: 2 adults

NB. Ratings fill 5 stars maximum 

Parking: ★★★☆☆

(Should improve with the completion of the multi-level parking garage)

Ambience: ★★★★★

Décor: ★★★★★

Comfort: ★★★★★

Service: ★★★★★

Speed: ★★★☆☆

Food quality: ★★★☆☆

Serving amount: ★★★★☆

Plating: ★★★★☆

Value for $: ★★★☆☆

Suga Taster, Craig Fleming’s Breakdown!

The new kid on the Kingston hospitality block, AC Hotel had its official opening two weeks ago. From the Laura Facey and Andre Woolery commissioned Art installations displayed throughout the lobby to the open air interior design, the AC Hotel (a collaboration between local hoteliers Sandals/ATL Group and the international hotel conglomerate, Marriott Bonvoy) is a beauty in contemporary design and aesthetics.

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Laura Facey and Andre Woolery commissioned Art installations displayed throughout the Lobby.

It’s located on the same compound as the BMW/MINI showroom. The open air feeling makes guests feel welcomed with outdoor/indoor music. Guests can look forward to Starbucks, a multilevel parking garage and potential establishments along the mini boardwalk in the near future too.

I decided to check out the AC Lounge last Friday for a quick lunch. It consists of a HUGE wraparound bar, outdoor pool bar and a cozy, but intimate dining area. If you are like me and have lodged at any other AC Hotel location, you would know what to expect from the millennial targeted brand: simple tapas, basic, but tasty libations, all wrapped in an affordable package. The newest Kingston location does not disappoint in that aspect.

Upon entering the lobby, the hotel staff will direct you to the quaint dining area located directly beside the open bar and you will have a choice to either sit alongside the sound padded cushioned walls or adjacent to the breakfast buffet area separated by a sliding glass casement.

Appetizers

My friend and I started with a simple request of Club soda and lime alongside bottled water, which was promptly sent to our table. We perused the limited menu and being a quintessential foodie, decided to start with Appetizers.

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Mini Potato Bites

We got the mini Potato bites with sea salt, scallions and garlic+paprika aioli and the Arugula Salad with shaved parmesan, prosciutto and salami. The Potato was fried perfectly, but my only vice is that the aioli be served on the side rather than beneath the mound of fried Potatoes.

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Arugula Salad with shaved parmesan, prosciutto.

The Arugula Salad had the perfect amount of prosciutto and parmesan. They did not have the salami as advertised, which normally would be problematic, but it truly was not necessary for this salad. I also loved that the dressing was not drizzled on it beforehand, as my personal preference is to pour it myself. The server promptly apologized for the unavailability of salami and we continued to order our next lunch course.

Main Dishes

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Garden Salad served with toast.
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Panko Fried Snapper Fillet with butter sautéed root vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrot and Brussel sprouts) and garlic remoulade.

I found the Garden Salad to be more basic than usual, but the Panko Snapper was really tasty. The Fish was flaky, NOT overcooked like a lot of establishments and the panko crust was golden and crispy as it should be. It went well with the butter sautéed root vegetables and garlic remoulade. This was surely the highlight of the meal. The so called parmesan fries on the other hand, were tasteless, limp and one of the worst I have ever had. Pathetic.

Dessert

The Dessert choice was no better. The Molten Chocolate Lava cake tasted like a Betty Crocker cake mix topped with cheap chocolate sauce, far from the expectations of what an actual molten lava cake is supposed to be – decadent and yummy.

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Molten Chocolate Lava cake.

Advice: order the Macarons or the Cheesecake.

We ended our meal with Coffee which appeased my disappointment with the fries & Lava cake.

The AC Lounge is a great locale for Drinks and quick bites after work. Hopefully they will follow suit with the other global locations and have discounted Happy Hour drinks and appetizers. There are a few quirks to iron out from the first few days of opening, but the customer service from the get go has raised the bar positively, which is in line with the expectations of the AC Marriott mantra.

AC Hotel Kingston

Location: 38-42 Lady Musgrave Road. Kingston 5. JA. W.I 

Ph: 876-750-3000

Website: http://www.achotelkingston.com/

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[Photos and Review contributed by Suga Taster, Craig Fleming]
Edited By: Gabrielle Burgess (Founder/Owner, Suga Lifestyle)

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Suga Lifestyle brings you Suga Tasters!

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The website, Suga Lifestyle was launched in November 2013 by Gabrielle Burgess a.k.a Suga.
Since then, I have been bringing you up to date, exciting reviews of culinary hot spots and hidden gems across the island and even a few international ones too.
I was given the honour and pleasure of being a Food Judge for The Jamaica Observer Table Talk Food Awards in 2014 and served as a Jamaica Gleaner Restaurant Week Ambassador by the public’s vote in 2015.
Suga Lifestyle has been known to keep it real, giving honest, yet balanced reviews, taking you through each review line by line, almost letting you feel as if you were there.
Suga Lifestyle has grown a lot since 2013, where it has maintained its goal of intending to inspire, educate and entertain via various types of posts categorized by; GW Art,
Restaurant Reviews and Ratings, Brand Jamaica, Charities, Health and Fitness, Sports and more. The blog, currently has a reach of over 1,500 followers and grows daily.
To further expand Suga Lifestyle’s reach, I have selected Suga Tasters!
Suga Tasters are Objective, Observant, Adventurous travelers and foodies that support Brand Jamaica. They enjoy taking photos and keeping up to date and in touch with the Culinary industry, the Chefs, Bakers and Caterers that keep it alive and thriving, and of course, hot spots and hidden gems in Jamaica, Florida and Washington DC. 
Suga Bears, Suga Babies and Suga Daddies, I present to you, Suga Lifestyle’s Suga Tasters!
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As time goes by, you will hear more from them. But first up, is
Craig Fleming!
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Suga Taster, Craig Fleming
Craig is a Logistics Specialist, but also a Private Chef. His favourite dishes are Smoked Salmon and Petrossian Beluga Caviar Pizza from Spago in Beverly Hills (USA), Escargots from the Terra Nova Hotel and Pho!
Craig’s favourite places to eat casually out of town are Stush in the Bush, Mystic Thai, Woody’s Portland and Jack Sprat, Treasure Beach.
Craig is even more straighforward than Suga, has Cosmopolitan culinary expertise from travelling, culinary school and various events.
Look out for Suga Taster, Craig Fleming’s Review tomorrow!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Sip and Stretch for a Good Cause on July 16th!

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Happy Monday! SAVE THE DATE!

Stretch the muscles, feel relaxed afterwards and be happy you got to give your body a healthy treat at a reduced cost, while contributing to the Education of our Children.

Our Children are Our Future

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Lifestyle & Rotaract Club of New Kingston’s Arts & Entrepreneurship Initiative makes the Paper!

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Article published in the Jamaica Gleaner – Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Suga Lifestyle (GW Art) and the Rotaract Club of New Kingston are extremely proud to see the young women from our Arts and Entrepreneurship Workshop have their own story, journey and success be highlighted today in the Jamaica Gleaner! Check it out! Hard work yields success.

They also made Craft Cart Jamaica’s Pop Up Craft Village event write up two Sundays ago!

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Kudos to the Rotaract Club of New Kingston for inviting me to help execute this initiative.

Kudos also to Craft Cart Jamaica for providing us with the opportunity to showcase their products at their trade show.

Thanks to everyone who supported this initiative by purchasing art pieces, helping with their promotion and more!

Much love and respect.

XoXo,

Suga 💖

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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The NBA Playoffs are on and Poppin!

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The NBA PLAYOFFS is on and poppin! Who you got?!
On the EAST side, the BUCKS have been blazing, the CELTICS are a dark horse, usually a playoff team and the RAPTORS should reach conference finals, but tend to choke choke choke.
On the WEST side, WARRIORS are still strong but Cousins went down last night with what may seem like a quad injury. The CLIPPERS erased a 31-pt deficit to beat them! James Harden and the ROCKETS always play well during the season, but will they finally deliver?! The TRAIL BLAZERS have been consistent this year unlike a disjointed OKC and I expect the SPURS to upset the young NUGGETS.

Stay tuned! I LOVE THIS GAME!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Phenomenal Women United SOLD OUT their Artwork!

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Gabby a.k.a Suga with members of the Rotaract Club of New Kingston and the young ladies of Phenomenal Women United celebrating after all of the artwork were sold out at Craft Cart Jamaica’s Pop Up Village last Saturday, April 13, 2019.

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Over the past 6 weeks, the young ladies from The Women’s Centre and Young Women’s Christian Association that dubbed themselves, Phenomenal Women United, showed significant growth in their approach towards art, their appreciation for their talents and the understanding that their efforts are what will yield results. Of course, there were some who learned faster than others, but in addition to learning artistic techniques, tips on entrepreneurship and customer service skills, they learnt how to have a sound work ethic and an appreciation for time management. They should never forget Suga telling them, “Time is money”.

Suga is extremely happy to report that the ladies’ artwork sold out at Craft Cart Jamaica’s Pop Up Village last Saturday at Campion Auditorium. The young ladies were grateful and felt a great deal of accomplishment for their weeks of hard work and efforts. The project was definitely a success reaping in a bit over $50,000JMD, of which the young ladies kept all the proceeds.

Thanks to the Rotaract Club of Kingston for choosing me to help spearhead this impactful project via GW Art, which falls under my brand Suga Lifestyle.

Many thanks to all who assisted with training the young ladies, helped in the marketing and promotions of this project and to those who stayed glued to our social media accounts, kept it buzzing with compliments and to all who supported the project with your purchases. You have contributed to the financial empowerment and independence of six young women with a promising future.

What’s next for them? They will continue their studies and a few plan to continue exploring the field of art.

Keep up with the New Kingston Rotaract Club by following them on Instagram @nkrcjamaica and if you are between the ages of 18-30 see how you can join them!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga Lifestyle and Rotaract Club New Kingston present Phenomenal Women United!

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Rotaract is a worldwide organization made up of young professionals between the ages of 18 and 30 years old. There are over 7,000 clubs in more than 163 countries with membership
exceeding 180,000. In Jamaica, there are about 20 Rotaract Clubs, of which the Rotaract Club of New Kingston is a community based service organization, sponsored by the Rotary Club of New Kingston. It is made up of young professionals committed to the commonality of creating opportunities for promising individuals within the Kingston Metropolitan Area. Rotaract provides opportunities for Personal and Professional development of its members as well.

Suga is not only an artist and owner of GW Art, but also a past Rotaractor and still supports the projects of various Rotaract Clubs. Suga Lifestyle and the Rotaract Club of New Kingston have teamed up to conduct an Arts and Entrepreneurship Workshop with young women from the Women’s Centre and Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

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Gabby a.k.a Suga from Suga Lifestyle presenting on basic Painting and Entrepreneurship skills at the launch of Rotaract Club of New Kingston and Suga Lifestyle’s Arts and Entrepreneurship Workshop for young women on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

The Workshop was launched on Saturday, February 23, 2019. The venue and supplies needed for the Workshop have been funded by Suga Lifestyle and New Kingston Rotaract Club. The young ladies have been attending the workshop every Saturday since then under the guidance of Suga and Rotaractors.

The ladies are on course to use their learnt artistic, entrepreneurship and customer service skills to produce, showcase and sell their artwork at Craft Cart’s Pop Up Village on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at Campion College’s Auditorium. They will get to keep all of the proceeds.

Phenomenal Women United will have Paintings, Desktops/Tabletops and Wooden Signs. Here is a Preview!

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Entry Cost is $200JMD with part proceeds to the Jamaica Autism Support Association (JASA).

There will be over 50 exhibitors, please come out, look out for us and support this initiative, JASA as well as other talented local artisans.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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