After a year of construction, the AC Hotel Columbus Dublin in Bridge Park is ready to open its doors Sept. 1.

The eight-story, 100,628-square-foot hotel is capped by a rooftop bar that will serve lunch and dinner and offer a full drink menu.

The Vaso rooftop bar -- which will open about two to four weeks later than the rest of the hotel -- features an elevator that allows guests to access the area without entering the hotel, said General Manager Orcun Turkay. The outdoor and indoor space provides seating for 230 and features fire pits and cabanas.

The bar is expected to be open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., Turkay said.

The hotel includes 150 rooms, consisting of 78 doubles and 72 king rooms, Turkay said. Initial nightly rates range from $149 to $299.

The Dublin hotel market is heavily filled by business travelers, Turkay said, especially Monday through Thursday. AC's target customer is the entrepreneur, he said.

"Dublin is such a unique market," he said.

Next to the new hotel is a 19,000 square-foot events center that will be operated by Cameron Mitchell Premier Events. That space is designed to hold 500 people for a banquet-style gathering, 800 for a seminar and 1,000 for standing room only. Construction on the facility will conclude this month, said Crawford Hoying spokesman Ted Orr.

Bridge Park's entire Block A -- of which the hotel and events center are a part -- represents a $21 million investment, Orr said.

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With Home2Suites on Frantz Road coming online at the end of August and AC opening Sept. 1, Dublin will have 17 hotels and about 2,300 hotel rooms, said Scott Dring, executive director of the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The city has a 6 percent bed tax, and last year the total bed tax revenue for Dublin was a little more than $3.12 million, Dring said. Because of increased travel and higher hotel rates, Dring said the bed tax revenue total for this year could be about 2 to 4 percent higher than last year's.

The convention and visitors bureau receives 35 percent of the bed tax revenue annually.

While the next couple of years could see very subtle increases in overall bed tax revenue, having additional hotels does not necessarily equate to more bed tax revenue, Dring said.

Business that would move to a new hotel might just be taken away from existing hotels, he said, because more hotels does not necessarily mean more people will travel.

Last year, Dublin hotels had an occupancy rate of 70 percent, he said.

New hotels, however, sometimes cause existing hotels to lower their rates to compete, Dring said.

Because the AC is a unique kind of hotel, it has the ability to attract new visitors, Dring said. In the downtown Dublin area, the city is marketing Bridge Street and Historic Dublin together as Dublin's downtown, and the AC is part of that package.

Bridge Street District hotels -- the AC, Home2Suites and Embassy Suites -- are close to Dublin's city core, Dring said.

"It's very accessible to everyone," he said.

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