By Jonathan Phelps, New Hampshire Union Leader
A FEW MONTHS before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the AC Hotel in Portsmouth’s North End opened.
The hotel features a ballroom on the third floor that overlooks the Piscataqua River designed to host weddings, special events and corporate meetings for up to 300. The space was used only a few times before the hotel was forced to shut down in March of last year.
Now, Colwen Hotels, which manages the property, is hiring a new banquet manager as interest in everything from baby showers, bar/bat mitzvahs and weddings is on the rise.
“People have put those off for a long time, and they’re anxious to get them back,” said Ron Rockelein, vice president of operations. “We are seeing a big increase in inquiries.”
He said the company is “cautiously optimistic” about getting functions back. The hotel can operate at 100% but must abide by state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
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