Hotels and Resorts

  • The Phoenix City Council approved a sale-and-development agreement with Scottsdale-based Berger Holdings LLC to sell the 0.59-acre parcel at Central Avenue and Adams Street for $2.8 million.  

    The developer plans to build a $62 million, 200,000-square-foot tower, which will include 50,000 square feet of office and commercial space, 200 hotel rooms, 20 hospitality suites, and a 60-space parking structure. (, June 25)

  • A $60 million Canopy by Hilton hotel is slated for the Union Tempe development following the sale of a 25,000-square-foot parcel. The planned hotel will have 200 rooms and 14 floors. (, March 30)

  • Construction is starting on a 157-room sustainability-focused hotel at the Arizona State University SkySong development in Scottsdale.The new hotel will be under Marriott’s Element brand. (, March 6)

  • Construction has begun on a new 18-story Westin Tempe hotel. The 290-room Tempe hotel is on Seventh Street between Mill and Myrtle avenues near Arizona State University and is slated to open in 2019. (, February 23)

  • Choice Hotels International Inc. has opened the 136-room Cambria Hotel Phoenix near Chandler Fashion Center. (, February 9)

  • Hotel Adeline, a boutique hotel in Scottsdale, is accepting guests, even as it finishes up the last details of its $12 million renovation. (, January 22)

  • The 18th Great Wolf Lodge location is coming to a location near Scottsdale in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District that will feature an indoor water park attraction. (, January 17)

  • Tempe historic Hayden Flour Mill will get a makeover beginning in 2018 that will transform the space into office space, restaurants or retail shops, outdoor amenities and a five-story hotel that would include rooms in the former grain silos. (, December 20)

  • The historic Royal Palms Resort and Spa unveiled a $3.7 million renovation. (, November 17)

  • Hilton announced the opening of its newest hotel, the dual-branded Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix-Tempe ASU Research Park and Home2 Suites by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe ASU Research Park, bringing a total of 228 new rooms to the Arizona State University area. (, November 13)  

  • An AC Hotel by Marriott is slated for development at the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix. The planned hotel will be 15 stories and have 200 rooms. (, November 6)

  • A 98,000-square-foot Residence Inn by Marriott, across the street from Mountain Vista Medical Center near Crismon Road and U.S. 60, will offer extended-stay lodging for patients and families at the hospital. (, October 24)

  • California-based Arrive Hotels & Restaurants will be opening a 79-room boutique hotel in central Phoenix at the mid-century modern midrises located at 400 & 444 W. Camelback Road. (, October 11)

  • Two new hotels, a fast-casual Southeast Asian restaurant, Starbucks and Texas Roadhouse are landing at a new development at the Loop 101 freeway and Via de Ventura in Scottsdale. A Tru by Hilton, which is aimed at millenials, and Home 2 Suites will have a combined 166 rooms. (, October 9)

  • Chandler's Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is pumping more than $3 million into room renovations. All 242 rooms at the property are getting an upgrade, which includes LED illuminated lighting, platform beds, floating nightstands and much more. (, October 6)

  • Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort has completed an extensive $8.5 million renovation. that encompass 224 North Pointe Suites, including the exclusive Presidential Suite, the remastered North Pointe lobby, and 48,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. (, October 6)

  • CIVANA—a hospitality and real estate company comprised of spa and wellness industry leaders—is turning the Carefree Resort into the first of a collection of sustainable wellness resorts and communities via a $40 million renovation to be completed in September 2018. (Press release PDF, September 6)

  • Scottsdale's Hotel Valley Ho is spending $1.4 million renovating its "hotel within a hotel," The Tower. The renovations include revamps of its lighting, décor, flooring, and millwork. The makeover is slated to be complete next month. (, August 23)

  • Arizona's first property from Hilton's new Tru brand, which is aimed at millenials, will open in Gilbert in mid-2018. (, August 3)

  • The Phoenician will continue its renovation project with the addition of an athletic club and downsizing its golf course from 27 to 18 holes. (, July 28) 

  • The combined 200-suite Residence Inn and 120-room Courtyard are now open in downtown Phoenix. (, July 27)

  • A 100-room, four-story Aloft Hotel is coming to Glendale's Westgate in summer 2018. (, July 26) 



  • Popular Phoenix-based Mexican restaurant Barrio Queen is going to open its fourth location at the Tempe Marketplace shopping center. (, April 7)

  • The owners behind popular Mexican restaurant La Santisima are expanding their portfolio of Mexican eateries and are set for a spring opening for a new restaurant, La Marquesa, focused on the cuisine of Jalisco, Mexico. (, March 12)

  • Casa Añejo closed in January and in its place will open a second location of Bevvy, which launched in downtown Scottsdale in 2015. (, March 1)

  • Toca Madera, an upscale Mexican restaurant based in West Hollywood, California, will open its next location in early 2019 in the luxury wing of the Scottsdale Fashion Square. (, February 26)

  • Rhema Soul Cuisine, a BBQ and fried chicken restaurant is closing its doors in Queen Creek and opening a location in downtown Phoenix. (, February 14)

  • Hula’s Modern Tiki in Phoenix is moving into an all-new space featuring a sweeping indoor-outdoor patio, a 40-person private dining ‘Tiki Room’ and a (secret) second tiki bar named The Captain’s Cabin. Now under construction in Uptown Phoenix on 7th Street just north of Camelback. (, January 23)

  • Rott n' Grapes Bistro will take over a vacant space in the Gold Spot building on Roosevelt Street, facing Third Avenue, joining Pita Jungle and Lola Coffee Bar. The restaurant also will feature a basement lounge, dog-friendly patio and bottle shop with more than 200 bottles of wines and beers. (, January 2)

  • Two years after shutting down, Phoenix's Downtown Deli has reopened as a tavern under new ownership, selling comfort food, classic cocktails and 50-cent coffee. (, December 18)

  • LBA Realty has renovated exterior and common areas of the Esplanade development at 24th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix and is looking to land new restaurants, a fitness center and creative office tenants at the prominent development. (, October 24)

  • Get the details on 11 new eateries coming to downtown Phoenix in the coming months. (, October 6)

  • Downtown Phoenix's Copper Blues Rock Pub & Kitchen at CityScape has reopened following a month-long renovation. Renovations include an expanded patio, new interior murals, and a new signature cocktail menu. (, October 10)

  • La Madeleine Country French Café and Serafina Coffee Bar will open this fall on the ground floor of the historic Luhrs City Center building in downtown Phoenix. (, October 3)



  • The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation is set to break ground on a new casino that is expected to open in 2020. Construction on the 166,341-square-foot casino will start later this summer. It will feature a larger casino than the tribe currently operates, a garden court, high-end dining, a sports bar with an entertainment stage and other amenities. (, June 15)

  • New York-based Bowlero Corp. is bringing its new twist on bowling to Scottsdale. The North Scottsdale Bowlero will total 33,000 square feet and feature black-light lanes, high-definition video walls, retro wall graphics, carpeting and plush furniture and can host parties and business outings. The Scottsdale center also will feature a bar, arcade and food offerings, including large shareable items. (, April 4)

  • Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, a Texas-based chain of dine-in movie theaters, announced it will open its newest location in Tempe in May. (MouthBysouthwest, April 4)

  • Medieval Times, the rambunctious dinner-theater show with jousting knights, sword fights, and no utensils anywhere, has confirmed plans to open in early 2019 within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. (, February 27)

  • After a year of renovations, including a fresh coat of paint and the addition of a building, The Promenade shopping center in north Scottsdale has nearly a dozen new restaurants and businesses, that have already opened or opening this year. (, January 31)

  • Two new office tenants will be bring 60 jobs to the Westgate Entertainment District and the Fat Tuesday bar and restaurant is opening a new location at the Glendale development. (, January 29)

  • Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise is building the Desert Diamond West Valley Casino near 91st and Northern avenues. The new casino building will have a 75,000 square foot casino floor with slot machines, poker, live bingo and blackjack tables, plus five restaurants. (, December 2)

  • Big development proposed for the CrackerJax site in Scottsdale. Those plans include between 700,000 and 1 million square feet of offices, 60,000 square feet for restaurants and retail, a 40,000-square-foot grocery space, 990,000 square feet for condos and apartments, a 180-room hotel and a 200-seat theater. (, November 21)

  • Construction has begun on a new kind of shopping center in downtown Phoenix. The Churchill, named after the downtown neighborhood Evans Churchill, is a "micro marketplace" housed in repurposed shipping containers. It's scheduled to open spring 2018. (, November 20)

  • Arizona State Parks and Trails has won the prestigious Gold Medal for being the best-managed state park system in the nation. Several of the parks are near Greater Phoenix. (, September 26)

  • OdySea in the Desert is opening a $3 million dinosaur exhibit, Pangea: Land of the Dinosaurs, that will have more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs. The exhibit is scheduled to open Black Friday, November 24. (, Sept. 22)

  • Scottsdale City Council approved the use of up to $900,000 from the Stadium Facilities Capital Improvement Fund for improvements to Scottsdale Stadium, spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. (, Sept. 20)  



  • The historic Paper Heart Building in downtown Phoenix has a new tenant and will soon be home to a hybrid venue space meant for creatives. The Paper Heart Venue at 750 NW. Grand Ave. will hold concerts, theatrical performances and other staged events. The main room can hold at least 600 people, but the space also will have room for an art gallery, photo studio, recording studio and retail shops. (, June 20)

  • The new 20,000-square-foot music venue, The Van Buren, a sister project to nearby Crescent Ballroom and Valley Bar, opened on August 23 with a sold-out show headlined by Cold War Kids. (, August 24)

  • Phoenix's historic Wrigley Mansion will be undergoing $1 million in upgrades including new furniture and carpeting in the bridal suite, new bathrooms and more. (, August 14) 



  • The Phoenician Golf Club will transition from a 27-hole facility to an 18-hole course in 2018. The transition is part of ongoing renovations at The Phoenician Resort, which includes the construction of a new athletic club. (, August 16)



  • Delta Air Lines will open a new Delta Sky Club in Terminal 3 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in late 2018. The new 7,500-square-foot airport lounge will be located near the Delta gates on the new south concourse. (, March 14)

  • Starting Oct. 28, Air Canada will increase its nonstop service between Vancouver and Phoenix from four days a week to seven days a week. (, March 12)

  • This fall, Southwest Airlines is adding two daily flights from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to San Jose, Calif., and one each to Denver, New Orleans, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. (, March 8)

  • Air Canada Rouge’s first flights between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, in Quebec, Canada, take off this week. The direct flights started today and will go three times a week through May 28. (, February 22)

  • Phoenix City Council approved contracts for the new restaurants and retail shops proposed for Sky Harbor’s Terminal 3. The proposed restaurants include outposts for local favorites such as The Parlor, Postino, Joyride Taco House, Original ChopShop, Phoenix Ale Brewery Central Kitchen and more. (, February 21)

  • Alaska Airlines adds daily flight to Phoenix from Seattle suburb Everett, WA. (, January 16)

  • Southwest Airlines is adding non-stop service between Phoenix and Cincinnati during Major League Baseball spring training. (, December 20)

  • American Airlines will begin flights to Oklahoma City and Amarillo, Texas, from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport on April 3.  (, November 28)

  • Frontier Airlines said it plans to begin daily non-stop service between Phoenix and Orlando. The flights will be seasonal with service debuting Nov. 1 and running into April. (, September 20)

  • Second British Airways flight to resume at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport: Beginning March 27, 2018, British Airways will operate a second flight on Tuesdays and Fridays. On May 6, an additional Sunday flight will begin service.  This added service will be available through October. (, August 8)