Hotels and Resorts

  • A high-rise mixed-use project proposed for the downtown Phoenix transit station would incorporate the two light rail stops and bus station on the parcel into the design. The winning proposal features two high-rise towers that will include 150 hotel rooms, 300 market-rate residential units, 47,350 square feet of ground-floor retail, restaurant and grocery uses 35,350 square feet of office. (, October 14)

  • Marriott Phoenix Mesa has re-opened as Arizona's first Delta Hotel after a full-scale, multimillion-dollar renovation. Delta is one of Marriott's fastest growing brands. (, September 13)

  • 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)



  • A churro-focused dessert concept plans to open at Tempe Marketplace early next year. California-based Churroholic, which offers churro ice cream sandwiches as well as coffee, will open its first franchise in Arizona at the Tempe shopping center in early 2019. (, October 15)

  • After months of construction, Gilbert’s first authentic speakeasy is opening its doors. The White Rabbit speakeasy — owned by Nick Medina and Corey Potts — is one of the newest installations of the downtown atmosphere. (, September 29)

  • Take a behind-the-scenes look inside the country's first Scottish brewery-distillery, Mesa's Lochiel Brewing. (, September 26)

  • After more than a year of construction, the Lou Grubb Clubhouse and Lou’s Bar & Grill opened to the public at Papago Golf Course. (, September 26)

  • Downtown Phoenix's latest brewery is now open. State 48 Brewery opened the taps inside the historic Welnick Arcade Market and Liefgreen Seed Co. building near Fourth Avenue and Van Buren Street in the western side of downtown Phoenix. (, September 25)

  • BoSa Donuts, one of the Valley’s largest donut chains, is in the middle of an expansion push that includes opening at least two new locations in downtown Phoenix. (, August 30)

  • 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)



  • Flix Brewhouse will open its first Arizona location at a long-in-the-works development in downtown Chandler this December. The Round Rock, Texas-based movie-brewery concept will anchor the 77,000-square-foot Overstreet project at Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard. (, October 11)

  • 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)



  • Two new travel options — one intercontinental and one domestic — are coming to Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport next year. Condor will expand its service to Frankfurt to three times a week in 2019— Monday, Wednesday and Saturday — from the beginning of May through October. 

    JetBlue will offer new nonstop service between Sky Harbor and Fort Lauderdale. daily starting February 14, 2019. (, October 9)

  • California Pacific Airlines has started a route between the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, California, about 35 miles up the coast from San Diego. (, September 4)

  • A pair of airlines are landing additional flights at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. Allegiant Air will kick off service between Mesa and St. George, Utah, in November. The flight will be twice a week and launches November 9.

    Beginning December 15, Flair Air, a low-cost Canadian carrier, will begin flights between Mesa and Edmonton four times a week. A day later on December 16, the airline will launch twice-weekly service to Winnipeg. (, August 23)

  • 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)