Hotels and Resorts

  • 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. (Hotel-Online.com, 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, November 6)

  • 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, 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. (HospitalityNet.org, 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, August 23)

  • Arizona's first property from Hilton's new Tru brand, which is aimed at millenials, will open in Gilbert in mid-2018. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, July 28) 

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

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

  • The former Scottsdale Inn will undergo a $12 million renovation and rebranding and is scheduled to reopen December 1 as Hotel Adeline. The property will have 213 guestrooms, a 1,800-square-foot ballroom, and a restaurant. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, June 1)

  • Hampton Inn & Suites Downtown at First and Polk streets (ASU downtown adjacent) is expected to open summer 2018. The hotel will be 11 stories and have 210 guest rooms; a bar and lounge; business center; meeting space; and fitness center. (AZCentral.com, May 20)

  • The zoning for the Holiday Inn Express at the northeast corner of Van Buren Street and 10th Avenue has been approved. The hotel will have 120 rooms, a coffee shop, meeting space, a fitness center and a pool. No construction timeline available. (AZCentral.com, May 20)

  • The Phoenician is undergoing a renovation to the lobby, concierge service area, Il Terrazzo restaurant, the pool area, and the spa. The work began in May, and is expected to be completed by December 2017. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, May 10)

  • The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale in Paradise Valley is adding 35,000 square feet of meeting space, which will bring the total to 95,000 square feet. The addition will include the new 15,000-square-foot Paradise Ballroom along with 20,000 square feet of outdoor and pre-function space. The renovation is expected to be completed by June 2018. (SuccessfulMeetings.com, April 24)

  • Royal Palms Resort and Spa is in the process of renovating all 119 rooms including its presidential suite. The renovation also will include select meeting and event spaces. All renovation are expected to be complete by the fall of 2017. (ParadiseValleyIndependent.com, April 24)

  • There are plans to bring a 160-room AC by Marriott hotel to the Biltmore area, but few additional details have been released. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, Feb. 8)

  • Two hotels, a 128-room Holiday Inn Express & Suites and a 119-room Home2 Suites by Hilton, are expected to begin construction at 44th Street and the 202. Builder is finalizing construction permits now, so completion date is to be determined. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, July 26, 2016)

 

Restaurants

  • 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, October 24)

  • Get the details on 11 new eateries coming to downtown Phoenix in the coming months. (DTPHX.org, 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. (AZcentral.com, 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, October 3)

  • The second location of Twisted Grove Parlor + Bar, serving new American cuisine with local flair, is now open in the Biltmore area. The restaurant will take over the space formerly occupied by Stella at 32nd Street and Camelback Road. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, August 14)

  • Central Phoenix favorite Pizza People Pub has reopened at a new location in downtown, two months after closing their previous location. (AZcentral.com, August 4)

  • Gallo Blanco, the modern Mexican restaurant formerly located at the Clarendon Hotel, has returned in the Garfield neighborhood of downtown Phoenix. (AZcentral.com, July 6)

  • Coleman & Finch is expected to move into the former downtown Duck & Decanter space in downtown. No additional information available at this time. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, June 13)

 

Attractions

  • 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. (AZcentral.com, 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. (ABC15.com, 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, Sept. 20)  

  • Scottsdale's Desert Discovery Center unveiled its new name, Desert EDGE, and updated plans for its proposed 47,586 square-foot facility that would educate visitors about desert living. (AZcentral.com, July 31)

  • Scottsdale Fashion Square's luxury wing will be getting a multimillion-dollar renovation over the next 18 months. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, July 27)

  • The OdySea in the Desert center on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is slated to add a 179-foot Ferris wheel called Sky Wheel at Talking Stick. In addition, a project called Paradise Earth is in the pipeline, which is planned to be “the largest indoor rainforest aviary in the country.” (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, Feb. 8)

 

Venues

  • 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. (PhoenixNewTimes.com, 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. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, August 14) 

 

Golf

  • 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. (GolfCourseIndustry.com, August 16)

  • From new courses and services to renovations, there's plenty new in Phoenix and Scottsdale for 2017. Get the details on what's new at Mountain Shadows Golf Club, We-Ko-Pa, Troon North and other Troon Golf properties, The Wigwam and The Boulders. (GolfAdvisor.com, January 12)

 

Airports

  • 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. (AZcentral.com, 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. (SkyHarbor.com, August 8)

  • Low-cost Frontier Airlines is adding service from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport to Austin and San Antonio, Texas, this fall. San Antonio service starts Oct. 10 with flights on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Austin service starts Oct. 11 with flights on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. (AZcentral.com, July 21)

  • Phoenix Sky Harbor to add nonstop flights to Frankfurt, Germany: May 2018 through September 2018, Condor Airlines will fly on Mondays and Fridays from Phoenix Sky Harbor and the Frankfurt Airport. (SkyHarbor.com, June 22)

  • Allegiant Air is adding service to eight cities from Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport this fall: Milwaukee, St. Louis, Louisville, Kansas City, Omaha, Boise, Indianapolis and the Tampa area. (AZcentral.com, June 20)

  • WestJet is extending its service at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport to Calgary and Edmonton. (BizJournals.com/Phoenix, May 9)

  • Air Canada has announced that it will begin non-stop service between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Montreal Feb. 22, 2018. The flight, served by an Airbus A319, will operate three times weekly in the winter and spring, between Feb. 22 – May 28. (SkyHarbor.com, May 3)