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8 New Reasons To Book Your Next Meeting or Conference in Greater Phoenix

With 68,000 guest rooms at nearly 500 hotels and resorts, there’s more than enough room to meet in Greater Phoenix. As one of the top resort destinations in America, Greater Phoenix is also home to over 40 full-service resorts adorning this lush desert landscape. And, with new projects on the horizon, this city’s portfolio of conference-friendly accommodations is on the rise.

Whether you're planning for a group of a few or a delegation of a thousand, Greater Phoenix has an incredible spectrum of accommodation styles and special events venues that boast sophisticated meeting facilities, impeccable service and plenty of room for meeting as well as exploring, pampering and unwinding.

So, when it's time to book your next meeting or conference, here are eight new reasons to consider Greater Phoenix.


1. Arrive Phoenix

Arrive Phoenix Lylo Pool
Alcott Studio/Arrive Hotels

Arrive Phoenix, an adaptive reuse build in the uptown area, just north of the Melrose District, celebrated phase one of its grand opening Labor Day weekend. As part of the $20 million, 79-room neighborhood hotel project, Venue Projects and Vintage Partners joined forces to restore twin midcentury modern towers.

The property features a pool bar helmed by Ross Simon, local cocktail guru behind globally awarded cocktail bars Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour and Little Rituals. Guests are invited to enjoy poolside craft cocktails at the swim-up bar, fittingly named Lylo — a British colloquialism for a pool float. Additionally, Don Woods’ Say When, the hotel's 1,100 square-foot penthouse cocktail lounge, will serve up retro-modern cocktails, throwback bar bites and 270-degree city views from the 2,000 square-foot view deck beginning Nov. 15, as part of the opening's second phase.


2. AC Hotel Phoenix Downtown

AC Hotel by Marriott Arizona Center

After breaking ground in September 2019, the new AC Hotel by Marriott is taking shape at the Arizona Center. Scheduled to open in 2021, the 199-room, 13-story hotel will feature 3,400 square feet of meeting space, two media salons and a boardroom.

The AC Lounge will be home to an outdoor patio with water features and fireplaces, and an indoor/outdoor lobby bar will overlook the Arizona Center — a mixed-use space located half a mile from the Phoenix Convention Center — that underwent a $25 million renovation to office space, dining, entertainment and outdoor amenities in 2019. Upon completion, this will be the fourth AC Hotel in Greater Phoenix, following AC Hotel Phoenix BiltmoreAC Hotel Scottsdale North and AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown.


3. Hyatt Place Downtown Phoenix

Hyatt Place Downtown Phoenix

In June, Pacific Hospitality Group and Mortenson broke ground on a 238-room, 8-story Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Phoenix. This new build, designed to emulate the surrounding art deco architecture, will combine the brand’s casual atmosphere and practical amenities with 4,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech meeting space.

This new hotel is scheduled to join Greater Phoenix's robust collection of Hyatt Place properties in summer 2021, bringing the room count in the city's downtown core to more than 4,500 — all in close proximity to the Phoenix Convention Center, with access to the Valley Metro Rail.


4. Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley

Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley

Progress on one of Greater Phoenix’s most-anticipated hospitality projects isn’t missing a beat. Projected to open in late 2020 or early 2021, the Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley will span more than 20 acres overlooking Camelback Mountain. The resort’s 215 guest accommodations will include spacious rooms, oversize suites, detached casitas and private bungalows. A specialty-dining concept will harvest seasonal produce from the resort’s anticipated herb garden and 400-tree citrus orchard, incorporating ingredients into the daily menus.

The property will also feature a 16,000 square-foot spa, a 2,500 square-foot, state-of-the-art health and fitness center, various indoor/outdoor meeting and event spaces — 20,000 square feet in total — including an amphitheater, secret garden and a grand lawn with stunning views of neighboring mountains and unobstructed sunsets. 


5. Caesars Republic Scottsdale

Caesars Republic Scottsdale Rendering

Scottsdale’s newest luxury hotel broke ground in March and is on track for a fall 2021 opening. Caesars Republic Scottsdale will be the first non-gaming branded Caesars hotel in the United States. The hotel will stand at 150 feet with 11 stories and 265 rooms. Additionally, Caesars Republic will feature a 7,000 square-foot, column-free ballroom with 34-foot sliding glass doors that open out onto the adjacent lawn, suitable for outdoor events for up to 600 people, and five breakout rooms will accommodate up to 40 people each or can be opened for events up to 200.

The hotel’s seventh floor will be home to a rooftop pool deck and views Camelback mountain, as well as Seven (SVN), a dining experience that will combine elements and ingredients from Arizona, Mexico and the Yucatan peninsula. Additionally, Caesars Republic will also feature two new restaurants by celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, including Luna by Giada, a fine-dining, Italian restaurant, and Pronto by Giada, a casual, all-day cafe.


6. Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown

Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown Rooftop View

The Southwest’s first Canopy by Hilton hotel opened its doors in June 2020. Also located in Tempe's Mill Avenue District, Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown pairs 198 guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of meeting and event space with a modern aesthetic inspired by the spirit of the region and adorned with art curated by local Arizona artists.

Additionally, this contemporary, full-service hotel is home to the east metro area's only full-service rooftop pool and bar. Perched on the 14th floor, Alibi is a scenic venue for gathering, light bites, cocktails, and 180-degree views. Alter Ego, the hotel’s signature, ground-floor restaurant and bar, celebrates elevated-fusion cuisine starring locally and regionally sourced ingredients.

As part of the Hilton brand portfolio, Canopy Tempe will be implementing Hilton CleanStay procedures, a new industry-defining standard of cleanliness and disinfection, created in partnership with Lysol.


7. Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town

Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town

While downtown Tempe has the distinction of being home to the Southwest’s first Canopy by Hilton hotel, it won’t be the only one for long. Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town is nearing completion and is expected to open its doors in late September. This full-service hotel will be designed as an extension of the area’s historic arts district and will and curated artwork by local artists.

The 177-room project — the first new-build hotel in Old Town in more than a decade — will combine vibrant Southwest energy with midcentury modern sophistication in every aspect of its architecture, aesthetic, service and culture. Guests can expect two new dining concepts, including a signature restaurant will showcase cuisine with an emphasis on Southwest touches and locally sourced ingredients, plus a rooftop pool and bar that will elevate the Scottsdale social scene with crafted cocktails, posh bites and unrivaled views of the iconic Camelback Mountain.  


8. Westin Tempe

Westin Tempe

Located in the Mill Avenue District — just steps from Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake and ASU Gammage — another highly anticipated property is nearing completion. The 18-story, 290-room Westin Tempe is projected to reveal its state-of-the-art guest rooms and corridors, custom-designed elements and artwork, as well as energy conservation practices before the end of 2020.

This full-service business hotel will also feature more than 14,000 square feet of convention space and meeting rooms, a rooftop pool lounge, full-service restaurant, coffee shop and the brand’s signature WestinWORKOUT fitness studio. Additionally, with Westin’s signature wellness initiatives offered for travelers and local residents alike, the hotel is poised to set a new standard for well-being in the region.