New Stays For Your Next Meeting in Greater Phoenix
With the opening of over 34 new properties since 2020 and a variety of new projects on the horizon, this city’s portfolio of conference-friendly accommodations continues to rise.
Greater Phoenix is now home to more than 69,000 guest rooms at over 500 hotels and resorts. And, as one of the top resort destinations in America, Greater Phoenix also offers over 40 full-service hotels adorning this lush desert landscape.
Whether you're planning for a group of a few or a larger delegation, you'll find 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 the newest reasons to consider Greater Phoenix.
Rise Uptown, an adaptive reuse build in the uptown area — just north of the Melrose District — celebrated its grand opening Labor Day weekend 2020. 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 such globally awarded bars as 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, serves up retro-modern cocktails, throwback bar bites and 270-degree city views from the 2,000 square-foot view deck.
After breaking ground in September 2019, the AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Downtown opened in February 2021. The 13-story, 199-room boutique hotel features 3,400 square feet of meeting space, two media salons and a boardroom.
The AC Lounge is home to an outdoor patio with water features and fireplaces, and an indoor/outdoor lobby bar overlooks 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. This is the fourth AC Hotel in Greater Phoenix, following AC Hotel Phoenix Biltmore, AC Hotel Scottsdale North and AC Hotel Phoenix Tempe/Downtown.
Hyatt Place hotel in downtown Phoenix, a 238-room, 8-story new build, was 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 joined Greater Phoenix's robust collection of Hyatt Place properties in September 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.
In October 2020, the region welcomed its first Dark Sky Zone resort — ADERO Scottsdale, an Autograph Collection Hotel. Perched on an elevated ridgeline, the resort location offers views of Arizona’s famed Four Peaks and McDowell Mountain Range by day and stargazing opportunities by night.
Named after the iconic canyon that surrounds the resort, ADERO is home to 177 luxurious rooms and 16 oversized suites, with expansive patios and breathtaking views. Additionally, the resort offers more than 16,800 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space; a boutique spa that celebrates treatments rooted in desert minerals, local herbs and Native American healing traditions; a 5,000-square-foot state-of-the-art, wellness studio; and its signature restaurant — CIELO (meaning “sky”) — which features panoramic windows showcasing our Sonoran terrain from 2,200 feet.
The resort also maintains an exclusive sustainability trail, characterized by indigenous flora. With close proximity to nearby trails, adventure concierges guide guests through the living desert from morning to night. Direct access to golf offerings and biking excursions are also available.
In late 2021, Senna House became Arizona’s first-ever purpose-built, soft-branded hotel — and the first new boutique hotel to open in Old Town Scottsdale in over a decade. Steeped in Scottsdale history, this boutique concept is home to 169 rooms spanning six stories — all of which reflect the intersection of desert-modern design and lifestyle luxury hospitality. Expansive flexible indoor and outdoor venues combine for a total of over 4,100 square feet of event space, including a ballroom and meeting room options. Additionally, the Sonora Swim Club features views of Camelback Mountain and the city’s skyline alongside an outdoor cocktail bar and can accommodate up to 120 guests,
At the center of it all is Cala, a 5,000-square-foot Mediterranean coastal restaurant with an expansive 1,200-square-foot outdoor patio, a 40-seat bar, cabanas and lush landscaping. Led by Food Network personality and executive chef Beau MacMillan — who partnered with Scottsdale-based restaurant group Clive Collective — this menu will highlight farm-fresh coastal cuisine inspired by flavors of Greece, Spain, Italy, Morocco and every place along the Mediterranean coastline. All of which is available via on-site catering.
The Southwest’s first Canopy by Hilton hotel opened its doors in June 2020. 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 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.
While downtown Tempe has the distinction of being home to the Southwest’s first Canopy by Hilton hotel, it wasn't the only one for long. Canopy by Hilton Scottsdale Old Town, a full-service hotel will be designed as an extension of the area’s historic arts district and will and curated artwork by local artists, opened its doors in October 2020.
The 177-room project — the first new-build hotel in Old Town since 2008 — 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.
Located in the Mill Avenue District — just steps from Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake and ASU Gammage — another highly anticipated property celebrated its grand opening in August 2021. The 18-story, 290-room Westin Tempe revealed its state-of-the-art guest rooms and corridors, custom-designed elements and artwork, as well as energy conservation practices.
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.
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The Global Ambassador, a 141-room, internationally-inspired hotel is anticipated to open in fall 2023 at "The Grove," a new development under construction that's already home to the new training facility of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. Helmed by Arizona restaurateur Sam Fox's Author & Edit Hospitality, this luxury project created immediate buzz with the announcement of three big-name stars with Arizona ties on board: Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and country singer Dierks Bentley.
The focal point of the property will be an 18,000-square-foot, Mediterranean-inspired rooftop restaurant that's being billed as the largest rooftop restaurant in the state and promises views of Camelback Mountain. The hotel will also feature four additional restaurants that will highlight other international cuisines, a wellness center with fitness offerings, an outdoor yoga deck, spa, and an exclusive member's club.
Fairmont Phoenix Downtown
In early 2025, Fairmont Phoenix Downtown will change the skyline. Situated in the city's historic Warehouse District, and in close proximity to Footprint Center, Chase Field and the Phoenix Convention Center, this 25-story building is set to include 225 hotel rooms, 34 suites, and 151 condominiums ranging from one to three bedrooms.
Thus far, plans also include a restaurant, lobby bar, rooftop pool with a bar and café, spa, gym, retail and meeting spaces. Residents will have access to a separate lounge, swimming pool, gym, and entrance.
With the designation as the largest hotel and entertainment destination in Arizona, VAI Resort is set to open in late spring of 2023. Situated at the heart of Glendale, near Westgate Entertainment District and State Farm Stadium, VAI Resort will feature over 1,200 luxury hotel suites and rooms; a 20,000 square-foot spa and wellness center; over 40,000 square feet of flexible ballrooms and meeting spaces; a state-of-the-art, 360-degree concert stage; 13 fine-dining concepts; white sand beaches pristine Caribbean-blue water; and a 52,000 square-foot island that will be the center point for this 60-acre entertainment resort.
Omni Tempe Hotel at ASU
Set to open in spring 2023, Omni Tempe Hotel at ASU will bring some of the largest conference and meeting space to the city. This new addition to the heart of Tempe will offer four meeting rooms, one board room, two ballrooms and an event lawn, allowing for events to flow from indoor to outdoor — nearly 36,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space — with expansive views of the ASU campus and the Arizona cityscape.
The hotel, a $125 million investment and part of a public-private partnership with ASU and the city of Tempe, will also feature 330 guest rooms, including 11 suites, four dining concepts, a spacious pool deck and retail within walking distance of the Mill Avenue District and the university campus.
Progress on one of Greater Phoenix’s most-anticipated hospitality projects isn’t missing a beat. Projected to open in 2022, 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.
On track for a fall 2023 opening, Caesars Republic Scottsdale will be the first non-gaming branded Caesars hotel in the United States. As Scottsdale’s newest luxury addition, 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.