by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 01, 2013
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The 242-room Hotel Palomar Phoenix debuted last spring at CityScape Phoenix, the new downtown district for shopping, entertainment and dining. The property has 10 meeting rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, and a restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.

Now under construction is the Vee Quiva Casino, owned the Gila River Indian Com­munity. The venue, to debut later this year, will include a 70,000-square-foot casino with more than 900 slot machines, 50 table games, a 750-seat bingo hall and a 90-room hotel with 3,000 square feet of event space.

Meeting Hotels
Properties include the 1,000-room She­ra­ton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 950-room JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 740-room Arizona Biltmore, 740-room Arizona Grand Resort, 712-room Hyatt Regency Phoenix, 643-room The Phoenician, 584-room Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, 563-room Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 527-room Renaissance Downtown Phoenix and 242-room Westin Phoenix Downtown.

Convention Center
Phoe­nix Convention Center; exhibit space, approximately 872,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 109; (602) 262-6225;

Airport Transit
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Air­port, about three miles east of downtown Phoenix. Transfer cost by taxi, $15-$20 to downtown; by shuttle, from $12

Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 8.27%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.27%

Group Venue
Kai, at the Sheraton Wildhorse Pass Resort & Spa within the Gila River Indian Community, is the area's top-rated eatery, including a Five Diamond designation bestowed by the AAA. The innovative restaurant, open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday, features locally sourced ingredients and dishes influenced by Native American traditions, such as the Local Pecan Crusted Colorado Lamb With Native Seeds and the Grilled Tenderloin of Tribal Buffalo. Groups of up to 80 are accommodated, while a private dining room caters to up to 16. (602) 385-5726;

The Greater Phoe­nix Convention & Visi­tors Bureau, (602) 254-6500 or (877) 225-5749;