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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 01, 2012
Seen and Heard
Visitors to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix wear wireless headsets to listen to myriad specimens, from tribal to orchestral, on display from more than 200 countries.
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Phoenix
A 280-room Courtyard by Marriott will be built in downtown Phoenix, with construction slated to begin next month. At press time, meeting and event space details were  not available.

The new luxury boutique Hotel Palomar is set to open in June in the downtown Phoenix area as part of the new CityScape mixed-use development. Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will operate the 250-room hotel in a 34-story tower at One South Central that also will include 200 luxury residential condominium units. At press time, meeting and event space details were  not available.

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, 563-room Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, 584-room Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort 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, three miles east of downtown Phoenix. Transfer cost by taxi, $15-$20; by shuttle, $12

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

Group Venue
Attendees can take in the gorgeous flora of the region at the Desert Botanical Garden. The 50-acre facility, which features cacti in all shapes and forms, can host events for up to 300 in its Dorrance Hall. The facility has more than a dozen other spaces for more intimate gatherings. (480) 481-8104

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