by Lisa A. Grimaldi | April 01, 2012

The 270-suite Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains has completed a $2 million renovation of its 15,000 square feet of meeting space; the project cost $2 million. In addition, the property's executive boardrooms were renovated and refitted with 60-inch LCD flat-screen televisions, and the fitness center was updated and expanded.

The 649-room Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has broken ground on a new conference center that will add 52,331 square feet of meeting space to the property, for a total of 150,000 square feet. The $20 million center will open in October.

The 195-room former Hotel Theodore, has reopened as The Seguaro. The downtown property, near to the Arts District and the Civic Center Mall, is now under the management of Joie de Vivre Hotels and offers a total of eight meeting rooms, along with a Jose Garces signature restaurant.

Meeting Hotels
Properties in the city include the 732-room Westin Kierland Resort & Spa; 649-room Fair­mont Scottsdale Princess; 647-room Phoenician; 490-room Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch; 453-room Camelback Inn, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa; 404-room Scottsdale Plaza Resort; 270-room Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains, and 210-room Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.

For a more complete listing of hotels, go to

Airport Transit
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about 10 miles southwest of downtown Scottsdale. Transfer cost by taxi, $20; by shuttle, $20

Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 6.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 14.92% (includes 1.77% Maricopa County transaction excise tax and 1.65% City of Scottsdale transaction tax)

Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, (800) 782-1117