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by Lisa A. Grimaldi | June 01, 2012
Top Meeting Spot
The Phoenix Convention Center was named one of the top 10 U.S. convention centers by Business Review USA. The publication lauded the PCC as a "truly multifunctional space."
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Phoenix
Bedroom at Palomar Phoenix DowntownThe 242-room Hotel Palomar Phoenix is set to debut this month at CityScape Phoenix, the new downtown district for shopping, entertainment and dining. The property will have 10 meeting rooms, a rooftop pool and bar, and a restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.

The 527-room Wyndham Phoenix Downtown has been reflagged as the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. The hotel has 21 meeting rooms.

The 155-room Courtyard Phoenix Camelback Hotel has completed a renovation of its guest rooms, public areas, fitness center and three meeting rooms.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
 has completed its North Runway Project, which upgraded the airport's longest runway with state-of-the-art lighting and other improvements.

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, 242-room Hotel Palomar and 242-room Westin Phoenix Downtown.

Convention Center
Phoe­nix Convention Center; exhibit space, 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 Venues
Enjoy a meal on the patio at Windsor, which offers healthy salads, tasty bar food and a selection of traditional cocktails. Attendees can have dessert next door at Churn, the restaurant's ice cream parlor. Groups of up to 80 can be hosted. (602) 279-1111

Since 1929, the Heard Museum has been devoted to exploring the art, culture and history of Native Americans, with a focus on tribes of the Southwest. The downtown venue features some 40,000 fine artworks and cultural artifacts and can host events for up to 300 people. (602) 252-8848

Lucky Strike,
 an outpost of the hip bowling alley/lounge chain, is part of the CityScape complex. The venue has a private four-lane suite for groups of up to 20 people; larger parties (of up to 150) also are accommodated. (602) 732-5496

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