The Phoenix/Scottsdale region offers groups spectacular mountains (like the iconic Camelback, pictured); expansive desert vistas; hip urban areas packed with trendy bars, restaurants and nightlife; and golf and spas galore, as well as modern meeting hotels and relaxed, palm-canopied resorts.
• The 200-room Ritz-Carlton, Paradise Valley, will debut in late 2018. The 20-acre resort will have 20,000 square feet of function space and a spa.
• Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport has finished phase one of a $590 million renovation of Terminal 3, which included an expanded security checkpoint and a new Museum Gallery showcasing Arizona history and culture. The revamp should wrap up in 2020.
The 320-room Luhrs City Center Marriott
currently is under construction in the downtown district. It will house two brands: a Courtyard by Marriott and a Residence Inn by Marriott, which will share a lobby and other amenities, including a fourth-floor pool. The complex was slated to debut in 2016; at press time, a new completion date had not been announced.•
The 105-room Found:Re Phoenix
has opened. The downtown property is a transformation of the former Lexington Hotel and houses an extensive art collection featuring contemporary works in various mediums by local artists. The hotel has five meeting spaces and a farm-to-table restaurant, Match Cuisine & Cocktails. Among the property's more unique features: Guest rooms have phones programmed with mystery speed-dial numbers that could connect to a daily horoscope, riddle or interactive experience.•
The 183-room Mountain Shadows
resort is set to open this winter on the site of the former Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort, which had been closed since 2004 and demolished in 2014. This new boutique luxury property will include 31 hotel-condominium units, a lounge, restaurants, a market and a fitness facility. For meetings and events, the resort will offer 12,500 square feet of indoor space and another 25,000 square feet for outdoor gatherings. In addition, the project includes a redesign of the neighboring Mountain Shadows Golf Club. Meeting Hotels:
Properties in Phoenix include the 1,000-room Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel, 950-room JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, 744-room Arizona Grand Resort & Spa, 740-room Arizona Biltmore and 647-room Phoenician.
To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.Convention Center: Phoenix Convention Center;
exhibit space, approximately 584,500 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 106; (602) 262-6225 or (800) 282-4842Airport Transit:
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about four miles from downtown Phoenix. Transfer cost to the city's downtown by taxi, $20Taxes:
Room tax, 3%; sales tax, 9.57%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.57%Group Venue:
Don't let the name fool you: The Arrogant Butcher
in the downtown CityScape complex is a convivial eatery and bar with a menu that will satisfy ardent vegetarians and carnivores alike. The restaurant offers three private spaces; groups of up to 100 diners are accommodated. (602) 324-8502Contact: Visit Phoenix,
(602) 254-6500 or (877) 633-8749