Phoenix Scottsdale

CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN Skyline

Why here?
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.


COMING SOON
 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.

PHOENIX


Local Update

 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) 282-4842

Airport Transit: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about four miles from downtown Phoenix. Transfer cost to the city's downtown by taxi, $20

Taxes: 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) 324-8502

Contact: Visit Phoenix, (602) 254-6500 or (877) 633-8749

ATTENTION SHOPPERS
Scottsdale, aka "the Beverly Hills of the Southwest," offers eight shopping centers/districts filled with department stores, big-box retailers, galleries, boutiques and trendy eateries.


SOUTHWESTERN SIPS
Scottsdale's bars and resorts offer eclectic takes on the ever-popular margarita. Try the Westin Kierland Resort's Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita, made with Herradura Double Barrel Reposed tequila.

GRAND REBRAND
After 30 years, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau has changed its name to Experience Scottsdale, following exhaustive industry research and an analysis of other names. A new website has been launched to reflect the new brand.


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Local Update

 An extensive renovation of the 194 rooms at the Saguaro Scottsdale was slated for completion last month. The hotel also expanded its meeting space to a total of 12,400 square feet.

 The 312-room Chaparral Suites is now the Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort. The 15-acre property, which has 60,000 square feet of meeting space, recently completed a $25 million renovation.

 The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa debuted late last year. The property includes 201 bungalow-style guest rooms; the Guest House, a social gathering place with floor-to-ceiling glass walls; a signature restaurant with a glass-box exhibition kitchen, and a large outdoor patio. The  hotel has 46,000 square feet of meeting/event space.

 The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has completed an extensive revamp that added 102 guest rooms, including three luxury suites, for a total of 750 rooms. Other enhancements to the resort include the addition of a 35,000-square-foot outdoor space and an expansion of the Princess' 1880s Western town, Copper Canyon, which features two saloons, an outdoor stage and dance floor, a blacksmith shop and a "prison."

Meeting Hotels: Among Scottsdale's many properties are the 750-room Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, 732-room Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, 493-room Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch and 453-room JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. Also in the region is the 497-room Talking Stick Resort, operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

To find and compare hotels, and send RFPs, visit mcvenues.com.

Airport Transit: Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about 10 miles from downtown Scottsdale. Transfer cost to Scottsdale by taxi, $28

Taxes: Room tax, 5%; sales tax, 5.5%; total tax on hotel rooms, 13.92% (includes 1.77 % Maricopa County transaction excise tax and 1.65% City of Scottsdale transaction tax)

Group Venue: Housed in a former bank (with an original vault door as its centerpiece), the Mint Ultra Lounge is one of the hottest nightspots in Scottsdale's Old Town. The club offers a 4,500-square-foot patio for al fresco drinking and mingling, resort-style cabanas, extensive fireplaces and private event spaces. Up to 600 people are accommodated. (480) 920-1112

Contact: Experience Scottsdale, (480) 421-1004 or (800) 782-1117