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Hilton coming to downtown Prescott


The City of Prescott and WSH Hospitality have broken ground on a new hotel in downtown Prescott. The Hilton Garden Inn comes in response to growing tourism in the city and will serve as a catalyst project for the area.

Recreational and public space improvements surrounding the 100-room hotel are set to take place. The plans include refurbishing the historic pedestrian railroad trestle that crosses Granite Creek.

The city plans to improve walking trails and create a new green space, playground, splash pad and a new outdoor event space, which may be the new home of Prescott’s Farmers Market.

– Michael Lamar, City of Prescott

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Ritz-Carlton to open Arizona resort in 2020

Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley

The Ritz-Carton has announced it will be opening a new luxury hotel in the heart of Paradise Valley next year, alongside the $2 billion community The Palmeraie.

Overlooking Camelback Mountain, the resort will have 215 spacious guest suites, 81 villas and 39 estate homes.

Amenities include a 16,000-square-foot spa, health and fitness center and one of the largest resort pools in North America at 400 feet long.

There will also be a secret garden where they will grow seasonal produce for their restaurants.

The Ritz-Carlton’s expansion is sure to continue bringing luxury to the Valley.

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Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel to open in Sedona


Arizona-based Two Sister Bosses has announced the development of Ambiente, A Landscape Hotel in Sedona, Arizona.

Slated to open in late 2020, Ambiente will feature 40 cube-shaped guest atriums, each elevated above the ground by steel piers and constructed using floor-to-ceiling, bronze-tinted glass and matte charcoal and rusted metal. The hotel will be constructed around the area’s natural vegetation and topography, which better meets today’s expectations of being responsible land stewards.

The hotel aims to be the city’s leading example of sustainable tourism and innovative hotel design that promotes long-term vibrancy within the community.

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JW Marriott Camelback Inn names first-ever female leader

Camelback Inn female leader

Paige Lund has been named general manager of the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, the first female to be appointed to the position. She will lead the resort as it undergoes a multimillion-dollar renovation to the pool, guest rooms, spa and golf club.

An industry veteran, Lund is a member of the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association board, where she also serves on the Women in Lodging committee. She is a member of the City of Phoenix Tourism and Hospitality advisory board and sits on the Northern Arizona University School of Hotel and Restaurant Management national advisory board.

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Le Blanc Resort Cancun unveils multimillion-dollar facelift

Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun

Located in southeast Mexico overlooking the Caribbean Sea and a short nonstop flight from Phoenix, Cancun boasts 14 miles of beautiful white sand beaches, world-class golf and both dining and nightlife options that rival Miami and New York.

And a picture-perfect stay also requires picture-perfect accommodations. Enter Le Blanc Spa Resort Cancun, which earned five TripAdvisor honors in 2018. Surprisingly, after winning the awards, Le Blanc did the unthinkable: it closed.

Then just last month, after nearly a year of multimillion-dollar renovations, the adult-only, all-inclusive resort reopened, revealing stunning upgrades, even by luxury standards.

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Great Wolf Lodge Arizona announces fall opening

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona, a full-service vacation destination for families, is currently under construction on 18 acres adjacent to Salt River Fields within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District, and will begin welcoming guests Oct. 17.

The resort will feature 350 rooms, several eateries and an 85,000-square-foot indoor water park as well as a massive outdoor resort pool with additional family attractions. Other entertainment options will include MagiQuest, a live-action adventure game; Howlers Peak Ropes Course; Howl In One Miniature Golf; Ten Paw Alley bowling; and the Northern Lights™ Arcade.

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Tanque Verde Ranch to add event space

Tanque Verde Ranch events

Last week, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild joined Tanque Verde Ranch leadership to celebrate the groundbreaking of The Barn, the ranch’s brand new 20,000-square-foot event space.

Set for completion in fall 2019, The Barn will offer a picturesque space for gatherings, corporate group functions, weddings and more. Accommodating up to 350 guests, the expansive facility will feature barn doors that open up to a massive lawn with desert landscaping peering over surrounding saguaros and the Rincon Mountains in the distance.

Tanque Verde Ranch opened over 150 years ago and is the oldest privately operated business in Tucson, Arizona.

– Terry Hanley, Tanque Verde Ranch

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JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa nears end of $8 million renovation

pickleball courts

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is weeks from completing an $8 million enhancement that includes the addition of six new pool suites overlooking the Lazy River, 12 new private pool cabanas and an exclusive poolside retreat called Griffin Bay, which is located within the main pool complex and features its own concierge, attendants, enhanced food and beverage offerings and VIP seating.

The enhancement also includes an upgrade to the Revive Spa. As a result, Revive now boasts a nearly 3,500-square-foot fitness center, movement studio and yoga lawn.

The final highlight of the upgrade: 12 pickleball courts.

– Steve Hart, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

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Environmentally friendly hotels in Arizona

Environmentally friendly hotels Arizona

In an effort to create a more robust program that will help Arizona hotels and resorts continue to improve sustainability initiatives, the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association (AzLTA) and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) collaborated to develop and launch a Certified Green Lodging program in recent years.

Since the launch, several hotels and resorts have earned the AzLTA’s Certified Green Lodging seal of approval, including: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort; Arizona Grand Resort; Arroyo Pinion Resort; Bright Angel Lodge, Casino Del Sol; Enchantment Resort; Fairmont Scottsdale Princess; Hotel Valley Ho, Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs; and The Phoenician.

– Dave Drennon, Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association

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Hotel McCoy debuts in Tucson

Hotel McCoy

After nearly two years of development, Hotel McCoy – the region’s first locally focused art hotel – has opened its doors in Tucson, Arizona.

The property is peppered with hints of the past, including typewriters, rotary phones and a vintage pinball machine. However, it offers attractive amenities for today’s traveler, including poolside cabanas, a gym, flat screen televisions, a sauna, a regionally focused bar menu and complimentary drinks upon check-in.

The concept itself is built on two values: travel for all, focusing on affordable rates attainable for all travelers; and experience your destination, curating an experiential stay representative of Tucson culture.

– Nicole Dahl, Hotel McCoy