3 new hotels in downtown Phoenix to bring hundreds of rooms

Brenna Goth
The Republic
May 20, 2017

Three big hotel chains are moving to downtown Phoenix, bringing hundreds of rooms into the urban core.

One opened a 19-story tower this month next to the city’s historic high-rises. Another is under construction down the street by Arizona State University’s downtown campus. And plans were approved to build a hotel west of the downtown center.

Other hospitality projects are in early planning stages. The mixed-use Arizona Center is slated for a boutique hotel, for example, though additional details are sparse. Developers recently submitted plans to add a hotel chain at 11th and Van Buren streets.

Here are a few projects to watch for in downtown Phoenix and surrounding neighborhoods.

What: The new Hampton Inn and Suites Downtown Phoenix will be the brand’s first hotel in the area. Developer Mortenson is building the project.

Where: The location at First and Polk streets is next to Arizona State University’s downtown campus.

Features: The 11-story hotel will have 210 rooms. Amenities include a bar and lounge, business center, meeting space and fitness center, according to a project representative.

When: Crews broke ground on the hotel earlier this year. The developer expects it to open in summer 2018.

Why: It’s a strong location “to capture hotel demand from the city’s core central business district as well as from ASU and the Phoenix Biomedical Campus,” said Nate Gundrum, director of real-estate development at Mortenson, in a press release.

Hotel opens at historic Luhrs City Center

What: A dual-brand hotel is now open at Luhrs City Center: a Residence Inn by Marriott and Courtyard by Marriott.

Where: The tower is at the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Madison Street.

Features: The high-rise is 19 stories and includes 320 rooms between the two brands. The project also features a bistro, about 6,000 square feet of meeting space and an indoor pool, according to a project representative.

When: The hotel opened May 4.

Why: The project completes an overhaul of the historic Luhrs block by Hansji Corporation. The hotel is next to two towers from the 1920s that were renovated as a mixed-use project. Crews demolished a 1914 building on site to make way for the hotel.

Holiday Inn Express planned for old motel site

What: Phoenix approved zoning this year for a construction project that will house a Holiday Inn Express, said Nick Wood, a land-use attorney representing the project.

Where: The location at the northeast corner of Van Buren Street and 10th Avenue is between downtown and the state Capitol.

Features: The hotel will have 120 rooms and a coffee shop, according to plans submitted to the city. The four stories will include meeting space, a fitness center and pool.

When: Wood said the project is starting Phoenix’s permitting process but did not have a construction timeline.

Why: The site used to be the Desert Inn Motel but is now vacant. The location is prime for its proximity to downtown amenities as well as the Capitol Mall and a future light-rail line, according to development plans.