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At the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, summer guests can hunt for desert plants and local bugs with a Gila River Indian Community guide.
Valley hotels fared well in March — typically the top tourism month of the year. Local hotels took in 8 percent more last month than in March 2006.
Even in summer, Valley hotels are beating the rest of the country in filling up rooms — and at premium prices.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which has expanded its Valley presence big time in the last couple of years with two new resorts, a new luxury timeshare complex and plans to build the biggest hotel in the state in downtown Phoenix, said Thursday it will build a W Hotel in downtown Scottsdale.
Valley hotel bookings so far this year are much better than last year, but a local industry expert warned Wednesday that deep discounts on room rates are killing hotel bottom lines and posing even more problems for the future.
The end of the war and the end of the stock market’s downward spiral has not ended the two-year-long travel drought. Fewer people stayed in U.S. hotels in May than in the same month a year earlier, according to the latest lodging industry report by national experts Smith Travel Research.
Two hotel industry heavyweights plan to launch a new global hotel brand, and Scottsdale, along with such prime destinations as Paris, Madrid, Costa Rica, Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., will get the first versions.
Drive up the elaborate round port cochere at the W Scottsdale and immediately hit sensory overload.
At the Hyatt Regency Resort Scottsdale about 15 percent to 20 percent of reservations come through the Internet, a hotel spokeswoman said. The number is low compared to the industry norm, but apparently those who do book the local property’s rooms online have an easy time of it.
A union is trying to organize Valley hotel workers, launching that effort with a boycott of a Scottsdale-area resort, The Phoenician.
Couple staying in Scottsdale Hilton for honeymoon
Chandler could land an Arizona exclusive — a Renaissance Club Sport, hotel giant Marriott International’s newest concept.
Five hotels are proposed for Chandler that could add about 1,000 rooms in the next couple of years, boosting the city’s capacity to host visitors by more than 50 percent.
Since the Hotel Valley Ho in downtown Scottsdale reopened in November 2006, it has recycled more than 48,000 pounds of paper, installed water-saving guest room features and dimmed the lights.
In April 1953, Ray Silverman, an accountant from Iowa looking to move to a warmer climate, bought the just-completed 12-suite Paradise Valley Guest Ranch at Scottsdale and Chaparral roads.
While searching statewide for additions to a program she dubbed "Arizona’s Treasures," Gov. Janet Napolitano found a gem in Scottsdale.
April 25, 2005
FLORENCE - The town of Florence is hoping the historic Silver King Hotel will be ready for an occupant by the end of the year.
December 31, 2004
The war with Iraq is taking jabs at the East Valley’s already wounded tourism trade.
The Chicago Cubs hit a grand slam for the East Valley in March, handing nearby hoteliers the best winter tourist season in several years.
The five-story, 136-room Tempe aloft is expected to open in early 2009, the first new hotel built in the city in a decade.
The developer of a failed luxury high-rise hotel in Chandler filed for bankruptcy last week, leaving Chandler on the hook for more than $10,000, city officials said.
Valley hotels — battered since the decade began by the economy, travel fears, war and slashed corporate travel budgets — fared better than the rest of the country in 2003, according to a U.S. lodging industry report released Friday.
The Elliotts of San Diego showed up Tuesday evening at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort after escaping the soot-thick air generated by the raging fires that left the family suddenly homeless.