A new hotel in northeast Mesa is about to rise in an area which developers say has not received enough attention – until now.
A groundbreaking was held last week for a Home2 Suites by Hilton Mesa Longbow hotel, an extended stay hotel, being built on a 3.2-acre site next to Longbow Golf Course, near Recker Road and the Red Mountain Loop 202.
“This is a great day for Mesa. This is a great celebration and a milestone for this submarket that unfortunately has not received a lot of attention over the years,” said Jon Green, senior vice president of Concord Eastridge, Inc., the hotel’s developer.
The four-story, 64,000-sqaure-foot Hilton hotel will feature 111 rooms, including both studio and one-bedroom suites, as well as full-size kitchens.
The hotel is designed for travelers prefering to maintain their normal routines, with what Hilton describes as “lifestyle-focused amenities.”
Some amenities include a combined laundry and fitness area, complimentary hot breakfast, a business center and workspace areas.
The area of northeast Mesa where the hotel will be built is rapidly growing. A nearby shopping center, Longbow Marketplace, was recently built and family entertainment center FatCats began construction earlier this year.
There are currently eight other Home2 Suites in Arizona, but this will be the first built in this part of the Valley.
“Look around, do a 360 assessment of this piece of dirt. Obviously, we’re adjacent to a beautiful golf course, adjacent to the 202 freeway, adjacent to an amazing airport and to Boeing,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles.
Concord Eastridge is a Scottsdale-based mixed-use real estate developer, which worked alongside Longbow Golf Course on this project. Green said they hope to see a large amount of business from visitors to the golf course due to their close proximity.
Green explained the project was also a community-focused effort.
“This was absolutely a community outreach. We spent months and months reaching out and understanding the demands of the Falcon District. We read your comments on Nextdoor about finding hospitality options for relatives,” Green said.
Mesa Councilmember David Luna, who represents District 5 that includes the Falcon Airport area where the hotel will be located, said residents have been asking for a hotel for “years and years” and that he is excited to see one finally come to the area.
“I know that residents who live at Las Sendas, as well as Red Mountain Ranch, and throughout District 5, are truly excited about this wonderful hotel,” he said.
Giles said the hotel will be in the “perfect location because of its proximity to one of the largest employers in Mesa, The Boeing Company.
“Boeing has been begging for this for decades,” Giles said.
Scottsdale-based Allen+Philip will be handling the architecture, while the Porter Brothers will be the general contractor for the project. Landstone Companies and Somera Capital Management are some of the partners on the project, while Quorum Hotels and Resorts will be operating the hotel.
Matthew Kosednar, a senior architect and partner at Allen-Philp Architects, explained the design and architecture choices for the hotel.
“It’s going to be keeping with the desert landscape design, it’s going to blend seamlessly with the golf course, and with the trails around here,” he said.
Home2 Suites by Hilton was founded in 2010 and has since grown to almost 300 hotels across the United States.
As for when the hotel will be opened, Kosednar said they expect the project to be completed in 12 to 14 months.
Giles expressed his hope that the hotel will be ready for guests to check-in as soon as possible.
“If we could get 12 months from now, we’d really appreciate that,” he said. “It’d be a great time to invite your aunts and uncles from Minnesota to come to Arizona.”