There’s a reason millions of visitors ;lock to America’s sixth-largest city each year, and that same reason translates to high
attendance at meetings and conventions: Phoenix consistently delivers value.
Downtown Phoenix is the best it’s ever been,
and it gets better every day. Billions of dollars
of development—including a dining-and-en-tertainment district, new hotels, a growing
biomedical campus and Arizona State University’s journalism and law schools—has lured hot
chefs, young artists and independent retailers to
a walkable and compact downtown footprint.
In some cities a giant concrete box still passes
for a convention center. Not in Phoenix. The
Phoenix Convention Center is an architectural
marvel inspired by the turquoise waters and
red-rock walls of the Grand Canyon. The convention center’s towering windows and outdoor
meeting spaces make the most of Phoenix’s
famously sunny weather, and its centralized
location is within an easy stroll of every downtown hotel, restaurant and entertainment venue.
The convention center’s dramatic environs
include three ballrooms, 99 meeting rooms, an
executive conference center and an adjoining
performance hall that seats 2,300. Thoughtful
touches include air-conditioned loading bays,
exhibit halls with pre-scored ;loors and an airy
food court with patio seating.
The hotel styles in downtown Phoenix range
from historic to boutique to business chic. In all,
there are more than 3,000 new or renovated
hotel rooms located within walking distance of
the Phoenix Convention Center.
The Sheraton Grand Phoenix has 1,000 guest
rooms and 88,000 square feet of meeting space.
The Westin Phoenix Downtown caters to the
needs of upscale business travelers. And one of
the convention center’s closest neighbors, the
Hyatt Regency Phoenix, is fresh from multimil-lion-dollar renovations. Upcoming hotel development in downtown includes exterior streetscape
improvements and beauti;ication of the Marriott
Renaissance Phoenix, and three hotels with an
additional 500 rooms scheduled for completion
by early 2017.
Downtown and its surrounding historic neighborhoods are at the epicenter of Phoenix’s
culinary and entertainment scene. Downtown
Phoenix has more than 100 restaurants, including two helmed by James Beard Award-winning
chefs just steps from the convention center. CityScape, a two-block shopping and entertainment
district, is home to a comedy theater, an urban-chic bowling alley, a dance club and a live-music
venue. Nearby warehouses and industrial spaces
converted into lounges and music halls showcase
top independent acts on a nightly basis.