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AZ Hoteliers earn national awards

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Arizona took center stage and took home two national awards at the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s (AH&LA) annual Stars of the Industry awards ceremony held this week in Washington, DC. The “Outstanding Manager of the Year, Large Property” was awarded to Thomas Williams, Director of Guest Services at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Williams has… Read More →

Casino Del Sol Resort Achieves 4-Star Rating


Casino Del Sol Resort, an enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, was recently named to the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Star Rating List. Recognized for exceptional service and amenities, it is the only casino resort in the state of Arizona to receive the coveted four-star rating. The overall property was awarded, as well as Hiapsi,… Read More →

Arizonan buys historic Hassayampa Inn


Corporación de La Fonda announced today that it has closed the sale of the Hassayampa Inn, a 67-room full-service art-deco hotel built in 1927 and located in Prescott. The property was acquired by Michael V. Kouvelas, current general manager of the hotel. Kouvelas is an Arizona resident and second-generation hotelier as principal of Aris Ventures,… Read More →

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Debuts Festival Park

February 28, 2014 by in Experience AZ Magazine | Play | Stay

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino will debut its new 5.6 acre, Festival Park with Sammy Hagar, the ‘Red Rocker’ and his Four Decades of Rock performance in conjunction with Phoenix Bikefest™, April 4 to April 6. This exciting new multipurpose outdoor venue boasts one of the valley’s best new entertainment options and is in… Read More →

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale earns Gold Key Award

September 23, 2013 by in Accommodations | Stay

For the twenty-second year, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by the readers of Meetings & Conventions magazine as one of the world’s finest meeting properties. This year, the readers honored 147 domestic and 15 international hotels and resorts as Gold Key winners. The award recognizes the top hotels… Read More →

Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

August 21, 2013 by in Eat | Play | Stay

75 Never Looked So Good Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has… Read More →

Celebrate Labor Day at Hotel Valley Ho

August 13, 2013 by in Events | Play | Stay

“3-Day Stay Special for Labor Day Weekend” Guests at Hotel Valley Ho can enjoy a three-night stay in a Signature Guest Room for just $349. Upgraded rooms are also available at discounted rates. {Valid for stays with arrival dates of August 28, 29, 30, or 31. Cannot be combined with other offers, subject to availability. Based on single or… Read More →

An All-Encompassing Entertainment Experience at Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino

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July 23, 2013 by in Eat | Play | Stay

  As we drove past the former Vee Quiva casino on our way to attend the grand opening of the all-new Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, the difference in size and grandeur between the two was astonishing to me. The new Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino, which opened on July 2, is all about offering… Read More →

A Relaxing, Quiet Stay at The Scottsdale Resort

July 22, 2013 by in Eat | Events | Stay

Nestled in a quiet corner of McCormick Ranch beneath and surrounded by rolling golf greens, the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is an idyllic southwestern hacienda. My mother and I decided a quick, spontaneous staycation was imperative this weekend, and with sweet summer deals, the Scottsdale Resort, on a weekend of what we describe as… Read More →

Sunday Funday at CityScape Phoenix!

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July 22, 2013 by in Eat | Play | Stay

Sundays just got a whole lot more fun in Downtown Phoenix with the launch of Sunday Funday at CityScape Phoenix. Participating tenants are offering unique specials and outstanding discounts now through August. In addition to all the special offers from tenants, the Splash Pad located in the center of CityScape is the perfect place for… Read More →

Summer Deals and Events at Talking Stick

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July 8, 2013 by in Events | Play | Stay

SALT RIVER FIELDS AT TALKING STICK Tim McGraw takes center stage on August 10. Tickets are on sale now for Tim McGraw’s Two Lanes of Freedom tour at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. TALKING STICK RESORT Release Pool Parties are heating up at Talking Stick Resort. Enjoy drink specials, promotional giveaways, cabana rentals and more. And don’t… Read More →

Magical Relaxation, 4-Diamond Fare at L'Auberge Sedona

July 4, 2013 by in Eat | Play | Stay

From my 10th floor office window in Downtown Phoenix, I can literally see the summer heat. It’s there in the yellowing grass wrapping the building below; it’s eye level as it snakes over and swallows the Estrella Mountains in the western distance. I may be wrapped up below a vent of ridiculously icy air-conditioning, but… Read More →

Favorite Sedona Spot Becomes Kimpton Hotel

June 26, 2013 by in Stay

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants  has acquired Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona, Ariz.  The 100-room boutique resort overlooking Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek will be the third Kimpton hotel in Arizona and will join Kimpton’s portfolio of 59 hotels and 68 restaurants, bars and lounges in 25 cities nationwide. Amara Resort and Spa is located in… Read More →

Palomar offers sublime Staycation options

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June 25, 2013 by in Stay

I’ve been a downtown dweller for a decade now. I’ve lived in the historic district of Phoenix since before First Friday brought in the cool kids, long before there were bars in the Roosevelt district to attract the hipsters, and well before CityScape made downtown Phoenix a destination for something other than a sporting event… Read More →

Summer Specials at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

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June 21, 2013 by in Stay

There’s no time like the summer to visit Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, not only to enjoy its award-winning facilities and amenities, but to do so at considerable savings.  The resort is offering an enticing line-up of packages that let guests experience luxurious guest rooms, the infinity-edge pool at the foot of scenic Camelback Mountain, the… Read More →

Vee Quiva Hotel and Casino Grand Opening

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The all-new Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino will be opening its doors to the public at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. Located at the heart of the West Valley, the much-anticipated casino will offer both local and visiting guests an extraordinary, all-inclusive entertainment experience. The grand opening celebration will begin with a ceremony at the… Read More →

Beat the Heat at Scottsdale's Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse

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If you’re looking for entertainment that won’t result in heat exhaustion, you might want to head to Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Scottsdale. Arizona’s largest western steakhouse is planning a free concert series, “Cool Summer Nights,” that will kick off June 14, 2013. The higher elevation of Pinnacle Peak Patio provides temperatures at an average of 10… Read More →

Talking Stick: A Cultural and Entertainment Destination

June 6, 2013 by in Events | Stay

The Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale is quickly becoming one of the most popular recreation destinations in the Phoenix Metro area. In addition to all of the leisurely activities the resort itself has to offer – including a breathtaking golf course, a luxurious pool and several elegant restaurants – the resort is just a few… Read More →

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak's 'Summer of Imagination' Offers Themed Family Fun

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April 4, 2013 by in Stay

The River Ranch at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort will be transformed for a ‘Summer of Imagination’ May 28 through August 31. Families are invited to enjoy complimentary themed activities throughout each month. “Our River Ranch is already known as a great family destination, but this summer, we are taking things to the next level,”… Read More →

The Westward Look Resort & Spa in Tucson: Nothing Like Re-Charging This Editor's Batteries

March 29, 2013 by in Stay

  I lived in Tucson for more than 15 years, so I was familiar with the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa. I never spent the night, but I played tennis there with some of the professors from the journalism department at the University of Arizona. It’s a grand spread right off the interstate on… Read More →

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at Hidden Meadow Ranch

March 12, 2013 by in Stay

Nestled in the White Mountains of northeastern Arizona, Hidden Meadow Ranch is adding an extra Irish flair to its menu on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17, with tasty dishes and drinks to get guests in the green spirit! “There are many fun activities for guests of Hidden Meadow Ranch, the possibilities are endless,”… Read More →

Saguaro Scottsdale Is Giants' Official Hotel

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February 8, 2013 by in Stay

Less than a half mile, depending on the route.  That’s the distance from Scottsdale Stadium to The Saguaro Scottsdale, the official spring training hotel of the World Champion San Francisco Giants. The Saguaro Scottsdale, a chic hotel in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, will be pouring bubbly for the legions of Bay Area fans… Read More →

Top 5: Casino Resort Destinations (Fall-Winter 2012)

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The Top 5 Casino Resort Destinations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers: The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort 10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85264 (480) 789-5300 A four-diamond Scottsdale resort that won Radisson brand’s “Hotel of the Year” award in 2008, the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort offers a casino, golf course, restaurant,… Read More →

Top Hospitality Trends in 2013

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December 26, 2012 by in Stay

Gone are the days of the “staycation.” Guests are craving function over flourish, and intimate spaces rather than overbearing enclaves. The hospitality trends of 2013 are all about comfort, simplicity and high-quality experiences. While it changes with the year, and the economy, the trends we’re seeing now are showing that the majority of people are… Read More →