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Sean-Currid

Blue Hound Hires New Executive Chef

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix has hired Sean Currid as Executive Chef. Chef Currid comes from Elements at Sanctuary Resort & Spa where he served as Executive Catering Chef. Currid has been in the Valley for nearly 20 years and has also worked at Michael’s at the Citadel, Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician and Cafe ZuZu at The Hotel Valley Ho.

Blue Hound guests will get a taste of Chef Currid’s cuisine when he releases a variety of new dishes on the new fall menu in late October.

ABOUT SEAN CURRID:

For nearly 20 years, Sean Currid has honed his skills in the Culinary Industry in the Valley. His food style falls under contemporary American cuisine, complimented with classic French cooking techniques.

Sean was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. In his teens, his family moved to El Paso, Texas. One of his first jobs in Texas was in a restaurant as a dishwasher and short order cook. It was at this job, his interest in food and cooking grew. Shortly after graduating from high school, he decided that he would take cooking seriously. Sean relocated to Phoenix to attend Scottsdale Culinary Institute and graduated in 1997.

Currid started his professional career at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn while attending Culinary School. Upon completion of school, he continued working there for the next four years. He moved through the ranks of the restaurants at Camelback Inn and finally promoted to Banquet Chef. He moved on to work at Michael’s at the Citadel and was asked once again to join the team at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn overseeing banquets. Currid was then offered a position at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician and worked with James Beard Award winner, Chef Bradford Thompson. Over the next two years, he immersed himself in the restaurant and refined his cooking techniques. In 2005, Sean went to go with Chef Charles Wiley, another James Beard winner, to re-open The Hotel Valley Ho. His most recent position was working with Chef Beau MacMillan as Executive Catering Chef at Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa.

Under his direction as Banquet Chef, at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn, the resort received the Gold Platter Award by Meeting and Conventions magazine. In 2010, Sean was named one of “The Valley’s Top Five Sous Chefs” in AZ Magazine. He was also named one of “The Valley’s Seven Top Chefs” AZ Foothills Magazine. Sean was on Food Network’s show “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell.

Sean continues to participate in charity fundraisers, and team with local farmers to create his menus. Currid has also had the privilege of assisting Chef Charles Wiley in New York at The James Beard House, as they represented Café ZuZu.

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Hotel Palomar offers chic urban weddings

At Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix no two weddings ever feel the same thanks to the variety of unique indoor and outdoor settings, locally-inspired food and beverage options, high design and more, that come together to make every moment, every bite and every stylish detail all about a memorable “I do.”

What makes a wedding at Hotel Palomar so unique?

• 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, skyline view of downtown Phoenix skyscrapers, historic buildings and city lights
• A variety of stunning venues from a rooftop pool deck to sophisticated ballrooms
• Chef-driven cuisine focused on local artisan and farm fresh organic ingredients, and handcrafted cocktails
• Wedding packages starting from $1,500

As downtown Phoenix’s newest boutique hotel, Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers more than just stunning ballrooms and private dining rooms. One of the most awe-inspiring outdoor wedding venues in all of downtown Phoenix is LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, which is perched on the hotel’s third-floor pool deck and offers 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, downtown skyline of skyscrapers, historic buildings and city lights. LUSTRE is one of the Valley’s most impressive city venues to host anywhere from 20 to 200 guests to eat, drink and dance the night away under the stars.

For indoor options that also offer captivating downtown views, the Zia Room extends the entire west side of the hotel with three walls of oversized windows delivering unparalleled views overlooking the city. The Dreamcatcher Ballroom also plays hosts to wedding celebrations, with a stately space with soaring ceilings, breathtaking chandeliers and a gallery of large windows with views overlooking CityScape Phoenix. Each venue is also available for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions and soirees of all occasions for up to 200 guests.

Creative catering designed to exceed expectations is also on the menu at Hotel Palomar Phoenix. The hotel’s on-site, award-winning restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, is available to create a menu specifically outfitted for each couple. Blue Hound’s talented culinary team focuses on contemporary American gastro-lounge fare that pairs seasonal, chef-driven cuisine with handcrafted cocktails. Restaurant and wedding menus are thoughtfully prepared to highlight skillful flavor presentations with a sampling of the region’s best organic produce and free-range meats.

Wedding packages at Hotel Palomar Phoenix start from $1,500 and offer a number of enhancements specifically catered to a variety of tastes, budgets and styles. With all wedding packages, the hotel provides a complimentary dance floor, celebratory toast, wedding cake, black pintuck or cream damask linens and votive candles.

For information about weddings at Hotel Palomar Phoenix, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com/wedding or call 602-253-6633.

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LUSTRE Launches Summer Event Series

Summer in the city has never been hotter and LUSTRE Rooftop Garden in Downtown Phoenix plans to keep things cool with events nearly every day of the week, all summer long with its “100 Days of Summer” event series.

Perched on the third-floor pool deck at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city skyline, fresh cocktails and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside.

New this summer, LUSTRE is introducing an activity called Champong, a gentlemen’s and ladies’ game that is played like beer pong, but with champagne. Pinky fingers in the air when drinking is considered proper form and a variety of champagne brands are available for all tastes and budgets.

LUSTRE Rooftop GardenFirst Days of Summer

Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party
Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Saturday: $10/person ticket for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00-6:00 p.m. and 8 p.m.- midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 -6:00 p.m.
Guests can expect DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of specialty cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

Mondays
Industry Day
Every Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
Enjoy happy hour all day with $6 food and drink specials including two flatbreads, a hummus trio, red or white sangria, a draft beer selection, red and white wine and three specialty cocktails.

Tuesdays
Sweat Your Asana Off  Rooftop Yoga Series
Every Tuesday beginning May 27 through September 2
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The popular, weekly hot yoga rooftop series is back! Every Tuesday night, approximately 150 yogis pack the rooftop pool deck at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and enjoy sweating and stretching in the Phoenix heat. $10 admission with $5 food and beverage credit to LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Space is limited. Book your spot in advance at www.eventbrite.com (search for LUSTRE Yoga).

Fridays
Live at LUSTRE
Every Friday beginning May 30 through August 29
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
Live blues and infused rock every Friday from 8pm – 11pm by a live duo featuring Lee Perreira.

Saturdays
LUSTRE Pool Party
Every Saturday beginning May 24 through Labor Day
Pool Opens at 11 a.m.
DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight.
Free and open to the public.
Guests can expect DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

All American Independence Day Party
Fourth of July Weekend Pool Party
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Friday, July 4: $10 tickets for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Saturday, July 5: $10 tickets for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday, July 6: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a classic, all-American barbeque, specialty cocktails, live music, DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and ping pong, and more.

Last Days of Summer
Labor Day Weekend Pool Party
Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Saturday: $10 ticket for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 100th day of summer on Labor Day weekend with DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

Summer Hotel Packages at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Extend your summer fun with a stay at Hotel Palomar Phoenix with summer packages that run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Lustre view 1_low100 Days of Summer:  Deluxe accommodations, includes the guest’s choice of either two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE or complimentary valet parking for one vehicle. Rates start from $100/night.

Tequila and Tan lines:  Margaritas and Arizona sunshine, need we say more? Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and a welcome pitcher of margaritas from LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Rates start from $119/night.

Night on the Town: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and $25 gift card to Copper Blues at CityScape Phoenix. Rates start from $129/night.

Sweet Dreams: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, “Some Day, Some Night” children’s book by local author Jack Guinan, milk and cookies. Rates starting from $129/night.

Summer Getaway: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, $10 iTunes gift card, two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Rates starting from $129/night.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633.

To book a cabana all summer long at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, call 480-478-1765 or see more details at www.lustrerooftopgarden.com.

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Palomar offers superb Staycation options

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 or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the pefect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:
* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

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Palomar Offers Superb Staycation Options

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 or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the perfect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as I call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:

* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

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Palomar offers sublime Staycation options

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 or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the pefect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:
* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

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Things Are Heating Up This Summer With Free Hot Yoga

564365_280004572104409_440054043_n The hot yoga craze is hotter than ever, so why not use the Arizona heat to get your sweat on? Head to the pool at Hotel Palomar every Monday this summer for a hot yoga flow class lead by a local instructor.

Enjoy sweeping views of Downtown Phoenix while you sculpt your summer figure. Stay after the class to enjoy happy hour food and drink specials at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden.

Hot Yoga is every Monday from 7 – 8 p.m. and runs through Labor Day on September 2. The class is free and open to the public. Complimentary underground parking is also available.

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Massive Downtown Phoenix Pillow Fight coming

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a flurry of feathers during the largest pillow fight to ever hit Downtown Phoenix. On June 5th in the hotel’s second-floor Living Room, hotel staff will provide pillows and be on-site to share tips for friendly battles and proper techniques. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, a Kimpton restaurant, will offer $1 signature cocktails and snacks from 5-6pm in celebration of the anniversary.

Following the pillow fight, the hotel will host a party from 6pm – 10pm to debut LUSTRE Rooftop Garden that recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu designed by Chef Stephen Jones. Guests will enjoy complimentary fresh bites, cool cocktails, a juice bar, sphere dancers and games of tennis table all to the beats of DJ Al Page.

Perched on the third floor pool deck, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

Both events are free and open to the public. The LUSTRE Rooftop Garden Debut Party is open to guests 21 and older.

To learn more about Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.

LUSTRE Rooftop Garden at Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Phoenix.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers Staycation deals

As the weather warms up and Memorial Day rolls around, it’s got everyone thinking about what they’re doing and where they’re going this summer. If staying locally is in the cards, the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape offers some amazing deals.

Here are just a few of the Staycation options at the hotel this summer (mostly all packages run through the end of the year):

$102 and a Round of Brew:  Cheers to great rates! Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Runs June 1 – September 8, 2013. Rates start from $102 (Rate code:  BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (add just $10 more than the Best Available Rate for two comedy tickets. Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix –or- Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (rate code: PFAM).

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

Hotel Palomar is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once. Just a few of the perks of staying at Hotel Palomar Phoenix:
* Located at CityScape Phoenix, just steps from downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment hub.
* Hosted evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m.
* Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.
* Third-floor outdoor pool and lounge with views of the city skyline.
* Complimentary use of Gold’s Gym Elite, adjacent to the hotel.
* Pet friendly services and amenities.

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CityScape Phoenix Attempts Pilates World Record

CityScape Phoenix will attempt to break the world record for biggest Pilates class with 863 participants in celebration of International Pilates Day on Saturday, May 4 with participants lining Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix.

CityScape Phoenix, in partnership with Gold’s Gym, IMX Pilates Studio, Pilates by Fitness Solutions and Remedy, a Pilates & Massage Studio, will attempt to break the Guinness World Record. Currently standing at 862 people, CityScape plans to crush the world record that was achieved in Spain in 2009 by having 1,000 people simultaneously practicing Pilates at Patriots Square at CityScape and along Central Avenue. The class will be led by IM=X Pilates Master Trainer, Chanda Fetter, who has personally led more than 4,000 mat Pilates classes.

Participants of all ages and skill levels are welcome to bring their mats and water and join in this exciting event. Arrival is encouraged at 8am with the hour class beginning at 9:30am. There will be live music, food and vendors in the park following the class from 10:30am to noon.

“It’s going to be an exciting morning in Downtown Phoenix and the record will be measured at a point during the class when everyone is participating,” said Celine Hacche, marketing director of CityScape Phoenix. “Health, wellness and bringing the community together are big priorities for us at CityScape and we’ve had great success in our free fitness classes that change on a seasonal basis.”

During the class, guests will learn proper technique, tone, strengthen and improve their body and working abs, buns and thighs. This event is free and open to the public.

Every Saturday morning since March 16, CityScape has been hosting “Pilates in the Park”, offering free Pilates classes at Patriots Square Park leading up to this world record attempt.

After participating in the world record attempt, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering participants a special offer during its Punch Brunch where you will receive half off your entrée with the purchase of any breakfast cocktail.

For more information, visit www.cityscapephoenix.com/pilates or call 602-772-3900.

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Sporting events pump billions into Arizona economy

If you build it, they will come.

We did. And they have.

Over the last decade, the Valley has added Jobing.com Arena, University of Phoenix Stadium, built new spring training facilities, upgraded old ones and visiting sports fans have responded by pumping billions of dollars annually into the economy. And when the Super Bowl returns to Arizona in 2015, the big winner will be the Valley, which will score an economic impact $600 million.

“If you take a look at the economic-impact studies that have been done for events such as spring training and the Fiesta Bowl and the Phoenix Open, the numbers are impressive,” says Steve Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. “For example, the last time the Super Bowl was here, in 2008, if you added its economic impact to that of annual events like Cactus League, the Phoenix Open, the Fiesta Bowl, and the NASCAR events at PIR, you’re looking at a number approaching $2 billion.”

But economic-impact studies alone don’t tell the whole story, Moore says.

“The enormous media value of hosting Super Bowls, college bowl games, NASCAR events, and NBA and (Majore League Baseball) all-star games simply cannot be purchased,” Moore says. “These big-time events also bring in corporate executives who use the games to entertain clients, and those executives and clients often return to town with their own corporate meetings.”

Arizona tourism leaders have utilized and marketed some its the state’s best features — sunny weather that guarantees no delays, desert scenery, excellent facilities and hotels — to become a major player in the world of sports. And the impact on the industry is staggering.

“Huge and immeasurable,” says Jesse Thompson, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. “Every traveling team spends a night in town. Every team has loyal followers who travel to see their teams. And more than just the team travel, you have sportscasters, television crews, medical teams, referees, and not to mention the hundreds of employees at these venues that service everything from security to bathroom cleaning. Also, all the ancillary travel revenues from cabs and taxis, airlines and airports, food and beverage, entertainment, and retail are huge considerations.”

Consider this:

> Cactus League baseball will have an economic impact in excess of $350 million this year; the average stay for fans will be four days; and most will spend $350 a day while they are here. “Spring training typically offers the biggest sporting-related economic boost we see every year,” says Ron Simon, general manager of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort.
> The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open pumped $222 million into Arizona’s economy — with direct sales tax revenue estimated to be $8.2 million — and non-local attendees spent an average of $300 per day.
> When the Super Bowl rolls back into town, 85 percent of the 73,000 fans at the game will be from out of state; 65 percent of them will be key company decision-makers; another 50,000 fans will visit without tickets; and the average Super Bowl visitor will spend $2,000 while they are here.
> Glendale alone draws between 4 million and 5 million people annually to sporting events that take place in Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District, which contribute to the city’s increased hotel occupancy and sales tax collection throughout the year.

“The Fiesta Bowl and spring training are tremendous economic engines for Glendale and the West Valley,” says Lorraine Pino, manager of the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Both of these events bring hundreds of thousands of fans to the region. The hotel occupancy rate also reaches near capacity during spring training.”

But it’s not just high-profile athletes that drive sports tourism in Arizona. Beyond being known as a mecca for golfers, the Valley hosts high-profile events for amateur athletes that translate to big bucks for the tourism industry.

Events like Ironman Arizona and the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon are huge economic drivers because they bring not only the athletes, but their families and friends out for support which drives room nights and retail dollars for the entire community,” says Tori McLaughlin, regional director of sales and marketing, West Coast for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which includes both Hotel Palomar and FireSky Resort & Spa.

But beyond the beautiful golf courses, hiking trails and weather, Arizona has built its sports tourism empire by creating its own “Field of Dreams” story and epitomizing the “If you build it, they will come” strategy.

“There has been a major investment in the construction of spring training stadiums, including the development of new stadiums and enhancements to existing ones,” Simon says. “We’ve also seen great development and growth of the entertainment and shopping areas surrounding Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.”

With improving infrastructure and venues, Phoenix is extremely well positioned to successfully bid for even more mega sporting events in the future, experts predict.

“Arizona’s success has created destination envy, particularly in Texas, which actually enjoys an advantage over us because they have legislation in place that allows them to provide hosting-obligation funds based on incremental visitor spending at these events,” Moore says. “In fact, both Houston and Dallas were chosen over the Valley during the last bids for the NCAA Final Four. But we’ve become a better competitor due to the metamorphosis of downtown Phoenix. We stressed this in our most recent Super Bowl bid. The fully expanded convention center, the 1,000-room Sheraton, light rail, CityScape, the new Westin and Hotel Palomar — none of these things were around in ’08, when the Super Bowl was last in Arizona. The NBA and MLB got a taste of the new downtown when they held their All-Star festivities here, and the NFL will get an even bigger taste in 2015.”

New Year's Eve 2013 Events in Arizona

New Year's Eve Events Throughout Arizona To Ring In 2013

If you’re looking for something do in Arizona this New Year’s Eve 2013, we’ve got you covered — from Flagstaff all the way down to Tucson. Whether you’re into comedy, music, dancing or all of the above, the following events should help you ring in the New Year with a bang:

Northern Arizona

Weatherford Hotel Pinecone Drop

Celebrate New Year’s Flagstaff-style while watching a giant LED pinecone drop from the top of Weatherford Hotel. The cone will drop at 10 p.m. for families and once again at midnight to ring in the New Year.

23 N. Leroux St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 779-1919
weatherfordhotel.com


The New Year’s Eve Boot Drop

Listen to great music, and watch the boot drop 40 feet down the Palace Building’s flagpole in Prescott on Whiskey Row at 10 p.m. and again at midnight.

120 S. Montezuma St.
Prescott, AZ 86303
(928) 541-1996
bootdrop.net


4th Annual Uptown Countdown New Year’s Eve Party

Come down to Lake Havasu, and take part in the biggest street party on Main St. from 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. This event will have three stages of live entertainment and a Kids Zone from 6-9 p.m. with fireworks at 8 p.m. The adult-only (21+) celebration will begin at 9 p.m. with a fireworks display again at midnight.

Tickets: Pre-sale, $15 (for ages 13+), $20 day of the event
Kids ages 6-12, $5 (no presale discount), Under 5 is free
lhcmainstreet.com


Kingman Kut-Ups “New Year’s Eve Square Dance”

Join the Kingman Kut-Ups Square Dance Club for a night of dinner and dancing as you bring in the New Year.

Tickets: Donation of $10 per person

Seventh Day Adventist Church
3180 White Cliffs Rd.
Kingman, AZ 86401
(928) 565-3058
gokingman.com


“Oh What A Night!” A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

Head to Mazatzal Hotel & Casino in Payson for a fun night of music and dinner. Stick around for party favors, a champagne toast, a balloon drop and more.

Tickets: $50.00 per person

Hwy. 87, Mile Marker 251
Payson, AZ 85541
(928) 474-6044
mazatzal-casino.com

Central Arizona

Phoenix Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Celebration

Serenade yourself into 2013 while listening to the Phoenix Symphony in Downtown Phoenix perform some of your favorite classics, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $27-$83

75 N. 2nd St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Box Office: (602) 495-1999
phoenixsymphony.org


Mill Avenue’s New Year’s Eve

This free celebration at the Mill Ave District in Tempe will feature live music, entertainment, food and fireworks. For the first time in decades, attendees will have access to Mill Avenue’s restaurants, shops and unique culture. With two fireworks shows (one at 9 p.m. for the families and another at midnight), this event will also feature emcees, DJs and Radio Disney’s Rockin’ Road Show for some family fun. Beginning at 10 p.m., enjoy some live music from local bands until the countdown to midnight.

310 S. Mill Ave., #201,
Tempe, AZ 85281
millavenue.com


Hotel Palomar’s “Ring in the New Year with Laughter”

Want to stay the night in Downtown Phoenix and experience all CityScape has to offer? Hotel Palomar’s “Ring in the New Year with Laughter” package offers guests a night out at Phoenix’s favorite comedy club (with a performance by Ralphie May) as the perfect ending to 2012. The Ring in the New Year with Laughter Package is available Dec. 28-31 and includes deluxe guest room accommodations, two VIP tickets to the 7 p.m. show for Ralphie May show at Stand Up Live on the evening of your choice, a VIP escort from the Palomar Phoenix to Stand Up Live the night of the show, and a continental breakfast for two.

Room rates: Start from $179 per night; book online with rate code “PNYE” or call 1-877-488-1908 and mention the package by name.

2 E. Jefferson St.,
Phoenix, Ariz. 85004
hotelpalomar-phoenix.com


New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hotel Valley Ho

Come down to Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho for the party of a lifetime. Enjoy an open bar, entertainment by DJ DECiPHA, hors d’oeuvres and midnight champagne toast with 1,000 other attendees as you countdown to midnight. Buy your tickets early in order to get a discounted price. Party tickets include a four-hour premium open bar, chef’s selection of hors d’oeuvres and buffet, a midnight champagne toast and a video countdown and confetti explosion.

Tickets: Early-bird party tickets,$95

6850 E. Main St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(312) 226-6990
newyearsevearizona.com


A Gatsby New Year’s Eve at W Scottsdale

Take a trip back in time to the Roaring Twenties at the W Scottsdale’s Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve, and ring in the New Year like Jay Gatsby would. From the music to the venue, you’ll be transported into another world reminiscent of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel.

Tickets: The package is a two-night-minimum stay and starts at $374.50 per night.
Event-only tickets are available at $100 for gentlemen and $75 for ladies, and VIP tickets begin at $1,000.

7277 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 970-2100
wscottsdalehotel.com/newyears


Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, this is Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party’s 10th year; the event is a collaboration of three restaurant and bar venues, Dos Gringos, RockBar Inc. and Blitz Sports Grill, and will feature an indoor-outdoor block party with DJs and live music by the Dirty Heads, Authority Zero, the Veragroove, Black Bottom Lighters, the Wednesday Machine, Weird is the New Cool, HB Surround Sound, Pride Through Strife, Valley Love and Grain Truth. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Tickets: $30

Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave & 5th Ave., just one block west of Scottsdale Rd.
scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com

Southern Arizona

New Year’s Eve with Paula Poundstone at The Fox Tucson Theatre

Come watch comedian Paula Poundstone and have a couple of laughs while counting down to 2013. Purchase a VIP ticket and have the opportunity to meet Paula and enjoy dinner before the show. Event begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $29.50-$70

17 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 547-3040
foxtucsontheatre.org


New Year’s Eve Moveable Feast at Arizona Inn

Enjoy a gourmet dinner, dancing and music from the Tucson Symphony Orchestra on New Year’s Eve from 6:30 p.m. all the way into 2013. Performances by: Emma Votapek, Assistant Principal Second Violin; Dave Morgan, Principal Tuba; Paula Fan, Principal Keyboard; the TSO String Quartet: David Rife, Wynne Wong Rife, violins; Ilona Vukovic-Gay, viola; and Mary Beth Tyndall, cello.

Tickets: $225, per person, all-inclusive

2200 E. Elm St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
(520) 882-8585
tucsonsymphony.org


7th Annual Tucson Jazz Society New Year’s Eve Gala

Join the Tucson Jazz Society as they put on a spectacular musical event as you enjoy a five-course meal, dinner and dancing. Don’t forget to watch the balloon drop at midnight, and participate in the silent auction. Special room rates starting at $137 (plus taxes and resort fees) are also available, and the link to make your reservation will be provided with your ticket email receipt.

Tickets: Superior, blue tables: $269 + $4 processing fee per seat
Deluxe, green tables: $239 + $4 processing fee per seat
Standard, yellow tables: $199 + $4 processing fee per seat

3800 W. Starr Pass Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85746
(520) 903-1265
tucsonjazz.org


New Year’s Eve Celebration at Casino Del Sol

Dance away to music of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s performed by the Sensation Show Band. You can also enjoy a nice meal before the show, and watch the balloon drop at midnight.

Tickets: Dinner with concert, $75; concert only, $25

5655 W. Valencia Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85757
(800) 344-9435
casinodelsol.com


Studio 54 New Year’s Eve Bash

Boasting the biggest disco ball in the western hemisphere, Studio 54′s New Year’s Eve Bash at Hotel Congress is bound to host Tucson’s biggest NYE party. With two stages of live music and DJs, spend the last night of the year boogying to the greatest hits of the disco and funk era. A VIP experience is also available, where you’ll receive private entertainment, front-of-line service, a hosted bar, hors d’oeurves and a free photo booth. The disco inferno begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $25, includes live music, DJ and dance floor, party favors, champagne toast

311 E. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85701
(520) 622-8848
hotelcongress.com


“Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding” Murder Mystery Show at Tucson Dinner Theater

For a unique and hilarious way to ring in the New Year, head to Tucson Dinner Theater for “Murder at the Vampire’s Wedding,” a scripted, interactive murder mystery. This will be a full night of non-stop New Year’s Eve fun with candle-lit tables and a three-course dinner, contests, prizes and a midnight toast.

Tickets:

  • $75.00 (plus tax & service fee)
  • Or, $44.50 per person additional (double occupancy, $89 per suite) add an optional Dinner Theater Overnight Hotel Package at the Viscount Suite Hotel 4855 E. Broadway Blvd., which includes a deluxe two-room suite for the evening and a full breakfast New Year’s Day

2744 E. Broadway Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716
(520) 624-0172
tucsondinnertheater.com


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W.J. Maloney - Hotel Palomar

W.J. Maloney Concludes Work On Hotel Palomar At CityScape

W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling completed its work on the third phase of Kimpton’s new Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape.

W.J. Maloney was responsible for the design and installation of the plumbing systems of the 242-room, 10-story hotel. Hotel Palomar Phoenix is part of the CityScape office and retail project. Hunt Construction Group was the general contractor.

Work on the plumbing systems included the design and installation of the sanitary waste and vent, natural gas, grease waste, fuel oil and domestic water systems. The waste system was prefabricated off-site and delivered to the downtown location.

Previously W.J. Maloney had completed the plumbing for Phases I and II of the downtown development.

“Projects like this demonstrate our versatility,” said Kathryn “Kitty” Maloney-Langmade, president of W.J. Maloney. “We are able to move seamlessly from private-sector projects like CityScape to hospitals and public-sector projects ranging from airports to border ports of entry.”

Founded in 1964, W.J. Maloney Plumbing, Heating & Cooling has worked with many of the largest general contractors in Arizona. The company has provided design-build plumbing, from tenant improvement to complex multi-story projects that include many of the most prominent buildings in the Valley.

Recent projects for W.J. Maloney include the Orthopedic and Spine Inpatient Surgical (OASIS) Hospital in Phoenix, the solar thermal project at the University of Arizona, the Sky Train Project at Sky Harbor International Airport and the Mariposa Land Port of Entry expansion near Nogales.

For more information on W.J. Maloney, call (602) 944-5516 or visit wjmaloney.com.

Hotel Palomar

Hotel Palomar Phoenix Opens Its Doors At CityScape

The Valley’s hospitality industry gained a fresh new face today as the Kimpton Hotel Palomar officially opened its doors at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix with a ceremony that included local dignitaries and officials from the boutique hotel.

The Hotel Palomar Phoenix is poised to become an urban retreat that strikes the balance between the energy of its city setting and Arizona’s laid-back lifestyle. The boutique hotel offers 242 guest rooms and suites, all with modern interior touches and views of the surrounding city and mountains.

IHotel Palomar - Diningn step with the signature style of Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, this Phoenix destination combines contemporary design with an “Art in Motion” theme embracing the undercurrent of artistic energy throughout. Amenities include approximately 10,000 SF of multi-use space across 10 meeting rooms, which can be customized for social and business events.

The adjacent Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails will feature a menu of new American cuisine for lunch, dinner, late-night and weekend brunch and a cocktail program that raises the bar for drink culture in the city’s urban core, while the hotel’s third-floor outdoor pool terrace and adjacentLustre bar provide a scenic venue for gathering.

The Hotel Palomar, 2 E. Jefferson St., is footsteps from Chase Field, US Airways Center, the Phoenix Convention Center and a host of theaters, music venues, museums and cultural attractions, shopping, bars and restaurants. It is just one block from Phoenix’s Metro Light Rail System.

The contemporary look and feel exhibits the signature style and hospitality of Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, with soothing neutral interior schemes and a sense of place. The interior design, as created by KNA Design, embodies a relaxed sophistication that is modern, meanwhile aligning with Arizona’s casual lifestyle approach. While the overall style is luxurious and laid-back, the hotel’s desert-infused color palette also features a pop of orange to communicate the energetic undercurrent of its CityScape and downtown Phoenix surroundings.

A third-floor pool terrace, one of the many stunning structural features created by Callison Architecture, boats the alfresco Lustre bar which doubles as a retreat from the city and a vibrant venue where guests can relax and mingle while admiring the surrounding skyline and mountains. Hunt Construction Company was general contractor.

Specialty guest rooms and suites include: 12 Spa Suites, which offer 520 SF, king-size beds and luxurious Fuji soaking tubs; 710 SF One-Bedroom Suites with separate living and bed rooms, large soaking tubs with walk-in showers; 800 SF, one-bedroom Junior Presidential Suite with spacious separate living room featuring sweeping views of downtown Phoenix, US Airways Center and Chase Field; 1,350 SF Premium Presidential Suite with private dining room for 10 people and private butler’s pantry.

Chef Stephen Jones serves up new American cuisine for lunch, dinner, late-night and weekend brunch at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Cocktail or beer-friendly appetizers, seafood, garden goodies, meats and game are crafted and sized for sharing.

The Hotel Palomar likely is not the final piece of the CityScape development. Plans have been discussed to add upscale condos or apartments.

For more information on Hotel Palomar, visit their website at www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

Kimpton's Hotel Palomar

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix At CityScape Opens This Summer

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape will open its doors on June 5 in the heart of downtown Phoenix, marking the completion of the highly-anticipated development project, CityScape Phoenix. The hotel, just steps from major sports arenas, entertainment venues and cultural attractions, will add 242 spacious and contemporary guest rooms and suites and more than 10,000 square feet of stylish, flexible meeting space to the city’s lineup and will bring even more energy to the downtown Phoenix area.

Situated at the heart of CityScape, a $500 million mixed-used development of shops, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and offices, the completion of Hotel Palomar Phoenix will be the final step in the six-year process undertaken by Phoenix-based RED Development in partnership with the City of Phoenix.

“We’re excited to introduce Kimpton’s signature hospitality to this new and vibrant downtown Phoenix,” said Jim Hollister, general manager of Hotel Palomar Phoenix. “We think it’s a perfect complement to the energy of the area and we know our guests will enjoy the warm welcome, modern amenities, and a sleek and artful aesthetic of the hotel, not to mention the easy access to incredible entertainment venues, restaurants and bars and shops.”

Inspired by the contemporary vibe of the surrounding urban landscape, Hotel Palomar Phoenix is the second hotel in the Greater Phoenix area for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which entered the market in 2005 with the FireSky Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Located in the mixed-use development of CityScape, the newly built Hotel Palomar Phoenix enjoys a prime location across from Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks) and US Airways Center (event hub and home of the Phoenix Suns), proximity to the light rail and much more.

Entering from the ground-floor entrance, Hotel Palomar Phoenix guests will leave the world behind as they ascend to the second-floor living room lobby. There, they can relax in the casual, conversational seating beside the fireplace — an ideal atmosphere for working, lounging and enjoying Kimpton’s signature daily hosted wine hour.

The destination’s interior design scheme — from the public and event spaces to the guest rooms and suites — embodies a relaxed sophistication that is modern while reflecting Arizona’s casual approach. Design and décor elements that use bright spots of color, lines that create a sense of movement and light-hearted artistic touches also help to bring the hotel’s ‘Art in Motion’ theme to life.

Adjacent to the hotel lobby, The Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails features contemporary American gastro lounge cuisine for lunch, dinner and late-night bites, and a blazing cocktail program that raises the bar for drink culture in the city’s urban core. Additionally, guests will be drawn to the hotel’s third-floor terrace with its open-air swimming pool and al fresco Lustre Bar, which provides a spectacular perch above the bustle of the city, perfect for admiring views of the downtown.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix’s third floor also includes a stretch of more than 10,000 square feet of art-infused meeting space across 10 event rooms, each offering picture windows that usher light in and capture city and mountain views. Event rooms range from the 3,100-square-foot Dreamcatcher Ballroom, which can accommodate up to 250 guests, to the 600-square-foot Rangoli Board Room, designed for up to 10 guests. State-of-the-art connectivity provided through wireless Internet access and comprehensive multi-media and audio-visual support make meetings and events hassle-free.

On the higher floors, 242 well-appointed guest rooms, including 16 suites, are washed in warm, earthy shades of Arizona and accented by small, thoughtful bursts of color. Whimsy finds its place with signature artwork such as Phoenix artist John Randall Nelson’s acrylic on canvas featuring a vibrant blue face of a long-horned steer or the green felt bird sculpture perched on the bedroom wall. All rooms offer a wide range of modern amenities including 37-inch flat-screen TVs, complimentary wireless Internet access, an honor bar with locally inspired and organic items, custom Etro designer bath products, in-room yoga and On Demand fitness classes, and Kimpton’s signature animal print robes.

Jeff Moloznik, general manager of CityScape, has seen the city’s excitement grow as Hotel Palomar Phoenix nears completion.

“I can’t overemphasize the profound impact this hotel will have on CityScape, our retailers and the downtown traffic generators like US Airways, Chase Field and the Convention Center,” Moloznik said. “Palomar will ignite a 24-hour energy into CityScape and offer hotel guests a never-before-experienced proximity to the area’s sporting, cultural and music venues along with dining, nightlife, shopping and entertainment — all within steps of their hotel room door.”

Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape was designed by global architecture and design firm Callison. Interiors have been created by Los Angeles-based KNA Design and the project is being built by Hunt Construction Group. Hotel Palomar Phoenix is located at 2 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, Ariz. 85004. To learn more, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.