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Greg Miller will lead new Destination Hotels property in Phoenix

Destination Hotels announced the promotion of Greg Miller to vice president, managing director of the newest independent luxury lifestyle hotel in Phoenix set to open in December. A hospitality veteran for 34 years, Miller will be instrumental in launching Phoenix’s soon-to-be most engaging, creative and elegant urban hotel. The former Ritz-Carlton Phoenix will reopen after a multi-million dollar renovation as part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection – the first in Arizona – owned by Host Hotels & Resorts.

“Greg is a recognized leader in the tourism industry and Phoenix market who brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in rebranding, renovating and opening high-end properties across the country and in the Caribbean,” said Kevin Regan, senior vice president of operations, Western region, for Destination Hotels. “His tenure with Destination Hotels and proven results managing multiple properties made him the ideal candidate for this expanded role. With Greg’s vision and leadership, we look forward to introducing travelers to a completely new and engaging luxury guest experience in Arizona.”

In this role, Miller will be responsible for leading the comprehensive renovation and opening of the yet-to-be-named hotel located at 2401 East Camelback Road in Phoenix. The former Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, located in the heart of the city’s humming business and entertainment district, closed in July 2015 to undergo extensive renovations that will align with the property’s new identity and guest experience blending imagination, sophistication, and statement-making designs. The hotel will introduce 277 luxury revamped rooms, a new restaurant and two bars, a fresh pool experience, the addition of a boutique spa, an expanded contemporary fitness center, and more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Leisure and business guests will enjoy convenient access to the city’s best in local dining, shopping, and cultural attractions.

In addition to overseeing the day-to-day management of the hotel’s operations team, Miller will maintain his current role as the vice president, managing director for the Destination Hotels Southwest properties including Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center in Tempe, Ariz.; Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix; and The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Ariz.;. Over the course of his career, Miller served as the general manager of the Royal Palms Resort; The Hermosa Inn in Paradise Valley, Ariz.; and in various executive positions with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts in the United States and Caribbean spanning 15 years. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association (AzLTA), Visit Phoenix, and is past chairman of Valley Hotel & Resort Association. In 2011, Miller was appointed to the AzLTA Hall of Fame. Other accolades include AzLTA’s Hotelier of the Year in 2002 and Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International’s General Manager of the Year that same year. Miller received his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton.

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Phoenix and Paradise Valley hotels and resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-55-HYATT (49288)
This sophisticated hotel showcases 693 rooms and suites, award-winning dining and versatile meeting space. Features an indulgent outdoor pool and spa and nearby world-class golf and tennis facilities.

Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054
Two 18-hole championship golf courses, Marriott’s original Revive Spa, 10 dining options, four acres of turquoise swimming pools and waterways, and Arizona’s largest ballroom.

Pointe Hilton Resorts-Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.

Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
As Arizona’s largest hotel, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel sits 31-stories high, redefining the city skyline. The 1,000 room hotel offers panoramic city, skyline and mountain views, and puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s finest arts, dining and entertainment venues.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012


Executive Chef Stephen Toevs, bistro 24, Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

The Recipe for Success: Stephen Toevs, Executive Chef, Bistro 24

AZNow.Biz visited European-inspired bistro 24 at the Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix, and sat down with Executive Chef Stephen Toevs, who discussed how he creates an efficient working environment in the kitchen, as well as the inspiration behind his dishes and more.

Learn how to make the steak in the video:

Steak Au Poivre
Created by: Executive Chef Stephen Toevs
The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix


Yields: 1 serving

1 10oz New York Strip Steak3 tbsp black peppercorn toasted and crushed

2 Idaho potatoes cut in French Fry style

1 cup demi glace

¼ cup heavy cream

2 oz cognac2 tbsp chopped parsley

2 tsp chopped garlic

2 tbsp butter

3 tbsp green peppercorns


Executive Chef, Stephen Toevs, bistro 24

1.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees.  Pull steak from refrigerator and season with olive oil, salt, and cracked black pepper.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  In a hot, cast iron skillet sear steak for 3 – 4 minutes on each side.  For medium doneness put steak in oven for 4 additional minutes, pull and rest on a plate. 

2.  Deep fry cut potatoes until golden brown toss with sautéed garlic, fresh parsley, sea salt and pepper.

Au Poivre Sauce

Pre-heat a thick bottom sauce pan, add 2 oz of cognac liquor, then add 1 cup demi glace and bring to a simmer.  Add heavy cream and simmer again.  Add green peppercorns, and whisk in 2 tbsp butter.  Sauce should be slightly thick.

Plate steak with seasoned crispy fries and sauce over the top. Enjoy!

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If You Go: bistro 24, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd.
Phoenix, Arizona 85016
(602) 468-0700