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Westin Phoenix named best city experience

Starwood Preferred Guest® (SPG®), the award-winning loyalty program from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT), unveiled the Starwood hotels and resorts voted the best beyond compare by SPG members from around the globe with the release of its 2014 SPG Member Favorite Hotels & Resorts list. The select list featured 67 of Starwood’s nearly 1,200 hotels and resorts, from the golf tees in Arizona to the azure waters of Greece. Members selected their favorite hotels worldwide in the following categories: Best Golf Getaways, Best Beach & Island Retreats, Best Winter Escapes, Best Family Adventures, Best City Experiences, Best Exotic Excursions, Best Small Luxuries, New & Noteworthy, Top 10 China, Top 10 USA Resorts, and Ultimate Top 10. The Westin Phoenix Downtown was named to the list of Best City Experiences.

The Westin Phoenix Downtown Exterior Dusk Angle“We are thrilled to be named a Best City Experience hotel,” said Todd Iacono, general manager. “Situated in the heart of a vibrant and resurging downtown Phoenix, our boutique-style urban hotel blends a sophisticated hotel experience with a sense of Westin’s signature elements. Our convenient location to entertainment and sporting venues, hundreds of eateries, and the area’s best theaters and museums, lures guests to our location where they can truly experience the best of downtown Phoenix.”

The annual list recognizes the most loved luxury resorts chosen from more than 200 properties as part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio of more than 1,100 destinations globally including The Luxury Collection, St. Regis, W Hotels, Westin, Le Méridien and Sheraton resorts. Members vote on the resorts they adore most from the Maldives, to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Phuket and beyond each year to curate a list of must-see destinations of – Best Beach Resorts, Most Romantic Retreats, Best Exotic Escapes, Best Family Experiences, Best Golf Getaways, Best Island Paradise, Best Spa Indulgences, Best Winter Adventures and Best Small Wonders.

“The list allows our well-traveled members to identify their most beloved resorts around the world,” said Chris Holdren, Senior Vice President of Starwood Preferred Guest. “Being recognized by our members as a part of this distinguished list is a true honor for our resorts.”

Linthicum - Tucson Aloft

Linthicum Starts Construction For Aloft Hotel Conversion In Tucson

Linthicum has started construction for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, converting a seven-story Four Points by Sheraton hotel to Aloft Tucson University located at 1900 E. Speedway Blvd. in Tucson.

Located adjacent to the University of Arizona, the 154-room hotel conversion is being built on a fast-track, nine-month construction schedule transforming the existing hotel into Starwood’s popular “next generation” brand.

Linthicum is building a completely new glass and stucco exterior, creating a contemporary urban interior, the re:fuel eatery, buzzing re:mix lounge and happening w xyx bar by Aloft, second-level pool and subterranean parking garage.

The 95,000 SF Aloft hotel demonstrates Starwood’s commitment to the fast-growing, three-year-old Aloft brand.

“It’s encouraging to see brand leaders like Starwood once again investing in the Arizona market,” said Linthicum CEO Eric Linthicum. “The Aloft Hotel’s second conversion nationwide is great for Tucson and the construction industry.”

Vann Allan of Linthicum is serving as the project manager for the Tucson Aloft hotel. Linthicum’s Tom Decker is project superintendent.

Linthicum is a builder of high-quality custom commercial, golf and residential properties in the Western U.S. Founded in 1984, the company’s work has included projects in Arizona, California and Hawaii, including the Kukui’ula Resort and Spa on the island of Kauai in Hawaii.

For further information on Linthicum visit linthicumcorp.com.

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Best Hospitality Project 2011: Small

Small Project: The Phoenician Ballroom Expansion

Best Hospitality Small Project: Phoenician Ballroom

Developer: Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Contractor: Perini Building Co.
Architect: Cadiz Design Studio
Broker: Bridgit, Inc.
Size: 50,000 SF
Location: 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Completed: October 2010

It took a team to work through a number of significant challenges to deliver the $40M, 49,000 SF Camelback Ballroom complex on time and within budget. Among the most daunting was maintaining the Five Diamond resort’s reputation while construction was taking place. To add to the complexity of the project, the freestanding structure physically connects to the Phoenician’s existing meeting space. Highlights of the ballroom include 15,000 SF of space divisible into seven separate rooms, a 4,000 SF full kitchen with loading dock, 7,200 SF of pre-function area, and a 7,000 SF lobby and registration area. The ballroom is one of just four luxury properties in the U.S. that can accommodate up to 800 people. At the peak of construction, more than 200 crafts people from 56 firms worked on the project, 95% of which were Arizona based.