Driftwood Acquisitions & Development (DAD) celebrated the groundbreaking of the Canopy by Hilton, Hilton’s (NYSE: HLT) lifestyle hotel brand, yesterday in Tempe, Arizona. Slated to open as a 198-room hotel by January 2020, Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown University Area is located in the heart of Tempe across the street from Arizona State University (ASU), one of the largest public universities by enrollment in the United States. Driftwood Hospitality Management (DHM), DAD’s affiliate, will manage the hotel. DAD is an innovative hospitality industry leader with decades of experience and a strategic focus on hotel and resort acquisitions.

“Tempe is a flourishing and energetic community,” said Carlos J. Rodriguez Sr., CEO of Driftwood Acquisitions & Development. “We have an outstanding and ongoing relationship with Canopy by Hilton, and we are excited to work with the brand again to bring this project to the downtown area.”

Upon its opening, Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown will span 14 floors and feature a lobby-level café, a gym, more than 3,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, and a rooftop pool with a terrace bar, cabanas and a fire pit.

“Canopy Tempe Downtown is an ideal extension of this dynamic and growing neighborhood,” said Gary Steffen, global head, Canopy by Hilton. “As the brand’s first location in the Southwest, we are looking forward to introducing guests to Canopy’s fresh take on lifestyle hospitality and the live-work-play neighborhood concept.” 

Allen + Philp is the architect and designer of record, Sundt Construction, Inc. is the general contractor, and EoA, Inc. is the interior design firm for the development. 

Canopy by Hilton is a lifestyle brand that embraces its locale, providing guests with authentic and unique local experiences. Each Canopy property is designed as a natural extension of its neighborhood with connections to local art, food, drink and culture. Guests will have access to mobile check-in, complimentary Wi-Fi, complimentary breakfast, and evening tastings of local wines, beers and spirits during their stay. Upon check-in, guests will receive a welcome gift inspired by the destination. 

Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown will participate in the award-winning Hilton Honors guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 14 distinct brands, which offers a variety of unique benefits, including a flexible payment slider, to members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels.