New ownership and an upcoming multi-million-dollar upgrade are going hand-in-hand for The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. Florida-based Driftwood Capital acquired the 16.2-acre property featuring 326 guest rooms and 80,000 square feet of meeting and event space in mid-February and announced that the renovation project will begin this summer. Upon completion in early 2023, the resort will join Curio Collection by Hilton
There are several new appointments to announce in the U.S. Mountain West’s hospitality industry. Here are the latest of interest to the meetings and events industry.
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, Utah
Jeff Olpin, the new general manager of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City,
Taliesin West, the winter home and living laboratory of architect Frank Lloyd Wright is available for hosting meetings and events in Scottsdale. The venue offers groups of 15-250 the opportunity to immerse themselves in Wright’s world by choosing from nine unique locations or buying out the entire property. The Cabaret Terrace, Garden Room Lawn, Garden Squares, Kiva and Pavilion Terrace are available along with the following four options.
Situated in the heart of Paradise Valley only minutes from Scottsdale, Hermosa Inn recently completed the second phase of a $5.5 million-dollar project that included the addition of 10 deluxe hideaway casitas, renovation of 12 historic rancho casitas and expansion of LON’s Last Drop bar and patio. Each new 700-square-foot casita features a vaulted ceiling, beehive fireplace, secluded patio and European white oak floors.
From San Diego to Sonoma County, Palm Springs to the Sierra Nevada foothills and across the California border into Las Vegas, Reno and Scottsdale, Arizona, gaming destinations abound. In California alone, there are 69 Indian casinos, 13 with hotels and other resort amenities. These destinations and properties off er a boon to planners in terms of both accessible amenities and aff ordability. Think free parking, multiple dining and entertainment options under one roof, accomplished catering and technical crews, and often room rates that beat what you’d get at a standard convention hotel.
Scottsdale, Arizona is the proverbial hop, skip and jump from California. Dozens of daily nonstop flights from Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco or Sacramento will get to you the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in two hours or less. From there, it’s a quick 8 miles from the airport to downtown Scottsdale and a scenic drive to the surrounding areas.
Omni Fort Worth Hotel has appointed Amol Agarwal as their new executive chef. Having more than 20 years of experience, the seasoned chef will oversee Bob’s Steak & Chop House, Cast Iron Restaurant, Wine Thief, Whiskey & Rye, and Water Horse Pool Bar.
Agarwal studied cuisine at the Institute of Hotel management in Chennai, India. He started his career as the chef de partie at the Four Seasons in Goa, India. Since then he has worked all over the world, including China, Jamaica and the Maldives.
With 40 acres of land, 400 guest rooms, and 180 luxury suites, Scottsdale Plaza Resort has built a solid reputation. Solidifying this reputation is a renovation to their standard rooms.
The changes include new bathtubs, larger closet and vanity areas, granite counters and more.
“In less than six months we have gone from a ranking of 61 on Trip Advisor to 16, so clearly the renovations to our standard rooms contributed to that,” says Sheryl Bettencourt, director of marketing for the resort.