• The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Planning Major Renovation

     
    POSTED March 9, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
  • The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Planning Major Renovation

     
    POSTED March 9, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch
  • The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Planning Major Renovation

     
    POSTED March 9, 2022
     
    Photo credit: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch

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

Renovation Highlights

The comprehensive refresh includes all guest rooms, common areas, amenity spaces, food and beverage outlets, function space and the spa, which will be expanded. The largest undertaking is converting The Stillman Building into a collection of two-story luxury villas, which will reduce the overall room count to 276. The renovation will be completed in phases, and the property will remain open throughout the process.

Fun Fact: Opened in 1976 as Scottsdale Conference Center, the property was the first conference resort in the country. 

New Ownership & Management

“The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch holds a very special place in the legacy of Arizona hospitality, and we look forward to breathing new life and infusing a vibrant energy into this well-established Scottsdale property,” says Alan Klein, who was recently named area general manager for Driftwood Hospitality, which will manage The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch. “We will soon be unveiling the resort’s rebranding along with further details about our plans to debut an upscale signature restaurant, a gourmet coffee lounge, an upgraded pool bar and restaurant, among many other high-end touchpoints.” 

Driftwood Capital also owns and manages Canopy by Hilton Tempe Downtown. Since its inception, the company has transacted more than $3 billion in hospitality assets, including new ground-up hotel development projects, cash-flowing hotels and hotel-backed loans. 

On May 4, Knowland, a provider of meetings and events intelligence data, released its monthly report for April 2022. The data showed a significant increase in meetings activity, with a 323% increase over April 2021, including a 3.7% recovery of events from March to April 2022.

Additional information included:

•     In April 2022, the average number of attendees per event was 118, compared to 63 in April 2021 and 74 in April 2019.

 

Meetings & Events Pulse Survey also reveals that a majority of companies are currently hiring.

 

From an 1838 mansion in New York to a 108-year-old bank and former courthouse in Kentucky, historic buildings around the United States are being repurposed into hotels and meeting and event spaces, providing memorable places to gather. Here are five excellent examples.