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SoCal Hotel Transforms Fourth Floor Into Wellness Retreat, Plus 3 New Hotels Out West
Westin Tempe king guest room. Credit: Marriott
Stay up to date on the latest venue openings and property renovations, including these found in the West.
Now open in Tempe’s downtown district, The Westin Tempe is the largest new hotel to debut in the city in nearly four decades. The full-service property, managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, offers 290 guest rooms and suites, as well as 21,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space.
Designed by local firm RSP Architects, the hotel’s interior design features biophilic elements that play off dramatically against its desert setting. Guests are greeted by angular walls in the lobby that are inspired by Arizona’s infamous slot canyons.
The hotel also debuts three distinct new dining concepts, including the signature ground-floor restaurant Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits, led by seasoned chef Alexander Robinson. On the hotel’s 18th floor, guests will find the Skysill Rooftop Lounge, offering a rooftop pool, bar, jacuzzi, daybeds and cabanas. For something on the go, guests can try Cup of Joe Market Cafe, a quick-service bistro located adjacent to the lobby, for coffee and grab-and-go items.
The legendary Hotel del Coronado, located just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, recently reached another milestone in its $400 million “master plan reimagination,” with the completion of an extensive historic restoration of the hotel’s front porch and lobby, entirely redesigned main entry and drive, new guest rooms in The Views and refreshed retail concepts.
In consultation with Heritage Architecture & Planning, layers of non-historic additions were removed from the front porch and lobby, restoring it to its original grandeur. Guests can now enjoy a wide veranda that hasn’t been seen since 1961.
Restored and refreshed event spaces on the property include the Windsor Lawn, nestled against the hotel’s iconic Victorian building, which overlooks the Pacific and is ideal for alfresco cocktails or an outdoor event for up to 700 guests. And the historic Power Plant meeting space, originally built to provide power to the hotel, has been reimagined as a co-working and meeting space.
[Related: San Diego Ups Its Meetings and Events Profile With Major Developments]
In August, Denver’s RiNo Art District welcomed Catbird, an independent hotel by Sage Hospitality Group that offers 165 guest rooms. While the property is ideal for extended stay guests, Catbird offers plenty of amenities perfect for groups, including 3,800 square feet of meeting and event space.
The hotel’s architectural design pays homage to RiNo’s industrial roots and art scene. Along with the 165 rooms, Catbird also encompasses a 2,500-square-foot, four-bedroom historic home built in 1890. The home has been preserved for groups of up to 12 with contemporary amenities and decor, making it well-suited for corporate retreats.
Planners can also use the hotel’s 3,300-square-foot rooftop deck with 360-degree views of Denver’s skyline and the Rocky Mountains. It also features fire pits, hot tubs, an amphitheater, a lawn with games and the hotel’s signature restaurant, The Red Barber.
Slated to open in December, Montage Big Sky aims to be a year-round, luxury mountain haven located within Big Sky’s 3,530-acre Spanish Peaks enclave. The property will feature a modern mountain design and offer 139 guestrooms, suites and residences. Amenities include a three-meal restaurant, lobby bar and lounge, recreation room with a bowling alley, indoor lap pool, family swimming pool, a spa and nearly 13,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
Montage Big Sky will have proximity to outdoor amenities offering ski-in/ski-out access to Big Sky’s 5,800 skiable acres and access to Spanish Peaks Mountain Club’s 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course. Guests can also enjoy hiking, mountain biking, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails.
[Related: 11 Special Offsite Venues for Wow-Worthy Events in Montana]
SoCal Hotel Transforms Fourth Floor Into Wellness Retreat
Wellness continues to be a sought-after component for events and meetings, and that now comes easy at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. This summer, the hotel unveiled an entire Wellness Floor on its fourth floor with specially designed “well rooms and suites,” a private fitness suite and a “well office.” The property also debuted a new lobby-level wellness meeting room.
The state-of-the-art well rooms feature a light and airy design, Rabbit air purification systems, water dechlorinators and purification systems, hypoallergenic wood floors and sound machines. The private fitness suite offers a treadmill, Hydrow rowing machine, Peloton bike, in-room yoga equipment by Alo Yoga, medicine balls and weights, and a Soul Cycle bike.
Inside the well office, guests can expect a Jarvis adjustable heigh conference table; Luna standing desk stools for standing, seated and hybrid options; and a large TV screen for presentations and video conferencing.
Separate from the wellness floor, the hotel converted the former Palm Room and Courtyard into a wellness meeting and event space with the same features available.
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