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Historic Western Reimaginations and Other Hotel News

August 31, 2022
Gaylord Pacific Rendering


The Fairmount Scottsdale, Arizona’s largest and longest-running AAA Five Diamond hotel, is opening a new, ultra-luxe boutique property to its campus  in Scottsdale. The Privado Villas, a “hotel within a hotel,” will bring 119 residential-style suites, situated in 14 pods, to a 65-acre property and replace the Casitas.

The hotel will also have a private entrance, reception villa and lounge for Privado guests, as well as a personalized check-in by an Experience Concierge. The old Casita Pool is set to be completely renovated and renamed the Privado Relaxation Pool and feature a bar. 

The AAA Five Diamond Scottsdale Princess, or main property, features 750 rooms and more than 316,000 square feet of flexible meetings and events space, including two 23,000-square-foot ballrooms, 47 meeting rooms and 21 outdoor venues, like the Princess Pool Overlook, which can fit 120 guests on a covered open-air terrace. 

Egyptian Motor Hotel Sign
Egyptian Motor Hotel Sign

The over 70-year-old building housing the Egyptian Motor Hotel in the heart of Phoenix’s Grand Avenue District has opened its doors once again. The historic, 49-room property is expected to be a booming nightlife hub featuring live entertainment in Egyptian Live, a 250-seat outdoor bar and entertainment venue with games, water and firepit features, and Chilte, a Phoenix pop-up and food truck for new-school Mexican street food set to open its first brick-and-mortar outpost within the venue. 

Egyptian Live can also be rented for meetings and events, ideal for concerts, performances and large presentations, but able to accommodate up to 250 guests for any meeting or event need. The outdoor space has Giant Jenga, foosball and cornhole, as well as catering opportunities through Chilte. 

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Marriott International, Inc. is expanding its Gaylord Hotels footprint with the commencement of construction on the Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center. The anticipated 1.8 million-square-foot Gaylord Pacific, being built on the more than 500-acre Chula Vista Bayfront, is said to bring 1,600 rooms, including 89 suites, 12 of which are presidential.

The $1.275 billion project is expected to host its first guests in 2025 and will offer nearly 418,750 square feet of indoor-outdoor convention center space, including a flexible 143,553-square-foot, carpeted exhibit hall, close to 60 technologically advanced breakout and conference rooms and five outdoor lawns and terraces. 

Hotel Per La Bar Clara
Hotel Per La Bar Clara

The former NoMad Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles has been reimagined as Hotel Per La Los Angeles, a 12-story, 241-room property with Italian-inspired décor and atmospheres. Guests of the hotel also have access to a new ground-floor café and restaurant, rooftop bar and pool space overlooking the LA skyline.

Hotel Per La brings 10,000 square feet of versatile meetings and events space to the downtown area, and Bar Clara Rooftop can accommodate seated dinners or large-scale cocktail receptions with a variety of setup options.

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Long Beach will see its first luxury boutique hotel with Fairmont Hotels & Resorts’ restoration of the historic Breakers Hotel into Fairmont The Breakers, Long Beach. The 185-room hotel originally opened in the Roaring 20s, hosting guests including Elizabeth Taylor, Cary Grant, Babe Ruth and Clark Gable, according to Fairmont Hotels & Resorts. 

The property is slated to reopen in 2023 and will feature amenities including a rooftop pool and terrace overlooking the terrace Theater Plaza, an open-air rooftop lounge and bar with 360-degree views of the Pacific Ocean and Los Angeles Basin and a two-story spa, wellness and fitness center.

The Breakers, Long Beach will also offer more than 12,000 square feet of flexible indoor-outdoor meeting space. The hotel’s entire Arcade Level—directly accessible from both the street and lobby—is exclusively dedicated to meeting and event space able to accommodate groups of many sizes.


Set to debut October 2022, the opening of Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City will mark the completion of the largest convention hotel in the city in nearly 20 years, according to Hyatt. The property is located directly adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center and will bring another 60,000 square feet of meetings and events space to Salt Lake City, including one of the largest hotel ballrooms and most expansive rooftop event terraces in the city.

The 25-story hotel will feature 700 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows showcasing the city’s skyline and distant mountain peaks. Both indoor and outdoor meetings and events space is available, including a second ballroom, breakout rooms, prefunction space, the outdoor terrace and a Broadcast Lounge, making hybrid meetings feel seamless.

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The Citizen Hotel Bar
The Citizen Hotel Bar

Stylish in Sacramento

Sacramento’s The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection—a familiar landmark in the 1926 Cal-West Insurance Building—announced the completion of a multimillion-dollar renovation, bringing a sophisticated and contemporary aesthetic to the historic property.

The renovation reimagined the hotel’s 196 guest rooms and suites, as well as The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection’s 9,900 square feet of meetings and events space. Each guest room features all new, custom-designed furniture including plush sofas, guest chairs, accent tables and work desks, while its location near the newly renovated SAFE Credit Union Convention Center gives meeting planners even more meetings and events space to choose from.

Each of the properties meeting rooms has been renovated with new carpet and wallcovering, paint and lighting consistent to the revitalized guest rooms, including The Citizen Hotel’s 2,280-square-foot Plaza Park Ballroom.

The Citizen Hotel, Autograph Collection, reimagined as the “Place to Be” in Sacramento, according to Autograph Collection Hotels, is also close to locations and attractions including DOCO, Golden 1 Center and the state capitol, and features onsite amenities like Grange Restaurant & Bar, the property’s signature eatery featuring a two-story wine vault and helmed by Executive Chef Dane Blom.

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Taylor Smith | Content Developer, Destinations and Features

Taylor Smith joined Stamats in May 2022 as a content developer, destinations and features for Meetings Today. Smith has experience covering everything from travel to breaking news and graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in news and magazine journalism. Previously, she’s written for St. Louis Magazine and worked as an editorial assistant and apprentice for Aubree Nichols, who has been published in premier publications such as The New York TimesELLE and The Los Angeles Times.