Arizona's Historic Hotel Restoration and More Western Hotel Updates

April 15, 2023
Andaz West Hollywood Sundeck


Egyptian Motor Hotel Sign
Egyptian Motor Hotel Sign

The historic Egyptian Motor Hotel, which once thrived in downtown Phoenix in the 1950s, opened to the public January 27 after being restored on its original footprint. The Egyptian Motor Hotel is now home to the first brick-and-mortar outpost for Chilte, Phoenix’s pop-up and food truck for new-school Mexican street food helmed by chef Lawrence Smith.

The property boasts 49 retro-yet-modern rooms with bunk bed and king bed offerings, with acoustic guitars offered in all guest rooms. The Egyptian Motor Hotel also invites guests to enjoy Egyptian Live, a 250-seat outdoor bar and entertainment venue and nightly cocktail bar set to welcome local musicians, live art, magicians, comedians and more in year-round performances. 

Groups can turn the property’s Egyptian Live venue into a private outdoor event space with communal seating for 250, a full bar, a stage for presentations or entertainment, a water feature and adult games like Giant Jenga, foosball and corn hole. 


Portola Hotel & Spa at Monterey Bay announced the completion of renovations to The Club Room, a dynamic event space offering a fireside entrance, wine-inspired private dining room and outdoor patio adjacent to Jacks fireside terrace. Providing a sophisticated refresh, The Club Room enhances Portola Hotel’s offerings for meetings and events.

Portola Hotel Club Room
Portola Hotel Club Room

The 4,500-square-foot Club Room features new carpet, unique furnishings and additional seating for 70-plus guests with the removal of the previously existing built-in booths. The AAA Four-Diamond hotel and adjacent Monterey Conference Center offer 60,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space.

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Los Angeles’ iconic Andaz West Hollywood, the first hotel on the iconic Sunset Strip, is situated in a prime location that has brought decades of rock and roll history in and out of the hotel’s front doors since the 1960s. Now, hotel guests are invited to become a part of the hotel’s historical musical legacy with the property’s new Guitar Hero experience.

Guests and groups are invited to hold their own “private concert” in Andaz West Hollywood’s lobby and can even compete to win a variety of prizes like room upgrades, F&B credits, World of Hyatt points, complimentary drinks and more when players complete the fourth and most difficult, expert level of Guitar Hero performances. The Guitar Hero experience is available 24/7 in the hotel’s lobby and operates on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Andaz West Hollywood offers 240 guest rooms and 13,000 square feet of meeting space, including the 2,739-square-foot Panorama Ballroom, with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Los Angeles skyline, and the 3,600-square-foot Sundeck, surrounding the highest rooftop pool in Los Angeles.


Andaz Mexico City Condesa officially opened its doors in early January, marking the first urban Andaz property in Mexico and the second Andaz-branded hotel in the country. The new hotel is ideally situated amongst the city’s noteworthy art galleries, boutiques and restaurants for guests to immerse themselves in the best of Condesa’s locale.

Andaz Mexico City Condesa king guest room
Andaz Mexico City Condesa king guest room

Andaz Mexico City Condesa boasts a unique roster of guest amenities, including a beach club-inspired rooftop restaurant with a robust mixology program, pet-friendly hideaway, onsite spa and one of the tallest outdoor terraces in the area.  

The 213-room hotel’s Cabuya Rooftop restaurant brings a Tulum-inspired beach club ambiance to the hotel’s 17th floor terrace showcasing 360-degree views of Mexico City’s skyline. Andaz Mexico City Condesa can host gatherings of up to 700 guests within its nearly 12,700 square feet of meeting and event space, including a glass-ceiling ballroom with customizable color LED lighting and an adjoining terrace. 

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Element Hotels and Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts—part of Marriott Bonvoy—announced the opening of Le Méridien Salt Lake City Downtown and Element Salt Lake City Downtown, a dual-branded property commemorating Element’s 100th global opening and first in Salt Lake City. 

Le Meridien Salt Lake City Downtown
Le Meridien Salt Lake City Downtown

The two brands come together under one roof to provide guests with flexible options suiting their needs and lifestyles. Le Méridien Salt Lake City Downtown reflects the brand’s European spirit through mid-century modern designs, whereas Element Salt Lake City Downtown is ideal for a modern escape for active travelers seeking health and wellness in their hotel experience. 

Le Méridien Salt Lake City Downtown offers 144 rooms and suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows with city views, and Element Salt Lake City Downtown adds another 126 rooms and suites. The dual-branded property offers a total of 8,355 square feet of meeting space across two meeting rooms and one prefunction area, including the Triumph Ballroom, with a capacity of 642 guests. 

The hotel’s signature restaurant Adelaide features a menu of French- and New Orleans-inspired bites with Cajun undertones as well as a private dining room and outdoor patio space.

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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.