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Jun. 28th, 2006 | 04:55 am
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posted by: oliveurban in azhotels

Scottsdale hotels undergoing extensive modern makeovers
Laura Newpoff
The Business Journal of Phoenix
June 23, 2006

Hotel operators continue to improve their properties in Scottsdale, not only to stay competitive in a hot tourism market, but to complement the ongoing resurgence of the city's downtown.

That area has been hit with a flurry of development activity, including the mixed-used Waterfront project and five other major projects downtown.

To keep pace with the progress, several hotels are getting upgrades.

The former James Hotel, 7353 E. Indian School Road, is being converted by Morgans Hotel Group Co. into the Mondrian Scottsdale. The New York-based company closed on the property in May for a cost of $47.5 million. Plans call for $5 million in improvements to be completed before the end of the year. The hotel has 194 rooms.

The Fairfield Inn, 5101 N. Scottsdale Road, is being converted to the Hotel Scottsdale after being purchased by Scottsdale Venetian Village LLC. The purchaser plans to invest more than $3 million to convert the property into a mid-range boutique hotel. It has 218 rooms.
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Hello, Mondrian.

May. 9th, 2006 | 12:48 am
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posted by: oliveurban in azhotels

The change over has begun.

The very successful James Hotel in downtown Scottsdale is no more. It's new owners, Morgans Hotel Group, are now implementing the hotel's many alterations, including a new restaurant (Fiamma is no more), a different bar, room upgrades, and of course, it's new name, the Mondrian.

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Hyatt Place

Apr. 14th, 2006 | 12:24 am
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posted by: oliveurban in azhotels

Hyatt Place
Scottsdale site to become Hyatt Place Hotel

Peter Corbett
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 14, 2006

Downtown Scottsdale's hotel redevelopment trend will continue this summer with a new, hipper Hyatt brand coming to town.

Global Hyatt Corp. is renovating the AmeriSuites Scottsdale Old Town and rebranding it as one of its first new Hyatt Place hotels, said Phil Snyder, AmeriSuites general manager.

"It's more than a notch, this is moving the hotel up several large steps," Snyder said of the renovation and rebranding of the 127-room hotel northeast of Indian School and Scottsdale roads.

Hyatt Place, 7300 E. Third Ave., will take its place in downtown with the Hotel Valley Ho and James Hotel, both renovated within the past two years, and the W Scottsdale Hotel, under construction near Camelback and Scottsdale roads. That is close to $180 million invested in downtown hotels, with more planned at the James Hotel.

In January, the New York-based Morgans Hotel Group announced a deal to buy the James for $46.5 million, renovate it and reopen it next year as the Mondrian Scottsdale, a boutique hotel.

The AmeriSuites renovation and rebranding as a Hyatt Place, with a more contemporary hotel design, reflects the changing demographics downtown, said Brent DeRaad, Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau vice president of marketing.

"That fits with our efforts in attracting Gen X and leisure travelers downtown," he said.

Renovation of the AmeriSuites is scheduled to start May 15 and be done about Aug. 15, when the Hyatt Place brand will be unveiled, said Snyder, the hotel manager.

The improvements will come with an undetermined increase in rates, Snyder said.

AmeriSuites' Web site showed room rates of $89 to $189 depending on the location and dates.

Hyatt plans similar makeovers of two AmeriSuites hotels in Atlanta and one in Chicago and will later roll out the changes at its other AmeriSuites, Snyder said.

AmeriSuites Scottsdale will remain open this summer during the renovation, which includes the room furnishings, carpeting and bedding, along with the hotel's public areas, the manager said.

Hyatt Place's exterior will feature dramatic lighting and an upgraded entrance and lobby. Plus, the 370-square-foot suites will include Hyatt's trademark Grand Beds, 42-inch high-definition TVs, free Wi-Fi service and flexible workspaces.

The Chicago-based Global Hyatt Corp. acquired AmeriSuites and its 143 limited-service hotels in January 2005. It unveiled the Hyatt Place concept last September in Scottsdale at its franchise owners' meeting.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc. announced a similar hotel concept, with the name aloft, about the same time in Phoenix. Both concepts are aimed at adding some contemporary design and style to select-service or limited-service hotels that have few amenities or services.

Allen Reich, associate professor in the Northern Arizona University School of Hotel and Restaurant Management, said Hyatt is risking more by putting its name on the AmeriSuites hotels as customers will expect Hyatt's level of service at Hyatt Place. Hyatt will need to do an extensive renovation of the AmeriSuites hotels, he added.

There are 215 hotels and resorts worldwide operating under the Hyatt name, including the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale resort and the Hyatt Regency Phoenix hotel.

Hyatt corporate executives did not return calls seeking comment on the new brand.

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Urban hotels:

Feb. 24th, 2006 | 03:04 am
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posted by: oliveurban in azhotels

Related hotel community you may want to also give a gander: urban_hotels

C'mon, give it a try.

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James, meet Mondrian.

Feb. 17th, 2006 | 08:01 pm
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posted by: oliveurban in azhotels

Morgans plans renovation, rebranding of Scottsdale hotel
The Business Journal of Phoenix - 11:10 AM MST Friday

Morgans Hotel Group Co. operates boutique hotels in gateway cities under well-known brands such as Delano and Mondrian, and Friday the company announced its official plans for a Scottsdale hotel, as well as two in Las Vegas and one in Miami.

In Scottsdale, Morgans' purchase of the 194-room James Hotel Scottsdale was announced in January. Morgans said it plans to renovate and re-brand it as Mondrian Scottsdale, and the $47.5-million acquisition is expected to close in April. The hotel will remain open during renovations, which are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

In Las Vegas, Morgans Hotel Group has entered into a 50/50 joint venture with Boyd Gaming Corp. (NYSE: BYD) to develop two signature hotels bearing the company's Delano and Mondrian brands. Boyd Gaming will contribute approximately 6.5 acres within its Echelon Place development, and Morgans Hotel Group will contribute approximately $97.5 million in cash. The project is expected to be completed in 2010 and Morgans will manage both hotels.

Delano Las Vegas is expected to include 600 guest rooms, suites and bungalows, a destination night club, a lobby bar and Asia de Cuba restaurant. It will also feature a spa and fitness center, private pool and recreation area.

Mondrian Las Vegas will be the twin to the highly successful Mondrian in West Hollywood. Accommodating leisure and business guests, the 1,000-room property will include a distinctive bar and restaurant, meeting and conference space, private pool and recreation area with Skybar.

In South Miami Beach, the company recently completed its $14.3 million acquisition of a property located across from Delano and it will be redeveloped as an expansion of the famed hotel, providing an additional 70 guest rooms, restaurant, bar and other amenities.

New York-based Morgans Hotel Group Co. (NASDAQ: MHGC) owns and operates Hudson, Morgans and Royalton in New York; Delano in Miami; Mondrian in Los Angeles; Clift in San Francisco; and Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London; and operates The Shore Club in Miami.

For more: http://www.morganshotelgroup.com

* xposted to urban_hotels

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James Hotel Sold:

Jan. 25th, 2006 | 03:54 am
posted by: oliveurban in azhotels

James Hotel sold for $46.5M
The Business Journal of Phoenix
Laura Newpoff January 24th, 2006

Scottsdale's swanky James Hotel has been sold to a New York operator of boutique hotels in international gateway cities.

Dubbed "the retreat for the modern traveler," the 220-room James opened in January 2004 after being converted from the old Doubletree Inn at 7353 E. Indian School Road.

New York-based owners Stephen Hanson and Danny Errico sold the property to Morgans Hotel Group for $46.5 million.

Representatives from both companies couldn't immediately be reached for comment. The sale is expected to close April 30.

The James' rooms sell for more than $500 a night and include fine touches such as 300-thread count sheets, large plasma televisions and European Pillow Top mattresses. The hotel also includes the FiAmma Trattoria restaurant.

Hanson and Errico are expected to use money from the sale to develop other James Hotels, including one opening in March in Chicago and planned locations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston and Las Vegas.

"The hotel has been an incredible success, but as the brand evolved, the Scottsdale property did not necessarily fit the portfolio we were developing in our new urban locations," said Hanson.

Brent DeRaad, vice president of marketing at the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, said the opening of the hotel, its signature restaurant and its hip J/Bar concept created a considerable amount of national awareness about Scottsdale's thriving downtown and nightlife scene.

"The James' success has led to the refurbishing of Hotel Valley Ho and groundbreaking for the new W Hotel in downtown Scottsdale," he said.

Hanson has been involved in the New York restaurant scene for more than 15 years through his company, B.R. Guest and its 15 eateries. In 2004, he partnered with Errico, founder of the Equinox Fitness Club chain, to launch the James in the Old Town section of Scottsdale and a contemporary, tech-savvy fitness chain called The Gym, which is part of the hotel property.

The pair has hired Brad Wilson, former vice president of operations for the W Hotels concept, to develop the James brand.

Morgans, founded 20 years ago and a pioneer on the boutique hotel concept, owns and operates nine different properties in places such as New York, Miami and London.

According to language in a recent Morgans' Securities and Exchange Commission filing, the deal was agreed to in December. The company said it intended to improve the performance of the property and rename it Mondrian Scottsdale and pursue synergies with its existing hotel, Mondrian Los Angeles. The filing said Morgans would renovate the hotel "to create our distinctive lodging experience for a first-quarter 2007 re-opening and replace the existing operating structure with our experienced management team and extensive infrastructure."

For more info: www.morganshotelgroup.com, www.jameshotels.com.

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Valley Ho

Dec. 22nd, 2005 | 07:12 am
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posted by: oliveurban in azhotels

The Phoenix-area's newest boutique, urban hotel - The Hotel Valley Ho, just opened this month in downtown Scottsdale. It's a complete overhaul and renovation of the old, historic Hotel Valley Ho, originally built in 1956. A high-end residential tower is also being added to this local mid-century landmark.

* xposted in urban_phoenix + the_phx

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Coming soon:

Nov. 16th, 2005 | 02:54 am
posted by: frankbook in azhotels

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Gaslight Inn Hotel
@ Downtown Glendale

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Bed bugs:

Oct. 25th, 2005 | 02:10 am
mood: awake
posted by: oliveurban in azhotels

1, 2, 3, this community is now open.

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