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Historic hotel reopens in downtown Phoenix

Jeffrey Durbin, Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; Councilwoman Kate Gallego; Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown General Manager Michelle Davis; COO of CSM Steve Schlundt; Roger Brevoort of Historic Consultants; Barbara Ward, VP of Sales and Marketing at CSM; Scott Peterson, Director of Development at CSM. (Haute Photography Photo)

A historic hotel built in 1931 has just reopened in downtown Phoenix after sitting vacant for 20 years.

The Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown officially reopened May 19 with Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton remarking on the building’s historic impact and meaning to the city of Phoenix. Phoenix Councilwoman Kate Gallego also attended the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Roger Brevoort of Historic Consultants shared the building’s historical significance. The Phoenix landmark was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993. The 12-story building has classic Art Deco embellishments and original limestone.

Following the ribbon cutting, the 50 guests at the ceremony then attended a reception inside the hotel’s two-story Grand Lobby.

“We look forward to welcoming guests to our stunning new hotel in downtown Phoenix,” said Michelle Davis, general manager, in a press release. “With our original Art Deco design, modern amenities and convenient location, our team is excited to provide guests a relaxing and memorable experience as they enjoy some of Phoenix’s finest attractions. Additionally, as our first act of stewardship in the community, we’ll donating 25 percent of all liquor sales through January 4 to Ronald McDonald House Charities.”

A soft opening of the hotel happened in December 2015 before the property was 100 percent complete. The hotel now plans to welcome up to 170 guests.


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