Outdated motel near downtown Chandler transformed, set to debut in May

Apr 22, 2022, 4:35 AM | Updated: 5:44 am

PHOENIX — A motel in Chandler that has been around for more than half a century received a much-needed renovation and is getting set to open its doors once again with a fresh look.

The Aloha at 445 N. Arizona Ave. has been reimagined into a 26-room boutique motel that looks to be a place to stay for people who want to explore downtown Chandler and the surrounding area, the city said in a press release on Wednesday.

An opening ceremony will take place May 7 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., concluding a renovation project that began in 2019.

“We are excited to see The Aloha reopen and give visitors to our community a unique place to stay,” Mayor Kevin Hartke said in the release.

“This is a great example of thoughtful redevelopment, preserving the best aspects of a classic Chandler property while giving it new life.”

Local design-build company J-Squared Construction was hired by investors John Hylton and Bill Simmonds to redevelop the hotel that was constructed in 1950 and sported a traditional u-shaped motor court with rooms surrounding a swimming pool, the city said.

“We knew that redeveloping The Aloha would be a challenge, but we saw potential,” Hylton said in the release.

“It had a funky Hawaiian vibe that we wanted to keep, while creating an option for travelers looking for something more than a typical desert motel. We envisioned a fun boutique destination, convenient to all the amenities that downtown Chandler has to offer.”

Design firm Goodlooks preserved the hotel’s mid-century charm but updated it with a multi-colored façade and a new mural based on the double meaning of the word aloha, the city said.

Visitors inside the room will be greeted with a retro beach vibe featuring vintage Hawaiian photos from local collector Douglas Abrahamson, the city said, along with local artist Randy Slack’s photography of his VW bus “Myrtle.”

Aardvark Partners was picked to manage operations of the renovated hotel.

For more information on The Aloha, click here.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

What Arizonans should know when traveling this spring break...

Serena O'Sullivan

Here’s what Arizonans should know when traveling this spring break

Arizonans who plan to hit the skies or book a cruise this spring break should prepare for a busy travel season, an AAA spokesperson said.

6 minutes ago

An elderly woman with with white hair and a cane walks alongside a woman with blond hair in the hal...

Kevin Stone

West Valley assisted-living facility settles lawsuit over secrecy practices

A West Valley assisted-living facility has settled a lawsuit over secrecy clauses in its arbitration agreements, officials announced Tuesday.

8 hours ago

handcuffs seen in man's hands...

3 suspects linked to South American organized crime groups indicted in Maricopa County

Three suspects connected with South American crime groups were indicted Tuesday in Maricopa County after allegedly attempting to break into a Phoenix home earlier this month.

11 hours ago

Phoenix officers shot and injured a man who shot at them first on Feb. 13, 2024. (Phoenix Police Sc...

Phoenix Police release video of suspect who held woman at gunpoint, shot at officers

The Phoenix Police Department released body camera video on Tuesday of a suspect who shot at officers responding to a call of a man holding a woman at gunpoint.

12 hours ago

Traffic was restricted on 7th Avenue in Phoenix on Feb. 27, 2024, due to a fatal crash. (Pexels Pho...

86-year-old woman dead after 3-car crash in Phoenix

An 86-year-old woman died following a three-car crash in Phoenix on Tuesday, authorities said.

13 hours ago

Promotional image of rapper 21 Savage...

Kevin Stone

Rapper 21 Savage coming to Phoenix this spring on his ‘American Dream Tour’

Grammy Award-winning rap star 21 Savage is bringing his distinctive flow to Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre in Phoenix this spring.

14 hours ago

Sponsored Articles


Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Day & Night is looking for the oldest AC in the Valley

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.


Canvas Annuity

Interest rates may have peaked. Should you buy a CD, high-yield savings account, or a fixed annuity?

Interest rates are the highest they’ve been in decades, and it looks like the Fed has paused hikes. This may be the best time to lock in rates for long-term, low-risk financial products like fixed annuities.

Outdated motel near downtown Chandler transformed, set to debut in May