As the largest new hotel to debut in Tempe, Arizona in nearly four decades, the Westin Tempe is now open in the city’s vibrant downtown district, ushering in a refreshing biophilic energy to the neighborhood with a new signature restaurant and the highest open in the valley – rooftop bar and air lounge.
Owned and developed by CAI Investments and managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts, the full-service hotel has 290 spacious guest rooms and suites and approximately 21,000 square feet of exceptional indoor and outdoor event space that balances Tempe’s unique culture. and the brand’s signature. Wellness at Westin pillars of wellness, culminating in the quintessential destination for the modern wellness traveler.
“We are excited to be a part of the exciting development of downtown Tempe and to be able to fill the market niche for a hotel experience that is unlike anything else in the city,” said Michael George, Founder , President and CEO. of Crescent Hotels & Resorts.
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The hotel’s debut is also accompanied by three distinct new restaurant concepts. Run by seasoned Valley Chef Alexander Robinson, the ground-floor signature restaurant Terra Tempe Kitchen & Spirits offers healthy cuisine that cleverly combines bold, rustic flavors with local ingredients to provide an authentic reflection of the rich history. Southwestern, as well as an innovative beverage program packed with handcrafted nature-inspired cocktails, local Arizona beers, and an impressive wine list. Dim lighting, an expansive show kitchen and a prominent liquor tower give the space a warm and inviting quality and present an intimate contrast to the adjacent lobby, which is separated by a copper chain “veil” suspended from the floor. ceiling.
Open for lunch and dinner, a few highlights on Terra’s menu include Chilean sea bass sprinkled with cilantro, served with arugula, avocado cream, tempura jalapenos, and pico de gallo sweet corn; and Terra’s Hot Stone, with a cilantro green onion salad, pickled ginger, serrano ponzu and a choice of Wagyu beef or Pacific ahi tuna.
Unlike its ground-floor counterpart, the Skysill Rooftop Lounge rises above the city on the hotel’s 18th floor, making it the tallest open-air rooftop bar in town. During the day, the chic venue offers a hip and relaxing getaway with its rooftop pool, hot tub, lounge chairs and cabanas, and large video screen overlooking the vast metropolitan area of Phoenix. As the sun sets over the mountainous horizon, it then transforms into a luxurious lounge where all levels of service and experience are elevated. Guests will enjoy an organized wine list as well as a sophisticated twist to classic cocktails including Arizona Collins, made with aperol, Chareau aloe liqueur, prosecco Mionetto and dehydrated grapefruit; and the Cactus Spritz, made with Hanson Meyer Lemon Vodka, Reàl Blue Agave Nectar, Fresh Lemon Juice and Fever-Tree Bitter Lemon Tonic Water.
For guests who need a relaxed place to check their emails, have a light lunch with a friend, or grab a coffee before heading out for the day, the hotel is also home to the Cup of Joe Market Café, a service Quick bistro located off the lobby, open daily 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. offering take out options and retail merchandise.
Showcasing a Sonoran aesthetic that reflects the beauty of the surrounding desert waterfront landscape, the Westin Tempe embraces a deep connection to nature through a dynamic architectural language that simultaneously alters the skyline and activates the streetscape. Designed by local firm RSP Architects, the interior of the hotel is embellished with numerous biophilic elements that play the dramatic juxtaposition of the dry desert against the lush softness found after a summer monsoon, creating an engaging atmosphere with a familiar feeling of respite.
Upon entering, visitors are greeted by a vibrant lobby that features angular walls inspired by Arizona’s infamous slot canyons, Terrazo floors that form captivating fractal patterns, sculptural concrete forms designed by the craftsman local SlabHaus that also serve as additional seating, an elegantly suspended cloud-shaped art installation above, and a smoked-glass staircase that leads to the second-floor ballroom. Hotel rooms are accented with similar patterns to provide a perfect urban oasis, including an illuminated entryway ceiling that mimics speckled light filtered through a tree canopy, spa-centric bathrooms with rainfall showers and textured sandstone-inspired walls, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering expansive views of the painted desert.
Located in bustling downtown Tempe and in the business corridor on the southeast corner of Mill Avenue and Seventh Street, the Westin Tempe is a few miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and steps away from top shopping destinations, culinary offerings, entertainment hubs and major local sights including Historic Mill Avenue, Arizona State University, Tempe Town Lake, Mountain “A” (Hayden Butte) and Tempe Beach Park. Travelers will soon also have the option of using the all-new Tempe Tram, the valley’s first modern tram line, to easily connect them to major business centers and city sites upon completion in late 2021.
“It has been nothing short of amazing to see our vision come to life through the collaborative effort between our team of long-time hospitality professionals and our ingenious local design firm,” said Patti Hunt, General Manager of The Westin Temple. “Together we have created an optimal retreat that truly serves those looking for an upscale hotel experience that allows them to enhance their well-being while traveling, while capturing the vibrant essence of Tempe. We look forward to becoming a welcoming gathering place for visitors and locals.
For more information on The Westin Tempe and to book, visit https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxwt-the-westin-tempe/.