The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown has the distinction of being the largest hotel ever constructed in Phoenix’s downtown area and the largest hotel in Arizona, US. It is the first hotel to be constructed in the downtown area since 1976. The hotel’s curved roofline resembles the slope of nearby Camelback Mountain.
Phoenix received a boost to its economy through the opening of the 156,000ft² Phoenix Convention Centre in July 2006, followed by its massive phase II expansion to 900,000ft² in 2009. As a result the City of Phoenix felt that a new hotel was needed to accommodate the influx of visitors.
The 33-storey Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel, which opened in October 2008, is owned by the City of Phoenix and managed by Starwood Hotels and Resorts.
The hotel is located one block away from the Phoenix Convention Centre in the civic plaza area.
The development was made with an investment of $350m, which was raised from Phoenix City revenue bonds.
Accommodation at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown features 1,000 guestrooms including traditional, deluxe, Sheraton Club rooms and executive suites. Each deluxe room covers an area of 325ft² and offers views of the city and mountains.
The Sheraton Club rooms each span 325ft² and feature upgraded bath amenities, high speed internet access, Wi-Fi and access to the club lounge.
The hotel has 47 executive suites each covering an area of 650ft². The suites are located on the upper levels and offer views of the city and surrounding areas. Amenities in the executive suites include a 32in flatscreen TV, a pull-out sofa, an armchair, a leather ottoman, a half bath and a wet bar.
The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown’s 80,000ft² of meeting space includes a 29,000ft² ballroom, a 15,000ft² junior ballroom and 17 meeting rooms. The largest meeting room spans 30,001ft² and the smallest 737ft².
The hotel has two boardrooms and an outdoor terrace for hosting alfresco events. The meeting areas all have high-speed internet access (Starwood Turbo Net) and the latest in audiovisual and video conferencing services supported by dedicated technical staff. The hotel also features a large outdoor balcony, which can accommodate about 125 people.
Dining at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown
The Sheraton Phoenix Downtown hotel’s District American Kitchen & Wine Bar serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Park Lounge, which is located in the main lobby, serves wine and cocktails in the evening.
The Link Cafe is located adjacent to the lobby and offers a range of coffee drinks, wine and beer and snacks such as sandwiches, salads and baked goods.
The hotel rooms feature Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Beds, mini-bars, a flatscreen television and Club-level accommodation. The hotel also has a 3,500ft² fitness centre, which is open 24 hours a day and a 4,500ft² outdoor heated lap pool with sundeck at the fourth floor. The pool has a maximum depth of 1.37m.
Construction of the Shereaton Phoenix Downtown
The hotel was designed by Arquitectonica of Miami, Florida, in conjunction with RSP Architects of Tempe, Arizona. The building general contractor for the project was Perini Building Company, which excavated 90,000 cubic yards of dirt to a depth of 38ft.
The hotel topped out in August 2007. The construction used more than 5,000t of steel, 695 miles of wire and more than 50,000 cubic yards of concrete with 650 construction workers on site.