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The Phoenician

Hotel Contact:
6000 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
United States
Main: (480) 941-8200
Email: Email Hotel Paige Cabcungan
Director of Sales & Marketing: Paige Cabcungan
Website: www.thephoenician.com
Elite Rating
Planner Rating: 4.5
Chain Marriott International
Guest Rooms 645
Kings/Suites/Doubles 361 / 72 / 216
Room Rates High $349 - 1300 Low $139 - 650
High Season High Season Low Season Low Season Shoulder Season Shoulder Season
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Ideal Group Size 500
Max Group Size 1000

Fees/Taxes

Resort Fee $35
Room Tax 12.57%
Sales Tax 8.6%

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Meeting Space

Largest Meeting Room 20,533ft²
Indoor Meeting Space 78,983ft²
Indoor/Outdoor Meeting Space 160,000ft²

Airport Proximity

Phoenix Sky Harbor International
20 min 9 miles (14 km)

Business:

Business center; destination management team; satellite group registration; built-in and portable theatrical lighting; the latest in audiovisual equipment and production; teleconferencing capability; T1 and wireless high-speed internet access; full-service technical support.

Recreation:

18 holes of golf; eight pools; spa; athletic club with seven tennis courts
two pickleball courts
half-court basketball
family activity center
and 4
600-square-foot fitness center; hiking and biking; children’s club; afternoon tea service; and a choice of seven restaurants.

Nearby:

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Main Street Arts District
Taliesin West
Scottsdale Fashion Square
Desert Botanical Garden
and the countless other attractions of Greater Phoenix.
Onsite Dining: Capacity
Il Terrazzo
300
Italian/American Cuisine
J&G Steakhouse
314
Steak And Fish
Relish Burger Bistro
100
Gourmet Burgers

F&B Averages:

Breakfast Buffet $40-55 Cont. $24-38
Lunch Buffet $46-51 Plated $38-54
Dinner Buffet $120-180 Plated $89-175
Coffee Break $15
2-Hour Open Bar $28
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Elite Rating Average Planner Rating
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4.5
6 reviews
Arrival Experience:
4.4
Accommodations:
4.3
Food & Beverage:
4.3
Guest Service Experience:
4.3
Conference Services Staff:
4.7
Meeting and Function Facilities:
4.8
Activity or Recreation Options:
4.5
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Capacity Charts
Room Name Total Square Meters Room Size(meters) Ceiling Height (meters) Total Square Feet Room Size (feet) Ceiling Height (feet) Classroom Theater Banquet 10 Reception Conference U-Shape H-Square 10 x 10s
Boojum Room 75 9.4 x 7.9 2 806 31' x 26' 8 59 94 70 89 20 0 18 0
Cactus Wren Room N/A N/A 2 762 27 x 31 8 0 0 0 0 22 0 0 0
Camelback Ballroom N/A N/A 0 14,344 192 x 85 17 864 1,394 1,000 0 0 0 0 0
Cottonwood Room 75 9.4 x 7.9 2 806 31' x 26' 8 59 94 70 89 20 0 18 0
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Property News
The Phoenician Named 2015 USTA Outstanding Facility Award Winner
Posted June 16, 2015
One of the Largest Resort Complexes in the Southwest among 13 Honorees Nationwide
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 16, 2015) – The Phoenician’s renowned Tennis Complex, one of the largest resort facilities in the Southwest, has been named by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as a 2015 Outstanding Facility Award Winner. The honor will be presented Sunday, September 6, during the USTA’s semi-annual meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City, coinciding with the U.S. Open.

The award, now in its 34th year, was established to stimulate high standards in tennis facilities and to recognize those whose efforts make such a positive statement about the vitality of the game. The Phoenician’s Tennis Complex was judged on the following criteria: overall layout and adaptation to the site; excellence of court surface and lights; ease of maintenance; accommodations for players, spectators and press/officials; aesthetics; graphics (including the use of signs and landscaping); amenities such as casual seating for spectators, food services and social areas; and the resort’s participation in USTA programs.

Nestled between two fairways along the eastern edge of the AAA Five Diamond resort, The Phoenician’s premier tennis facility is the only one of its kind in the region to offer four playing surfaces on 11 outdoor courts, including a Wimbledon championship grass court, seven Plexipave hard-surface courts, two courts with the revolutionary Rebound Ace surface, and a Prestige Plexicushion surface on center court, which also features spectator seating. The Tennis Complex, with 10 of its 11 courts lit for evening play, is available for USTA league competition, tournaments and special events, and is open to resort guests as well as the general public.

“Great tennis facilities like The Phoenician’s help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, chief executive, community tennis, USTA. “The Phoenician has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of their community each year.”

The Phoenician’s tennis program, led by Head Professional Jason Purcell, now employs seven full-time professionals and support staff, who design and direct such activities as a year-round junior academy, 10-and-under tennis instruction, league clinics, resort and local “live ball,” and private classes. In addition, the facility hosts more than 20 adult USTA and regional league teams for match play, instructional programs, and playoff and championship events. The Phoenician staff also contributes many hours to support local charity events, such as Tennis with a Cause, Battle of the Sexes, and breast cancer fundraisers. For a complete list of tennis offerings, please visit thephoenician.com/tennis-courts.

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort and a 60-room, Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Canyon Suites -- at one magnificent destination. The properties feature elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across such restaurants as Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro, a championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a museum-quality art collection. Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned by Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit thephoenician.com and canyonsuites.com.
THE PHOENICIAN TENNIS COMPLEX HONORED BY USTA OF CENTRAL ARIZONA
Posted March 2, 2015
THE PHOENICIAN EARNS 2014 MEMBER ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR HONORS FROM UNITED STATES TENNIS ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL ARIZONA
The Phoenician’s renowned Tennis Complex, one of the largest resort facilities in the Southwest, has been recognized as the 2014 Member Organization of Year by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) of Central Arizona. The honor is awarded to the establishment that best exemplifies service to the community and to its members through USTA youth and adult tennis programs.

Nestled between two fairways along the eastern edge of the AAA Five Diamond resort, the premier tennis facility is the only one of its kind in the region to offer four playing surfaces on 11 outdoor courts, including a Wimbledon championship grass court, seven Plexipave hard-surface courts, two courts with the revolutionary Rebound Ace surface from Australia, and a Prestige Plexicushion surface on center court, which also features spectator seating. The Tennis Complex, with 10 of its 11 courts lit for evening play, is available for USTA league competition, tournaments and special events, and is open to resort guests as well as the general public.

In addition to private and semi-private lessons with its nationally recognized and certified staff of professionals, The Phoenician also offers an extensive range of programming that varies depending upon age and skill level. Custom-designed training and team packages are available and include video instruction/analysis and performance work. For a complete list of tennis offerings, please visit thephoenician.com/tennis-courts.

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and a 60-room, Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Canyon Suites -- at one magnificent destination. The properties feature elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across such restaurants as Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro, a championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a multi-million dollar art collection. Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit thephoenician.com and canyonsuites.com.
THE CANYON SUITES AT THE PHOENICIAN NAMED FIVE STAR HOTEL BY FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Posted February 11, 2015
Four Star Honors Presented to The Phoenician; its Spa, The Centre for Well-Being; and for the First Time, the Resort'sIl Terrazzo Restaurant
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (February 11, 2015) – For the third year in a row, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician has been awarded the coveted Five Star ranking by Forbes Travel Guide, making it the only hotel in the greater Phoenix area -- and one of just 115 properties worldwide -- to be so honored. All 2015 recipients are currently showcased on ForbesTravelGuide.com.

For the first time since its debut in 2008, Il Terrazzo, The Phoenician’s nouveau Italian restaurant, received a Four Star ranking. Offering a new, contemporary menu that melds culinary preparation, presentation and personality, the venue features artisan breads and pastas created daily in-house, as well as an award-winning wine list under the direction of Arizona’s only Master Sommelier, Greg Tresner.

Joining Il Terrazzo with Four Star accolades for the 13th consecutive year is the 250-acre Phoenician, and its spa, The Centre for Well-Being, which has regularly earned the designation.

The Canyon Suites, a “resort-within-a-resort” featuring 40 suites and 20 guestrooms, provides a more personalized and memorable guest experience that also caters to a diverse audience. Exclusive offerings include a private infinity pool, daily complimentary wine tastings, a selection of seasonal French press coffees in the main lobby, complimentary Electra bikes for riding throughout the resort or surrounding communities, hypoallergenic rooms and an enhanced dog-friendly program featuring a canine room service menu.

“We are quite honored to have received such prominent recognition from one of the most highly respected and trusted organizations within the hospitality industry,” said Phoenician Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra. “We view these awards as a symbol of our commitment, and an inspiration, in curating a more meaningful and unique experience for each and every guest.”

Added Gerard J. Inzerillo, chief executive officer of Forbes Travel Guide: “Our Star ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as the most authoritative guideposts for guests seeking exceptional travel experiences. Our primary mission is to contribute to excellence in hospitality, serving the global tourism industry as well as the guest. We’re proud to be associated with those on our global list.”

The Canyon Suites has also been awarded a Five Diamond ranking from the Automobile Association of America (AAA) every year since 2008, and has earned a consistent No. 1 ranking on TripAdvisor since 2012. The Phoenician received its 11th consecutive AAA Five Diamond Award in 2015, and is a Top 10 property on TripAdvisor as well.

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.forbestravelguide.com/about/ratings.

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the gold standard for luxury hospitality ratings worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit www.forbestravelguide.com.

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room luxury resort hotel and a 60-room boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites -- at one magnificent destination. The properties feature elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across such restaurants as Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro, a championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a multi-million dollar art collection. Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit www.thephoenician.com and www.canyonsuites.com
THE CANYON SUITES AT THE PHOENICIAN NAMED TOP 10 HOTEL BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT
Posted January 27, 2015
Arizona's Only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond Property also Named Best Hotel in State
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 27, 2015) – The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, Arizona’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond resort-within-a-resort, has been recognized as one of the 10 best hotels in the country by U.S. News & World Report.

The boutique hotel ranks eighth on the publication’s list of 50 Best Hotels in the USA for 2015, jumping 23 spots from No. 31 in 2014, its first-ever selection. In addition to making the Top 10 nationwide, The Canyon Suites was also named the No. 1 Best Hotel in Phoenix; the No. 1 Best Hotel in Arizona; the No. 1 Best Starwood Hotel; and the No. 1 Best Luxury Collection Hotel – the Starwood brand division of which The Canyon Suites is a member.

“To be recognized by U.S. News & World Report in these multiple categories – all of which are essential to our business -- is quite an honor,” said Mark Vinciguerra, Managing Director for The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites. “This serves as a testament to the dedication and talent of our Ambassadors, who strive to provide the highest level of personalized, memorable service to our guests each and every day.”

In reaching its 2015 rankings, the travel editors at U.S. News & World Report researched and analyzed an array of resources -- from guest reviews and expert recommendations to travel websites and industry award lists. Using a comprehensive methodology, more than 1,700 luxury hotels across the United States were evaluated.

Owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection, The Canyon Suites is an exclusive 60-room boutique hotel featuring 40 suites and 20 guestrooms, located on the grounds of the 250-acre Phoenician. The Canyon Suites is designed to provide more customized, enhanced offerings for guests, reaching beyond expectation to deliver the exceptional. Signature services include dedicated Canyon Ambassadors to assist with any need or request made throughout the guest’s stay; in-room check-in; daily complimentary wine tastings with a sommelier; a private infinity pool with spacious cabanas; select hypoallergenic rooms and an enhanced dog-friendly program.

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THE PHOENICIAN UNVEILS EXCLUSIVE RESORT RITUAL FOR GUESTS AND LOCAL VISITORS
Posted October 20, 2014
The Flight of the Phoenix Takes Wing Every Friday and Saturday at Sunset; Capped off with Classic is Cool Offerings at the Thirsty Camel Lounge
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (October 20, 2014) – The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond destination, is launching an innovative program of mythical proportions. The Flight of the Phoenix, now taking place every Friday and Saturday at sunset on the Thirsty Camel patio, features the iconic bird of legend come to life.

Each weekend, Master Falconer Robby Sinkler spins the captivating tale of the Mayan Fire Spirit, which ancients believed could rise from the ashes to be born again. Known as Zopilote Rey, this magical creature soars from above, swooping down on the audience to once again regain his regal position amidst a flaming replica of his likeness. The South American Vulture’s twilight return to The Phoenician symbolizes renewal, as prophesized in the story, bringing good fortune and well-being to all who witness him.

After the complimentary performance, guests and visitors alike are invited to take pictures of Rey, ask questions, and meet some of his wild counterparts who also reside at The Phoenician. Adult guests will have the opportunity to cap off their evening with the Thirsty Camel’s exclusive Classic is Cool offerings. The mid-20th century, nightclub-style feel is played out through servers’ special uniforms and an interactive cocktail cart presentation, where different hand-crafted and infused drinks are prepared tableside nightly. The weekend menu also includes a signature cocktail, the Phoenix Rising, featuring The Phoenician’s own Woodford Reserve Bourbon. The slightly tart, refreshing flavor of this drink is a result of orange liqueur, orange juice, bitters and grenadine, which are combined with the vanilla and spice essence of the bourbon.

“Together, the Thirsty Camel’s Classic is Cool scene and the Flight of the Phoenix show blend the best of the past with a more modern resort experience,” said Mark Vinciguerra, managing director for The Phoenician. “While honoring our iconic history, we are also able to ‘rise’ to the occasion by creating new programs of discovery for our guests.”

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and Arizona’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites -- at one magnificent destination. The property features elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across such restaurants as Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro, a championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, a children’s splash pad, The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a multi-million dollar art collection. In addition to these offerings, the stylish 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising splendor. Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit www.thephoenician.com and www.canyonsuites.com

Editor’s Note: A video preview is available at: http://youtu.be/F_RrUJ4M2OY


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THE PHOENICAN NAMES RICHARD BOYER EXECUTIVE CHEF
Posted September 29, 2014
Former Member of Mary Elaine’s Culinary Team Returns to AAA Five Diamond Resort
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (September 29, 2014) – The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination, has named Richard Boyer as its executive chef. Experienced in the award-winning culinary operations of Starwood’s Luxury Collection property, Boyer spent part of his early career working with Chef Alessandro Stratta at its former Five Diamond modern French restaurant, Mary Elaine’s.

Most recently, he served as culinary director and executive chef for the Forbes Five-Star/AAA Five Diamond resort, The American Club at Destination Kohler in Kohler, Wis. While there, he led a team of 120 associates, overseeing its 12 venues as well as its banquet operations and production and demonstration kitchens. Prior to that, he spent nearly seven years at the Inn on Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., joining the hotel as executive chef before taking on the additional role of food and beverage director. His 22-year career has also included the position of chef de cuisine for both 27 Ocean Blue at the Five-Star Boca Raton Resort and Club; and Wright’s at the Arizona Biltmore.

“Richard’s extensive background and knowledge regarding the luxury guest experience are far-reaching, and a tremendous asset to The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, as we continue to innovate and expand our culinary offerings,” said Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra. “We look forward to sharing his talents with everyone here and throughout our community.”

Boyer replaces Frank Belosic, who joined Saint Marc USA, a company engaged in the operation of restaurant and cafes, as vice president, culinary and operations.

A member of The American Culinary Federation and the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs, Boyer received his degree from the New England Culinary Institute. Earlier this year, he was the guest chef for the Champions Dinner at the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club.

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and Arizona’s only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician -- at one magnificent destination. The property features elegant, residential-style accommodations, distinctive and tantalizing cuisine across such restaurants as Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro, a championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, eight swimming pools, a children’s “spray ground,” The Centre for Well-Being and Salon Mila spa complex, an activities program for all ages and interests, numerous boutique shops, and a multi-million dollar art collection. In addition to these offerings, the stylish 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising splendor. Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit www.thephoenician.com and www.canyonsuites.com
THE CANYON SUITES AT THE PHOENICIAN NAMED FIVE STAR HOTEL BY FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
Posted January 22, 2014
Boutique “Resort-within-a-Resort” Only Property in Arizona to Receive Five Star Ranking in 2013, 2014
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - For the second year in a row, The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician has been awarded the coveted Five Star ranking by Forbes Travel Guide, once again the only hotel in Arizona -- and one of just 97 properties worldwide -- to be so honored. All 2014 recipients are currently showcased on ForbesTravelGuide.com.

Continuing its commitment to providing a more personalized and memorable guest experience that also caters to a diverse audience, The Canyon Suites introduced two popular offerings within the last year. The hotel’s dog-friendly program includes a canine room service menu, created and prepared in-house by The Phoenician’s award-winning culinary team. The bill of fare features such delectable selections as Puppy Poppers (grilled chicken bits in natural juices) and Slobbering Salmon (from Skuna Bay, served with brown rice). Through a special partnership with the Arizona Humane Society, 10 percent of room service sales from the first full year will be donated to the organization to aid homeless, ill and injured animals. In addition, the property unveiled hypoallergenic accommodations designed exclusively for those guests with allergies. The two luxury suites and two spacious guestrooms feature a select cleaning process and new amenities, including air purifiers, special hygienic casings for mattresses and pillows, and Malin+Goetz hypoallergenic bath products, to ensure a comfortable and relaxing environment.

“We are extremely proud to have received the Forbes Five Star Award for the second consecutive year, validating the uniquely crafted luxury experience afforded to our guests,” said Managing Director Mark Vinciguerra. “We will embrace this award, and the year ahead, as we continue to bring innovative new services and amenities to the discerning traveler.”

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Added Michael Cascone, President of Forbes Travel Guide: “Our Star ratings recognize the finest hotels, restaurants and spas in the world. These ratings serve as guideposts for consumers seeking exceptional travel experiences, and our primary mission is to serve the consumer. We’re proud to be associated with the new additions to our global list.”

Debuting in 2007, The Canyon Suites provides added privacy, exclusive features and a distinctly individualized experience, as well as access to The Phoenician’s premier resort services and amenities. Signature offerings include dedicated Canyon Ambassadors to coordinate guest preferences prior to arrival while assisting with any need or request made throughout the stay; in-room check-in; departure services including printing of boarding passes and arranging shipping needs; daily complimentary wine tastings with a sommelier; a private infinity pool with spacious cabanas; and a chauffeured-driven Mercedes for transportation throughout the 250-acre resort and to/from Old Town Scottsdale’s shopping and entertainment districts.

The Canyon Suites has also been awarded a Five Diamond ranking from the Automobile Association of America (AAA) every year since 2008, and has earned a consistent No. 1 ranking on TripAdvisor since 2012.

For a detailed explanation of how Forbes Travel Guide compiles its Star ratings, visit www.forbestravelguide.com/about/ratings.

Forbes Travel Guide, formerly Mobil Travel Guide, is the originator of the prestigious Five Star Rating system, and has provided the travel industry’s most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants and spas since 1958. Forbes Travel Guide has a team of expert inspectors who anonymously evaluate properties against up to 800 rigorous and objective standards, providing consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. Forbes Travel Guide is the gold standard for luxury hospitality ratings worldwide. For more information about Forbes Travel Guide, visit www.forbestravelguide.com.

Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Canyon Suites is an exclusive 60-room boutique hotel featuring 40 suites and 20 guestrooms, located on the grounds of the 250-acre Phoenician. The Canyon Suites is designed to provide more customized, enhanced offerings for guests, reaching beyond expectation to deliver the exceptional. Both The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician and The Phoenician are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit www.canyonsuites.com.

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AAA Hands Out Five Diamonds to Five Arizona Hotels
Posted November 3, 2008
By Donna Hogan, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.McClatchy-Tribune Regional News

Oct. 29, 2008 - Camelback Inn earned its 33rd consecutive AAA five-diamond rating, The Boulders lost a sparkler, and for the second year in a row The Phoenician got two fistfuls of jewels.

AAA, which annually rates North American hotels and their restaurants for its popular travel guides, doled out diamonds Tuesday at the Fairmont Scottsdale Resort, which has earned five gems for the past 18 years.

The Phoenician picked up five diamonds each for the main hotel and Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, the ultra-upscale resort within the resort.

The auto club bestowed its top ratings on five Arizona hotels, all of them in or near the East Valley. Besides Camelback Inn, the Fairmont and the double-dosed Phoenician, Four Seasons Scottsdale earned the highest AAA honors for the 2009 guides.

The Boulders at Carefree is the only former five-diamond hotel to slip a tier, snagging only four sparklers.

Two Arizona restaurants earned five diamonds. Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort on the Gila River Indian Community is the only Valley eatery with the top rating.

AAA handed out four gems each to 39 Arizona hotels and 28 restaurants.

Raters checked out more than 31,000 hotels and 27,000 restaurants across the continent, and only 100 earned five diamonds, the organization said.

With five hotels and two restaurants in the top tier, Arizona earned far more than its share.

"Arizona residents often don't think about the jewels right here in our midst when they plan their vacations and holidays," said Jim Prueter, senior vice president of AAA Arizona. "Our fourand five-diamond winners are the top echelon of resorts and restaurants, and we can enjoy these local gems without incurring additional travel costs."

5-diamond hotels

--Camelback Inn, Paradise Valley

--Four Seasons Resort, Scottsdale

--Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, Phoenix

--The Fairmont Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale

--The Phoenician, Phoenix

5-diamond restaurants

--Kai, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Gila River Indian Community

4-diamond hotels

--Arizona Biltmore Resort, Phoenix

--Arizona Grand Resort, Ahwatukee Foothills

--The Boulders Resort, Carefree

--CopperWynd Resort, Fountain Hills

--Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort, Paradise Valley

--FireSky Resort, Scottsdale

--Hilton Scottsdale Resort, Scottsdale

--Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale

--Hyatt Regency Resort, Scottsdale

--JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort, Phoenix

--Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, Fort McDowell Indian Community

--Royal Palms Resort, Phoenix

--Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley

--Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountain, Scottsdale

--Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center, Scottsdale

--Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, Gila River Indian Community

--Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

--Westin Kierland Resort, Phoenix

4-diamond

restaurants

--Alchemy, CopperWynd, Fountain Hills

--Asia de Cuba, Mondrian, Scottsdale

--Bourbon Steak, Fairmont, Scottsdale

--Deseo, Westin Kierland, Phoenix

--Elements, Sanctuary, Paradise Valley

--La Hacienda, Fairmont, Scottsdale

--Latilla Dining Room, Boulders, Carefree

--Lon's, Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley

--Mosaic, Scottsdale

--Palm Court, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center

--Ristorante Tuscany, JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Phoenix

--Talavera, Four Seasons, Scottsdale

--T Cook's, Royal Palms, Phoenix

--Il Terrazzo, The Phoenician, Phoenix

--Windows on the Green, The Phoenician, Phoenix

--Wright's, Arizona Biltmore, Phoenix

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Copyright (c) 2008, The Tribune, Mesa, Ariz.
The Phoenician Introduces The Luxury Collection Explorers Program
Posted July 15, 2008
The Phoenician is providing guests of all ages with a treasure-trove of new year-round activities and events through The Luxury Collection Explorers program. The initiative is part of the "Love Your Family" travel program recently launched by parent company Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., at resorts representing its Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis and The Luxury Collection brands.

Families can participate in a variety of complimentary Phoenician signature rituals, including:
Fireside Stories
S'mores & Stars
Splish-Splash Movie Bash (where guests can enjoy an evening swim while watching a favorite film on the pool's big screen)
The Phoenician Audio Art Tour (which allows guests to discover the deep history and diversity found in the resort's exclusive $25 million art collection, while earning complimentary tickets to the Phoenix Art Museum).

Families will also appreciate the added value found in the year-round "Family Fun" Vacation Packages, which include daily resort credits, welcome gifts for each child and complimentary meals for kids 5 and under.

Pricing varies by season, and starts at just $259 per night now through September 14, 2008.
For more information on packages like this, or how to incorporate "family fun" into your upcoming stay, please contact the resort at 800-888-8093.
What's NEW at The Phoenician
Posted July 14, 2008
The Canyon Suites
A boutique hotel at The Phoenician with an intimate setting of 40 suites.

Family Activities
Highlights include wine tasting for adults, "edutainment" for children
and teens and poolside movies for everyone!

Il Terrazzo
The Terrace transforms to a NEW Italian cuisine and experience.
Grand opening June 2008.

Jean-Georges
Mary Elaine's transforms into a NEW Jean-George concept restaurant.
Grand opening in October 2008.

For more information call The Phoenician Sales Office: 800-888-8093.
[url]www.thephoenician.com[/url].