Black Meetings and Tourism

January / February 2020

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B M & T ••• January/February 2020 ••• 9 With a focus on comfort foods – from artisan sandwiches and flatbreads to daily-made soups, individual casseroles and scratch pies – fat Rooster diner offers a refreshing soil-to-city culinary experience inspired by the Midwest. Additionally, with the first phase of the hotel's redesign, the Level One lounge has been updated to provide a modern, chic atmosphere featuring handmade cocktails and small plates. As part of the renovation, additional seating for groups was added to the dining room, which has created a more family-friendly environment within the lounge. FITNESS CENTER The newly-designed on-site StayFitTM Fitness Center offers each guest an opportunity to enhance their stay and keep active with state-of-the-art equipment in a calm and con- temporary environment. The Fitness Center features all new equipment, including Precor® Cardio machines, and is compli- mentary for guest use. Additionally, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis offers guests an on-site fitness concierge to assist with equipment needs and provide detailed maps of local running and walking trails. Phase II: Guest Rooms & Additional Public Spaces As part of the next phase of the multi-million dollar renova- tion, Hyatt Regency Indianapolis is completely redesigning its guest rooms, indoor pool and additional public areas. This will include all 499 rooms and suites, as well as additional comfort- able spaces for guests to enjoy throughout the public areas of the hotel. These areas will reflect the overall contemporary design aesthetic, rich with visual interest and infused with a variety of textures that promote guest comfort and enjoyment of the new spaces. For more information about Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, please call (317) 632-1234 or visit US/hotel/indiana/hyatt-regency-indianapolis/indri/dining. DOWNTOWN PHOENIX'S RAPID GROWTH INCLUDES MAJOR HOTEL RENOVATIONS AND NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART STAYS In Phoenix, meetings are their special- ty. And, with a diverse portfolio of confer- ence-friendly accommodations, an award- winning convention center, convenient airport access, and a burgeoning down- town scene, Phoenix is in full bloom. More than $5 billion has been pumped into a 1.7-square-mile zone in the down- town core, which includes new and improved office space, shops, restaurants, entertainment venues, convention and academic facilities, and hotels. Greater Phoenix is home to more than 66,000 rooms at more than 480 hotels and resorts, and the city's downtown core is on pace to accommodate nearly 4,000 hotel rooms by 2020. The Cambria Hotel Downtown Phoenix Convention Center, a 127-room property in downtown's Roosevelt Row, opened in November 2019. The $26 million hotel fea- tures a rooftop bar with 360-degree views of the city; sever- al large art pieces, including murals that will span the height of the building; an onsite restaurant, Poppy, led by chef Nate Cayer, formally the executive chef of The Godfrey Hotel in Chicago; and 900 square feet of indoor meeting space. The Sheraton Downtown Phoenix a short distance from the city's convention center, is in the process of revamping its guest rooms, lobby, meeting space and culinary offerings. The 1,000-room property – the city's largest – was selected to become the prototype for Marriott's portfolio-wide rebrand- ing of Sheraton. When the renovation is completed, the Sheraton's guest rooms, lobby and 110,000 square feet of meeting space will reflect the new brand identity. Following an exterior refresh earlier this year, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, kicked off floor-to-ceiling renovations of its 693 guestrooms as well as revitalization of meeting spaces and three new meeting rooms, with the addition of a new restaurant and market. The 24-story hotel, located in the downtown core, will also be adding a perfect people-watching patio along Adams Street, as well as an expanded market and an expanded rooftop courtyard. The former Networks Bar & Grill is being replaced by Bushel & Barrel and is scheduled to open before 2020.Neighboring Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel, completed a $12 million renovation on their lobby and exterior in 2017 and has now shifted focus to remodeling their gue- strooms rooms – splitting the construction between 2019 and 2020 (summer). The Renaissance's rooms will get fresh carpet, wall coverings, lighting, window treatments and walk-in showers. The AC Hotel by Marriott Arizona Center broke ground in September 2019. The 199-room hotel is scheduled to open in 2021, making it the second AC Hotel in Phoenix after the AC Hotel by Marriott Phoenix Biltmore, which opened roughly a year ago.

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