Situated in the heart of Paradise Valley only minutes from Scottsdale, Hermosa Inn recently completed the second phase of a $5.5 million-dollar project that included the addition of 10 deluxe hideaway casitas, renovation of 12 historic rancho casitas and expansion of LON’s Last Drop bar and patio. Each new 700-square-foot casita features a vaulted ceiling, beehive fireplace, secluded patio and European white oak floors. A stately fountain anchors the hotel’s new entryway that leads into a refreshed lobby with beamed ceilings and a large fireplace. Phase one of the project commenced in 2015, soon after the resort was purchased by Allred Capital LLLP, which is committed to retaining the legacy and historic charm of the property that was originally the home and studio built by cowboy artist Lon Megargee in the early 1930s. 

Outdoor activities have become even more popular with groups during COVID-19. Adding fresh-air time on the agenda is becoming the norm, and people seem more open to trying new things after being cooped up and working in home offices for months. Consider a wide variety of unique opportunities with hot air balloons offered by Rainbow Ryders in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

There are several new appointments to announce in the U.S. Mountain West’s hospitality industry. Here are the latest of interest to the meetings and events industry. 

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, Utah 

Jeff Olpin, the new general manager of Kimpton Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City