College city welcomes meetings and events with open arms

This Arizona city is becoming more attractive for meeting planners with the opening of new hotels. In the past few months, the city added more than 300 guest rooms and 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space.  An additional 17,000 square feet of meeting space and 400 guest rooms will come online between now and 2017, making the city an appealing option for small to medium sized meetings.


The 140-room hotel is located near bustling Mill Avenue, Tempe Town Lake and ASU’s Gammage Theater. The 1,800 square feet event space is well suited for social and business meetings, and can accommodate 90 guests for seated functions and 150 guests for reception-style events. The 2,150 square feet Tapacubo Rooftop offers a bright, open-air event space featuring views of A Mountain.

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Tapacubo, the Mexican street food eatery, serves signature leaded and unleaded margaritas and a spin on traditional Mexican dishes. The Normal offers homemade classics in a chic setting. A coffee and juice bar is located at the hotel as well.

Graduate Tempe

Only the second of its kind and first in the US, Marriott’s Moxy Phoenix Tempe soft-opened this week. The 186-room hotel has 4,000 square feet of meeting space split over 4 breakout rooms, with the largest able to fit 150 guests. The hotel is geared to business travellers and millennialss, and encourage guests to use its social spaces featuring arcade games, a library, co-working like areas and 24/7 available snacks and drinks. The reception desk also features as the bar.  A partnership with Zia Records allows the hotel to add guitars, vinyl records and players in all guest rooms

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Moxy Phoenix Tempe



With a targeted opening date of late 2017, this new luxury boutique hotel will be located at the corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. Once completed, the Tempe Kimpton will feature 237 guest rooms, 12,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and a 4,750 square foot rooftop pool and terrace lounge, along with a fitness center and a full service, Kimpton-managed restaurant and bar venue.

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Kimpton Tempe


The AC Marriott hotel is currently under construction along Rio Salado Parkway, just east of Mill Avenue. The Tempe location, with an opening date to be announced, will have 159 rooms and approximately 800 square feet of meeting space.

AC Marriott

For more on Tempe visit the Tempe Tourism Office.

Photographs courtesy of the venues.
Lead in photograph AC Marriott Boston.