AZ Central – Hotel planned for Pavillions

by Jane Larson – Sept. 5, 2009 12:00 AM
The Arizona Republic

Owners of the Scottsdale Pavilions have struck a deal to add a Comfort Suites hotel to the shopping center along Loop 101.

The hotel would be built along Pima Road north of the center on Indian Bend Road and south of the spring-training ballpark being planned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, said Chuck Carlise, president of Pavilions owner De Rito Partners. The hotel could be finished in 12 to 18 months, he said, in time for the ballpark’s scheduled opening in spring 2011.

The 120-room hotel would be built and owned by a member of the Salt River community who has been awarded a Comfort Suites franchise, Carlise said. More information about the franchisee was not available.

The hotel lease will next go through the community’s approval process, Carlise said.

Comfort Suites are aimed at business and leisure travelers who want oversized rooms with separate work and sleep areas.

The midpriced brand is part of Choice Hotels International Inc., a Silver Spring, Md.-based franchisor that is one of the world’s largest hotel companies. Choice has more than 5,900 hotels and more than 900 under construction. Its other brands include Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Clarion, Rodeway Inn and Econo Lodge.

The hotel will be the first of three to four planned for the Pavilions property in stages over the next three years, Carlise said.

Another hotel chain is looking at the former Fiddlesticks Family Fun Park property north of the shopping center, he said. Other hotels could locate on 7.5 acres available north of the Pavilions’ Home Depot store and visible from the freeway, he said.

The Pavilions hotels would join the Casino Arizona Resort and Spa, a 497-room hotel and conference center due to open in spring 2010 that the Salt River community is building east of the freeway on Indian Bend Road.