There is no question. Downtown Phoenix is not the acned upstart we’ve been framing it since the early aughts. That local media narrative has, frankly, run fuelless for years now. The city’s core is now hedging on something real. There’s finally something there, there.
The forthcoming Found:Re hotel, the latest tangible born from decades of urban determination, is proof of the area’s post-fledgling status. Despite the welcomed, recent nearby additions of Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar or the shiny Hilton Garden Inn unworthy of its lovely original art deco bones, the Found:Re is the first sincere boutique hotel to open Downtown since the early 1900s.
The 105-room art-driven showpiece at 1100 N. Central Ave., brought to market by San Diego hospitality group Bond Partners and affiliated with the global network Worldhotels, will become a primary anchor for the congealing Roosevelt neighborhood on downtown Phoenix’s northern fringe, hemming the soon-to-be-overhauled Hance Park. The project is a complete physical reconstruction and redesign of a former budget hotel site led by Phoenix-based Habitat Metro, developers of next-door Portland on the Park condominiums rising behind it.
Riding a wave of experiential, art-focused boutique hotels nationwide (see: 21c Museum Hotels and Denver’s Art hotel) that play equal parts art museum or major gallery and hotel, Found:Re imports similar cultural airs to a neighborhood branded as the crossroads of Phoenix’s youthful, independent art community.
“We‘re thrilled to be part of this project that will be a stylish gathering place for locals and Phoenix visitors to enjoy and become inspired,” says General Manager V Calamur. “We have plans to embrace the neighboring art galleries and museums. We are designing a space for locals and travelers to find themselves, embrace curiosity and ignite discovery.”
The aim here is approachable luxury. From art to music to fashion, all of Found:Re’s touchpoints intend to communicate life’s expressive side. Art of all mediums will be front and center, from curb to check-in, guest programming to common areas, all steered explicitly by the hotel’s own in-house Cultural Curator, Michael Oleskow, who will be partnering with local Phoenix artists and galleries, established and rising, avant-garde and eclectic, on rotating collections and presentations throughout the year.
Targeted for a summer 2016 opening, downtown Phoenix’s newest hotel will also be home to the food and beverage destination Match Cuisine and Cocktails, helmed by Executive Chef Akos Szabo. Match’s globally inspired, locally motivated menu will be focused on what’s seasonal and shareable.
We can’t wait.