Tempe Travel Guide
In one of the odder news stories about new hotels, the Hayden Ferry Lakeside development in Tempe, Ariz., which was to include condos, a hotel, retail and office space, has told Starwood's Le Meridien to take a hike.
The Valhalla Development Group, the developers of the project, are ready to have a groundbreaking in December, but Le Meridien isn't ready to commit to the project yet - so the developers decided to go with another 4-star hotel brand which has not yet been announced.
Tempe, Ariz. doesn't quite have a European feel but Le Meridien is determined to bring it to the city in November 2008.
The Arizona Republic reports that the Starwood brand is extremely excited to have their hands on such a virgin project, even though the European "mind set" isn't there.
For now, all we know is that it will be 14 stories tall, have 183 rooms plus 44 condos and a restaurant. The article did spill one more fun detail however:
They hotel also will stake out a niche for athletes, with 12 sports suites with extra-large beds and high-tech gadgets.
Ah-ha, so Le Meridien goes Jock...this seems to be a new trend, albeit not that European. We just hope that there's no discrimination here, as in they will let the shorties book the extra large beds as well.
Image of Tempe Town Lake via Ashleezona/Flickr
· Le Méridien leading Tempe hotel boom [Arizona Republic]