Arrival Experience: This unique hotel is labeled as an airport hotel, but is located in a nearby corporate park area where it is free from airplane or busy highway noise. In fact, its hacienda-style architecture not lends itself to a unique regional feel. A complimentary shuttle whisks guests to and from the airport at all hours of the day or night. Check-in is swift from an ever-smiling staff who is quick to proffer extras like a hand with luggage or even a welcome bottle of water.
Dining: The hotel offers a unique restaurant offering that no other area airport hotel can match with its popular steakhouse eatery dishing up fare at affordable prices. It is popular among locals and corporate folk in the area. True to its name, Fire + Spice features indoor and outdoor seating where diners can enjoy Southwestern fare of varying degrees of heat. Most notable are the bar’s flaming cocktails delivered to one’s seat with flames illuminating the table. Others choose to sip their cocktail or roast smores in the hotel’s courtyard fire pit. Prickly Pear is the breakfast eatery serving both traditional and regional morning bites. A Starbucks outlet, deli, and soon-to-open 24-hour snack station round out the dining facilities here.
Accommodations: Guest rooms here are arranged around the hotel’s central courtyard, which features a beautiful swimming pool and the aforementioned fire pit. All rooms have furnished balconies except those on the fourth floor. Interior-facing rooms survey the courtyard while those on the outside of the building see the surrounding area although noise is not a problem here. The Sheraton brand’s signature pillowtop Sweet Sleeper bed features larger-than-normal pillow stacks, and work desks (that can expand in size) feature wireless high speed Internet. Starbucks coffee is stocked in all rooms as well as flat-screen cable TVs, complimentary bottled water, and attractive armchairs with ottomans. Baths are large featuring Bliss Spa toiletries and curved shower rods giving additional stretching room in the shower. Robes are in closets, and guests on the fourth floor enjoy extra amenities like access to the club lounge for breakfast and evening snacks.
Conclusion: Umbrellas shade lounge chairs filled with relaxing travelers or week-long corporate guests in the courtyard. A fitness center will soon feature even more modern workout equipment. Guests who want to explore the area can arrange for the free shuttle to take them anywhere within a three mile radius. Ample conference space is the site of business conventions and even social events like weddings who adore the outdoor courtyard and fire pit. Staffers here are far more outgoing and personable than other airport hotels. This is more than just your average airport hotel, and its convenience and long roster of amenities make it a winner. Kudos to Sage Hospitality who runs the hotel with the same high standards that guests would expect from a Ritz-Carlton rather than an airport property.