Glendale's constantly changing development core on its western edge near Loop 101 just got immensely better.
There, a luxurious new hotel begins serving guests today (Wednesday). Ordinarily, openings of new businesses cause nary a ripple of interest. But this is different, special and a first of its kind.
You've probably watched the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa rise, floor by floor, out of Westgate City Center just north of University of Phoenix Stadium. This 12-story hotel adds an exciting dimension to the Glendale skyline.
The hotel's completion is noteworthy because it is Glendale's first four-star hotel, a project that took two years to build and one that we think will have been worth the wait.
Interest in Glendale's emerging sports and entertainment mecca on what a few short years ago were fields of cotton is unbelievably high. The Super Bowl will be on a world stage in February, one month after the Fiesta Bowl game is played.
There is absolutely no reason why Glendale cannot host more Super Bowls in the years ahead, a point that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell drove home when he said last week that the area has "all the elements" to be selected again - stadium, climate, resorts, golf courses and community enthusiasm.
Nearby, the Coyotes play their NHL games at Jobing.com arena - also a wonderful venue for shows, entertainment and other sporting events.
Building high-end hotels in close proximity to these attractions with built-in client bases is good business sense. That, in part, is why eight more hotels are planned that will complement other mixed-use developments of office and retail that are in varying stages of planning.
There's a lot to be said about being the first, about the first to see the potential and the first to pony up the financing to make a development work.
As hotelier John Q. Hammons, a Missouri billionaire who built the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa and whose firm will operate it, told The Republic's Scott Wong: "I never build unless the market's there, and this market's here."
Hammons went on to say that you also must assess the needs of the market so that the size and shape of the hotel meets those needs.
The result is a 320-room hotel with upscale amenities and bright color schemes designed to cater to savvy travelers and a younger, more active set. It features 10 suites and two presidential suites. There is a combined 135,000 square feet of meeting space, everything from a grand ballroom to private game-day hospitality rooms.
With a full-service hotel and resort ready for business, Glendale now can join its competitors from Scottsdale to Phoenix to Mesa as a municipality with a destination hotel. We welcome the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa to Glendale.