On the site where once sports fans crowded the hallways or gazed from their tables to revel in the sports memorabilia mecca that was Don & Charlie’s steakhouse, Opwest Partners and Argosy Real Estate Partners last month opened the doors to Senna House. It is the first new hotel to open in the Scottsdale Entertainment District in 13 years.
“Senna House has been in the making since before the pandemic and we were able to plan accordingly and pivot when needed,” says Tyler Kent, managing partner at Opwest Partners, a Phoenix-based investment and development firm. Acknowledging that they hit some of the same supply chain issues that many businesses faced during the pandemic, he notes their opening timeline was never pushed back and those issues were very few.
With 169 rooms spanning six stories, Senna House was designed by architect Nelson Partners and built from the ground-up as a uniquely branded boutique hotel concept. The hotel’s authentic naming comes from the Senna flower of the Sonoran Desert and is representative of the property’s unique desert-modern design. Inside, guests will be greeted with lush living walls featuring sustainable succulents, luxe mixed media interiors, contrasting finishes and a home-away-from-home desert vibe, as designed by interior design specialists Studio 11 and House of Form.
Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, Senna House was built to meet the rising demand for high-end hotel options in Scottsdale’s Entertainment District as tourism continues to thrive in the area. “Scottsdale was able to bounce back from the pandemic quicker than possibly any other city in the U.S., and we are fortunate to be located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, where tourists and locals flock for robust F&B and entertainment options,” shares Kent. Expressing the expectation that will only increase as some of the Valley’s biggest events — like Barrett Jackson and Cactus League Spring Training — come to town, he says, “We believe that Senna House is perfectly poised to capture tourist crowds and locals alike seeking an authentic Scottsdale experience. We plan on giving them that with our desert-modern aesthetic, surrounding views of Camelback, Superstition and Red mountains, and our Sonora Swim Club, which is primed to become a go-to entertainment destination in the warmer months.”
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