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Design Hotels to Debut in Arizona

The Tuxon, a modern boutique hotel in the heart of Tucson, AZ, has joined Marriott International’s Design Hotels portfolio, an exclusive collection of hotels celebrated for their individuality, thoughtful design and unique, discoverable pleasures. The new hotel, the first-ever Design Hotels property in Arizona, will debut this summer. Guests of The Tuxon will also have access to Marriott International’s loyalty program, Marriott Bonvoy.

The Tuxon joins the Design Hotels network of sophisticated hospitality brands with properties that span a wide variety of fascinating locales—from world capitals and mountaintops to off-the-beaten-path escapes. As a Design Hotels destination, The Tuxon will tap into an engaged community of travelers who seek original, inspiring experiences in new and intriguing places.

While The Tuxon offers guests a stunning setting and state-of-the-art amenities, its spirit is one of approachability, authenticity and openness says The Tuxon’s co-creator and Tucson native Vishal Patel.

“The Tuxon was born out of our desire to create an authentic, modern Southwest experience in the community we know and love. To be named a Design Hotels destination is both humbling and rewarding, and our team could not be more thrilled to share The Tuxon experience with guests from across the region and around the world alike,” Patel said.

”The Tuxon is a fantastic addition to our portfolio,” said Markus Schreyer, SVP, Americas and business innovation, Design Hotels. “As our first member in Arizona, we can’t wait to share this hotel and the incredibly rich destination with our global community. Originals Vishal Patel and Sunny Patel have tapped into exactly the values we hold: a socially centered hub deeply rooted in its surroundings.”

Each year, more than 400 hotels apply to become members of the Design Hotels portfolio. Only 5% are approved, and the chosen few are recognized for demonstrating “a passion for cultural authenticity and genuine hospitality that is enhanced by thought-provoking design and architecture.”

The hotel’s 112 rooms feature design and custom furnishings inspired by the region’s American, Mexican and Native American roots, including rustic gray wood, saddled leather and potted local succulents. The rooms are decorated with a playful collection of cheeky and contemporary artworks inspired by Arizona’s cowboy culture, desert landscape and colorful textiles. Additionally, The Tuxon’s technology-forward check-in process allows guests to curate the experience they desire, whether it’s checking in through their mobile phones only, or through a socially distancing in-person interaction.

Situated near Sentinel Peak—in an area known as the “birthplace of Tucson”—The Tuxon provides a balance between the vibrancy of the city’s thriving downtown and the natural beauty of its surrounding desertscape, which includes hundreds of miles of hiking and bicycle trails. By day, The Tuxon is a gathering place for adventure seekers and culture-loving vacationers. By night, the hotel’s pool scene serves as a relaxed, sociable setting for cocktails and conversation. One of the property’s most alluring features will be its newly constructed Welcome Building, which will serve as the hotel’s social hub, attracting and entertaining guests with an indoor/outdoor bar, locally inspired food and beverages, live music, tastings, craft workshops and much more.

“We continue to take all of the proactive steps needed to ensure a safe and clean environment,” Patel said. “Prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and future guests remains of the upmost importance. We are excited to share our vision with our community and the world.”