The Vibe: Art Phoenix.
The Area: Phoenix Downtown, once a victim to the dreaded weekend exodus that blights most business districts is currently undergoing a rebirth, led by a growing art scene – gradually moving in from neighbouring Scottsdale – and a string of new hospitality enterprises.
The DNA: Proof that the district is worth more than a day trip is the launch of the newly minted Found:RE hotel, an art-orientated property that slots right into its location on the border of Roosevelt Row, the creative district lined with artisan coffee shops and contemporary galleries. Inside, a raw, industrial aesthetic provides a suitably clean backdrop for in-house curator Michael Oleskow’s bold collection that champions local artists from Randy Slack to Linda Ingraham.
Suite-Me-Up: Upstairs, a sense of youthfulness pervades the 104 guest rooms, with industrial black iron beds and wagon wheel lighting fixtures that are boosted by smokey grey and blue hues. Some rooms have balconies that overlook the hotel’s pool, the perfect spot to cool off during the hot summer months, sipping on a cocktail, while admiring the specially commissioned wall mural by Lucretia Torva alongside fun elements such as the movable T-Rex by Jeff Zischke.
✅ free Wi-Fi • size matters: 104 rooms & suites (37-78m2) • hotel opened: 2016 (previously Lexington Hotel) • interior design: DAVIS • bathroom amenities: C.O. Bigelow • parking possible on-site (charged) ✅ pet friendly, no charges • 24-hour front desk • wheelchair accessible