Omni hotel opening adds dimension to Tempe’s appeal as destination city

Airport ease of access, likely approval of a new professional hockey entertainment district, and and what might be described as a visitor checklist of dream-come-true lodging offerings were happily described for celebrants at the opening of Tempe’s newest hotel, the $125 million Omni at ASU.

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On hand for the occasion were Mayor Corey Woods, ASU President Michael Crow, hotel execs and 100 or so guests eager to welcome the addition to an already bustling Tempe downtown. Only steps from the ASU campus, the new upscale lodging super-star features 330 guest rooms, 11 suites, four dining outlets, a massive pool deck, retail and nearly 36,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting spaces on the southeast corner of University Drive and Mill Avenue, home to one of the area’s busiest intersections.

A 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony previewed the occasion, just days ahead of the official opening that took place April 27, heralding yet another addition to the city’s already reputed favor as a visitor destination. In addition to local officials, Omni Hotels & Resorts Chairman Peter Strebel and General Manager Todd Gagnon were on hand to welcome a who’s-who of grand-opening guests.



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