By Don Decker for Verde Independent
The Yavapai-Apache Nation has announced that it will build a new luxury hotel as part of its Cliff Castle Casino.
The project is in the design phase now and construction is expected to start in January 2016.
The new hotel will include 122 rooms with a mix of suites, king and queen guestrooms, a multi-level 300-space parking garage, additional retail space, a 5KSF adjoining multi-purpose meeting center on the west side of the casino and a covered pool.
The six-story hotel will be an addition to the southwest side of the existing casino.
The projected cost of the new facilities is $27M, with financing for the project being arranged with the Bank of Arizona.
Most Indian casinos have adjoining hotels and the new hotel is a matter of improving customer appeal and the casino’s operations, or risk having the casino become outdated and out of step with current gaming industry standards.
The Tribal Council selected DreamCatcher Hotels (DCH) of Memphis, Tennessee to work with the Nation in developing the Hotel and the luxury quality standards that will be part of the Hotel’s operations.
Under a licensing agreement with the Nation, DCH will provide all of the furnishings and fixtures for the hotel; including DCH luxury mattresses and bedding, spa-like showers in all rooms, and the latest media technology with 43-inch flat-screen high-definition televisions. The new Cliff Castle Hotel will also feature a coffee shop, a retail shop and a business center for guests.
Included with this is a swimming pool, an eight-person whirlpool, a 1,430SF courtyard, and a 1,600SF outdoor seating area.
The Tribal Council also selected Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc., based in Minneapolis, to provide architectural design services in connection with the design and construction of the Nation’s new hotel. Presently, Cuningham is preparing the design, plans and drawings for the project and this work will be completed sometime in late fall of 2015.
Construction on the project will begin in January 2016 and will be completed for a grand opening in December 2016.
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