Sam Fox Developing East Valley Luxury Hotel

Credit: Nelsen Partners/The Global Ambassador

By The Global Ambassador and BEX Staff 

Restaurateur and premier hospitality brand developer Sam Fox is making his official foray into the luxury hospitality industry with the announcement of his internationally inspired hotel, The Global Ambassador 

Located at 44th Street and Camelback Road in Phoenix, in the $300M 44|Camelback mixed-use development, The Global Ambassador will combine a refined and elevated hospitality experience that is created through a global lens and locally connected. Every detail of the 141-room hotel has been designed by Fox himself.  

The hotel will boast five original dining venues with cuisine influenced by the Mediterranean region including Greece, Italy and Morocco. Most notably within the Global Ambassador will be the largest rooftop restaurant in the state, 18KSF overlooking Camelback Mountain.  

The hotel is oriented around its plaza courtyard with a sprawling lawn accented with lush, verdant landscaping and seating that encourages guests to relax and unwind. The world-class amenity offerings include a wellness center complete with an expansive fitness level and ultra-luxe spa.  

Sam Fox’s Author & Edit Hospitality company is developing The Global Ambassador with Brian Frakes of Common Bond Development Group, a company known for its lifestyle development projects. Frakes, who has an extensive background in development, will help bring Fox’s ideas to life by aiding in design, architectural oversight and financial modeling. 

Nelsen Partners Architects has been hired as the lead architect. Berghoff Design Group will oversee the landscape architecture, and the interiors will be done by Judi Testani of Testani Design Troupe, who has designed the majority of Fox’s projects. 

Media reports state the project was approved by Phoenix City Council in 2019. The former office park where the hotel and mixed-use projects will be erected was demolished last year. (Source) 

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