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Courtyard by Marriott Salt River commences multi-million dollar renovation


Design and procurement services provided by The Cornerstone Collective.

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. - Officials of The Cornerstone Collective announced the multi-million-dollar renovation of the 158-room Courtyard by Marriott Salt River in Arizona. With a targeted completion date of Fall 2021, the renovation includes many custom elements and enhances brand standards by focusing on the hotel’s location on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Owned by Ba’ag ceksan (Eagle Mark), LLC, the Courtyard is the first Marriott hotel built on tribal land in the United States. 

“While respecting the original design intent, our vision is to further elevate the property with design elements that honor the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community,” said Suzie Hall, founder and CEO, The Cornerstone Collective. “Sleek, shimmering materials will represent water, while textured, woven elements will represent the tribes’ history of basket-weaving. Like the two tribes coming together to create one community, two color palettes –warm earth and cool water –will be used in harmony to create one cohesive design.”

The renovation includes all guest rooms and public spaces, including lobby, bistro, breakfast area, bar, ballrooms and meeting space and fitness center.

Located at 5201 North Pima Road, Scottsdale, Ariz., the four-story culturally rich hotel offers unique décor that embodies the spirit of gathering. The hotel is part of the Talking Stick Entertainment District and within reach of Scottsdale’s finest attractions including championship golf, world class shopping and culinary adventures. Nearby destinations include Salt River Fields, spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies; OdySea, the largest aquarium in the Southwest; and Talking Stick Casino, featuring 800+ slot machine and 50+ gaming tables. Hotel amenities include the Bistro Café, the Market, fitness center, outdoor pool, whirlpool and nearly 5,400 square feet of meeting space. Guest rooms feature plush bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-refrigerators, microwaves and ample space to work and/or relax. 

“Cornerstone did a fantastic job creating a vision for our sister hotel, the Residence Inn Salt River, and we wanted their team to capture that energy here at the Courtyard,” said Alix Smith, Ba’ag ceksan, CEO. “The Residence Inn features many custom design elements and FFE throughout the property, including a custom ‘bird’ ceiling treatment that mirrors the one in our lobby, as well as a river motif designed as a symbol of the Salt River, flowing between the two hotels. We are proud of the hotel’s Native American roots and believe guests will appreciate the special touches Suzie and her team have added to the two hotels to inform and entertain guests.”

Cornerstone Collective
The Cornerstone Collective is a holistic and integrated full-service design and construction solution that accelerates and simplifies the hotel development process. The group brings proven leadership, exquisite talent, innovation and optimal resources together to create the ideal team for hospitality projects. This new, innovative approach keeps all elements of a project under one canopy, advancing the process to ensure deadlines are met and strict spending budgets are kept. Meaningful results and an optimized ROI are just as important as creating unique, custom environments for guests.

Grounded in almost three decades of award-winning notable design, Cornerstone’s strategic vision through tactical solutions guarantee a best-in-class experience for our clients. Its extensive experience in high-end hospitality, resort, master planning, LEED and healthcare markets positions the company to anticipate potential gaps and to capitalize on innovative opportunities.

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