A groundbreaking ceremony was held October 2, 2014, for a Courtyard by Marriott hotel that will be located adjacent to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.
“Courtyard by Marriott is a great addition to the Gateway area and another sign of the growing success of southeast Mesa,” Mesa Mayor, and Airport Authority Board member John Giles said. “Travelers flying in to Gateway for business or pleasure will have a convenient place to stay with easy freeway access just outside the entrance to the airport.”
The hotel, located on Ray Road east of Power Road, is designed for business travelers but will also accommodate families. All 99 rooms will include a desk and hospitality cabinet with microwaves and refrigerators. The hotel will also feature a conference center, business center, full-service restaurant, 24-hour “mini-mart” and an outdoor pool and patio area.
“Breaking ground on this hotel is another important step in the growth of the Gateway area,” District 6 Councilmember Scott Somers said. “The addition of a Marriott property to one of the fastest growing locations in the valley shows the commitment the City Council has made to making this a destination area in the State of Arizona.”
Courtyard by Marriott is being built by Sunridge Hotel Group, a Mesa-based hospitality development and management company. It will be the ninth property built by Sunridge in Arizona and the first in Mesa.
“This is a great location for our newest hotel project and we look forward to serving the Gateway community,” Sunridge Chairman and CEO Paul Welker said. “Marriott is one of the most respected brands in the hospitality industry and the hotel will be ideal for both the business and leisure travelers.”
Richardson Design Partnership was selected as the architect and Porter Brothers is the general contractor for the hotel. There is a historical connection involving Porter Brothers. Bill Porter, grandfather of current owners Dennis and Gary Porter, was in charge of construction at Williams Air Force Base, which eventually made a successful transition to become Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport
The Courtyard by Marriott is scheduled to open in October, 2015.