By Sherry Jackson

Situated in downtown Ocotillo, the newly-opened Marriott Residence Inn Phoenix/Chandler South features spacious studios and suites, easy access to nearby attractions and large companies, plentiful amenities and some great staycation deals for Valley residents.

Located on four acres, the hotel is adjacent to one the area lakes, offering spectacular waterfront views. A Santa Barbara-style architecture with modern furnishings and décor fits in well with the overall Ocotillo ambiance. Walking, biking and running paths provide guests with multiple outdoor recreation opportunities. Several outdoor seating areas provide a place to relax. Outdoor BBQ grills, firepits, a pool, spa and gazebo are also available to guests.

“The setting is just spectacular,” Shakiera Helenic, director of sales for Aimbridge Hospitality, which manages the new hotel says. “The entire property is custom-designed and upgraded. As you walk thru you can feel and see the attention to detail. It’s very well done.”

The Residence Inn is situated near Chandler’s high-tech Price Road corridor and caters to business travelers in addition to area residents.

“Timing couldn’t be better and demand more perfect,” Helenic says.  “The surrounding area is home to many large employers including Wells Fargo, Orbital ATK and Paypal. Intel and General Motor Financial Services both have announced major expansions recently bringing even more jobs to the area.”

The hotel’s light and open lobby provides views of the lake with floor to ceiling windows. A full bar with happy hour specials means guests can enjoy a cold beer, glass of wine or specialty cocktail.

Three nights a week, guests can socialize in the lobby or outdoor space at The Residence Inn Mix. Mondays feature tasty sips and snacks. On Tuesdays, it’s grilling and chilling with cold beverages. On Wednesdays the hotel brings in local area food truck fare (for purchase), restaurant pop-in tastings or dessert.

The four-story Residence Inn Phoenix/Chandler South has 142 guest rooms offering studio, one and two-bedroom king and queen suites. All rooms and suites have full kitchens, large windows to let in natural light and separate living rooms, perfect for short or longer-term stays. A full, hot American breakfast is complimentary and hotel staff will even do your grocery shopping. Don’t want to cook? The hotel is within walking distance to several area restaurants including CHoP Chandler and The Living Room.

For those tech-centered guests, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi and electric car charging stations, Even the 24-hour fitness center is special. “You’re not just looking at a wall,” Helenic says. Ellipticals, treadmills and recumbent bikes all overlook the lake. You can also bring Fido as the Residence Inn is pet-friendly.

Looking for meeting, wedding or special event space? With more than 800 square feet of event space, the Residence Inn can accommodate groups up to 50 people. Onsite catering, free wireless internet and special group rates are available.

Looking for a hotel more suited for business travelers? Aimbridge Hospitality also manages the TownePlace Suites Phoenix Chandler/Fashion Center. This apartment-style hotel just opened fall 2017 and is within walking distance to Chandler Fashion Mall and several restaurants.

“It’s a charming property with 109 rooms,” Helenic says. “Townplace Suites is designed to help business travelers while on the road with three different room types, a full breakfast, free wi-fi and a full bar.”

This summer, the Residence Inn Phoenix/Chandler South is offering a staycation package for area residents who want to come checkout the hotel. The package includes two nights/three days in a one-bedroom suite overlooking the lake, a welcome amenity, such as a cooler bag for cold beverages, and snacks, 2,000 bonus Marriott points and a $25 food and beverage credit at the Residence Inn Lobby Bar.

For more information, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxrl-residence-inn-phoenix-chandler-south or www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/phxxc-towneplace-suites-phoenix-chandler-fashion-center.

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