When travelers land at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix this spring, one of the first hotels they're likely to encounter is The Wren, a new 290-room hotel just steps from the airport.
The hotel - formerly known as Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport Hotel - has undergone an extensive $8 million renovation. Although the hotel remains a Crowne Plaza property, it has relaunched under new ownership and a new name. The new owners gave the 1980s-era building a top-to-bottom facelift in hopes of reinventing the property as a boutique hotel destination.
While The Wren is likely to attract business travelers and convention visitors, the new owners are hoping that locals will want to stay at the hotel, too. The hotel's stylish new look and convenient location could make it a favorite for Phoenicians looking to enjoy a 'staycation.'
With the main entrance located off Washington and 44th Streets, the hotel is easily accessible to both visitors and locals via the light rail. In fact, The Wren is the only airport hotel with a light rail stop just steps from its entrance.
The Wren is a new boutique-style airport hotel located near Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport — Photo courtesy of The Wren
Prime location isn't the only thing The Wren has going for it, though. Guestrooms have been upgraded with new beds, furniture and TVs. Previously, the hotel was awash in reds, greens and yellows, and covered in floral carpeting. The hotel's new color palette is a mix of sophisticated neutrals, including grays, cream, white and dark walnut.
The cool and minimalist look and feel of the hotel is accented with contemporary paintings by local artists. Crystal chandeliers and a sleek new fireplace add a luxurious touch to the lobby.
The hotel's outdoor areas have also received a makeover. There is a renovated pool area, new cabanas and a fire pit, perfect for relaxing after a day of sightseeing or business meetings.
Also new to the hotel is The Perch, a tri-level lounge and bar area. There is also a new restaurant on site, The Post. It will feature a seasonally revolving menu of Southwestern fare made with locally-sourced ingredients. Menu offerings include a housemade pâté, grilled lamb chops and adobo braised pork belly tacos.
Next up, the hotel is planning on painting a large mural of a soaring wren on the property's south wall. The cactus wren is the Arizona state bird, and the hope is that eventually the mural will be the first thing Phoenix visitors see when they leave the airport and venture into the city.
The Wren 4300 East Washington Street Phoenix, AZ 85008