Nestled on 125 acres in Paradise Valley, Arizona, the legendary JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is celebrating the opening of its new 15,000-square-foot Paradise Ballroom, which includes an additional 17,000-square-foot scenic outdoor terrace. This brings the award-winning resort’s total meeting and event space to 95,000 square feet, according to the announcement by General Manager Jim Rose.
While maintaining the property’s intimate, Southwestern charm, the new state-of-the-art ballroom capitalizes on the lush desert landscaping and breathtaking views of both Camelback and Mummy Mountains with impressive floor-to-ceiling windows that radiate natural light. The venue is one of only six ballrooms in the United States with folding nano doors and windows; it also features adjustable walls that create up to eight separate meeting rooms. The smallest conference salon is 818 square feet and accommodates up to 80 guests, while the largest — at 4,280 square feet — accommodates up to 480 guests. With all of the walls removed, the Paradise Ballroom can accommodate as many as 950 guests for a sit-down dinner and up to 1,500 guests for receptions on the outdoor terrace.
Paying homage to the resort’s historic roots, the Paradise Ballroom is the first of its kind in the Marriott portfolio of hotels and resorts worldwide that will house featured pieces of artwork from the personal collection of J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., Marriott International’s executive chairman and chairman of the board.
Unbeknownst to some, Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has long been a beloved vacation spot of the Marriott family, who began vacationing there prior to Marriott purchasing the property in 1967. In the early years, Bill Marriott Sr. purchased select pieces of artwork from various Scottsdale galleries during their family visits, all of which have since been passed down to Bill Marriott Jr., who is now hand-selecting about 40 pieces to showcase on what will be dedicated as the Marriott Art Wall.
Rose says this distinction is a true honor and testament to the Marriott family’s adoration of, and commitment to, maintaining the historic charm and authentic Southwestern culture for which Camelback Inn is widely known. “The artwork that Mr. Marriott has chosen represents a very special and personal selection of the family’s memories from their many vacations here, and we are incredibly honored that he has chosen Camelback Inn Resort & Spa as the new home for these cherished pieces,” he says.
Set on 125 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape in affluent Paradise Valley, Camelback Inn embodies the spirit of the Southwest with its peaceful desert setting, private grounds for hiking and meditation and indigenous plant life. The resort features 453 oversized guest rooms and suites, each with a private entrance and garden patio or balcony. The resort also offers 36 holes of championship golf, six tennis courts, the 32,000-square-foot Spa at Camelback Inn, two swimming pools, and seven restaurants and lounges.
About JW Marriott Hotels & Resorts
JW Marriott is part of Marriott International’s luxury portfolio and consists of beautiful properties and distinctive resort locations around the world. These elegant hotels cater to sophisticated, self-assured travelers seeking The JW Treatment™ — the brand’s philosophy that true luxury is created by people who are passionate about what they do. JW hotels offer crafted experiences that bring to life the brand’s commitment to highly choreographed, anticipatory service and modern residential design, allowing guests to pursue their passions and leave even more fulfilled than when they arrived. Today, there are 80 JW Marriott hotels in nearly 30 countries and territories. JW Marriott is proud to participate in the industry’s award-winning loyalty program, Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards®. Members can now link accounts with Starwood Preferred Guest® at members.marriott.com for instant elite status matching and unlimited points transfer. Visit JW Marriott online and on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Top photo: Marriott International Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board Bill Marriott Jr. poses with the JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa sales team during his visit in April.