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Destination Wedding Escape In Phoenix

Words by Jennifer Stein
Photos courtesy of The Camby Hotel

What Phoenix lacks in an impressive city skyline, it more than makes up for in interesting properties with character and caliber.

What was once The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix (with traditional furnishings and artwork) is now The Camby Hotel – an eclectic boutique hotel catering to the sophisticated yet quirky traveler. The rebranding happened in December 2015, when The Camby opened its doors as one of Marriott’s Autograph Collection properties.

“Refined revelry is the theme throughout the hotel and décor elements play on the ‘five C’s’ of Arizona – cattle, cotton, climate, copper and citrus,” says Doug McCorkle, the property’s Chief Ideation Officer. 

From the romantic “illusion poster beds” with copper canopies in every room to thoughtful touches that are carried out down to the bathmats (which read: clean up your act), The Camby is downright fun. For wedding couples who are looking for something a little out of the norm, but with the high-end sophistication of brands like The Ritz-Carlton or St. Regis, The Camby hits the mark.

One major standout is their on-site restaurant, Artizen. Continuing the décor theme of the five C’s of Arizona, you’re welcomed by industrial copper lighting, dark blue walls, cotton throw pillows, citrus artwork and an open-air patio just off the bar that takes full advantage of the (mostly) gorgeous weather Phoenix is known for. Delight your palate from start-to-finish when you order the locally sourced and expertly prepared offerings created by their award-nominated chef, Dushyant Singh.

The rooftop pool can be used as the backdrop for weddings, taking advantage of valley views and romantic sunsets. Host some or all of your events at The Camby Hotel as they have diverse meeting space options that are anything but ordinary.

“Double take” is part of the property’s philosophy and this hotel definitely earns more than a passing glance.

This article first appeared in Destination I Do's Fall/Winter 2016 issue. You can order a copy here.

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