GCU worked with the City of Phoenix and local organizations to revitalize the Phoenix neighborhoods surrounding the campus, a gateway to the GCU campus. With GCU’s purchase and renovation of a nearby hotel, The Grand Canyon University Hotel is both student-led and employed, giving students real-life experience while working towards their degrees. Todd & Associates provided professional architectural services for the addition of a new hotel lobby and restaurant.
The new one-story building, adjacent to the existing hotel, features a 12,717 SF lobby and restaurant named Canyon Grill 49. With a grand porte-cochere at the main entrance, the 2-story volume space has a multi-purpose lobby that combines the hotel check-in, restaurant, and several social lounge areas. The 205-seat restaurant includes a coffee bar and a private dining/meeting room. Outdoor entertaining takes place on the 5,963 SF patio. The design focused on the core being a turf gaming area with several lounge areas, a fire table, and a dining space surrounding it. A pool, spa, and cabanas are also available for guests to enjoy.
Photo credit: Grand Canyon University Hotel & Canyon 49, photography Patrick Darby