Located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Residence Inn by Marriott Salt River is a 3-story, 111-suite extended-stay hotel that blends the cultural heritage of the “Akimel O’Odham” and “Xalychidom Piipaash” people with the natural environment and the built environment as well as its functionality as a modern hotel. Upon arrival, the porte-cochere boasts 2 large laser-cut patterns a squash blossom and a whirlwind basket. The design’s importance is to symbolize prosperity and meld the hotel with the adjacent Courtyard Marriott hotel. The natural environment calls to mind the Ocotillo-inspired columns that support the long horizontal shading elements flanking the entry. Other natural cues occur throughout the outdoor seating and gathering areas where rammed earth walls and raised planters symbolize vernacular building methods that have been used for generations. Within the shared outdoor spaces is a pair of cattail shade structures whose design reflects native plants that would be found near the rivers while providing practical and decorative shading to the outdoor gathering spaces. The symbolism of the River is the guiding principle of the site design. The river design tells the symbolic story of the joining Pima and Maricopa people and the confluence of two rivers while also being an integral functional design of the building. Circulating throughout the hotel is the river design throughout the lobby, lounge, and main amenity space walkways with beautiful flowing tile. Hotel amenities include an event lawn, putting green, shared pool with bar, buffet, lounge, board room, and fitness center.