Professional Building Returns To 1930s Splendor As Hilton Garden Inn
August 27, 2015 by Fara Illich
When guests of the Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown walk through the elegant wrought iron doors of the revamped Professional Building December 1, they might feel like they’re taking a step back in time.
Or at least that’s the goal, according to Afsaneh Torres, area director of sales and marketing for CSM Corporation.
“The lobby is going to be very chic and very grand,” she said. “We partnered with some great experts to make sure that we’re able to preserve the building and its historic integrity.”
CSM Corporation purchased the building located on the corner of Central Avenue and Monroe Street back in December 2013. Since then, the Minneapolis-based real estate group has been working to restore the 1932 skyscraper into a select-service hotel — catering to businesses, conventioneers and leisure travelers on-the-go.
It features 170 guestrooms on 12 floors, a rooftop terrace and bar, meeting rooms, event space, a business center, fitness center and valet parking. Plans also include retail space on the ground floor and a full bar and restaurant — the details of which will be released in the coming weeks.
The striking limestone exterior, which the Professional Building is known for, remains mostly untouched but a major interior facelift is already well underway.
From 24-foot lobby ceilings and ornamental bronze elevators to restored marblework and columns, Torres said the Hilton Garden Inn will be a tasteful blending of modern upgrades and conveniences with 1930s-style splendor.
“Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t approach us and tell us how excited they are that this building is coming back to life,” she said. “We believe that it will be a phenomenal guest experience.”
It’s pretty exciting for locals too, who will get to enjoy a cocktail in the lobby, dining at the restaurant, access to beautiful event spaces, meeting rooms and last but not least, the rooftop bar — which will be open to the public when not in use for private events.
The lobby is going to be very chic and very grand. We partnered with some great experts to make sure that we’re able to preserve the building and its historic integrity.”
For decades, Valley National Bank occupied the first three floors of the Professional Building and the remaining nine stories housed county medical offices. After the bank moved out and occupancy dwindled, the building sat vacant for more than 20 years, falling into disrepair before CSM stepped in with a $40 million dollar investment.
Torres said this type of select-service hotel is new for Downtown Phoenix, offering very competitive pricing without discounting any services or concessions.
“It will be a really nice complement to some of the larger hotels that are currently in the market but with some very unique options,” she said.