1st half of Wild Horse Pass remodel completed SanTan Sun News

1st half of Wild Horse Pass remodel completed

April 12th, 2021 SanTan Sun News
1st half of Wild Horse Pass remodel completed
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SANTAN SUN NEWS STAFF

The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass plans to unveil the first half of its major $70 million remodel – a complete re-do of of its Maricopa wing.

The resort said it has spent more than $100,000 per room on the effort. Its Pima guest wing also is undergoing a floor-to-ceiling overhaul  that is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Each room has a new look and design that includes luxury finishes, custom furniture, refreshed color palette, enhanced lighting and original Native American artwork.

“Embracing the rich culture of the Gila River Indian Community, the room redesign includes several decor details that pay homage to the Pima and Maricopa tribes’ heritage,” the resort said in a release.

Saguaro cactus ribs were foraged by Gila River Indian Community members to create new valances adorning the patio entranceway.

All the artworks in guest rooms were done by artists from the Gila River Indian Community and calendar stick artifacts that tracked important events in the life of a village are in every room.

The Maricopa tribe is famous for beautiful pottery while the Pima tribe is known for intricate basket weavings, so guests will find both art forms placed throughout the rooms and common areas in the respective wings.

“The natural beauty of the Gila River Indian Community played a big part in the inspiration of the new room design, the resort said, noting the palette of browns and tans represent the mountains and desert landscape surrounding the resort.

Each room also has blue accents that represent the Gila River, which once flowed through the area and was always seen as the life source for the Community.

The resort said the new room designs are meant to “function more like a home than a hotel” and feature a comfortable lounge area with plush seating opposed to the standard desk area usually found at hotels.

Other upgrades include 60” flat-screen mounted televisions, plenty of outlets and USB ports, additional ambient lighting throughout, insulated walls for better sound-proofing, new air conditioning units and more.

Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass is a 500-room resort designed as an authentic representation of the Gila River Indian Community’s heritage and culture.

It features 36-hole championship Troon golf, Forbes Five-Star Aji Spa offering authentic Native American-inspired treatments and Koli, an onsite equestrian center where guests can partake in guided rides into the desert in search of wild horses.

It also is home to four restaurants including the signature restaurant Kai, meaning ‘seed’ in the Pima language, the only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star dining experience in Arizona.

Four swimming pools with cascading waterfalls, a waterslide designed after the ancient Casa Grande Ruins and the winding Gila River that can be traversed on a stand-up paddle board, kayak or hydro-bike also are featured.

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