Local arts and culture makes for an unforgettable stay

By Molly Cerreta Smith
Photos Courtesy of FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel

Situated along Central Avenue and Portland Street in Phoenix, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel is an intimate boutique 104-room hotel that welcomes those seeking art, culture, activities, nightlife, and an eclectic food and beverage scene all rolled into one. There’s almost always something to see, do or experience at the FOUND:RE, and this month is no exception.

As much an art gallery as it is a hotel, FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel been dedicated to supporting the local arts community since its inception and many local artists’ works are represented throughout the property. Recently, the hotel expanded to include its own freestanding art gallery, FOUND:RE Contemporary. The gallery and the hotel often host art exhibitions in conjunction with one another, encouraging art enthusiasts to check out the impressive artistic talent within the Phoenix area in a wide range of mediums.

Currently, “XSCAPE: Landscapes, Cityscapes and Mindscapes,” with support provided by Artlink Inc., is on display, presenting the work of 64 Arizona artists and showcasing their talents through a variety of landscape motifs, both realistic and imagined. Presented as part of FOUND:RE Contemporary’s regular schedule of rotating exhibitions organized by Audrey Galat, arts and culture curator for Phoenix FOUND:RE Hotel and FOUND:RE Contemporary, the exhibition encompasses the entire ground floor of the FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel so it can be viewed anytime. Galat also offers private tours for those that prefer a more in-depth viewing experience.

This month, the FOUND:RE’s Passport Series — monthly events dedicated to “transporting” guests to different global destinations — continues with a “trip” to Finland. On Saturday, August 14 from 6-10 p.m., guests will experience the culture of the “Happiest Country in the World” through cuisine, cocktails, entertainment, and more.

Another popular monthly event at FOUND:RE — “Guide to Wine and Tasting Class” — takes place within the hotel’s signature restaurant, Match Market & Bar. On Wednesday, August 11 at 7 p.m., Philip Nelson of Quench Fine Wines leads guests through tastings of varietals from South America (particularly Argentina and Chile) while explaining each sip. Guests can enjoy light bites and 15 percent off bottles of the highlighted wines during the event.

At Phoenix FOUND:RE Hotel, guests can experience a room that’s as vibrant and sophisticated, yet warmly welcoming, as Downtown Phoenix itself. Urban industrial design meets human touches like comfy mattresses, high thread count sheets, and lush towels—everything guests need for an unforgettable stay. Guests will also enjoy stunning city views from floor-to-ceiling windows.

FOUND:RE is located at 1100 N. Central Avenue in Phoenix. FOUND:RE is offering its “RE:FRESH Summer Room Package” for locals and visitors alike to experience a one-of-a-kind vacation or staycation. Starting at just $179, plus tax, the package includes a “re:markable” room, $25 food and beverage credit per stay, and poolside swag per stay (including essentials like sunglasses, sunblock, and a pool floatie). This summer staycation package is available for booking through Thursday, September 2. For more, visit foundrehotels.com.