PHOENIX, July 9, 2020 – After months of renovation and construction, the newest member of Marriott International’s Design Hotels portfolio, The Tuxon, opened July 3rd in Tucson, Arizona with casegoods manufactured by Phoenix-based Eclipse Hospitality. The Tuxon, pronounced “Tuck-son,” a playful nod to visitors to Tucson who mis-pronounce the silent “c” in the city’s name, joins Marriott’s elite group of more than 300 hotels located around the globe that promise their guests an immersive local experience. The Tuxon is set to be the first Marriott Design Hotels property in Arizona.
“Furnishing The Tuxon was a beginning-to-end collaboration with the owners and their design team,” says Jigna Chopda, Director of Operations for Eclipse Hospitality. “The designers had a specific vision for the property to create an authentic local experience. The Tuxon has also become a catalyst for revitalizing the surrounding community, so the property’s character and roots really needed to come through in the furnishings,” Chopda explains. “We brought their drawings to life using control samples to define every detail, from the woods to the stains and the edges, because the casegoods will help shape every guest’s experience at The Tuxon.”
“Many of our owner customers order casegoods within a brand program where the furniture is standard and very familiar to our factory teams,” says Anand Patel, President of Eclipse Hospitality. “For The Tuxon, everything was 100% custom. Our factory sourced the materials and crafted the furniture pieces from the design drawings for ease of installation at the property and for durability in the years to come, all within the owner’s specifications. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that happens on a furniture factory floor to turn designs into reality,” explains Patel.
FORSarchitecture+interiors, a Tucson-based hospitality design firm well known for the interiors at AC Hotel by Marriott Tucson Downtown, served as the architect and designer for The Tuxon. “Working with Eclipse Hospitality on The Tuxon project was a welcome partnership,” says Miguel Fuentevilla, FORS Principal. “What impressed us most was their high level of service and how extraordinarily nimble Eclipse was at turning our designs into reality. In a short amount of time, the Eclipse factory had crafted the drawings into a completely furnished room, right there on the factory floor for everyone on the project to see and touch. That was the go-ahead to move into production for all The Tuxon’s guestrooms. And now that the rooms are set up and look just right, we too are eagerly awaiting the first guests.”