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Meow Wolf to open immersive 400-room hotel, arts and entertainment venue in downtown Phoenix

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Feb 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 21:45:56-05

PHOENIX — An art collective in Santa Fe, New Mexico has announced plans to open an immersive 400-room hotel and entertainment venue in downtown Phoenix.

The Meow Wolf hotel-arts concept -- a first for the company -- will have approximately 400 rooms designed by local artists and will offer differing overnight experiences. Think "faux-glamping (elevated camping), capsule rooms, communal hostel environments, and absurd luxury suites," according to a news release.

Plans also include a 75,000-square-foot art exhibition and a 10,000-square-foot music and performance venue. They've partnered with developer True North Studio to open the hotel within the Roosevelt Row arts district near Third and Garfield streets.

"Our intention for this venture is to collaborate with the creative community in greater Phoenix to produce an authentic, local statement of expression which will bring further excitement and creative energy to the Roosevelt Row Arts District. This project is going to be truly monumental on so many levels," said Meow Wolf CEO and Co-Founder Vince Kadlubek, in a statement.

The release did not specify when the project would begin construction nor when it would potentially open. An online announcement referred to it as a "multi-year project."

"Meow Wolf’s presence will give Phoenix a spectacular boost in our ability to work with local artists and to attract and retain the kind of creative workforce necessary for success. The Meow Wolf Exhibition and Hotel will be the new epicenter for the arts, entertainment and tourism in the State of Arizona," said Jonathon Vento, founder and principal developer of True North Studio, in a written statement.

Meow Wolf formed in 2008 as a collection of artists, according to its website. The Santa Fe location is home to the "House of Eternal Return," described as an "explorable, immersive art installation filled with technology, and fantastic environments to inspire visitors of all ages."

Later this year, it's expected to open "Area 15," an art installation in Las Vegas. They've also announced plans to open a 90,000-square-foot installation in Denver and a 75,000-square-foot installation in Washington D.C.

True North Studio is also helping develop, Punch Bowl Social, a restaurant, bar and arcade, in downtown Phoenix and the 127-room Cambria Hotel, which is slated to open later this year.