From the mythical greek and egyptian tale of resurrection, the Egyptian Motor Hotel, has re-emerged in the Arizona desert. This mecca for live entertainment, hospitality, nightlife, and premium culinary offerings, opens to the public this Friday, January 27. The historic Egyptian Motor Hotel, which once thrived in Downtown Phoenix in the 1950s before operating as a different brand for decades, has been restored on its original turf. The Egyptian is home to the first brick-and-mortar outpost for Chilte, Phoenix’s favorite pop-up, and a food truck for new-school Mexican street food helmed by Chef Lawrence Smith.

Chicago-based hotel developer and management company Rebel Hospitality breathed new life into this buried treasure of Phoenix history. The property boasts 49 retro modern rooms with bunk beds (coined “stacked”) and King bed offerings; Egyptian Live, a 250-seat outdoor bar, and entertainment venue for artists and performers of the local community; adult games and activities; Airstream guest room; water and firepit features to add to the ambiance; and Chilte.

“We are ecstatic to open our doors to this retro time capsule reimagined for nomads, locals, foodies, thrill seekers, and everyone in between. The Egyptian is a modern crash pad with a nod to the past. With an open-air entertainment venue, unique activities, a beloved food partner, and retro ambiance, the hotel will showcase the best of what this vibrant neighborhood has to offer,” said Rebel Hospitality Principal, Gene Kornota. “Grand Avenue’s spirit of creativity is a perfect match for the ethos of the Egyptian. We’re so grateful to have resurrected a time capsule of this important Phoenix community.”

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The original Egyptian Motor Hotel was built over 70 years ago, clad with iconic Egyptian emblems, an exaggerated neon sign, and an open-air concept, all of which are preserved in its resurrected state today. In fact, the classic V-shape design and repurposing of the parking lot made it possible to up the hotel’s cool factor by making the stage and venue viewable from guest-room balconies and first-floor porches, furthering the communal feel of the experience.  

Rebel Hospitality tapped local artists Ize and Tato Caraveo to create one-of-a-kind murals across the property, which will serve as year-round photo backdrops. Local creative collective Snoodmen produced the neon installations throughout the property.

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Property updates and amenities include:

●      Egyptian Live: a 250-seat outdoor entertainment venue and nightly cocktail bar that will welcome local musicians, live art, magicians, comedians, and more with performances year-round

●      Chilte: serving locally sourced, artisanal street food from Chef Lawrence, the beloved local chef who appeared on Food Network’s Chopped this year, in his first brick-and-mortar outpost opening soon.

●      Acoustic guitars offered in all guestrooms

●      Outdoor games for adults including giant Jenga, foosball, corn hole, and submarine races in the water feature

●      Retro, yet modern design refresh in guestrooms ranging from stacked (bunk beds) to King offerings

●      New technology in guestrooms including Marshall Bluetooth speakers, retro refrigerators, and fast, free WiFi

●      Custom art by a variety of Phoenix’s dynamic muralists and creators

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The Egyptian Motor Hotel is located at 765 Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007.