Historic Egyptian Motor Hotel Opens in Phoenix Grand Avenue Arts District

The reimagined, historic Egyptian Motor Hotel in the Grand Avenue Arts District is now open to the public, offering guests live entertainment, hospitality, nightlife and premium dining at the first restaurant of Phoenix’s favorite Mexican street food pop-up, Chilte. 

Located at 765 Grand Ave. in Downtown Phoenix, the Egyptian Motor Hotel first opened in the 1950s before operating as a different brand for decades. Over 70 years later, Rebel Hospitality has brought the buried treasure back to life with updated amenities, while preserving the original iconic Egyptian emblems, exaggerated neon sign, open-air concept and classic V-shape design.

The property boasts 49 guestrooms with coined “stacked” bunk bed and king bed offerings, as well balconies and first-floor porches. Each guestroom has been refreshed with a retro, yet modern design, as well as with new technology and amenities, including Marshall Bluetooth speakers, retro refrigerators, fast, free WiFi and acoustic guitars for guests to play.

Additional property updates include 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 fire pit features; and custom art murals from local artists.

Chilte, the hotel’s flagship restaurant, is the first brick-and-mortar location for Co-Founder and Executive Chef Lawrence Smith, whose takes on traditional Mexican cuisine have been captivating local appetites through pop-ups and a food truck across town since 2020. Chilte will introduce a fresh, innovative menu at the Egyptian, including a Mole Flight, featuring three different moles inspired by Chef Lawrence’s travels to Mexico, and Elote Cheesecake, a sweet spin on beloved Mexican street corn with Mezcal, chili, fruit, corn and queso.

“We are ecstatic to open our doors to this retro time capsule reimagined for nomads, locals, foodies, thrill seekers, and everyone in between,” says Rebel Hospitality Principal Gene Kornota in a statement. “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 showcases the best of what this vibrant neighborhood has to offer. 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.”

For more information and to book a reservation, visit egyptianmotorhotel.com.

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