The Leo Kent Hotel, Tucson, A Tribute Portfolio Hotel, Celebrates its Grand Opening in Arizona

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Located in Tucson’s tallest building, the hotel welcomes guests to the cultural hub of the city

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“A stay at this community-focused boutique property is more than just a place to lay your head,” said Tyler Kent, founder and managing principal of Opwest Partners.

The Leo Kent Hotel, Tucson, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel, announced its grand opening on May 17. Located inside the iconic One South Church building, the lifestyle hotel was conceived and developed by Opwest Partners in collaboration with Iridius Capital and Remington Hotels. The hotel hopes to attract more residents and visitors alike to the heart of Tucson, helping spread the joy and history of the community. The new hotel joins Tribute Portfolio – Marriott Bonvoy’s growing global family of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for guests and locals alike.

“A stay at this community-focused boutique property is more than just a place to lay your head,” said Tyler Kent, founder and managing principal of Opwest Partners. “Every detail speaks to the unique cultural heritage of this region, so whether you’re a first-time visitor or a longtime resident, this hotel is the perfect gateway to discovering the best of Tucson’s rich history, traditions, and natural beauty.”

The hotel’s architect, Nelsen Partners, and interior designers BBGM and MONOGRAM Hospitality Interiors at BBGM accentuate Tucson's unique history and soul through modern classical southwestern design, featuring a robust collection of indoor plants and art inspired by local animals and landscapes. The art created by Tucson native Jane Barton takes inspiration from the Sonoran Desert and the artist’s home in Arizona. Guests can spot native trademarks such as Arizona Buttes, the Saguaro Cactus, The Greater Roadrunner, and Tucson skyline incorporated throughout the hotel's design. Spanning across nine floors, the 145-room property includes amenities such as a fitness center, function hall, meeting spaces, and The St. Cruz restaurant - a casual dining outlet that offers to-go options, with an elevated bar and lounge.

Inspired by the Santa Cruz River and its history as a life source for Tucson, The St. Cruz will feature southwestern-inspired flavors curated by Tucson-native chef Devin Pinto. The hotel will source various local ingredients and feature local beers, wines, and liquor in the bar. The Leo Kent is only steps away from the SunLink Modern Streetcar Route, connecting guests to the rest of Downtown Tucson and the University of Arizona. Other nearby attractions include the Arizona State Museum, Fox Theatre, and numerous retail stores, bars, and restaurants.

"The Leo Kent is a place where guests can truly immerse themselves in the spirit of the region and experience all of its unique flavors and traditions," said Jill Nghiem, The Leo Kent’s general manager. “We are excited to welcome guests to our incredible city just in time for spring.”

The Leo Kent is the second high-end boutique lifestyle property that Opwest Partners has opened in the past eighteen months, highlighting the firm's focus on lifestyle hospitality assets and delivering best-in-class authentic urban destinations.

“We are thrilled to be partners in the newest and best lifestyle hotel in Tucson,” said Sloan Dean, chief executive officer of Remington Hotels. “Opwest Partners have been visionaries in developing the Leo Kent, and we are excited to be part of that vision.”

The Leo Kent will participate in Marriott Bonvoy – the award-winning travel program from Marriott International – allowing members to earn and redeem points for their stay at the new hotel, and at other hotels and resorts across Marriott Bonvoy’s extraordinary portfolio of brands. With the Marriott Bonvoy app, members enjoy a level of personalization and a contactless experience that allows them to travel with peace of mind.

The Leo Kent is located at 1 South Church Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701, and is now accepting bookings this spring starting on May 17, 2023. Rates start as low as $185 per night accompanied by Marriott Bonvoy bonus points upon stay. To learn more about The Leo Kent’s debut in Downtown Tucson, visit the website:

About The Leo Kent, Tucson, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel
Situated in the heart of downtown Tucson inside the city’s most iconic building, The Leo Kent, Tucson, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel offers a new kind of stay in the Old Pueblo. With an emphasis on upscale authenticity, the property maintains a modern classical southwestern design that delivers a true “Made-in-Tucson'' experience. Nestle into a guest room that features uniquely local influences paired with modern conveniences such as high-speed Wi-Fi and ample workspace. Discover elevated Southwestern cuisine at St. Cruz, our chef-driven restaurant and bar open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Or if work is on your agenda, we offer flexible meeting rooms with over 1,500 sq. ft of space. There is also ample opportunity to focus on your health and wellness at our state-of-the-art onsite fitness facility or nearby outdoor recreation destinations. Whether traveling for work, attending events at the University of Arizona, or exploring the Sonoran Desert, The Leo Kent provides an ideal Tucson hotel location for business and leisure. To learn more about The Leo Kent and book your stay, visit

About Tribute Portfolio®
Tribute Portfolio is a growing global family of characterful, independent hotels drawn together by their passion for captivating design and their drive to create vibrant social scenes for guests and locals alike. With more than 85 hotels open around the world, Tribute Portfolio has struck a chord with those who seek out independent experiences and crave a connection with the community when traveling. From boutique resorts like Ermita in Cartagena and urban hotels such as The Vagabond Club in Singapore; to hotels in indie-spirited locales like Bellyard in Atlanta and Hotel Riomar in Ibiza, each Tribute Portfolio hotel celebrates its individuality, offering travelers a fresh, often colorful, perspective. For more information, please visit and stay connected on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Tribute Portfolio is proud to participate in Marriott Bonvoy®, the global travel program from Marriott International. The program offers members an extraordinary portfolio of global brands, exclusive experiences on Marriott Bonvoy Moments and unparalleled benefits including free nights and Elite status recognition. To enroll for free or for more information about the program, visit

About Opwest Partners
Opwest Partners is a Scottsdale/Phoenix-based, multi-disciplined investment and development firm focusing on real estate and lifestyle assets. The company has expertise in mixed-use, hospitality, resort, residential, entertainment, office, retail and recreational properties. Platform capabilities include property acquisition, finance and accounting, project conceptualization, design coordination, entitlements, project management, construction management, operations, asset management, sales and marketing, branding, consulting and advisory. To learn more, visit    

About Remington Hotels
Remington is a dynamic hotel management company providing top-quality service and expertise in property management. Founded in 1968, the hospitality group has grown into a strong, industry-leading service provider and today manages 128 hotels in 27 states and Washington, D.C., across 24 brands, including 18 independent and boutique properties. Remington believes its people are the ultimate source of competitive advantage. The organization has a reputation for consistently delivering outstanding results to owners, investors, brands, guests, and associates. As a result of our success, Remington has become the place Where Passionate People Thrive. Visit to learn more.

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