"It's come full cycle," said Yavapai-Apache Chairman Vincent Randall, adding that the facility that formerly housed the casino is now the gathering center originally meant for the location. "We have always been a hospitable people."
The new stateoftheart conference and meeting space is the result of extensive renovation to the original Cliff Castle Casino building and hotel lobby.
The southwesternmotif center includes a restaurant and lounge, a ballroom, two conference rooms, and three multipurpose rooms that join to form a large hall. All of the meeting rooms are prewired with dropdown projectors and overhead audio/visual equipment and can accommodate a variety of functions and group sizes from small meetings of 20 to banquets of 300 or more.
"We tried to make the space as flexible as possible to accommodate a variety of events," said Ivan Drechsler, manager of The Lodge at Cliff Castle. "The meeting rooms can accommodate corporate events, receptions, conferences and themed parties they can become anything."
The center's 80seat restaurant, The Gathering, will be open to the public for breakfast and lunch. In the evening, the venue will also be available for private functions,
According to Drechsler, the space is being booked by local corporations and groups for the remainder of the year especially for holiday parties. He said a physicians' convention already used the center, taking the Jerome, Cottonwood and Camp Verde rooms for very effective meetings.
A fulltime group coordinator, Mabe Sommers, handles arrangements for groups that reserve the facilities for their events.
"Mabe Sommers has great event planning experience and is very flexible in working with groups," said Drechsler. "She can help with any number of details to make the event unforgettable"
Conference Center at the Lodge at Cliff Castle
Architect: Cook & Associates
Contractor: Kitchell Corp.
Square Feet: 9,600 total
Meeting Space: Sedona Ballroom, seats up to 185 for sitdown reception
Flagstaff Conference Room, seats up to 19
Prescott Conference Room, seats up to 23
Jerome Meeting Room, seats up to 48
Cottonwood Meeting Room, seats up to 48
Camp Verde Meeting Room, seats up to 144
"Combined meeting space of Jerome, Cottonwood and
Camp Verde Meeting Rooms seats up to 240.
Restaurant: Seats up to 80
Open to public for breakfast and lunch daily
Available for private functions during evening hours
Hotel: The Lodge at Cliff Castle currently has 80 guest rooms available
at special group rates
Pricing: Call for a specific price quote
Contact: Group Coordinator, Mabe Sommers, (520) 567-6611