Location Info

Conference Location

The 2019 ACVIM Forum takes place at the Phoenix Convention Center (PCC), which is conveniently located in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.


Book Your Stay

Why not stay at one of the official conference hotels where your friends and colleagues are staying? Don't miss the networking opportunities that naturally happen at these hotels where everyone is under one roof.

Discover All Phoenix Has To Offer

Downtown Phoenix is not only the home to the Phoenix Convention Center and Arizona State University’s downtown campus, but you’ll find sports arenas, live music, museums, theaters, art galleries and more than 100 restaurants!

Official ACVIM Forum Hotels

Booking Your Hotel

Housing is currently closed at all hotels. For changes, cancellations, or to request a new reservation (based on availability) at hotels, please contact the hotel directly after May 13th to allow the hotel time to process your reservation. New reservations, cancels or changes can no longer be made at these hotels through this site, you must contact the hotel directly.

Courtyard Downtown Phoenix – 602-603-2001

Hampton Inn and Suites – 602-710-1240

Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Downtown – 602-343-0006

Hyatt Regency Phoenix – 602-252-1234

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown – 602-333-0000

Residence Inn Phoenix Downtown – 602-603-2000

Sheraton Grand Phoenix – 602-262-2500

If you still need to make a hotel reservation, you may Click Here to search for rooms through ARES, our trusted third party hotel partner. Be advised that through ARES you may view an ACVIM contracted hotel with availability at a higher rate.  Please note that this is due to the ACVIM hotel block being full and the hotel no longer offering rooms at the discounted ACVIM rate due to increased demand in the city over our conference dates. 

*ARES DISCLAIMER: This third party site offers available hotels that may have room rates, deposits and/or cancel policies that differ from the contracted ACVIM Hotels. Reservations will be made through a 3rd party travel agent, therefore, any questions regarding hotel policies or payments should be directed to the travel agent or the hotel directly. Any change or cancellations to reservations booked through this site must be made directly with the hotel.*

Hotel Information

Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel (HQ Hotel)


Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel (HQ Hotel)
340 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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Hotel Cut-Off Date:
May 9, 2019

The city's largest hotel, Sheraton Grand Phoenix is a contemporary haven in a prime location. Unpack and unwind in stylish rooms and suites, featuring modern essentials, gorgeous city views and a thoughtful collection of signature amenities. After a day of business or fun, refresh in our sparkling pool, sip cocktails in our stylish lounge or sit down to delectable American fare at our inviting District American Kitchen & Wine Bar. Just 10 minutes from Sky Harbor International Airport, near endless entertainment options, this hotel is a welcoming sanctuary in the heart of Phoenix.

Hyatt Regency Phoenix


Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 North 2nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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Hotel Cut-Off Date:
 May 9, 2019

Located across the street from the Phoenix Convention Center, Hyatt Regency Phoenix places downtown Phoenix at your feet. Walk to the Arizona Center Shops and entertainment at CityScape, located two blocks from the hotel. Explore museums, culture, the arts, and the vibrant nightlife of downtown Phoenix just outside our doors.

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel


Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
100 North 2nd St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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Hotel Cut-Off Date: May 9, 2019

Immerse yourself into the vibrant culture of Phoenix by staying at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel. After experiencing the unique style of their newly reimagined lobby, unwind in your perfectly appointed accommodations, which seamlessly blend modern sophistication with second-home comfort. Keep your workout routine in our modern fitness center, or relax in our heated rooftop pool. Before a day exploring downtown Phoenix or business, start your day with a coffee beverage from their on-site Starbucks® or a tempting breakfast from Marston's Cafe. For a taste of the Southwest, visit Dust Cutter, the hotel's signature restaurant. Along with the proximity to the Phoenix Convention Center, you will appreciate the hotel's ideal downtown location near Chase Field, Talking Stick Resort Arena and more.

Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown


Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown (SOLD OUT)
340 North 3rd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

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Hotel Cut-Off Date:
 May 9, 2019

Stay at Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown and be just steps from it all. The hotel is adjacent to the new ASU downtown campus and blocks from Fortune 500 companies like Ernst & Young and JP Morgan Chase. Walk to events at Phoenix Convention Center, restaurants at CityScape, Suns games at Talking Stick Resort Arena, and Diamondbacks games at Chase Field – all within a mile of the hotel.

There are numerous ground transportation options available at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Ground Transportation Information areas are conveniently located within Terminals 2, 3 and 4. 

Ground transportation information is subject to change at any time.

Shuttle Services
SuperShuttle is a shuttle service serving most downtown Phoenix hotels. To access SuperShuttle at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, proceed to Terminal 4, Door 8 and visit the Shuttle counter to speak with a uniformed Customer Services Representative. Shuttles operate based on demand. For information or to schedule service, call 1-800-BLUEVAN or go to the SuperShuttle website. Use code DPV7F for a discount. Advance reservations are recommended.

Valley Metro Rail
The Phoenix Valley Metro Rail system has an elevated rail station connected to the airport. The current Valley Metro Rail rate to downtown Phoenix is $2.00 and travel time is approximately 10 minutes to. The closest rail station to the Sheraton Grand Phoenix is located four blocks away, at E. Taylor St. and 2nd St.

Rates are subject to change.

Taxicabs are readily available and provide service to the Phoenix area and surrounding counties. Check with your taxicab company of choice (or with your driver at the airport) for more information on fares and destinations served. Please ensure they accept credit cards prior to departure if that is your preferred method of payment.

All taxicabs dispatched at PHX Sky Harbor airport must have and use taxi meters. Schedule of rates can be found on the airport website.

Ride Share Services
Uber and Lyft provide services at Sky Harbor International Airport. Download one of the apps to connect you with reliable rides—from low-cost to premium—in minutes. After you set up your account through the app, payment will be completely cashless and estimates are available. Pricing will vary depending on peak times and types of vehicle selected. Please visit the airport’s ground transportation page for ride share pick-up locations specific to Terminals 2, 3 and 4.

Hotel Courtesy Vehicles
No downtown Phoenix hotels provide courtesy shuttle service to and from the airport.

Rental Car
The Rental Car Center at the PHX Sky Harbor airport is located at its own facility, with a complimentary Rental Car Shuttle making frequent stops, every few minutes at the curb on baggage claim levels of each terminal. Advance reservations are recommended.


Current hotel parking rates are listed below. Please check with your hotel prior to your arrival as parking rates are subject to change:

Sheraton Grand Phoenix Downtown Hotel $9.00 USD Hourly; $23.00 USD Daily  $33.00 USD Daily
Hyatt Regency Phoenix $23.00 USD Daily  $33.00 USD Daily
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel Not Available  $34.00 USD Daily
Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix Downtown   Not Available     $32.00 USD Daily 

Air Travel

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is conveniently located 10-20 minutes from downtown Phoenix by car, light rail, shuttle bus, or taxi. It is the preferred airport to fly into for easy access to the Phoenix area.

Sky Harbor, known as “America’s Friendliest Airport” opened more than 83 years ago and serves as an international airport, handling about 120,000 passenger arrivals and departures daily. The airport offers free Wi-Fi access in public areas, a diverse array of dining and shopping choices, and also a museum.

Take Advantage of All that Phoenix Has To Offer - Plan To Stay the Weekend!

We know the real reason you're coming to Phoenix is to immerse yourself in education and learn from leading industry experts, but there's nothing wrong with enjoying a little sunshine and other Phoenix hot spots during your stay.

Phoenix is a place where it's easy to migrate between high culture and low, resort escapes and local hangouts, outdoor adventure and poolside lounging.

Featured Event

Don't miss out on one of Phoenix's Largest Events!

Downtown Phoenix    Friday, June 7    6:00-10:00 pm    Price: Free
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When it comes to local art events, Phoenix is bustling with activity year-round, but the famous First Friday Art Walk is one of the biggest such events in the country.

As the name suggests, the event takes place on the first Friday of every month from 6 to 10 p.m. First Friday features self-guided tours of downtown Phoenix art galleries, studios, and creative spaces and is "dedicated to bringing together artists, the public, and businesses for a greater understanding, appreciation, and promotion of the arts and the development of a strong and vital downtown Phoenix arts community."

Free shuttles departing from the Arizona Center provide service along three different routes through the art districts of Phoenix, but you can hop on at any stop along the way including the Phoenix Art Museum, CityScape, Unexpected Gallery, and Oasis on Grand. Phoenix First Friday Art Walk typically features between 70 and 100 participants situated from Indian School Road to Buchanan Street and from 12th Street to 17th Avenue.

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Top 10 Phoenix Attractions

Camelback Mountain

camelback mountain trailThe panoramic view from the "hump" of this iconic landmark, named for its resemblance to a kneeling camel, is worth scaling its two tricky trails, Echo Canyon and Cholla.

Hikers gain 1,200 feet in elevation to the summit, which looks out over the city and Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Camelback is one of the most popular urban hiking spots in Phoenix, so expect trail traffic and consider hiking on weekdays. During hot-weather months, hike in the early morning and drink plenty of water. See our outdoor safety tips page for more info before you head out. 

Musical Instrument Museum

mim kidsSee, hear and even play instruments from every corner of the world in a one-of-a-kind collection.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) tunes you into thousands of instrument sounds with a headset that syncs seamlessly as you move through its galleries. Take a world tour of cultural instruments and pop culture artists, and return for a live music experience at MIM Music Theater, a year-round concert series hosting more than 200 international acts.

Papago Park

Papago Park in Phoenix

Just minutes from downtown is iconic Papago Park, home to red rock buttes looped with trails, a scenic view from hikeable Hole-in-the-Rock, and these top attractions:

Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical GardenThe winding paths of this 50-acre desert garden showcase a fantastic variety of arid plants, from towering saguaros to delicate blooms.

This beautiful landscape is also the backdrop for the garden’s seasonal events. During the winter months, thousands of luminaria bags and twinkling lights transform the garden for Las Noches de Las Luminarias, a holiday tradition.


Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix ZooOne of the nation's largest non-profit zoos is home to more than 1,400 animals. See Sumatran tigers roam the savanna, feed giraffes in an up-close encounter and discover the local flora, fauna and critters of the Sonoran Desert on the zoo's Arizona Trail.

The park is also a popular hub of recreation, including fishing in seven acres of stocked lagoons and scenic Papago Golf Course, set at the base of Papago’s buttes.

Heard Museum

Heard Museum Hoop DanceThe tradition, culture and history of 22 regional American Indian tribes converge in the Heard Museum's immersive exhibits and authentic art shop.

Through art and cultural objects, the museum’s ongoing exhibits tell the stories of native people of the Southwest, from early history to powerful memories of boarding schools.

Roosevelt Row

First FridayThe creative beat of the city's urban heart is in Roosevelt Row, home to galleries, mural-splashed business walls and a monthly art walk.This arts district is a prominent stop for visitors and the downtown community along the First Friday self-guided art tour.

South Mountain Park and Preserve

south mountainBoasting 50 miles of trails through 16,000 acres of the Sonoran Desert, this municipal park is perfectly suited for outdoor adventure just minutes from the city. 

The skyline views and Sonoran Desert flora aren't the park's only perks. Keep a lookout for ancient petroglyphs carved into the rocks (we've got details in this blog post). If you'd rather drive than hike, bike or hoof it up the trails, hop on the 5.5-mile Summit Road up to Dobbins Lookout, the highest accessible point in the preserve.

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art MuseumThe Southwest's largest fine art museum features a collection of contemporary work and global masterpieces.

Complementing the museum's galleries of fine art and objects from Asia, America, Europe and beyond are rotating exhibitions. Want to see the permanent collections for free (and the special exhibitions at a discount)? Visit Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. during voluntary donation time, or the second Sunday of the month from noon to 5 p.m. for Free Family Sundays.

Heritage Square Dining

Pizzeria BiancoLike the 19th-century homes nearby, the restaurants in downtown's Heritage Square are making history: Both Pizzeria Bianco (heralded as the best pizza in the nation) and Nobuo at Teeter House (sophisticated Japanese offered tapas-style) are James Beard Award winners.

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town ScottsdaleSouthwestern arts and hip eateries line the streets of Old Town, a popular destination for Greater Phoenix shopping and nightlife.

If you're hunting for a souvenir, you'll find your fill of old-fashioned flair (think cowboy hats and turquoise jewelry) alongside upscale art galleries and trendy boutiques in the Fifth Avenue district. The area is also a hot spot for after-dark dancing, lounging and libations.

Taliesin West

Taliesin WestTours of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home, give insight on how the masterful architect was inspired by the desert surroundings. Visitors walk through rooms, gardens, walkways and Wright's entertainment pavilion on the grounds while learning about his organic architecture.

Downtown Phoenix

When the business day ends, the fun begins in downtown Phoenix.

This is where you’ll find sports arenas, live music, rooftop lounges, museums, theaters, art galleries and more than 100 restaurants. Downtown is also home to the Phoenix Convention Center and Arizona State University’s downtown campus. And it’s all served by one of the newest light rail systems in the nation. 

CityScape, a two-block concentration of restaurants, bars, and fashion retailers, is home to an urban-chic bowling alley, a dance club and arcade, a live-music venue with 60 beers on tap, and a comedy theater and supper club with rentable meeting space. Pro sports are almost always afoot at Talking Stick Resort Arena (home of the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury) or Chase Field (home of the Arizona Diamondbacks), and Roosevelt Row is the place to go for coffee shops, art-house movies and First Friday Art Walks.

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Dog-Friendly Parks, Patios and Trails

Canine companions deserve to get out and explore Phoenix, too. For you and the four-legged friends in your life, we’ve compiled a dog-friendly Phoenix guide to top hiking trails, parks, and restaurant patios around the city.




Hikers, bikers and climbers in Greater Phoenix have come to the same conclusion as coyotes, roadrunners and jackrabbits: The Sonoran Desert is a great place to play.

How you experience the desert is up to you. Explore the different ways below.

Hiking and Biking
Get tips on the best hikes and places to bike for beginners and seasoned adventurers alike, order a trail guide and more. More»
  Guided Tours & Sightseeing
Explore the desert by land, air and water with the knowledgeable guides at these local companies. More» 
  Gardens, Parks and Zoos
Get the details on wildlife zoos, tranquil parks and desert preserves. More»

Arts & Culture

A highlight of any visit to Greater Phoenix is the area’s rich arts-and-culture environment. Performances at a multitude of theaters, concert halls and cultural centers are constant attractions, while art and history lovers can flock to a diverse group of fascinating museums.

Spa & Health

Spas in Phoenix aren’t just known for overlooking the desert: They’re known for using the desert. While some destination spas take their cues from luxurious European and Asian practices, others utilize botanicals found in the surrounding Sonoran Desert and take inspiration from Native American traditions.

Helpful Resources


Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors

If you explore downtown Phoenix, you’re likely to see a Downtown Ambassador strolling the sidewalks or pedaling a bicycle. Easy to spot in their bright-orange shirts, these friendly men and women are on duty seven days a week to assist visitors and promote safety.

Ambassadors are happy to share their knowledge about local attractions, restaurants, theaters, hotels and shops. They can give you directions and even help you make dinner reservations or find tickets to a performance. They’re also trained in First Aid and crime prevention.

Downtown Ambassadors roam the streets every day of the year, from 6:30 am to 11 pm Monday through Friday, and 8 am to 11 pm Saturday and Sunday. You also can find them at their Information Center in the US Bank Building, on Adams Street between Central Avenue and First Avenue.

Tap the Ambassadors’ knowledge from anywhere by calling their hotline at (602) 495-1500, texting “ASK” to 25866 (standard messaging rates may apply), or sending an email to ambassadors@downtownphx.org.

Look for the Downtown Ambassadors wearing orange shirts with “ASK ME” on the back. They’ll help with recommendations and get you where you need to go.



Metropolitan Phoenix is expansive: It's similar in size to the state of Delaware and encompasses more than 20 cities and towns. 

Find things to do in each region of the metro area; take a closer look at the city, state and downtown; plan your next outdoor adventure with Phoenix's trail guide; and see how easy it is to explore on the Valley Metro light rail with the maps below.




Hey, it’s hot. The old axiom is that “it’s a dry heat,” and there’s truth to that. The Sonoran Desert’s super-low humidity means 90-degree temperatures (32 degrees C) feel quite nice, and the arid climate causes perspiration to evaporate quickly, keeping you cooler and drier.