Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The Camby Hotel Mixes The Traditional With The Whimsical

By The Food Hunter

Welcome to the Camby, a new high-end hotel in the heart of Central Phoenix.

The Camby offers guests a lighthearted approach to luxury through uniquely designed guest rooms and attention to detail that transforms the ordinary to the extraordinary.

The hotel has over 250 comfortably furnished guest rooms designed by Stonehill & Taylor all of which incorporate Arizona's 5 C's (copper, cattle, cotton, citrus, and climate). There are other small touches throughout the hotel which also make it unique; including cow skull lamps that project the word moo when turned on, and beautifully manicured hedges along the building's exterior.

When staying at luxury hotels it's the little extras that invite you to linger. Guests at the Camby can enjoy an amplified fitness center, a state of the art wellness spa, a rooftop pool, creative event space and a delectable restaurants and bar.

The Camby's whimsical atmosphere is extending into both the bar and restaurant. The Bees Knees which is the main bar/lounge offers signature drinks crafted by the lead Mixologist Libby Longlott.

The atmosphere of this neighborhood spot offers a nice mix of classic and cutting edge. A hub for locals and travelers alike to enjoy cocktails and light bites.

Also located right off the lobby is the Camby's signature restaurant, Artizen. Quickly becoming a fun gathering place, the Artizen, serves crafted American cuisine with a southwest influence.

The menu, put together by Chef Dushyant Singh consists of an array of small and medium sized plates allowing diners to experience multiple tastes in one meal. During our visit we sampled several of the small plates:

Eggplant Caviar, a terrific spread of eggplant and ricotta topped with a refreshing lettuce mix.

Smoked Sweet Potatoes, a delicious sweet and spicy combination served with an amazing tangy white BBQ sauce.

Roasted Thai Curried Cauliflower, a hint of spice in this dish takes traditional cauliflower to a new level.

Foie Torchon, a rich and buttery dish that was complimented nicely with pickled blackberries and sweet onion marmalade. This was one of my favorites.

Roasted Bone Marrow, a delicious delicacy with a wonderfully smooth texture, perfect for lathering on bread. Words can't describe how delicious this was.

As a main plate I choose the Duck Tagliatelle. The duck took center stage in this hearty bowl of handmade pasta. Served with mushrooms and snowy Parmesan cheese this dish was quite tasty.

My husband went with the Artizen Cioppino and enjoyed swabbing the tasty calabrian chile broth with the accompanied bread.

With so much food we decided to skip dessert. Instead we wandered back in to the Bees Knees to enjoy one of the many after dinner cocktails they have to offer.

Though new to the area I think the Camby is off to a good, start providing patrons with quality service, innovative food and beverage venues, and luxury accommodations.

The Camby
2401 East Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016

This experience was provided complimentary, all opinions are my own. 


  1. Very interesting. I had not heard of this hotel. The food looks delicious.

  2. Glad to hear the service is great! Looks like a wonderful new spot (especially the restaurant)!

  3. The hotel looks cool and the food looks amazing!

  4. What a beautiful hotel! You're right, it really is the little extras that count and make you feel that much more welcome. The food looks great-love the plating!

  5. The service looks INSANE. I want to go there immediately!

  6. How fun! I'd definitely stay...and eat...here.

  7. The Camby looks super nice and the FOOD!! Delicious!

  8. I live right down the street and this has become my favorite place to go unwind after work or on the weekend. What I love about it is that yes, it has all the guests from the hotel, but equally, the locals love it as well. That speaks volumes with the fact that it sits on the well known "restaurant row" on Camelback Road.

  9. How beautiful! And I want that eggplant caviar :)

  10. It seems really great hotel. Wish to visit there a lot.

  11. What a beautiful hotel! The restaurant sounds wonderful too.