By Brenna Goth | The Arizona Republic
Half a century after the El Cortez hotel opened in central Phoenix, the complex is returning to resort-style living.
Blue and red paint now brightens the beige building on Seventh Avenue near Osborn Road. The 400-square-foot rooms — most recently condominiums — are being renovated into studio apartments.
A modernized lobby might feature vintage photos or old movies projected on the wall, community manager Amanda Caraig said. The remodeled pool will include cabanas.
“I know the potential this place is going to have,” she said.