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Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center

Scottsdale ResortMy first impression of the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center was, “Ahh, this is going to be restful and refreshing.” From the moment you drive up to the grand fountain and hand your keys to the valet, until you snuggle under the down comforter on your pillow-top mattress, there’s nothing but luxurious relaxation in between.

The resort clearly prides itself in maintaining a well-kept appearance.  Bougainvillea-draped arbors, light-adorned palm trees, and a manicured golf course call out to guests to come outdoors and stroll through the courtyards, ramadas, and terraces day or night.  Buy a cappuccino at the Vista Sol coffee bar and sit in a quiet, shaded garden where songbirds greet you.  Or bring your clubs for a round of golf on one of the McCormick Ranch Golf Club’s two adjacent championship courses.  Whether day or evening, you may play tennis on one of the four lighted tennis courts.  The swimming pool area features both a main pool and jacuzzi whirpool spa, with an outdoor refreshment area.  As we lounged by the pool one afternoon we noticed other guests happily sipping drinks as they waded in the pool or reclined nearby.   Another exercise pool is available by the Casita Executive Suites.

Currently, one of the best features of this resort is the great value you get for guest rooms starting at just $85.  Our spacious room had all the amenities of a four-star hotel, but at a fraction of the price.  Other deals await registered guests as well, such as nightly drink specials and appetizers at Sangria’s Lounge.  The more we thought about it, the more we realized that guests here receive a whole lot more than any mere hotel in the Greater Phoenix area could offer.  Although we needed to catch a flight at the end of our stay, the drive to Sky Harbor airport was just 24 minutes away—not a worrisome matter for travelers.  Even if you’re in Phoenix for just a short visit, the Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center is a great place to unwind, breathe in some fresh air, walk about the spacious grounds, exercise (there’s a fully equipped weight room in the Fitness Center), and restore your soul—unlike a stay at a typical airport hotel.

Dual vanities with marble counters, marble floors and bath accentuate the well-appointed bathroom area. Unfortunately, the tiny travel-size hair dryer didn’t come close in heat capacity to the one we brought from home and the non-working bathroom ceiling vent required that I de-fog the mirror with my double-duty hair dryer.  Small things to complain about, but this is a resort with evident pride in its amenities and first-class service.

The Scottsdale Resort also features Casita Executive Suites consisting of 1,200 square foot accommodations with living rooms, fireplaces, dining areas and either a wet bar or boardroom table.  These lavish suites are perfect for retreats or cozy family gatherings around the holidays. Upstairs, each casita houses four additional private guest rooms. Call (800) 540-0727 for room reservations and be sure to book early.  This is a great place to stay and play!

We particularly enjoyed that fees were waived for in-room high-speed internet access and that a newspaper is delivered outside your door Monday through Saturday.  Parking is also included in the daily resort fee.  All in all, this resort gives you a first-class experience at affordable rates.  Next time you plan to visit the Phoenix or Scottsdale area (and fall is a particularly beautiful time of year to come), make sure you make your reservations at the Scottsdale Resort.  Also, for those planning a wedding or business gathering, the Resort caters to groups of all sizes.  The day we arrived, an outdoor wedding was in progress, and guests were treated to the incredible ambience of the lovely courtyard as warm evening breezes descended on the gaily-lit area known as “The Alameda.”  It almost felt like the celebration was there to greet us!  I’m sure it was a memorable evening for all the participants who couldn’t have chosen a nicer venue to host such an important event


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