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When it comes to resorts, there’s no shortage of style and serenity in Scottsdale. This Arizona town has made its name on upscale, elegant hotels that specialize in spa treatments, beautiful swimming pools, and desert ambiance. Here’s a look at one of the town’s newest additions, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa.
Budget Level: Upscale ($150-$300/night)
Lodging Type: Large Hotel (100+ rooms)
Cool minimalism, inspired by the surrounding desert, is king here. Small clusters of rooms are arranged into stand-alone bungalows, all of which are situated around the resort’s focal point, its lively swimming pool. Most rooms have small private patios in the front and back plus gleaming bathrooms, Midcentury Modern-inspired furniture, and art courtesy of Cattle Track, an artist colony located just up the road. The art, including textiles, wood block prints, and sculptures, is so good that most of it is bolted down to dissuade sticky-fingered guests. Neatly manicured, tree-covered grounds add to the sense of ordered calm.
The crowd here is young, but hardly rowdy. Even the music at the pool seems somewhat subdued — a nod to Scottsdale’s “relaxation first” mantra. If you come in the hot summer months in particular, you’ll find the resort to be affordable and uncrowded. Guests gather in the evening at Weft & Warp, the hotel’s glass box of a restaurant, which focuses on shareable plates created with seasonal, local ingredients. Try the flatiron steak with mole, the blue cornbread with tomato-jalapeno jam, or the goat cheese dumplings with charred green onion and spaghetti squash. Before you eat, you can watch the chef prepare these dishes in the viewing kitchen.
Who Will Love It
Those seeking a sophisticated resort getaway to sit back, unwind, enjoy a great meal or two will do well here.
Who Might Not
Young children may be a little bored with all the adult ambiance, but teens and tweens will revel in the resort’s Instagram-worthy sense of cool.
The resort’s fleet of vehicles, including a shiny new Tesla, can whisk you around the property and to locations nearby at a moment’s notice, and for free. We also love that the partnership with Cattle Track — one of the locations accessible by Tesla — includes hands-on classes and presentations.
Valet parking, complimentary use of a GoPro camera, access to the artist studios at Cattle Track, plus transport within five miles of the resort in the Tesla, are all included.
Fees and Extra Costs You Should Know About
Expect a $39 per night resort fee.
How to Get a Deal
Stay in summer, pack lots of sunblock, and head to the pool. You’ll secure rates at this resort for around $180 per night, even on weekends. Stay in high season, just after the new year when Arizona enjoys prime weather, and rates can climb to more than $350 per night.
In the Neighborhood
Andaz Scottsdale is its own island. You can easily stay put here for days bouncing between your room, the pool, the restaurant, and the spa -- which has its own, blissfully quiet swimming pool. Should you venture out, though, you won’t have to go far. The resort is a quick five-minute drive to excellent shopping and eating in downtown Scottsdale, and a 20-minute drive to Phoenix.
Phoenix Sky Harbor airport is about a 20-minute drive from the resort. Expect to pay about $20 for a ride hailing service from the airport to the hotel.
If you’re in search of a tranquil desert retreat with a certain sense of style, head to the Andaz Scottsdale.