JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale Resort & Spa
What We Love
- Set on 125 lovely high desert acres
- The historical 1930s-esque lobby with original adobe touches and Southwestern art
- Two championship golf courses nearby and a luxe spa
What To Know
- Six on-site eateries including BLT Steak
- Free WiFi in the lobby and gardens
- The hotel is pet friendly
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Sprawling over 125 desert acres, this is one of Scottsdale’s original resorts opening in 1936 and becoming Marriott’s first resort in 1967. While it has been updated through the years it maintains its retro charms starting in the perfectly preserved adobe lobby with exposed beams, leather furnishings and a massive fireplace. Southwest style is on order in 453 casita-style rooms, all of which have balconies or terraces. Guests have access to the Marriott-managed Camelback Golf Club a few miles down the road, and after a day on the links a treatment at the chi-chi resort spa is a must. Dinner is served in six on-site eateries, though BLT Steak is the best of the bunch.
In the Area
Explore novelty shops, Navajo jewelry stores and art galleries along East Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale, a 10-minute drive from the resort. (Start by drooling over Rita’s selection vault at Razzle-Dazzle Bead & Jewelry.) For real-deal cowboy boots and buckles, hit up Saba’s. A 27-hole championship golf course designed by Ted Robinson, The Phoenician pairs a challenging experience with the breathtaking scenery of the Sonoran Desert for a golf experience that’s peerless. Scottsdale is also a baseball town, so be sure to enjoy a ball game at Chase Field (in nearby Phoenix), home of MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks.
How to Get There
We are SPG platinum holdovers/loyalists and now Bonvoy Titanium Elite members and have slowing transitioned to the Marriott brand (we prefer Autograph collection and Luxury Collection) and have stayed away from Ritz (feel upcharge for everything with 0 elite member perks) and JW to this point. We have been pleasantly surprised with JW! We have stayed at 3 consecutive JW and all of them have exuded service and elite recognition!
We arrived late on a Saturday and the valet greeted us warmly (we were just checking in and were not going to valet and didn't ask for his name); btw you don't need to valet as parking in abundance throughout spacious resort. Then at check in Monique greeted us warmly and was pleasant and recognized our elite status and informed us we had been upgraded to a nice suite (nice perk as was "locked into suite beforehand by someone despite a huge conference in town): room 603 which was an amazing suite in quiet corner of the resort. It had beautiful vistas all around and seemed secluded away from all the hub-bub of activity localized in main restaurant/lobby area. In any case Monique was wonderful!
Room: Our room was amazing and spacious suite with outside terrace and nice bathroom amenities including JW marriott Aromatherapy & Associates soap/body wash etc which we love as has pleasant scent. There was a small sink area and spacious refrigerator. Only drawback (small quibble) was coffee maker which was hidden away, but we absolutely loved the room! Carmen from housekeeping was a rock star she deserves kudos as she did amazing job cleaning our room and she was wonderful!
Staff all amazing but certain standouts!
We had late night drinks in outside area at Rita's cantina with fire pits and had great wine first night and relaxed. Their "specialty cocktails" were great and wine selection was not extensive but well-rounded for different tastes. Our server Jackie was helpful and unobtrusive. Then for breakfast (Sunday) we went to Rita's Cantina again and had complementary breakfast as elite amenity which was cold foods, cereals, cheeses, and fruit. They had an amazing and extensive "Sunday Brunch" with potential for discounted elite upgrade ($69 bucks vs higher regular price but can't remember the price) and I elected to do it as only offered on Sunday and is extensive with lobster, steak, prime rib, seafood and very impressive variety of culinary delights. Did not regret doing the upgrade. Our server Alan was wonderful who provided us with great service. They also had a falconer Nick with whom we had a genial chat and saw his beautiful partner in crime a delightful and beautiful Harris Hawk named Bella. On last night we ate at Lincoln's Bar and our server KK stood out. She gave us exemplary service and throughout meal was genial and at end of night had a long wonderful conversation. She gave us A+ service and food was amazing with no complaints!
Verdict: We had wonderful experience and have no reservations staying at this JW Marriott in particular (and in general) and have now found a new favorite hotel in the beautiful Scottsdale area. We definitely look forward to our next visit and we highly recommend with no reservations!
Definitely interested in a return visit. Stayed in a renovated room and it was very nice although not luxe. We loved the pools - if you are able to, try the adult pool that had it's own separate hot tub. Food for conference dinner and at Lincoln restaurant was great. Definitely order steak at Lincoln. Landscaping stood out as very well done.
We were told the this is Mr. Marriott’s favorite property, and one can see why. It is largely composed of connected bungalows; most are one story. The layout is such that one meanders a good deal, but after a false start or two getting amount isn’t complicated. Additionally, there’s a plethora of golf carts with drivers happy to take you anywhere. I made use of the spa, which was very nice. In addition, the food was good, even for the catered meals. While it wasn’t the finest five star property I’ve stayed in, it was very, very good on all of the boxes one checks: accommodations, staff, layout, and food.