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
- 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 loved the beautiful scenery at the Camelback but the rooms need updated. The inside of the room had decor that needed updated several years ago. The resort itself is great with biking and hiking nearby, beautiful landscaping, and bars and restaurants. We happened to be there when a large convention was taking place so it felt as though the convention took over the resort. There were nights you couldn’t get a seat or drink at the bar and every outdoor seating area and fire place was taken. I wish we had been there on non-conference days. One of the highlights was the breakfast offered in the morning. It was so much more than a boring continental breakfast. It was delicious and had so many offerings! Given the cost and the shortcomings I think there are probably better hotels in the area for the cost.
The staff of Camelback are attentive and personable. The resort is large and the rooms are individual homes surrounded by spectacular desert plants. This is a place for walking and watching. The sunsets are spectacular and the stars are bright. All rooms have desert views or views of camelback mountain. The resort is located between Scottsdale and Phoenix and within easy access of Tempe. Each place has excellent art galleries and historical museums. This is a resort for pampering or for serious walkers/hikers. I plan my next visit for the season of desert flowers.
The JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort was one of the most comfortable places I have ever stayed in >30 years of traveling. Read on for details.
Spread out over acres of beautifully landscaped grounds with saguaros, succulents and desert-friendly flowers, the JWMSCIR offers and array of "units", set up as a series of closely spaced dwellings. You feel like you are stepping into your own home. Over five nights, we stayed in 3 separate units: a one bedroom, a one bedroom suite and a 2-bedroom unit with living room, kitchen and private pool. Each was furnished with a warm, comfortable southwestern flair. The 2-bedroom suite easily would suffice as a home.
Not all was perfect; there were a couple of loose bathroom fixtures that need tightening of a set screw. OTOH, there were nice touches, like a spacious desk in each bathroom featuring multiple electric outlets and accessible USB ports.
The flat-screen TVs were internet ready allowing you to access your Netflix or Hulu accounts.
The 24-hour gym featured several treadmills and ellipticals and one stationery bike. There was a weight machine and a nice array of dumbells.
The outdoor pool by the gym was inviting with a dedicated lap lane.
We loved our stay and were a bit sad to leave.
Stayed last weekend for 3 nights with friends on a girls getaway. Everything was great, room was very comfortable, our patio was huge, spa was amazing, golf was great, and everyone was very nice, especially McKenzie at the front desk who really took good care of us, thank you McKenzie you made our trip very special.. We had drinks and appetizers at Rita's on Saturday night which was really good. Nice ambiance with the fire pits going and the singer/guitar player. The breakfast buffet was really good too. A very nice assortment of fresh food. Eggs/pankcakes/waffels made to order and the pastries were delicious. It was really nice to have Starbucks there on site for us early risers. Overall our stay was fantastic and would definitely stay here again.
Let me start out by saying that Donalei and her team were the stars of the operation. We were so grateful for the awesome suite upgrade provided to my family. Upon arrival, I thought the valet crew was great. They provided free ice cream pops to my kids and made us feel welcomed.
The pool was great and had a shallow enough section for my kids to play without us in the pool. The fruit infused water by the pool had plenty of ice and cups and was just what we wanted on a hot and sunny day.
We loved Rita's and R bar. Music and service was great and they were very accommodating to my kids. Shout out to Gigi at breakfast, she was THE BEST. Breakfast was free as a platinum guest, we also paid $6/person to upgrade to the hot items (eggs, omelets, bacon, etc)
We had fun at the driving range (complimentary). They let you borrow a golf cart at no charge and my kids also had a blast.
The rooms were a bit dark, but the beds were great and bathrooms were very nice as well. Our suite had our very own pool, which was great. Special welcome amenity was sent to us as well which was a really nice cheese plate. What more could you ask for?
We love coming to Scottsdale/Paradise Valley and felt we made an excellent choice in this hotel. Thanks for the memories!