Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, a concept by Hyatt
What We Love
- The hotel’s minimalist take on southwestern style, seen in carefully chosen details like patterned ottomans and veined-wood furnishings
- Inspired pieces of art created at the nearby Cattle Track artists colony
- Getting a remarkably rejuvenating deep-tissue massage at the spa, which uses indigenous oils, herbs and tinctures
- Blue corn pancakes with rye whiskey syrup at the excellent restaurant, Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen
What To Know
- The hotel offers complimentary trolley rides to local attractions during high season, and yearround chauffeured Tesla rides within a five-mile radius
- With more than 46,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event facilities, the hotel is ideal for conferences and weddings
- Pets under 50 pounds are allowed for a one-time fee per stay
- Guests have run of the on-site fitness center, nearby hiking trails, and preferred access to local golf courses
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
In the early to mid 1900s, Scottsdale attracted architects and designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Alexander Girard, who moved there for the alluring light and space. Eschewing the usual Southwestern design stereotypes—tan adobe walls, clay-tiled roofs—the design team behind Arizona’s first Andaz drew inspiration from its heritage as well as mid-century aesthetics. The result: a minimalist yep uplifting desert atelier, with 201 bungalow-style guest rooms kitted out by artists-in-residence. In the open-plan lobby and restaurant, large floor tiles resembling slate serve as an austere backdrop for eye-catching elements like a screen made of colorful felt balls and a wall covered in basket-weave-patterned wood. On-site boutique Textiles & Objects sells gifts like framed prints and fabric dolls that call to mind Alexander Girard’s famous versions. Common areas include three pools, one of which is inside the gorgeously understated Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary, which offers treatments based on desert botanicals. It was reported that $1 million was spent on landscaping, and the investment paid off: the resort’s towering cacti, cottonwood, and pine trees are the perfect setting from which to take in views of Camelback Mountain.
In the Area
The hotel is in Paradise Valley, a residential area only minutes away from downtown Scottsdale. Head into town to visit Old Town, the small and funky historic district where boutiques and saloons have a distinct a Southwestern flair. After working up an appetite, explore the city’s burgeoning food scene at spots like The Mission, a stylish Latin American restaurant, Olive & Ivy, which serves Mediterranean fare in a sophisticated setting (grab a table at the tree-shaded patio if you can), and FnB, praised by nearly every U.S. food magazine for its modern approach to local cuisine. Shoppers can get lost at the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, home to a vast array of upscale brands. And everyone should check out the local cultural scene. Standout destinations for art include the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and the Cattle Track Arts Compound, where painters, dancers, photographers, and even blacksmiths set up working studios that can be toured for free Monday through Saturday.
How to Get There
We had a fantastic weekend at the Andaz Scottsdale! Our search began when we wanted to take a spa trip. However, spas are a fortune, and we weren't really going to do 50 activities per day, so we opted for a great deal at a location that may not be ideal in the heat of the summer. I chose the Andaz because it is not a giant resort like so many others in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area, and it is new. Because we are three adults, we opted for the one-bedroom suite, which was a good idea. I think we would have felt very cramped in a regular room with two double beds. Plus, in the heat of summer, we got a great deal which included breakfast and two drinks per person per day. The room was beautiful (though sofa beds are never that comfortable) with two, huge bathrooms and two giant tv's. The spa and fitness center are great. We took a lovely yoga class by the pool on Saturday morning before it got too hot. We spent the bulk of our time in the main pool, which is a little lively on Saturday (DJ included), but it was much quieter when many guests left on Sunday. We had almost all of it to ourselves. We took a fun libations class, which really meant that we learned how to make the drinks we wanted, but it was still fun, and the drinks were free! Breakfast was delicious, as was the charcuterie tray. Staff was warm and welcoming. Wait staff was friendly and hard-working. Stephanie, our favorite server, remembered our names each day, which is impressive! There are lots of choices and lots of deals in the summer, but I will only go back to the Andaz.
Engineers, and painters were repairing, attempting to replace items during my short 20 hour stay! At 30% occupancy, they should have chosen non occupied rooms to refurbish. I was startled when they started sanding the front door!
Just stayed at Andaz for one day (yesterday), and fell in love with the property in less than 24 hours.
The outdoors are perfectly landscaped, the lobby with its glass architecture and staff who approach you with their iPads to check-in (as opposed to you having to wait in line on the other side of a desk) is magnificent, the location and proximity to Scottsdale Blvd and Old Town Scottsdale (while still being a bit of a distance away to make you feel like you're not directly in the heart of the action) is excellent, and the rooms... ohhh, the rooms.
I stayed in a Saarinen King room (no cabana), which is the largest standard king size room that they offer - and let me tell you, although I did not get to see what the smaller rooms were like, I have absolutely no regrets spending the extra money to book a Saarinen room. As with the other rooms on the property, you're given a 65 inch (!!!) flatscreen TV and modern decor throughout. Unlike the smaller rooms, though, you're given a truly enormous bathroom with a gym-like shower that has two showerheads, along with an outdoor patio towards the back with two sunbathing chairs (if that's what you're into - I preferred not to be burnt to a crisp in Arizona's 110 degree heat).
I travelled solo, and didn't necessarily need the extra room that the Saarinen provided, but the upgrade to 485 sq ft of space for roughly only $20 or so over the room immediately below in the pecking order was way more than worth it. I was also in super close proximity to the pool (19A), so that was much appreciated, and the easy check-out through the Hyatt app made checking out pain-free.
If I had to complain about anything, the only real thing that I can come up with is how dark it gets as you circle around the property trying to find your bungalow when you self-park (because the numbers on each bungalow do not light up at night) and - while it was not a real issue of mine - I can see how the slight lack of light in each room (mainly because of the wooden bungalow-type ceilings) could be an annoyance. There are a couple of eye-level and below lights in the room, but absolutely nothing on the ceiling. Again, not a problem for me (and it does provide a more romantic ambiance if you have a special someone with you), but if you're one of those who enjoys reading or who simply just wants to feel like they're glistening in the bright Arizona sun from the comfort of their room, you might have a problem (and, ironically enough, you can light the bathroom up to the point that Stevie Wonder may even get his vision back).
Thank you, Andaz, for providing such an enjoyable day and night, and I'll surely be back next time I'm in the Scottsdale area.