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
- 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
I want to clarify we are paying over $400 a night for this hotel (February, 2019), so my review is for high expectations. The property is gorgeous, I’ll give them that. That’s the best part. When we arrived, we went to check in at the front desk, but there is no front desk. I get it, they want to be different... it’s casual. But it took an agonizing 25 minutes to check in after a long day of flying and we were starving. The first person was new, I think, and didn’t know what she was doing. We told her it was our anniversary and she walked away. Next person came back and said she heard we wanted an upgrade - no, we never said that. Okay, FINALLY we get to a room, try to open the door, and turns out someone else has that room. BACK TO THE “FRONT DESK”. They take us to another room and it’s facing the parking lot when the first room faced the mountain. We decide this sucks... so they take us to a third room and make it up by bringing us a warm bottle of white wine. Besides this, I would say it’s just a lot of little things that add up to a bad experience: everything you need to read is tiny... hey, I doin’t need reading glasses yet, but I need a microscope to read the coffee pods in the room, the property map, the phone options; the coffee in the room sucks, there’s a TON of alcohol in the room but no healthy drink options; OH YEAH - and if you like privacy in the bathroom, forget it! There’s no door on the bathroom, a big glass shower, and a glass door looking at the patio when you get out of the shower. In our case, there’s also apartments across the way staring at you in your glass doored bathroom. I got a $200+ Massage which was just okay. I told her I didn’t want the massage bed heated, and it was heated, and she didn’t offer to resolve it somehow. I feel bad giving them a bad review because, like I said, they try really hard. My final impression is that this hotel is being run by a bunch of kids who really don’t have experience in hospitality. There seems to be no senior management paying attentions to details.
I had a business trip and booked the Andaz brand for the first time. Wow, they are above and beyond. From first checking in it was a unique, creative and artistic process. The bungalows are awesome and the beds, sheets and towels are amazing. I love the wet bar with unique offerings and a beautiful patio that overlooks the mountains and beautifully landscaped property. Ellie at the spa was exceptional in her hospitality and the bartenders, hostess and servers were excellent. The food was delicious with unique presentation including the tea service and hot sauce. Every single person had the best attitude and customer service skills I have encountered in a very long time. They are friendly, welcoming and informative. I will definitely seek out Andaz properties from now on. Once you experience Andaz you can never go back to mediocre hotels.
Stayed in two cottages (2 adults and 2 college age kids) and they were fabulous accommodations- modern, clean, huge bathrooms, v comfortable beds. All done in mid century modern style with stylish pool and desert flora. Good views of Camelback too. Great local tour of nearby artists’ studios and amazing hot chocolate put out in the mornings.
Only thing that keeps it from being five stars was some variability in service. Much of it was great but sometimes it was absent or took too long to arrive or resolve.
Overall we would happily return, was a restful and fun property to stay in.
Came on a Nissan Trip and had a blast!! Staff was great and everyone was very friendly!! Great views all around and close to everything!! When they say it’s going to rain here it only last about an hr!!
This property is arranged in bungalows with approximately 4 units per building. The overall theme of the property is southwestern with a little mid-century modern flair. The pool area, lobby, bar, and restaurant are all centrally located. However, the spa and gym are at one end of the resort and not convenient if you are on the other side. We found the room comfortable enough, and the staff was incredibly helpful and friendly. The area around the resort has several good restaurants, pharmacies, grocery stores, and some retail shops. We thought it was a great area, only 2 miles from Old Town and Fashion Square (and the resort will take you there). My only complaints would be the location of the spa/gym, and our room had a bit of a musty smell. After housekeeping came, the room wreaked of bleach (I think in a effort to mask the lingering musty/mildew odor, which quickly returned). Also, be forewarned that the landscaping crew works tirelessly around the property. This is great for making the property look good, but it also means there is constant noise from blowers and other lawn equipment. Overall, we greatly enjoyed our stay.